Do People Still Play Board Games in This Digital Age?

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Seeing people playing random board games on your porch was a common sight for some of us growing up. From Monopoly, Chess, and Scrabble to Ludo, board games have fascinated generations before this digital age. With the rise of video games, it may seem like board games have become a thing of the past, but is that really the case? Do people still play video games in this digital age?

Looking at it from the surface, it seems that the board game market is going through a rapid decline. Video games now seem to be in the lead when it comes to gaming entertainment. In fact, we now have a whole generation that has no clue about board games. Multi-billion dollar companies like Sony, Activision, Konami, Nintendo and the rest are at the forefront of digital entertainment, making massive profits year after year.

Although it may not seem like it at first glance, board games are still quite alive even with the overwhelming presence of digital entertainment in these modern times. Market statistics show that table games are still alive and people still play them. And the good thing is that board games have also gone digital! Whether all you have is a smartphone or a shoddy computer with a slow dual core processor and only 2 gigabytes or RAM, as long as you have an internet connection you can access almost every table game you played. decades ago.

While these games are understandably best played on physical boards, they can also be enjoyed in digital formats. But yes, I agree that the one-on-one human interaction element cannot be recreated with digital board games. However, since this is the new normal and everything is going digital, here are some board games you might want to try on your phone or computer.

Ludo

ludo

In the part of the world where I grew up, Ludo is still the most popular board game and I was very excited when I found out that it had been digitized. This is a strategy game that can be played by two to four players. A single die roll determines the distance each player’s four pieces travel on the board. Although it has some element of luck as moves depend on dice rolls, it requires a lot of strategic and calculated moves to win. If you have a smartphone, doing a search on the App Store or Play Store will show different Ludo games available for Android and iOS devices. However, if you prefer to play on a computer, you can Play this Ludo game for free.

Snakes and Ladders

snakes and ladder

This is another classic board game that some of us enjoyed as kids in the 90’s before we knew about video games. Snakes and Ladders it is played on a board with numbered squares in a grid arrangement. On the board, various ladders and snakes are depicted, each linking two different board squares. The object of the game is to move the game piece from the beginning (bottom square) to the end (top square), using ladders as help but snakes as obstacle.

Chess

Chess

Obviously, the world’s most popular board game isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Chess still has a stronger player base than ever. With championships taking place with millions of dollars in prize money, chess remains the most played board game in the world. And with multiple ways to play it on digital screens now, you can play it even if you don’t have the physical board.

Again, like most board games, you can find Chess in any mobile app store. And if you’re on a computer, gaming websites that offer free classic board games also have it as a staple.

Other board games you should see

Do you want to take a break from regular video games or do you just want to revisit those board games you played years ago? In addition to the board games listed above, there are several other classic games worth checking out. Checkers, Minesweeper, Guess, Who, Dominoes, Reversi, Backgammon, and Etch-a-Sketch are just a few others you might want to try. You can find most of these in mobile app stores or just do a simple Google search.

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