Video Games and Board Games

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Happy Friday!

I keep meaning to post this thread but I always forget.  I work with Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers and when board games are brought up they are either already into them or they act like it's crazy geeky (which it kind of is) to play board games.

This always leads me to ask if they play video games (almost 100% of the time they do).  I always make the argument that from a geek culture stand point that video games and board games are pretty close.

I wonder what ya'll think or what your experience is.  Did you play video games before board gaming?  Do you still play video games?  Which do you prefer and why?  Do you think (as I do) that there is a strong cultural connection between video games and board games?  Why or why not?

What are your favorite video games to play that you feel best give you a similiar experience to board games?

Cheers!

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3 months ago

As a kid, I've always had an interest in both video games and board games. I've only been able to explore video games until more recently though. 
I still play video games... Or rather, I'd like to, but I'm really busy and don't really have that extra time nor energy to sit down and play. I only make time for board games because I play it with people, who I know depend on my attendance. Hence, board games with people take priority over playing video games by myself. But I still very much enjoy both since they both primarily fulfill the same purpose of connecting with people. Many of the video games I choose to play are multiplayer. Some video games I enjoy are turn-based RPGs, strategy, and puzzle games, which I think are similar to the tabletop games I'd enjoy the most. 

And you bring an interesting point. I also find both board games and video games to be deeply rooted in "geek culture", but only now party board games and video games are a lot more mainstream and "cool". Certain tabletop games are still very geeky but more acceptable these days. I've noticed that attitudes towards DnD have changed positively because of exposure from popular shows like Stranger Things. And I've definitely noticed more and more of my peers becoming interested in board games as we got older as well.

Supporter3 months ago

Wow!  I didn't expect so much traction over the weekend.  Love all the coversation.

For me... I started playing video games again because of quarantine and they have slowly taken the place of what would have been my solo time for games (this is in part due to the fact that my gaming group gets back together every 2 - 3 weeks).  But I am hoping over Christmas break that I'll get back into some solo board gaming as I do enjoy that more because of the tactile aspect.

Premium User4 months ago

Great question! This was brought up once in our meetup group where someone had posted a link to an article that was basically "why I play board games" and the first reason listed was "because I suck at video games." LOL

I think that best describes me. I've played video games pretty much since I was I don't know...6? Certain games I'm okay at, most I'm terrible at, and there's probably 0 that I'm actually good at. My video game play has decreased tremendously since I started getting more and more into board games. It's now to the point where people who know I play video games ask if I'm getting the new Xbox or PS5 and I'm like "nah I play board games now." Unlike your students, they don't seem to care haha.

As far as connection between the two I'm not sure. I guess culturally I could see it because it's just a different form of the same entertainment. 

I think the only video games I've played that gave me a similar experience to board games have been Slay the Spire and Carto. Slay the Spire obviously is a deck building game and Carto reminds me just slightly of #Carcassonne.

Supporter3 months ago

Cool.  I think my move toward enjoying Board Gaming more is two fold.  I like the psyical aspect and the social aspect.  I also like that you have to think about the rules, it doesn't just follow the rules for you.  It engages my mind in a different way.

Premium User3 months ago

Those are very valid points. The weird thing with video games for me is when I do encounter a game that makes you think, I just want to know what the answer is and move on haha. Not one for puzzle games I'm afraid.

Supporter3 months ago

So no Zelda games for you?

Premium User3 months ago

I've actually been eyeing Breath of the Wild or whatever it's called for a bit because it's so well received. But generally speaking no I have not played any Zelda to my knowledge unfortunately 

4 months ago

Civilization is the biggest board game comparison for myself. 

Premium User4 months ago

Is the board game similar to the video game series?

4 months ago

Yes to all of your questions lol. I play video games, I played them first and I think board gaming is more geeky. Video games are so versatile. Even athletes play games like 2K or Call of Duty, heck politicians have streamed Among Us to connect with people. It just has a wider market. 

I tend to stay away from games that have a board game feel mostly because I love board games in their context, but I love anything from From Software (Dark Souls, Bloodbourne, Sekiro etc.)

Supporter3 months ago

I guess maybe I do need to think about the types of games people play, especially if it's only sports games.  I do think you could find some similiar games if you are a first person shooter player.

It's probably easier for me to make the jump because I always enjoyed RPG games that have some more geekiness to it.  I guess I feel like they are similiar because I enjoy all the video games, including sports games.  I also grew up in High School as a Punk Rock Geek Kid who was also a Jock so I'm very passionate about bridging the gap and not saying... well I play sports so I can't be into geeky things like board games... if that all makes sense.

3 months ago

I'm in a similar bucket. I was in band but also played Water Polo so I wanted to bridge the gap from jocks to geeks!

Premium User4 months ago

I don't know if a "wider market" makes it less geeky...

Thinking about something like cosplayers. Until I see someone dressed as a sheep meeple....

4 months ago

HAHA you bring up valid points. I think there are higher highs and lower lows with the video game world...

but I fully admit that board gamers still bring the geek lol

Premium User4 months ago

Yeah I can understand that for sure. You have to go out of your way sometimes to find some board game stores. I certainly have haha. Whereas video games are all over the place

4 months ago

For sure. I have no problem getting video games in person but the best place to get board games in my city is Target...

Premium User4 months ago

Oof that's rough. Do they have a decent selection at least? The one near me never has anything good. All those reddit "YMMV" posts about potential deals are at a minimum 45 min away from me lol

4 months ago

I mean...it's whatever. Considering the games I like the only one that interests me much is#Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

Supporter3 months ago

This is a game I'd like to maybe play as my own board game version of a video game.  But because it's coop I'd definitely op for solo play with it.

3 months ago

I can see that! Great it like your own character building and time like you would with a video game!

Supporter3 months ago

I'd approach it as a Tabletop version of a video game version of a Tapletop RPG, haha!

3 months ago

HAHA not convoluted at all!

Supporter3 months ago

Premium User3 months ago

It could certainly work better than most board games would 

3 months ago

For sure. I typically dislike digital implementations...

Premium User3 months ago

Yeah same but this is 2020 lol

3 months ago

My feelings remain the same lol. It is just not the same!

Premium User4 months ago

Oh so then yours must be like mine lol. I'm talking about like things will pop up on reddit for Evolution on sale at Target and it's always super far from me. Once they supposedly had Quacks..yeah no lol

4 months ago

Ya no chance. They like kinda realized games are popular but they stopped going any deeper once they hit a certain point...

Premium User4 months ago

I've heard too that they're potentially getting rid of stock for things that aren't Target exclusive games? I don't know if I know what I'm talking about exactly hahaha but it kinda made sense for awhile when they were dumping stock of #Splendor and #Sagrada recently.