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Video Games vs. Board Games

Updated on April 13, 2015

Board and Video Games

My views of Video Games vs. Board Games

I love to play a video game like the next person does. For a while there I was a video game junky. I would play the game all day and night. (Pretty much what I do now with writing and designing on the internet.)

Video games seem to be the most popular among children to young adults. However older adults do play these games too. Living in the electronic age, these games and video gaming consoles are as popular as cell phones and texting.

Board Games have been around anywhere nearly as long as I have, from 5,500 B.C. to 4,000 B.C. According to one site, the first recorded board game goes back to 7,000 years ago, found in Ur (Iran 5500BC).

Being a child from the board game era, it is still my favorite choice.

Board Games Are Better Than Video Games - Which Game Type Do You Prefer?

I grew up on cards and board games. My fondest memory is family game night. We would make popcorn or some other fun snack, unfold the game at the table and enjoy each other's company face to face.

In present time, family holidays and when our daughter is home is the only time I get to play these board games. My husband does not like losing to me most of the time. (Yes, I have let him win a few).

With video games, there is no real interaction with another person. It doesn't matter if there are multiple players in the same room. Everyone is concentrating at the TV screen. The conversations between people seem to be lost.

Video Games vs. Board Games

Yes, you're right! Board Games for sure!

Yes, you're right! Board Games for sure!

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    • chi kung 4 years ago

      I prefer board games by far!

    • Natural_Skin_Care 4 years ago

      I prefer board games. Video games can be complicated.

    • marsha32 4 years ago

      I will take a board game anyday! I do admit to enjoying some of the classic board games on the video game systems though.

    • CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      I wholeheartedly agree. I remember staying up until all hours on Friday nights, plalying Monoply with my 'spend the night' friends. We had a ball!

    • kjscreations 5 years ago

      We like all the card games & board games BUT.... we all LOVE playing Scene it & dvd trivia. As for all the Wii video type games... the kids pretty much play those.

    • VSP 5 years ago

      You are probably right about Board Games being better, even though I play computer games more often. It is more fun to get together with friends and family and play games then getting sucked into addictive online games that just suck my time.

    • LissaKlar LM 5 years ago

      I totally agree with you! I just bought Scrabble Slam! and we had such a blast with it. There is no question - board games for sure!

    • happynutritionist 5 years ago

      It's only an easy choice for me because I've only played board games, tried video games for a little while when the kids were around, but it was never something I enjoyed much.

    • capturedbykc 5 years ago

      I love board games! It is so hard to find people to play with these days though because single player electronic games have taken over the world. Use to be, there would be at least 1 night out of the week when everyone in the family sat at the table and played board games or card games together. That's what I loved and I am going to try as hard as I can to make it a part of my family tradition when I have children.

    • Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      I love competing against others on a board game. When I am alone, I like playing games on my computer.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Board games encourage interaction. There is too much solitude in people's lives nowadays and it is getting to be more the case.

    No way, Monkeybrain! I prefer video games

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      • Sandy Mertens 14 months ago from Wisconsin

        I agree with you, jsales

      • jsales 15 months ago

        i think i would want a broad game because if you have a video your game will crash sometimes but broad game you can play all day instead of play video games all day

      • Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

        If I have other people around to play with, I prefer board games but with just me by myself.....which is most of the time, I prefer video games.

      • Cinnamonbite 5 years ago

        I grew up with board games--which were just impossible for a single child to play. SO HAPPY to have video games that are single person! Even Guild Wars can be played single person! I've tried going back to D&D on the rare occasions of getting a group together and it's just lame. No special effects, no real fireballs. BOOOOOOORING!

      Monopoly - Favorite Game as a Child

      Monopoly is a greedy game. One tries to buy up all the homes and creates condos from them. Collects rent from anyone that will land with their playing piece on these spaces. And in the end, the one with the most money wins. While doing this, you must bankrupt your opponent.

      A game like this can't get any more real to life.

      Monopoly Board Game The Classic Edition
      Monopoly Board Game The Classic Edition

      Remembering the time staying over at my cousins' house, we began playing Monopoly before dinner time. This was the longest game ever. The morning light was filtering in through the blinds, one of my cousins won the game.

      The longest monopoly game played was 70 straight days (1680 hours).

       

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      Qwirkle Board Game is a challenging game that the entire family can play, though it is easy to get started and understand the concept of the game. This is great way to get the family together for family night.

      For children of all ages, this board game can help build the skills needed for strategic development. It helps prompts the brain to begin with the logical aspects of brain boosting skills.

      The game is much like a Scrabble game, but with colored tiles of different symbols within of diamonds, circles, squares and so on. Play your pieces to win with the most points. But be careful to not duplicate the tiles.

      This is just one of hundreds of Best Selling Board Games on Amazon - Available Here!

      Board Game Favorites - Senior Moments

      Love the Game of Life

      We have an old version of the Game of Life. Doctor's salary is $20,000 a year. We also have a newer version, but both my daughter and I agree the older one is more fun.

      Apples to Apples Game

      Apples to Apples game is the favorite game with family on holidays. Second is Pictionary.

      Every holiday I look forward to playing this game with the family. It is a fun age for people of all ages. Easy to learn.

      Fun drawing game

      The only drawback with Pictionary is that if pays to know how to draw. Funny when I play this game (must be the pressure) I forget how to draw stick pictures.

      Fun card and board game

      Sequence Game, is a game that I was nearly unbeatable. But daughter is catching up to me. I think it is because (though not there yet) I have been having some Senior Moments.

      Making this perfectly clear

      I am not competitive!

      Video Games Are Great for Single Players

      Great Gift Ideas

      Board games are a better way of socializing versus video games as far as I am concern.

      One advantage that video games do offer overboard games is that a single player can play the many of these. Without my daughter and outside family, it is impossible to play a board game. (I told him that I would let him win more).

      A little behind the times with a Playstation 2, Nintendo 64 and newer gaming system Wii, we have spent hours of non-communication in front of the TV.

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      Bestselling Playstation Games on Amazon

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      This also included the game controllers that will make the best experience with these entertaining games. So many action, fun and entertaining games.

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      Read my review on Wii Fitness Plus Wishlist.

      Wii Fit Plus was a Christmas present, so I could have fun exercising. This comes with the Wii System, balancing board, and over 60 exercising, strength training and balancing games to choose from. My exercising has been more exciting when I do it.

      Popular Nintendo Games - Mario is Always a Favorite

      Mario Comes to Life

      Everyone's Favorite

      As a summer park tender this year, Brittany was in charge of a multicultural park (poorer side of the city.) To end off the summer, the Kiddie Parade and Karnival were in full swing. Nintendo was the theme for the park.

      The wonderful parents that we are, we volunteered to help make the float and drive it in the parade, eight foot high castle with bright dark green paper mache trees and a volcano, (the tallest float.) Brittany (being an artist) made all the cardboard painted costumes of Super Mario characters for the children in the parade. These costumes were later put around the wall of the Karnival booth. We helped with the games and prizes too. Very long two days, not counting the weeks of preparation, but rewarding.

      A shame, to not be able to show off her talent, because her mother forgot to take pictures of the float and characters, though Brittany did pose for the camera in her Mario outfit later on along with a dog with white eyes.

      It was rather cool though when a guy with his son came in and bought all the characters around the wall. He had Brittany sign her name to her artwork.

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      When was the last time you played a board game?

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          Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

          pretty cool ouitfit. My grandson has dressed up as Luigi for the last 2 Halloweens. LOL

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          capturedbykc 5 years ago

          Fun article! I do play both video games and board games but I believe that families used to be so much more "tight knit" when there was a family night and everyone got together to play a board game or card game. It allows people to interact with one another and physically learn patience and other values in a way that playing a video game doesn't allow you to learn. So I completely agree. Great lens Sandy!

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          LissaKlar LM 5 years ago

          Great debate! I do agree with a lot of comments that video games are fun to play by yourself. But board games are my favorite. I'm pretty competitive and people say I tend to get obnoxious. I don't know what they're talking about! Another great lens. I really enjoyed it.

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          CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

          Really good topic here. I think the younger generation is more likely to say video games are better because of all the flash and pizzaz. I think that's the problem withi them. They generate the excitement and do the imagining FOR you. Yuck.

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          marsha32 4 years ago

          I'm sitting here now as I work in Squidoo and playing our town's version of Monopoly (Hutchopoly) Pretty cool getting to buy businesses in our own city and such.

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          johnny-knox 4 years ago

          Really interesting Topic :)

          I prefer Board games cause they are enjoyable with family or friends without being de-touched and staring at a TV or computer for hours. They do require your focus and your mind depending on what game you're playing.

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          chi kung 4 years ago

          fantastic collection on board games!

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          Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

          Love all the board games. My hubby won't play them with me. Wish I had others that would.

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