A Brief History and Evolution of Board and Computer Games


Board games are a traditional form of entertainment and socialization. People play them for these two reasons. Computer games are also played for the same purpose. However, computer games are more isolated and generally do not have a social aspect like board games. These forms of recreation have grown over thousands of years and they are now a fact of modern life. Keep reading to find out about the history and evolution of gaming and how they have impacted the world today.

Sticks and Stones: The Original Gaming Pieces in Nature

Natural Start Alliance states that children learn best through open end loose toys than any other type. Natural objects such as sticks, stones, pinecones, mud and even rocks encourage creativity. Strange as this might sound, many hi-tech guys who make their living creating video games, computers and mobile devices will not allow their children to play with those objects. If there is nothing wrong with computers and video games, then why do developers restrict them from their children? The simple answer is that computer games (and even board games) do not promote imagination and they do not encourage original thoughts.

Have you ever wondered why children naturally pick up stones and skip them across ponds or toss them at targets? Did you ever watch young children as they take sticks and use them to build things or to play war? They are being forced to use their imagination and not just rely on what has already been designed. Board games grew from sticks and stones and other things in nature. Once this evolution started it simply carried over into video games. Even companies like Cubox have games for players that evolved from board games.

Board Games the Next Evolution in Play Things

Board games used to be the in thing for family and social entertainment. Board games have always been around in one form or another and they still are popular today. However, this style of game play has declined because of the presence of video games. Many kids today know how to play board games, but most will play video games instead. Board games were the next evolution of playthings after sticks and stones.

Board games were very popular from the 1950s till about the early 2000s. Once they were in decline the games did not see any type of resurgence until 2016. According to the Seattle Times, board game sales started to increase every year starting in 2016. Still, this doesn’t mean that board games are making a comeback. Board games are still enjoying success, but they will never regain their former glory in modern culture.

Computer Games into the Future

Computer games are now the most popular form of gaming entertainment. They were the next gaming evolutionary step after board games. People play video games and they generally enjoy their gaming experience. When it comes to video games, people are socially gathered through computer connections. Multiplayer platform games and features allows for in-direct interaction through the internet. Video games are becoming more complex, interactive and dynamic. In the future they will evolve into more advance forms of game play.