Board games have changed dramatically over the years. As a kid, my memories of board games are Monopoly, Checkers, Clue, Guess Who, and more. All the games our family can play to pass the time. Everyone had a great time.
My favorite game is Monopoly, which gave me an insight into real estate (ironically, I’m now a realtor by profession). Is this a coincidence or is my childhood obsession with Monopoly subconsciously at work?
Many Sunday afternoons I spent playing, or should I say rowing, this wonderful game with my four sisters. The front row is usually about who wants to be irons, shoes, cars, etc. (these are items you have to choose to represent on the board during the game). My favorite has always been dogs!
Whoever goes first in the next row will be the banker in the next row.
The game finally started and we had a great time. Happy hour week after week.
How have things changed? Today, while we still have the old traditional board games, and I think we always will, the games are much more advanced and can usually be played on a computer or on a TV via a DVD player.
You can now play board games alone against the computer (as your opponent) instead of with friends and/or family. I find it sad, especially how much fun we have interacting and watching each other when the kids are discussing these meaningless but important topics.
I now see my own nephews spending hours alone in front of the computer playing games with no human interaction while their parents are busy with other things. I think one benefit is that, as an only child, you don’t miss out on not playing games because you don’t have anyone to play with. Traditional games like Monopoly can now be played on a computer, where the computer acts as your opponent. You can even set the difficulty you want to play.
The downside, in my opinion, is that family gatherings and interactions seem to be a thing of the past.