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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I love to play board games, especially the ones I loved as a child such as Monopoly or Cluedo x
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Each Christmas we get the games out and all the family have gaming session, our fav are articulate, pictionary and this year catch phrase.
I love board games and I buy them for my children too as I think they are a wonderful and fun family activity!
We’ve just been planning our annual New Year’s Eve board game marathon!
i love playing board games, my fav is monopoly but they all say I cheat because I always win lol buying it
Love board games. Play them on holiday in the caravan
i Love board games, playing Monopoly, you can’t beat it x
We love board games and always make sure the children get one as a present, I don’t think you can beat them, especially not with computer games!
My husband really likes board games, so we got a couple for Christmas. Our daughter is only 2, so we’re looking forward to introducing her to some children’s games.
the older ones lobe board games and we are justing starting the younger ones off with them too
Our favourite game is Balderdash:-)
We have loads of board games. Got to say the kids tend to prefer computer/console games but they do love a game of Monopoly or Cluedo 🙂
we love board games it gives us time to enjoy playing games with our daughter. I think board games will always be around
Love games – Monopoly, Scrabble, Cluedo, Cranium…the list goes on!
Played a Royal Family trivia type game over Christmas. Good quite an educational concept but question cards littered with typing errors.Quite a poor show
We love board games and got 3 this year which were Hotel Tycoon ( i had Hotel, the original version of this as a child and adored it), Family fortunes and Best of British. I think the future is bright for board games as families seem to be preferring old school bonding time again
I love board games, they have a place (I was born in the 80s) but I was quite saddened when I went to buy games for my childrens playstation, to find Monopoly for that! I had already bought them the board game… but in the not too near future everything will be done via computer I think!
Board games change the dynamics of a group either friends and family – no boredom, laughter, competitiveness, craftiness and downright fun. Perfect for a brilliant way to share time with each other.