Who Said Video Games Are Better Than Board Games Check This Out!

Who Said Video Games Are Better Than Board Games? Check This Out!

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!

board-gameWhile 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?

Yes, Our Ancestors Loved to Play Games Too

Yes, Our Ancestors Loved to Play Games Too!

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Apparently, even our ancestors believed this saying.

A lot of us think that our ancestors were all too busy working day and night, hunting for food, planting crops, fighting wars, hopping one place to another, discovering new things, and doing ancient rituals.

In museums, we see the crude tools that our ancestors used for working or planting crops. Ancient armors and fighting equipments are also part of the display.

It’s likewise common to see prehistoric drums made of indigenous materials in galleries. But unlike the modern drum sets that we have now – go here to find helpful drum set reviews – these ancient drums were originally intended for religious or ceremonial purposes and thus were regarded highly. Other common displays in museums include ancient clothing, food, arts, and crafts.

Probably, toys or playthings are least expected to be seen in museums. As such, many of us think that our ancestors never had time to enjoy. On the contrary, however, our forebears actually found time for fun and for games. In fact, a lot of our favorite games and sports today trace their history back to the ancient times.

Excited to know what our ancestors played? Check out this list.

Soccer

One of the most popular sports in the world, soccer is actually not the invention of our generation. Ancient Egyptians played football-like games as early as 2,500 BC as evidenced by the leather balls found in excavation site. However, military training manuals discovered in China and dated around 300 BC record the earliest evidence of a football-type game.

Skiing

With so much snow to enjoy, our ancestors must have spent a lot of time in the frozen slopes and bodies of water during winter. But unlike us, our ancestors didn’t ski just for fun. They needed to ski for mobility during the long, cold winter season. They must have forced themselves to learn this skill in order to catch their prey. The remnants of an ancient Russian ski dates back to around 6000 BC while the Chinese petroglyphs showing skiers chasing an ibex dates about 3000 BC.

Board Games

It’s not only us who played board games. Ancient civilizations in Iraq had played board games long before us. Discovered in Iraq were artifacts that were thought to be earliest board game, known as the Royal Game of Ur, which dates back to 2500 BC. The game is said to be the forerunner of backgammon and perhaps the mother of all modern board games. The game is advanced and must have been played by royalties. I could imagine the King playing this board game while nymphs played tunes and drummers beat their ancient drums. For sure, there were still no beginner drum sets like what we have today.

Aside from the discovered artifacts of the Royal Game of Ur, there were also a lot of boards that were found in separate sites like Kenya, Egypt and Africa, some even dating back to the Neolithic period. These boards are said to be meant for ancient games.

Unlike our modern board games and sports, our ancestors made use of whatever available items they had around them. We may not know how often they played these games, but one thing’s for sure, they know how to relax and have fun, just like us!

Think You Can Lead An Army Be Sure To Play These Three Games

Think You Can Lead An Army? Be Sure To Play These Three Games!

Ever dreamed of being a war general? Do you want to command an army battalion? Or lead an assault team? What about conquering an entire country?

You can all these. And here’s the good news, you can rise to the top of the rank without the need to sweat out in training camps. You can become the Commanding General of the entire army! Without even having to know how to fire guns or even just how to hold a training air rifle (go check this site to see what training air rifles look like.)

Here are five awesome war board games will take you to the battlefield and let you showcase your war strategies. Experience how it is to lead an army and conquer your opponents. And see how tough and strategic you are as the Commanding General.

  1. Axis and Allies

This edition is one of the most successful in the Milton Bradley’s Gamemaster series. Based on the WWII themes, this board game takes the players to the global level. It can be played by up to five players that are divided into two teams: The Allies (USA, USSR and the United Kingdom) and The Axis (Japan and Germany).

You have the whole world as a playing ground and an entire flotilla of military units, ranging from infantry, armor, bombers, fighters, aircraft carries, battleships, troop transports, submarines, factories, and anti-air turrets. Just like in a real war, all of these units have special roles and functions. You would also need to work with other teammates in planning the best strategies. This game is almost like the real World War II!

  1. Stratego

Unlike Axis and Allies, this tabletop strategy board game is not as grand and does not depict the whole world. Stratego tests how strategic you are as a General. Under your control are individual officers and soldiers represented by 40 pieces. Your opponent also has the same individual pieces except their ranks are concealed from you. The goal is to capture your opponent’s flag or immobilize the opponent by taking down his pieces. Since the ranks of the pieces are not disclosed, you have to be very strategic in placing your pieces and the flag; at the same time, you have to be able to quickly discover rank of pieces as the game unfolds.

  1. Game of the Generals

The objective of this game is quite similar with Stratego, except that each player only has an army of 21 pieces. Each piece represents a rank in the military hierarchy from Private to Five Star General, including 2 Spies, and a Flag. For this game, you have the Spy or Sniper as the most powerful of all pieces as it can take down all ranks except the private. I guess, this sniper has trained well using an air rifle like those reviewed RifleJudge.com.

For this board game, the goal is either to capture the opponent’s flag or to maneuver your flag to the first row of your opponent. A sound strategy for the placement of the pieces is necessary to protect the flag at the same time launch an effective attack. It’s both an offensive and defensive game. Critical to winning this game is how quick you can decipher the concealed ranks of your opponent. As the game progresses and the ranks of the ‘downed’ pieces are slowly revealed, the action and suspense becomes more intense.

The game-play and rules of these strategy war games are very simple to learn. If your hear is really into the military world, you’ll surely have fun with these!

Board Game Music You’ve Probably Never Tried Before

Board Game Music You’ve Probably Never Tried Before

Board games are definitely fun but you can make it even better by playing some nice music on the background.

Why haven’t you thought of that before?

Normally, after playing a round or two of your favorite tabletop games, players would find the evening starting to get a bit boring. I’ve found winter nights unusually boring. And when someone is bitten by this ‘boring virus,’ surely, the game’s over! But you can add more zest and excitement to your game nights.

Soundscapes can make your games more thrilling, livelier and terrific. This I discovered one winter night when we played Monopoly at a cousin’s house. A great piano player, he played some of the best piano pieces I’ve ever heard with his digital piano. I remember him playing the same piano model reviewed here at DigitalPianoJudge.com. At some point he’d speed up the tempo and crescendo-ed at crucial decision-making points, it perfectly suited the pace of the game. Believe me. I’ve played Monopoly countless times before but never as nerve-wracking as that!

Make your next game night the best ever by playing awesome soundscapes that suit the board game. Check the sounds I recommend to try out:

Relaxing soundtracks

YouTube is the best source of relaxing and meditative tracks. It goes well with any tabletop or card games that require focus. Dixit, Chess and Poker are best played with relaxing tracks as background. Calm music would certainly help you concentrate on your strategies.

Ambient music

Perfect for creating a relaxed atmosphere, ambient music is best played during Chess matches or Scrabble or Nine Men’s Morris. An ambient background creates a calm atmosphere that allows players to concentrate and thing of their next moves and/or strategies.

Cinematic soundscapes

Games based on specific themes, such as ancient war, action games, magic and fantasy, are best played with thematic soundtracks or scenery fitting soundscapes as background. For board games with ancient civilizations or warfare themes, like Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage or Command and Colors: Ancient, you can play Lord of the Rings musical themes composed by Howard Shore. The soundscape brings you to the ancient world which makes the game more realistic and exciting.

For more intense war board games, there are Hans Zimmer compositions – any of the Superman or Pirates of the Caribbean themes would be great. These soundtracks are upbeat, very rhythmic and purely instrumental.

If you’re playing fantasy-inspired tabletop games, you’ll surely like magical ambient sounds. There are also those tantric tracks. I’ve personally found soundtracks for RPGs and other computer games best played with modern, action board games.

To find these tracks, simply check YouTube and search for the specific theme of the board game. You’ll surely find soundscapes that best fit your game.

Board Game-inspired soundtracks

There are certain games that come with official soundtrack tie-ups. Although these board games aren’t that many, you can still check the Internet or the game’s instruction manual for any suggested background music. For example, Mysterium has a thematic soundtrack that can be played online. There are also sites that specifically list music and ambiences for different tabletop role-playing games. Some of these tracks are actually inspired by or specifically made for certain board games.

Lastly, you can, of course, create your very own music. If you can play instrument, perhaps using a digital piano like this, it would be even better. You can also use audio software to publish your very own musical remix. For sure, your game nights would be more fun with these great sound as the background!