Most of us grew up with fond memories of playing board games with our friends and family. However, generations to come may very well have a different experience. While traditional board games are still available to purchase, many opt for digital versions instead. In decades to come, will traditional board games be a relic of the past, with apps having taken over?
There are many reasons why board games have been successful through digital media. Traditional board games can be bulky. I am sure that most growing up in the 1980s or 1990s had a whole cupboard or designated area for their board game collection. But just in the same way that e-Books and the Kindle have gained massive popularity for their clutter free function, so have digital board games. Another thing to consider is that board games can be quite expensive, while gaming apps are often a lot more affordable to a greater number of people.
Many traditional board games are already available online, or through an app. These include, but are not limited to Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess, Yatzhee, and Bingo. Having these games made digital also solves an age old problem: needing people with whom you can play. Typically, with traditional board games you would have to invite friend around to play. But now you can play Scrabble with friends in your neighbourhood or even overseas through the Scrabble app!
The way we consume media and live our lives has changed drastically in the last two decades. The advent of modern and ever expanding technology means that we spend a lot of time using our mobile devices. As such, it is no surprise that many companies have wised up and pivoted their products to be accessible through these devices. We see this throughout the entertainment industry in terms of games as well as music.
However, many still enjoy the old fashioned board games where you get to move the pieces yourself. While convenience and costs are important factors; it seems that some aid board game players would rather stay with games in the format that they know and love. At the same time though, the success of digital board games is undeniable, and only seems to be growing, so we will have to monitor the industry and see what long term trends emerge concerning the choice of consumers between traditional board games and their newer, digital counterparts. But at the end of the day, whether people prefer one or the other formats, we can all agree on the fact that board games are great fun!