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19 December, 2016

Board vs. Video Games

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I admit during the past year I’ve played far more video games than I have board games.  I most likely wouldn’t be playing any video games if I didn’t have a 15-year-old son.  His two older sisters were never interested in video games beyond a short stint with Guitar Hero and Just Dance for the Wii.  I’m sure there’s plenty of girls out there who love video games and play them as well as the boys do, just not my girls. What is it about board vs. video games?


Video vs. Board, Let the Games Begin!

We were at a friends house for a Christmas party, and I noticed a closet full of board games; she even let me take a photo of them for this blog.  That’s a nice collection of games, right?


In 2014 and 2015 reports stated that board games were selling better than they had in years.  Some contribute this to the fact that the internet has made it easier than ever to locate and purchase games of all kinds without ever having to leave your home.  Even though I agree with that, I believe the resurging popularity may be because board games are much more “social.”  When you play board games, you can get to know the others around the table a little better.  It reminds me of the old joke; “if you want to get to know someone’s real personality, take them camping.”  When you are playing board games, you often let your guard down, and that’s when the real you can shine through, which hopefully is a good thing.

Video/Online Gaming Benefits

Man are my son’s hands fast when it comes to video and online gaming; he makes me feel like Edward Scissorhands.  He moves with such speed that I have to make him dial it back when he’s teaching me a new game.  This is what I’m currently playing:

My son has me playing Super Meat Boy. #thepopofculture

My son has me playing Super Meat Boy. #thepopofculture

Super Meat Boy requires using only three keys for playing, the space bar and the left and right arrow keys, yet I’m still having trouble grasping it.  Fortunately for me, my son is patient and will to demonstrate it over and over.  His hand and eye coordination are far superior to my own, and I use my hands for a living.  Therefore, playing video games can sharpen hand and eye coordination.  Below is a link discussing that very topic:


An additional online gaming benefit is the ability to play with others who can be anywhere in the world.  If your kid’s bestie moves across the country due to a parents job relocation; if those kids are gamers they can at least play each other online.

Back to the Drawing Board

I’m doing everything I can to keep an open mind about the video and online games, but I still contend that you can’t beat a good old-fashioned board game with a room full of family and friends.  Below are some classic board games available on Amazon that you can’t go wrong with:


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