BGG Picture Museum Photo Album #5: The Unbridled Emotions of Children
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There are some great pictures on BGG. Unfortunately, some of them disappear into obscurity and vanish from the public eye shortly after they are submitted, especially if they are for relatively unknown games. This is the fifth in a series of Photo Albums, as part of a BGG Picture Museum that showcases some of the great images here on BGG and some of the wonderful aspects of gaming.

For the most part we play games with adults or people our own age. However, children also love to play games. How do I know? Well, from firsthand experience: I have been blessed with five of my own, aged 4 through 12. Here they are, from youngest to oldest:



There have been several lists in the past featuring photos of children, in fact, I've even made one myself previously. But in this Photo Album, we get a glimpse of some of the emotions that games evoke in children. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of every children's photo - I've tried to restrict it to about 25 of what I consider the best photos, or ones that capture some special moment or emotion.

Why are these images so powerful? Often because the emotions we see in a child are the very ones that we recognize in ourselves. As adults we might just be a little more sophisticated in how we express those emotions. But for both adults and children, games can evoke a myriad of powerful and similar emotions.

Ladies and gentlemen, gamers and non-gamers, eurogamers and Ameritrashers, grognards and UNO players, I give you (drum-roll), The BGG Picture Museum Photo Album #5: "Playing Games With Children".

I have disabled adding new images (although feel free to add them to another list). Instead, I'd like to invite comments on this question: What kind of gaming experience would it take for you to experience the emotions you see in each of these pictures? In other words, in what kind of game situation might you feel like the children you see in any of these pictures? I've listed a few examples to get things started. Please share a "This is me when..." comment with a gaming story where you've experienced the emotion you see displayed by a child in one of these photos, or what it might take for that to happen.

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