It struck me last night when I was playing a game of scrabble which I do an estimate two times a month. My cell phone was shut off, same for the laptop and the TV and on the background only the sounds of some easy listening music. If you consider 80's music easy listening.......I do.
It's so easy in nowadays society to be totally wrapped up in the technology and its devices that surround us and I am guilty as charged. Playing guitar in front of the TV with my children? Guilty. Watching TV while being on my cell phone and my notebook on my lap? Guilty. I could go on but I won't because I'm sure you get the bigger picture here. I think we've all been there and done that in some kind of way.
Back to last night. While enjoying the silence ( thank you to Depeche Mode) and cracking my brain over how to beat my wife's score in her own language I realized that boardgames are one of those things that still is enjoyable in a family setting. When I was a child I used to play boardgames every weekend with my parents and brothers given the fact that the existent technology then wasn't much of a distraction.
In our family we are still playing boardgames although the Playstations, Wii's, laptops, TV and cell phones have claimed their trophy already. And I think it's a very good choice of entertainment. While writing this I realize there are many boardgames now that have some kind of electronics ( e.g. battleship). I even ordered some traditional boardgames from the Netherlands ( born and raised for the ones who didn't know yet) so I could introduce our children to some of my culture in the world of boardgames. We always have fun, it can be educational and most of all the silence is more than welcome so now and then.
Et voila, that brought me to writing this little piece wondering how boardgames have found or lost their way amongst my fellow members of this community. Do you still have them but not play them anymore. Stuffed somewhere on a dusty attic? Or do you still play and even might purchase some new boardgames so now and then? With other words, are the traditional ( and newer) boardgames still around and we still enjoy to plat them?