Are Board Games Obsolete?

Almost everyone has heard of the traditional board games like Monopoly, Scrabble and Ludo but do people still play them? Some would argue that these games are being forgotten in the face of video games. While this may be true, it doesn’t mean board games are being wiped out. These games have been replaced by new games like Pandemic, a collaborative game or Stockpile, a fun share market simulation.

These board games share certain characteristics of video games such as different characters or a connection to real life and yet they retain the qualities of board games. These board games are not only inclusive but also require you to use skills you never thought you would come to use.  Probability and correlation are common in all such board games. Furthermore, the amount of conversation, body language analysis and sometimes even collaboration that is required in board games creates stronger bonds than video games do.

In order to make up for the lack of interaction that comes with video games, multiplayer modes were introduced. However, over time they have been flooded with overly aggressive players and abusive language. It is no longer a space to share the joy of playing a game. Board games, on the other hand, are incredibly appealing in that sense and are a great way to mingle with friends without having to spend large amounts of money.

Additionally, there are different board games for different age groups which can be used for fun but also as educational tools. Pandemic, for example, promotes the spirit of collaboration and enables players to develop this skill. Such games could be especially useful to teach children with learning difficulties as they are engaging and retain attention more easily.

“Back to Games”, a shop that exclusively sells board games, has recently launched in Times Square Centre in Dubai. This is proof that board games are slowly but surely being revived! The main reason for this is that they are evolving according to the interests of people.

For example, a “Game of Thrones” version of Monopoly and a “Harry Potter” version of Cluedo has been released. Therefore, these games are mining current trends to ensure widespread appeal across different ages and communities. As a result, board games are increasingly becoming a part of family bonding as everybody can partake.

In conclusion, it can be said that the reason board games are still relevant in this digital age is because of their ability to make people connect. The joy of winning is something everyone wishes to experience and board games provide a fun way to do so. Their charm lies in the game being a not only immersive but also different experience time and time again.

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