Solo gaming versus video games

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This is a question that I've struggled with in the past, and actually am currently struggling with personally right now. 

You have a few hours in the evening after your kids are in bed. Do you plop down in front of a video game or do you grab a solo board game? I think the answer for me is both, at least at different times and when I'm in different moods.

Solo board gaming is incredibly rewarding but also takes a ton of brain space. Lately work has been so busy for me that I just haven't had the space to play some of my favorite board games. Fortunately for these times I have my old flame video games to help give me some distraction and mental space. Video games run their own AI and allow immersion more easily. But they lack the tactility and satisfying feels of board games. 

So I say both! And if all things were equal in a vacuum (which is impossible) I would lean toward solo gaming.

So I'm basically not answering my own question. But perhaps one of you can give a more definitive answer? Which do you prefer and why?

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Supporter3 months ago

I don't do much of any electronic game, though I have the access to #Gloomhaven digital through the #Frosthaven KS campaign. I still need to try that out.

I have been super swamped with a few health issues, and a lot of work lately. So, I have not been gaming as much as I would like.but, for me, when I am tired, the last thing I want to see is a screen. When I am in case like you describe, I read a book.

Supporter3 months ago

Sorry to hear about your health issues! You didn't get Covid-19 did you!!!?!? 

Supporter3 months ago

I don't think so. And, really, I am not personally worried about Covid as far as myself and my family. But, it has been complicated figuring out what we have. We could go to the hospital. But, the hospitals are points of high contagion, and they are pretty draconian with what they do if you have Covid. I am worried that if I go to the hospital, figure out what I have, and get Covid, then I will be in solitary confinment in some sort of "center of containment" until I test negative. This would leave my wife and son alone at home, and I don't really relish that idea.

Supporter3 months ago

I was really being more facetious than serious with that question. 

Supporter3 months ago

gotcha

3 months ago

Good question.  Since my kids used my gaming tables to build a fort in their room and sleep in it for the first few weeks of school I currently have no game table.

As my predicament is such, I have popped in Horizon Zero Dawn and started playing it again on very hard.  Figuring out how to take down machines is somewhat like a game inside a good video game storyline.

I agree with the challenge of setting up a solo game after a long day at work and while playing a group game is cathertic setting of a game I can only half finish is less so.  Thus having my table in my office back and being able to leave a game up for several days is fairly important to the overall decision process.

Supporter3 months ago

Agreed. I didn't have a table to play solo games in the evening for quite a while and the lack of space means you can't play. Sounds cute about your kids sleeping in a fort though!

Supporter3 months ago

For me it's simply timing.  Right now my wife has been staying up a lot later than she usually does so it's easier to just play 20 minutes of Paper Mario then try to set up a board game and play.  But my preference would be a solo board game most of the time because I love the tactile nature of board games.

Supporter3 months ago

For me it's simply timing.  Right now my wife has been staying up a lot later than she usually does so it's easier to just play 20 minutes of Paper Mario then try to set up a board game and play.  But my preference would be a solo board game most of the time because I love the tactile nature of board games.

Supporter3 months ago

I like this question. And... I think it comes and goes in phases. I've gone through the addictive video/PC gaming phase of high school, almost zero gaming throughout college due to having so much social interaction (and the sheer amount of studying), getting back into PC games a bit after getting married and winding down after work (pre-board game hobby era), and getting into the Switch before my son was born. Then for the past 1.5 years, it's been nothing but board games (albeit not nearly as frequent).

The reason why I say this is because I think I've had my fill of digital games for a while. And because board games now overlap as work, playing games is like killing two birds with a stone especially since there's a big limitation in time as a new dad. I really enjoy the tactile experience and being able to drift into my own mental space without the visual/auditory stimulation you'd find in video/PC games. Plus, I like the flexibility because I typically like shooting games and most games in that genre are difficult to put on a pause when my wife needs me. Also, I'm the type of person who needs a good amount of pause and some private mental space every now and then, and solo board gaming helps me in that aspect too.

By the way, I've been really wanting to get in another solo session of #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) and that will be the first thing I do once I'm done with a side gig. I also have Hollow Knight that I downloaded on my Switch about two years ago, which I never touched but have wanted to try out. Currently, I'm still wanting to solo Pax more and so it's not just about my duties toward work :)

With that said, if my wife and I end up with a second, I'll likely go through a phase of enjoying my Switch for a while to enjoy the accessibility of gaming anywhere, anytime without the setup.

Supporter3 months ago

Excellent! Another "both" answer. Speaking of Switch - my wife bought me Pokémon Shield to play with the kids. I haven't played Pokémon since Yellow. It's just as much fun as I remember!

Supporter3 months ago

Nice! I've relapsed into pokemon a few times in my life after the gameboy days elementary/early middle school. I think it was some time in high school when I downloaded the game to play on desktop. Still really fun :)

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