Board Games or Computer Games?

It's a discussion i've had many times but never really managed to come to any conclusion. Which are better? Board games or modern day computer games?

Over the christmas break we were invited to our parents for an evening meal and to play some games. When we arrived we didn't know what they had in mind with regards to 'games' but we ended up having a really fun evening playing board games.

It was so much fun and felt far more rewarding to be playing board games than sitting starring at a television playing against someone on the other side of the planet who you've never even met.

Don't misunderstand me, I do enjoy playing games consoles and I personally own nearly every gaming console that is available, however, I think there is a time and place to play them. Computer games are very realistic and even the very best board game couldn't come close to some of the experiences and graphics that are available via a games console.

In my opinion though there is no substitute for a good old fashioned board game where all the family can get together and enjoy chatting and playing the game without the need for expensive games consoles, software and wide screen televisions.

Heres a short list of traditional board games that I recommend every home should have.

  1. Monopoly - A property trading board game for 2-6 players, each game lasts on average 60-210 minutes. Monopoly is best suited to the competitive person and teaches skills such as negotiation and resource management.
  2. Chess - A traditional war game dating back to the 6th Century. Chess is a game that requires two players. Chess requires immense concentration and the skills required to play are Strategy and Tactical
  3. Scrabble - This game requires 2-4 players and is excellent for improving vocabulary. Players are required to form words from individual lettered tiles on a game-board made up of 15 x 15 squares.
  4. Risk - The primary object of the game is "world domination," the game can be played by 2-6 players. Games of Risk can last from 1-6 hours. 
  5. Pictionary - This game involves teams of players guessing what their teammates are drawing. The game can be played by 4 or more players and the average play time is 1 hour.

What are your views on this topic? Do you have a preference or are you happy to play either? Feel free to comment on this article with your opinions.