ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Games, Toys, and Hobbies»
  • Fun Party Games & Ideas

Electronic dart boards

Updated on July 15, 2011

Is the Electronic dart board the saviour of darts?

There is nothing quite like a trip to the pub with your mates a pint and a game of darts. It is a tradition that seems to be dying out with the advent of theme pubs and pub restaurants etc. There is only a couple of places left with a dartboard. Pool tables seem to be ok in these restyled pubs, but no dartboard! I suppose it's the image thing. Darts are old hat now; yesterday's game, with pool being the new darts. I suppose it's because of the play station generation and the fact I have not seen any darts games on the computer games.

So, what to do to get a game of darts these days? Well there is hope of salvation from the States who have taken to the game of darts with gusto. (The rebel PDC even has their big competition, the Las Vegas classic over in the States now). They have come up with Electronic darts and the electronic dart board. Never seen one, check out the links below ? I went to a trade show last march and saw them there, and of course I had a go. The big news is NO CHALKING! The board does all the scoring for you, how cool is that. Not only that, but all sorts of dart games are programmed into the machine, some I've never heard of. There are some snags though.

The older electronic boards had to use much lighter darts than used in the traditional game, which caused some friction with the old school darters who preferred the heavier steel tip darts, and even today there are players who dismiss the electronic game as just a toy.

However there are lots and lots of soft tip tournaments around with Arachnids Bullshooter series using their famous Galaxy dart board and in Europe Cyberdine have organized loads of tournaments as well (see cyberdine tournament below). In fact recently the top soft tip darter in Europe beat the famous Phil Taylor in a specially arranged competition.

The old style bristle boards are still popular because of the sound and feel of the boards and lets face it they are still used in all the big money tournaments and hey so long as you don't mind scoring manually they are still good to use today.

Having said that the electronic dart boards are growing in popularity because of their convenience and the fact they look so cool, and now there is a compromise dart board out that uses a bristle like dartboard with the convenience of the built in electronics. Halex have brought out what they call a BristleTech technology dart board out which means you can now use your traditional heavier steel tip darts as well as soft tip darts to play on the board. So might we have a truce between the soft tip and steel tip darters very soon.

Now the big news for the pubs in the UK and bars in the States is the introduction of coin operated electronic dart machines, which are just like arcade machines and bring in the money for the pub or bar. Now the pubs could go back to having dartboards in their place and make as much money out of them as they make from the pool table. We might just see the comeback of the dartboard in pubs.Also the darts are much less dangerous, being plastic soft tips instead of steel.

The advantages of the electronic game are that you program in what game you are playing, 301, 501, cricket etc (and you can even program a doubles game, give everyone a number and the board tells you whose go it is, no more going out of turn when you get excited) and after that the dartboard keeps score for you and acts as the referee, so less arguments.

Also the darts are slightly different, they have what are called soft tip darts, which means they have plastic tips to the darts instead of steel tips. I supposed to stop you shorting out the electronics when you hit the board. But this has the added advantage of being safer than the steel tip darts.

The remarkable thing about the board is that it is covered in hundreds of small holes for the soft tip darts and at first site you think how can I get the dart in there? Of course the holes are at the bottom of small depressions which guide the dart to the hole, so you don't have to be super accurate.

However having said that the electronic dart board was great to play on and did I mention NO chalking? So there you have it, a possible comeback for darts all updated and 21st century, bring it on.

Electronic Dart Board examples

The commercial arcade style Dart Board
The commercial arcade style Dart Board
Home version of Arcade style cabinet approx $250
Home version of Arcade style cabinet approx $250
Standard wall mounted electronic dart board approx $230
Standard wall mounted electronic dart board approx $230

The big European darts shindig at the umag2006

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Tabitha Oscorp 8 years ago

      What is that darts game called when you count down instead of up? I used to play that game all the time. Dart boards are a blast!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)