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In Focus Have gaming devices spelt the end of the good old board game?

The charm of playing a game
The charm of playing a game

Afriend who was back in the country after almost a decade recently remarked during a train journey that nothing much had changed about the Indian Railways apart from the demeanour of the passengers. Earlier, we would find people playing board games or cards and chatting with each other but today most people are constantly fiddling with their phones and playing games on devices with large touch screens. With the arrival of Android and similar software, downloading games on the phone has become simple and affordable. Games like Angry Birds created a phenomenon that had a lot of people addicted to their phones. Teenagers no longer carry games like ludo, chess, snakes and ladders on journeys anymore. They carry tablets or hand-held gaming devices to keep them busy.

Afternoons during the summer holidays were incomplete without the entire family coming together to play classic games like Monopoly, Scrabble and Pictionary. Games on consoles like the PlayStation or the Xbox or computer games have excellent graphics and require a lot of skill as well. They are very realistic and are definitely much more attractive than traditional board games. Using motion sensors you can play tennis or box in your living room. Games like scrabble and chess can be played online on social networking sites with friends sitting in a different city.

Samika Saincher, a teenager says that she does not like to play board games as they are ‘boring.’ Ashrita, a parent, feels that it is up to parents to decide what children play with at what age.

JAIDEEP DEO BHANJ

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