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Subject: tablet v. live board games and anger management issues. rss

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David C
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I notice when luck doesn't go my way on a tablet, I get incredibly irate. I believe the term is "Rage quit."

When luck doesn't go my way on a boardgame, it's almost more enjoyable to fail catastrophically with people. "Oh man, Dave, you have horrible luck." "Ra, ra, ra!"

I notice this most often in the Knizia bidding games where I'm playing smart, but then either Ra doesn't come up and someone rakes-in a haul, or someone gets the varitable six-demon-bag in Medici.

...and the reinforcement die in Smallworld.

Anyone else notice this?
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Elder sign Omens man. Drives me nuts.
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Its a psychological effect of others being able to see the emotions of your response. Social scientists have found a similar thing in Road rage; in a car we cannot see the other drivers and so we act more aggressively. However while walking on the sidewalk we generally are more courteous and avoid conflict.

This is another example as to why board games are so much better than electronic games, even electronic implementations of board games!
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Elyse S.
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I'm more likely to do the opposite. Computer games I just think it sucks and lose interest.
With other people I'm more likely to get irate. You can see it in my face but I generally don't say much until end of the game or after company leaves. People make fun of me because they think I might flip the table one day.
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T. Dauphin
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Yes, the same phenomenon plays out when you're lost.
When you're with somebody, it can actually turn into something fun (unless you're going to be late for Somebody's best friend's wedding). But if you get lost alone, just think of all the cursing and misery...

Walk into a post while texting, and you can break out laughing uproarously--attracting all kinds of attention to yourself--with your friends, AND not forget about it for weeks or months. Do it on your own, and you're frantically looking around hoping no one (read "stranger") saw you, and you're probably not about tell anyone either.

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bippi wrote:
Anyone else notice this?


It's simple: the tablet cheats. Or at least it sometimes feels like it.

The die feels random because no one is in control. But the tablet acts as both your opponent and your purportedly random die roller. If that were a person, you'd say that they had a bias.
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Mikky_H wrote:
Its a psychological effect of others being able to see the emotions of your response. Social scientists have found a similar thing in Road rage; in a car we cannot see the other drivers and so we act more aggressively. However while walking on the sidewalk we generally are more courteous and avoid conflict.

This is another example as to why board games are so much better than electronic games, even electronic implementations of board games!


Plus, if you want to sock someone in the face, they're already right there! So convenient.
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