Are board games a thing of the past?

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@rbailey83 (1401)
Canada
July 6, 2016 9:45am CST
I started a discussion about making computer games and @Shubhu left a comment about playing Sudoku. That, of course, led me to thinking about non-video game games (Board games, card games etc.) which led to the question "Are board games becoming a thing of the past?" I do play board games from time to time, but I also grew up with them and not a whole lot was around in the way of video games. I wasn't a console fan so that just left the computer. I play board games even less though. So what about younger generations? Are people playing board games less now that more options are available with all the mobile games? Do you play board games very often anymore? Do you're kids ever play board games or is it console, computer and mobile? Image Credit: Pixabay
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@LeaPea2417 (21549)
• Toccoa, Georgia
6 Jul 16
Board games are not as popular as they once were, but I still like playing Monopoly with family members and Trivial Pursuit with family members from time to time.
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
6 Jul 16
Ah yes, Monopoly is a classic for sure. I always remember playing Sorry! for some reason lol. I am terrible at trivia games so I avoid them like the plague
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@Corbin5 (112716)
• United States
6 Jul 16
We rarely play a board game. Used to have a Scrabble board game here, but it is no where to be found. I like board games since it does allow for players to socialize. Kids would benefit from board games by giving them the opportunity to communicate with others.
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
6 Jul 16
Yes, I agree with you completely on kids benefiting from the board games. I think that socialization is decreasing among kids these days. I remember the days as a kid and other kids on the street outside playing and using their imaginations. You could always tell whose house the kids were at from the picks covering the front lawns.
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@seekers (393)
8 Jul 16
I play board games before and I wish I can still play again these days.
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@just4him (123709)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Jul 16
I have a couple board games, but they've just been sitting on the closet shelf since I moved in here, and they'll go to my new apartment when I leave in the next few weeks.
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
7 Jul 16
Mine are tucked away in a cupboard lol, I should probably dust them at some point. It's good to keep them with you though you never know when you might play them.
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@just4him (123709)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Jul 16
@rbailey83 True. I also have puzzles still sealed in their boxes waiting to be put together.
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
8 Jul 16
@just4him puzzles are something I haven't done in an extremely long time. I never really got into them though
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6 Jul 16
I prefer board games more but my younger siblings are always up for video games and now that phones support a wide array of gaming options therefore it is either nintendo or mobile phones. Too much of it leads me to worry about their health as well.
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
7 Jul 16
Yes I see that as a common things these days. I think you're right to worry about their health as well, it's not good to always be on the mobile phones. Have you heard about the issue that has been coming up with the spine growing slightly curved? This is because everyone is always leaned over a bit and looking down at their phones.
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
8 Jul 16
@The_Bong_Woman Haha oh geez that would be terrible. Imagine telling that story to your grand kids when they ask why your elbow looks like that. "Oh, I was obsessed with taking selfies"
8 Jul 16
@rbailey83 No no by the time I've grand kids this would no longer remain a disorder rather would become highly commonplace (may even become inheritable who knows?!) considering how fast this selfie mania is spreading. Then it would be like- "Grandma how come you do not have an 'obtuse-angled' elbow like us?" Me *in a shaky voice*- "oh I wasn't as obsessed as you kids; around 40-50 selfies in a day; nothing close to 100s you know."
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@silvermist (20099)
• India
6 Jul 16
We didnot have TV,computer or video games. In addition to outdoor games we used to play Carroms,snake and ladders and chess.But you are right.Only a handful of people play board games now.
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
6 Jul 16
I haven't heard of Carroms. Snakes and Ladders is an old classic and fun too. I have played chess from time to time. I remember by step dad teaching me how to play and once I got the hang of it told him not to hold back anymore. He beat me in 5 moves. I told him to start holding back again
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@silvermist (20099)
• India
7 Jul 16
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Carrom_board.jpg
@rbailey83 Here is a picture of a carrom Board.
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
8 Jul 16
@silvermist It looks interesting and has my curiosity, now I want to try it lol
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@quantum2020 (9760)
• Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
6 Jul 16
I used to play chess when I was a kid. My father bought me and my brother a chess board game, that we learned to play. In the present, I don´t play. I´m more immersed in computer games.
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
6 Jul 16
One of the nice things about computer games, and this of course depends on the game you are playing, is that you can get immersed in another world following a story that you are playing in and acting out in the game. Sometimes you can get lost for a period of time. Nowadays I don't even think of board games when I am trying to think of something to do.
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• Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
6 Jul 16
@rbailey83 The same happens to me. Computer games are interactive; even though, one is playing with a machine and some games really immerse one into the plot of the game.
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
6 Jul 16
@quantum2020 yes exactly! I completely know what you mean. That was always the draw to the game for me growing up. With the online game these days, a person can still socialize while playing the game.
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@epiffanie (10408)
• Australia
7 Jul 16
Maybe boardgames are too slow for children now compared to the games they play on their iPads or tablets these days ..
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
7 Jul 16
Yes true. They are much slower. It seems to be all about speed these days, get things done faster and get places faster. In video games it is a constant fast past, always doing something.
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@epiffanie (10408)
• Australia
11 Jul 16
@rbailey83 yes, we have all become hypers .. especially the children ..
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@xstitcher (12146)
• Petaluma, California
10 Jul 16
My nephews (the middle one--8 years old in particular) love playing board games. Sadly, though, most of this generation sticks with their Nintendo DS's and junk like that.
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
10 Jul 16
Yeah for the kids that do like the board games, they usually end up conforming to their friends as most of the time their friends are all into the video games. It's too bad that board games are now turning into a history of gaming, or so it seems.
@marsha32 (6692)
• United States
9 Jul 16
We used to have family game night with cards, dominoes or board games once a week. I truly miss those days. My daughter bought Mouse Trap at a yard sale and the grandkids have had it out several times to play it, but the novelty of a new game that isn't a video game soon wears off.
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
9 Jul 16
Yeah I have seen that happen before. It's exciting at first but that excitement just doesn't last and the interest is soon lost. It's too bad but I can understand the appeal to the video games.
@marlina (76493)
• Canada
6 Jul 16
We did play a lot of board games growing up and while our kids were growing up also. Not much now.
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
7 Jul 16
It seems to be a common thing that now they just aren't getting used. I think they are great for kids but once they get into the video games on their devices board games have no appeal
• Hyderabad, India
6 Jul 16
when i was kid i used to play business games with all my brother n friends , when computer games started people shop but board game and stick on computer and mobile to play ,
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
7 Jul 16
It's a little sad to see that board games are either not in a house hold or are just in a corner collecting dust.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
6 Jul 16
When i was a child we used to play board games and card games a lot - we didn't even have TV in those days. Now I don't know anybody that plays those sort of games. I do crosswords and sudoku myself, but that's it.
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
6 Jul 16
Yeah it's not very often that I am hanging out with and a board game is suggested. Board games are also now being turned into apps so people can/are playing on their mobile devices now.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
6 Jul 16
Our family does play board games-their so fun! Unfortunately their a lot more expensive now than they used to be. I wanted to buy a new one the other day and it was $25-I was shocked!
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@rbailey83 (1401)
• Canada
6 Jul 16
Yes the price has really gone up on the board games. Maybe because they aren't selling as much? It's nice to get away from the technology and computer/tv/mobile screens and just have a fun night with board games
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