Ever since humans could stand upright, they have sought to entertain themselves through gaming. These games served as a diversion from life’s hardships, whether they were war, famine or just day-to-day living.
Man’s love for games continues even today. But unlike the ancients, they have a choice. Do they play modern-day video games, conventional board games, or classic board games? All of these choices are available at most department stores, but which one offers the most amount of fun?
Well, for many people, video games are often their first choice for entertainment. Unlike modern board games or classic board games, video games contain fancy graphics, music and a storyline. It allows the player to interact in a completely different world.
And yet, if video games are so popular, why do these games still prevail? In fact, thanks to video games, board games get exposed to a new audience. Consider chess, a time tested board game that has dozens of video games associated with it. The same goes for Sudoku, backgammon and others.
Traditional board games such as Clue and Monopoly have also been produced in video game form. And, unlike others they tend to reflect more modern ideologies.
Yet, in comparison to classic board games, traditional board games have not been around for thousands of years. So, while they are a lot of fun to play, they have not met one important criterion… the test of time. Sure, many of them have been around for decades or even centuries, but have they been around for over millennia?
Believe it or not, there are a few classic board games that have achieved this distinction. Consider the African game Mancala. This game, (which was originally played in the dirt with rocks or seeds), has been around for over 1,300 years. Chess, Mahjong and Backgammon are few more examples of entertainment for the ancients.
Of course, this is not to say that these modern choices won’t also pass this test a millennium from now. However, classic board games will still have a lead, because it’s unlikely they will ever die down. Sure, they might be simple, but that’s what makes them so wonderful. Ultimately, you don’t need electricity, batteries or a $300 console to play Chess or Mahjong. And with Mancala, you don’t even need a gaming board, especially if you’re outside where there are rocks and dirt. Can the same be said for video games? Until that is the case, classic board games will always remain an option for people in need of entertainment.