Classic Board Games versus The Modern Video Game
People have spent hundreds of thousands of
years using games as a distraction from life's hardships, whether they at
facing war, disease, financial stressors or just daily living. This fondness
for games still exists and we see it every day. The main difference is we tend
to see children and adults engaging in the modern video game past time more
than in the classic
board games or more traditional board games.
The love for games continues today. The
animated figures, loud explosions, catchy music, and plotlines make the video
games the big draw for modern society. The player can pretend to be in a
completely different setting. The choice is still available to us, modern
verses the classics, but which to choose? Consider this, if video games are so
superior then why there are still board games being played, sold and sought
after every single day?
You have invested in a video game system with a
price tag of over $300. Your family is thrilled and they sit down to play. You
have one, or two games and no accessories. They want more, they are growing
bored. We need this new game, that new game, we need this accessory to play
this game and that accessory to play another. The money continues to fly out
of your wallet! Just when you think you have everything you need, oh wait, a
new system on the market? Better graphics, more games, interactive, and yes,
you are now considered obsolete. How many kept their Atari systems as a
keepsake of the 70's?
Over in the shelf is a chess
board and backgammon
game. Neither have needed upgrading and both provide us the opportunity
for entertainment, enjoyment, to actually interact with another human being,
and they force us to use strategic moves based on 'thinking' not how fast we
can use a joystick. We can start a game, go for dinner and come back to play
after wards without losing points based on time taken. Once you learn the
rules of the game you can play anywhere and anytime. There are games
for travel, electronic
games so you can play solo and themed
games specifically in the chess category that can allow you to transcend
into another place or time in history.
The classic board game has stood the test of
time. Thousands of years and billions of people have made the classics a
family favorite. Their simplicity makes them popular. You can play checkers
using a stick to draw a board, and shells and rocks to be your players. Can't
do that with a video game can you?