As we all know by now the gaming industry is growing bigger every day… more gaming consoles, more gaming tablets, phones handheld devices, more options to simply isolate ourselves from the outside world and just play…
One could easily start to think that this whole boom in computer gaming would “kill off” board games, but one would be wrong. Actually board games are having their own boom and were never as popular as they are right now.
According to Doctor Tomasz Sobierajski sociology Professor from Warsaw University “we miss the need to be with other people”. Computer gaming can be fun but most of the time we are isolated; it is just us stuck in the room staring at a screen whereas board games give us the opportunity to be interact with others and at the same time learn something new, have fun and relax.
Board games are extremely important part of growing up. They help with intellectual development, social rules as well as interpersonal relationships; they teach us how to win and more importantly… how to lose.
How to choose the perfect board game?
Well, I am not sure I have a perfect recipe for success when it comes to game choices but I have a few pointers which might help with this task.
Read information on the box
This would give you the general idea about the game and the ever so important age bracket the game is designed for.
Read the rules
Every game has its own rules. When picking something new we need to make sure that the rules are not too complicated and that the participants will be able to follow them.
Some games can take a long time to finish. It is important to pick the right game that suits the time frame available to you to finish the game – too long and kids can get bored.
Number of players
Different games require different number of players. If there are only two of you most of the time then don’t get a party game…
Type of the game
Fantasy, simulation, adventures, logical… you know best what you like, you know best what your friends or kids are good at… take it into consideration when making your choice… If your players aren’t good readers don’t pick the game which requires a lot of reading in order to progress… games should be fun… this is their main role and everything else we learn during this time it is just a bonus!
We have a lot of board games in the house. We might not play them as often as we would like but there is nothing better than a friendly scrabble session 🙂
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Do you like board games?
Do you think their future is bright?
Do you play with your kids, partner or friends?