Welcome to Slam Unplugged
Slam used to make video games, but now we are unplugged!
This is where we'll talk about stuff. Anything that is Slam Unplugged related, which since Slam is Andrew and I, and we are married, could be anything we feel like talking about.
James Hudson recently posted a video on the Boardgame Spotlight Facebook Group posing the question, “Are board games the new video games?"
Of course the answer is no, they're not - but - I think the recent upsurge in the board games industry is a lot to do with my generation somewhat turning their backs on video games to find the social interaction we found gaming on the sofa, hanging our with our friends in our youth.
As old school video gamers and game makers we were always the first of our group to have the latest consoles and games. The Wii and Xbox Kinect really helped widen the gaming demographic and so our friends also got into gaming and bought their own consoles. We used to pack up our consoles and take them with us on our flights on vacation.
But the change from sofa gaming to gaming online with voice only changed the style of gaming that just didn't suit myself or my family. We could no longer play Halo co-op on the same console - we had to buy another console. (Yes, we did that just so we could hang out.)
Another reason for us to become so invested in board gaming is that working in the tech sector we are heavily reliant on technology and screen time, our kids are growing up in the digital age - we wanted to unplug and share our quality time with our kids. Board gaming lets us do that.
I love playing games as a family, the boys are 8 and 15 and we've been playing games with them for as long as I can remember: Junior Monopoly (thankfully no more), Uno, Blokus, Quirkle, Carcasonne, Ticket to Ride, Catan, and now Scythe, Viticulture, Clank, Tiny Epic Kingdoms and Galaxies make it regularly to the table. Our recent faves are Kingdomino and Pandemic Legacy. The thing I love most about co-op games is discussing strategies and tactics together, especially with the kids. The eldest is happiest on xbox hanging out with his friends online, but he will emerge from his man cave and play games with us. The youngest is a budding game designer, who takes his prototypes to game days in his classroom and is starting to get into painting minis.
Why do you enjoy board games?
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