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JAIDEEP DEO BHANJ
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lifestyle Have gaming devices with their portability and variety spelt the end of the good-old board game?

Off the boardOld school or cutting edge?
Off the boardOld school or cutting edge?

Afriend who was back in the country after a decade 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. Downloading games on the phone has become simple and affordable. Teenagers no longer carry games such as 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 such as monopoly, scrabble and pictionary. These games help children learn to handle money, build vocabulary as well as teach them to draw. But these board games have now been replaced by gaming consoles and computer games.

Games on consoles such as the PlayStation or the Xbox or computer games have excellent graphics and require a lot of skill as well. Using motion sensors you can play tennis or kick box in your living room. Scrabble and chess can be played online on social networking sites with friends sitting in a different city.

Children prefer playing with the latest gadgets but parents should introduce them to traditional games and spend time playing with them.

Technology has made everything simpler but sometimes it’s nice to be old school and not let it take over our life completely.

JAIDEEP DEO BHANJ

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