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I can't help but think the e-generation is missing out

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 16, 2019 8:50 am

There are days when I realize just how wide the generation gap can be.

Such was the case over the weekend when we had a couple of the grandkids help us with things like lugging up bags and boxes of stuff from the basement.

Kathy thought it would be a great idea to "straighten up the basement" on a Saturday afternoon.

"Can't we just hire somebody to do that?" I asked her, only half in jest.

"We are," she said. "You're paying the grandkids to help."

Grady and Tommy wanted to earn money to "buy some games." That made me think they were hoping to purchase Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Yahtzee or something along those lines.

Uhh ... no.

Apparently, "board games" no longer exist for today's teenagers. Grady and Tommy were hauling and lifting toward the purchase of one of the latest e-game releases.

When I asked them when the last time they played Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit, I could tell by the blank look in their eyes the answer was likely never.

Part of me was proud they are so technologically advanced, but part of me was also a little saddened they do not -- and never will -- appreciate sitting at the dining room table and winning a five-hour Monopoly marathon.

Tabletop board games were once a right of passage for my generation.

I realize I'm probably missing a lot by not being able to maneuver my way around a keyboard to play some of these super-tech offerings of today. But I also find it hard to believe anything could have been more fun than the hours spent rolling the dice (yes, real dice, not computer-generated icons) while trying to outsmart your best friend in a battle-to-the-death game of Strat-O-Matic Baseball.

Another plus of the old tabletop games was getting to know more about the person(s) you were playing. How quickly do they get upset, the kind of strategic moves they prefer and -- if it was a really great game -- how mad they got when they lost.

I can't help but think the e-generation may be missing out on a lot of those intangibles in their modern-day game universe.

For the record, here's my 10 favorite tabletop games, some of which I still play with fellow "gamers" in my age bracket.

1. Scrabble: To this day, I hate getting that blasted "Q."

2. Strat-O-Matic Baseball: The finest sports game ever developed. Sorry, APBA fans.

3. Monopoly: It's always a good day if you wind up owning Boardwalk and Park Place.

4. Trivial Pursuit: The sports edition is my favorite.

5. Blokus: I wish I had discovered this game of strategy as a kid instead of when I was in my 60s.

6. Sorry!: I was introduced to this game in grade school and have enjoyed it ever since.

7. Yahtzee: The ultimate dice game.

8. Jenga: At some point, the wooden tower is going to collapse. There's no way around it.

9. Chess: I'm terrible but still enjoy the overall concept.

10. Checkers: I still play with my granddaughter (and, yes, I always let her win).