Analogue Games in a Digital World: Why Board Games are Cool Again

A family playing board gamesIn a world where the internet and video games reign supreme, the world seems to be entering a golden age of board games. Board games are ancient, with some of the most enduring ones, such as chess and checkers, dating back hundreds of years.

There was a time when board games became ‘bored games’ — the type of game that you only play if there is a power outage and there is nothing else to do. For a long time, board games were left at the bottom of the closet and dropped out of the public consciousness.

Yet, in 2016, there is a renewed interest in paper and cardboard gaming. You can buy board games anywhere now — not just at online shops like, but in bookstores and in specialty shops as well. The market is truly booming, and it is no longer a hobby for children or the ultra-geeky.

The Golden Age of Board games

It seems that 2016 is entering a golden age of board gaming — though the classics, such as chess and backgammon, are still well loved; board games today are complex and multi-layered. There are games for all age levels, with varying levels of strategic difficulty.

Some have unique themes with deeply immersive storylines — you can get lost in the desert, stop Viking tribes from invading your territory, or prevent a pandemic from spreading across the world. Some games feature heightened player-on-player conflict, while others require teamwork, working together to fight some outside force.

Many modern games even forgo the use of dice and others have almost no rules — they are just there for the players to fun. They include games like Cards Against Humanities, which has become a cultural phenomenon. These are not your grandfather’s games!

Analog Games in a Digital World

One of the reasons behind the growing popularity of board games is the need for physical connection. For many people, their entire lives revolve around digital interactions — social media, video games, and even office work is all done online.

Board games are analogue — you can see, touch, hear, and even smell its components. You need to be physically present to play these games, which is why it is becoming a popular way to socialise with friends and family.

It seems that no matter how far technology progresses, people will always crave for face-to-face interaction. Board games provide the perfect opportunity to play with real people, in real time.