Research shows many of us are lonely. Embracing analogue gameplay could go a long way in helping us become happier, socially connected people.
Catan experienced a revival over the pandemic. However, the most potent and painful relationship between Catan and our world today remains largely unexamined.
The Settlers of Catan codified a certain kind of game play based on the history of settler colonialism.
Teamwork is a common theme among the growing number of board games that deal with climate change.
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While most board games are designed for one person to win, climate change games are about saving the world.
Carbon City Zero
Climate change board games can help players grasp the issues by experiencing them first-hand.
The loss of leisure time is partially attributed to longer work hours and unpaid overtime.
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The growing leisure gap has a huge impact on women’s ability to engage with the board game hobby.
Does this lack of representation matter to board gamers?
The board gaming industry needs to be more inclusive if it wants to continue its market growth and expand.
Board game Pandemic is providing more than entertainment in lockdown – helping players think through problems creatively, focus, adapt and reflect on serious issues.
Holidays are the perfect opportunity to try out some of the new breed of board games.
Far from fading away in the digital age, board games are enjoying a boom time because they are social, challenging and tangible. And designers are using technology to create new ways to play.
A board for the Prussian wargame of ‘Kriegsspiel.’
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War games let you test your political and military acumen right at your kitchen table – while also helping you appreciate how decision-makers are limited by the choices of others.
Do not pass GO! Monopoly was designed by a progressive writer to teach players the dangers of wealth concentration.
Many of the board games we play today were originally created in the last century and they impart many interesting lessons about life.
In today’s competitive environment, innovation is indispensable, but it is not enough.
AlphaZero is a machine capable of defeating the most complex board games for the human mind, based only on its own learning experience, not on accumulated human knowledge.
Parenting win: Your children leave home and say, ‘I loved family time when I was little. Every Friday night was dinner and games.’
A regular family ritual like a dinner and games night contributes to the rhythm and predictability of life and becomes part of a family’s unique DNA.
Many board games strengthen the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of the brains of players. This results in improved cognitive functions such as IQ, memory, information retention and problem-solving.
From dyslexia, to dementia to schizophrenia, there is evidence that playing games can help, while boosting family connections and emotional wellbeing.
Tabletop games have been around for more than a century. Early North American game makers often depicted Indigenous people as savage enemies.
For more than a century, board games have provided children with some of their first exposure to Indigenous stereotypes — hidden behind ornate lithographs, painted cubes and punched cardboard.
Two men playing Morabaraba. Board games are a part of the social fabric of many African societies.
African board games are learning spaces for players to develop cognitive and non-cognitive skills given the mechanics or rules embedded in these games.
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The Oujia board’s origins were anything but evil. It emerged, in part, out of a longing to communicate with loved ones who had died during the Civil War.
Go is a beautiful and complex game that’s endured for thousands of years.
An artificial intelligence has defeated a world champion of Go, the ancient Chinese strategy game. But what is Go, and why is it worth teaching to a computer?
Since 2009, record sales have soared.
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While technological advances have rendered some products obsolete, they’ve also spurred the growth of niche markets that cater to people looking to reject mass-produced goods.
The chips are down.
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