Do You Still Own Physical Board & Puzzle Games? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Do You Still Own Physical Board & Puzzle Games? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you if you still check your email while on vacation. Despite the fact that some of you never take any vacations, we did get a nice variety of votes for this poll, which show an interesting picture.

Out of 234 votes in total, 5% check their email seldom while on vacation, and only if they have to; 7% don’t check their emails on vacation at all; 13% only check their personal emails and leave work emails out of it; 14% check their email every couple of days just to make sure there’s nothing urgent; 22% check their emails about once a day, even while on vacation; and 39% of the voters check their emails often, even while on vacation.

So the majority of the voters keep on checking their email no matter what. Is that harmless, or are we getting too connected for our own good?

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Don’t forget to check out last week’s best comment by Vinit Nair, who won a free MakeUseOf t-shirt!

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This week’s poll question is: Do You Still Own Physical Board & Puzzle Games?

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This week, my friend bought a Rubik’s Cube. A real one. It brought back many childhood memories, and the realization that no software game will ever be able to truly replace this sophisticated puzzle. Monopoly, Uno, Settlers of Katan, Connect Four, Go… these are all very popular games that started as board games, but all of them have a tablet and even a smartphone version now. Do these software versions compare to the real thing? And do you still own the real games, or are they slowly going out of style?

Tell us in the comments everything you think about physical board games. What does the future hold for them?

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Comments (18)
  • Llamanerds

    The big draw of physical board games is that it is everything a computer game is not:
    – Social: (most) board games require the interaction of another person, and not just some ethereal screen name, or voice on a head set, but an actual physical person whom you can see and touch and (for better or worse) smell. You can linger over a game of chess, and actually enjoy the company of another person.
    – Tactile: I know several people who buy board games (or at least specific releases of them) based on the “bits”: the pieces and components that make up the flavor and texture of the game. Video game art can be astounding and amazing, but has yet to come close to the “resolution” of real life, even if you’re just pushing pawns around a board.
    – Imaginative: “Immersive” computer games in many cases remove the user’s imagination from the game. Everything is force fed to you: the actions, the characters, the voices, the stories, the motivations. Physical board games allow the players the opportunity to impose (often humorous) narrative along side the actual game.

  • Alec B

    I always bring out the old A&A and Risk war board games when relatives come over to stay. They’ll crash the night after I bring the refreshments.

  • John

    Four adults in our household, one of them is my daughter who is mildly developmentally disabled, but we have a lot of games that everyone can play.

    The board game version of Bejeweled is fun and a great value because you get the PC unlock with it.

    We play Monopoly but with many house rules, and I pass around my cellphone with a virtual dice app; Got tired of aggressive dice-throwers causing houses and hotels to scatter.

    Another thing with our Monopoly, we went to thrift stores and picked up various special versions with different colors/styles of houses and hotels, so you can glance at the board and see which properties belong to which player. I guess the Youtubers would call that a “Monopoly Hack”.

  • dragonmouth

    Playing Monopoly on the computer just does not have the same impact as playing the board version

  • Michelle T

    Of course, I live in the middle of no where. No TV channels, cable, or internet. Why else do you think I only have 2 kids. With out them we would be the Duggars.

    • dragonmouth

      I would think that living in the middle of nowhere would lead to a larger family. :P

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