In an era of Mass Effect 3, Defense of the Ancient and numerous mobile games, you’d probably think that board games, role-playing games, and “live action” games are dead.
But that’s not the case. On the contrary, both new and classic board games are getting popular now more than ever. Go check board games sales to see what I’m talking about.
Realistic graphics, riveting plot, and exciting gameplay definitely make videogames irresistible. I wouldn’t question that. I actually find videogame soundtracks, music themes and sound effects especially fascinating.
Who wouldn’t love the opening theme of DOTA 2? I’ve actually been wondering what musical instruments that I hear. Was it a piano? Or a violin? Or maybe a nice saxophone, like one of these? I’m not sure but it’s amazing how it magically transports me to the otherworld. And the sound effects are just perfect!
While it’s true that videogames is on a continued rise, there are some aspects where board games do way better than digital games. Here’s why:
First off, board games let you face your opponent fair and square. In video games, you get to play with an avatar, a virtual hero or simply another faceless drone. That’s not the case in tabletop games. You get to play and interact with REAL people. Need I emphasize on that?
Board games are by far a more social activity and never a solitary pursuit as what many videogames promote. Sure, there are gaming hubs where you can interact with other videogame players, but you don’t get to talk to them the same way as you would when playing board games because you are often too engrossed and focused with the game itself.
The power of persuasion and politics are more prominent in board games than in video games. Quite obviously, in computer games, you get to play with virtual opponents so there is not much interaction and even politics.
In board games, you get to hone your persuasion skills — either subtly or overtly. For instance, in strategy board games, you have to be very subtle in persuading other opponents so as not to spoil your game. Meanwhile for games like Munchkin you have to be more overt to avoid the other player from moving on to the next level.
In many videogames and board games, winning normally boils down to your mathematical skills. Not that I’m saying that video game players don’t use math, but board game players practice more math than virtual game players. For those who are into videogames, the computer usually does the math. For example, in World of Warcraft, you can easily refer to a prepared spreadsheet for picking your builds. That’s not the case for card games or board games; you have to do the math. And most often, manually!
Board games let you experience real-life social tension. A classic example are betrayals or bluffs. While betrayals are also common in many video games, you often deal with a virtual avatar. In tabletop games, you get to see the face of your opponents and get cues from their actions. Once they get you duped, you also see their delight. This you wouldn’t ever experience in videogames, right?
Perhaps, the only thing where board games can have a hard time to measure up is the stellar graphics and music of board games. But of course, you can do the same if you really want to. You might want to play some soundscapes while playing board games. Oh, a saxophone playing at the back isn’t a bad idea. You can go check WindPlays.com if you’re damn serious about it.
Lastly, board games unlike videogames give you varying tactile sensations. In videogames, you’ll be confined with the keyboard and mouse – that’s it. With board games, there are a lot of tactile sensations that you’ll experience.
Now, tell me which is better – videogames or board games?