When Video Games Become Board Games: Part 1

It is important to remember that board games are not video games and neither should be expected to match the other’s total gaming experience. Video games of this era were all about constant motion, quick reflexes and split-second decision-making. Board games, however, are about measured decisions, random die rolls or card draws, and ever-changing strategies based on the play of your opponents. In addition, board games often have suggested ages for players. I have read several reviews over the years from adults who were unable to understand that a game meant for children would have limited appeal to adults (and who scored them based on their own experience of playing them as an adult), or from reviewers who also expected a board game to be a video game.

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Lisa Carter: TFPSoft

If I had to pick just one game, however, it would have to be the original Legend of Zelda. By the standards of the day the game world was huge, which made it lots of fun. But what I really loved were all the secrets. Every nook and cranny held yet another hidden item. I’m still a sucker for a good treasure hunt.

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