Connecting Families with Games

In this day and age of personal computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones, personal entertainment has reached ever greater heights of disconnection from others. Families are drifting further apart for each member now having in their possession the apparatus to self entertain, meaning less time is spent together simply because there seems little or no need.

This may or may not be a good thing depending on your perspective, but the end result is that the family unit is being eroded and all we are left with is more of a household full of individual dwellers and less of a family unit. So what, if anything can be done to alter this course of erosion and get family members all together in the same room in a way that they will enjoy and not feel compelled to do?

It may sound an odd way of getting families together, but good old fashioned games can actually be a pretty decisive as well as fun way of getting family members to interact with each other. While not having quite the same impact on the senses as a high graphics and audio sensation of some top computer and Internet games, old fashioned board games actually have an attraction all their own.

In fact, traditional board games like Monopoly and Ludo along with more recent additions such as Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary are making something of a comeback in family circles and looked forward to as a great way to pass some leisure time together. This is good news where it is working to re-unite some families that had been drifting ever further apart, while being old news for those who have been enjoying this kind of group entertainment for years.

So what is it about these kinds of game that causes that feeling of attraction to other household dwellers and causes them to want to join each other in the same area of that living space to play a certain game?

The obvious answer is that playing competitive board games is not only a good bit of fun, but it re-awakens that competitive instinct in partakers that is lacking on the solitary “one player” computer games. Of course, there is the competitive aspect of playing against the game itself in order to win, but it just somehow doesn’t match the reality of competing with real people over a goal that is not only visible and audible but also solid and touchable!

So next time you feel like connecting with your family, suggest you get together around a great board game. You can find out more about the attraction of real games here: It can bring many benefits as well as being a good way to spend some fun time.