Board games have been around for centuries. The oldest known board game traces as far back as 5870 BC It just proves the human need to be entertained and challenged at the same time. Board games, more than anything else, require mental strategy. Unlike sports, where the mind is also challenged but concentrates more on the physical abilities of the player, board games require the competence of the player’s thought processes and quick wits to win. This is one of the attributes that distinguishes board games from many other games.
Game Board of Life and Death
However, this does not mean that all board games are successful. Board games live and die depending on their popularity. If there is art in playing it, it requires even greater art in creating it. Senet and Mehen are board games traced back to ancient Egypt, but their presence in contemporary or popular culture is almost non-existent, but their evolution can be more recognizable today. Honestly, it’s the game’s application to the modern age that, most of the time, decides whether the game will live or wither.
Grandparents Board Game
Backgammon, Go, and Chess are probably the oldest games still being played today. Backgammon is considered a racing game. This requires moving one’s pieces to the other side of the board. This game needs to roll the dice to determine the movement of the game. This game originated in ancient Egypt, around 3000 BC, and is believed to have evolved from the ancient game Senet.
Go is believed to have originated in China in the mid-2000s BC specifically, can be traced to Emperor Yao, and then its popularity spread to Korea and Japan. Chess, on the other hand, is believed to have originated in India in the 6th century. Experts think chess has evolved from an ancient game called Chaturanga.
Obviously Go predates chess several thousand years ago, but they have something in common. Each requires only two players, and they must outwit each other. No wonder if chess comes from India, a country that borders directly with China. However, one striking similarity that Go and chess have in common is that they are both war games.
Old-fashioned form, yes, and almost incomparable to modern-day war strategy games offered in video games. It is believed that these two games originated from tribal warlords who used identical-looking pieces to strategize their attack plans.
In retrospect, having the game of war as the oldest board game and still popular today does give one an idea of why it still holds true today.
Modern Age, Contemporary Board Games
There are many board games that have appeared in our time. But few have had the shelf life of being the most popular board game still being played today. The exclusive list includes:
* Snakes and ladders
Of course, Monopoly is almost universally recognizable. This is odd because Monopoly isn’t the easiest game to understand. However, even so, the Guinness Book of Records recognizes Monopoly’s worldwide appeal, with more than 750 million people having played the game. To think that it has been around since 1935, Monopoly’s durability is a testament to how real estate, business, banking and investing can be applied in our time.
Clue, on the other hand, relies on murders and mysteries to keep players interested. Risk is a perfect example of how ancient games like chess emerged and Go has evolved to adapt to their cultural environment. Life, on the other hand, precedes Monopoly. It was created in 1860 and simulates, well, life. Marriages, careers and so on are all part of the game, and people enjoy imagining what life would be like, or what life would be like, in this game.
Snake and Ladders is also another popular board game. The problem with this game is that a lot of adults don’t find it interesting. That’s why it’s almost exclusively just for kids. Adults usually find the game hanging on occasion boring. Relying solely on dice to determine a player’s fate is not as difficult as most adults would like from a board game. The fate of players in Monopoly is also determined by the dice, but unlike Snakes and Ladders, players still need strategy.
Checkers, or English drafts, is another popular game that is believed to have originated in the forms of chess and Go. However, it is still considered one of the most popular board games today. In fact, it is more popular than Go, which is commonly associated with Japan.
Lastly, there is a word game. Scrabble is the most popular of all word board games. Like chess or chess, there is even a world competition for Scrabble. Word Factory, which can be considered a board game, is also a popular word game.