Monday, November 06, 2006

Random Thoughts on Board Games and Video Games

For France, Video Games Are as Artful as Cinema - New York Times

I wonder if they do the same thing for board game designers.... Still, pretty cool.

Lately, since real world has constrained my board game playing, I've been playing a bit more PC games, and now Michael prompted me to start seriously thinking about Final Fantasy 12... After a few months of PBEMing, I've reached the conclusion many of you immediately reached immediately: its pretty boring. I now realize, at least to me, board games are at their root a social experience. One thing I can say about playing board games on the PC is that its a good way to master the rules and decide if a game is worth buying.


At 12:39 PM, November 07, 2006, Blogger Kendahl said...

For board games, nothing beats face to face. It definitely is the social aspect that makes the game fun. But there are some games that are decent online. Chess is probably a good example. As for computer or video games, there are some games out there that provide a decent single player experience. I'd still choose a night of board gaming with family and friends any day over a night of killing baddies in a computer game.

At 12:48 PM, November 07, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

This is very true. Ra on BSW for instance is fun and works very well, but nothing compares to the fun of playing with the great people of SABG. I particularly enjoy witnessing firsthand the emotional peaks and valleys some of our members go through in the course of a gaming experience.

At 2:54 PM, November 07, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Beowulf + Me = valley


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