As time has passed, our traditional board games have needed to take new shapes to keep up-to-date with new audiences. Now available online, many games that we once enjoyed around the dinner table can be played with nobody else in the room. This has been a phenomenal way to stay in touch with family and friends. But, in the grand scheme of things, are digital board games really all they're cut out to be?
As someone who grew up playing games with my family and friends, it seems almost foreign that the social aspect of these games has been nearly eradicated. And while the world of technology means that we can still communicate during playtime, it has completely reformed how board games are enjoyed.
Call me old-school, but I will always prefer games when played in person. And here's why:
All board games require some form of diplomacy and interaction. Actually, nine times out of ten, this diplomacy is thrown out of the window by the fifth roll as the competitiveness begins and rule-breaking sets in. It's not rare to find that your game has gone completely haywire and changed direction. But that's the joy of it all.
When playing online, this interaction and diplomacy remain unchanged. Though the game might get more competitive, you can't spend the time having a laugh with your friends as they test how far they can push the rules.
Think back to your experiences playing board games. More than just playing to win, you are playing to socialise with your friends. As a wonderful way to reminisce on the past, it's perfect to re-affirm your relationships with those you love most.
Now, as I mentioned, you can use online chat rooms to communicate, but the joy of meeting up in person is that you are all in the same setting. When something funny or unexpected happens, you are together to enjoy it and remember it for future game nights.
Human Error Makes The Game Fun
Have you ever been close to losing, only for your opponent to miss an opportunity? The utter feeling of relief that it creates is like no other. Plus, having the chance to keep the game going and take the victory can make the game truly memorable.
When playing online, many digital games don't allow you to make a move that isn't your best. For example, in chess, you must check the king where possible. In-person you may miss this opportunity, allowing your opponent to take the lead. Whereas online, this checkmate will be forced.
So, when you're looking to have some fun and make some memories, doing so in person will always trump online gaming. If you're in search of some new games or even a new puzzle, I have plenty available online at Play Timeout.