High-Tech Push Has Board Games Rolling Again by Nick Wingfield, The New York Times
“With eye-popping graphics, visceral action and an online community, video games should have killed tabletop games, but in fact the opposite is true.” Read more…
Though video games have been an extremely popular form of entertainment through the past few decades, it is interesting to see that board games have been able to maintain a similar degree of popularity. At first, I was a little surprised to see the continued success of the board game, but after some thought, I can understand its popularity. Games such as Monopoly and the Game of Life have been in production for decades, and bring back a degree of nostalgia to anyone who has played it in his or her youth. However, new board games continue to be made, showing a continued desire to play games together and in person.
Some people may wonder how board games and video games are able to coexist. As long as one has the console, people can play games of a variety to genres, with some being able to be played with others from around the world. However, most of those who are in support of the board game are those who also play video games. People have a desire to play games with others in a social setting with their friends, an experience that is perhaps more enjoyable than playing a video game. In addition, the new games that are available are more appealing to a younger audience. A fairly recent example is an easy to learn yet challenging and strategic genre of board games known as Euro style. Along with this are easy to learn party games such as Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity, which have become very successful and can be played numerous times with different hilarious outcomes. Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site where Cards Against Humanity was funded, has seen the amount raised for board games trump that of video games, $52.1 million to $45.3 million. Perhaps with the overabundance of video games, gamers wish to see a new and creative experience to play face to face.
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