I must admit that, although I've embraced my electronic app for reading, especially when travelling, I'm quite old school when it comes to games. I've never found the joy of a joystick, or the thrill of blowing up something in virtual reality. I love the old board games. And, even though my grandson is definitely a video game addict, he still comes bounding downstairs when told it's family board game night.
To me, there is a certain nostalgia involved. I remember family dinners at Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc when we would clear the table after eating far more than we should, to clear room for the checkers, crokinole, Chinese Checkers and dominoes. If you have ever played crokinole, chances are you're a Canadian. It was invented in Perth County, Ontario in 1876 and was always considered a great family game that didn't enter the evil world of card games and dice.
My favourite board game is Trivial Pursuit, but unfortunately my family refuses to play it with me anymore. It's not because of any ability I have at the game, although I LOVE trivia. It's because of this terrible habit I have of pontificating when the answer is revealed. For example, if the question asked about 1066, the date of the Norman invasion, I'd not roll the dice again until I'd gone through the whole history of the invasion and the list of Plantagenet kings that followed, right up to Richard III. Or if the answer to a question on history was Confederation in 1867, I'd make the grandchildren recite the names of all the prime ministers up to today. A few of these answers and the family would have to put their eyeballs back in their sockets from all the eye-rolling that followed my lecturing. Now Trivial Pursuit is relegated to the back of the closet.
But that's all right. We still have Catan, Monopoly, Sorry, Apples to Apples and a stack about three meters high of others. All of these are safe from the possibility of a history lesson from Grandma.
Board games may not have the visual effects of the electronic variety but they do have some compensations. They can be played by several people who are actually in the same room together. They don't suffer from glitches. They are comparatively cheap and you don't have to buy new characters or add-ons. They don't need wifi or electricity and can be played quite nicely by candlelight when the power goes out in a storm.
Now if I can just figure a way to rev up the Trivial Pursuit game. I don't want to go so far as to mention duct tape over my mouth, but there must be some compromise, surely.