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Specially considering that you can pick up and play a video game without going through the trouble of learning the rules, setting and picking up the game.
 
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Probably the same reason why you enjoy posting mundane questions on board game forums.
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jcgonzmo wrote:
Specially considering that you can pick up and play a video game without going through the trouble of learning the rules, setting and picking up the game.


I'll counter this silly topic by saying I definitely had to learn the rules to Dark Souls when I started playing. In fact, I had to learn the rules and conditions of the game so much that I quit the game for 1-2 years before returning.

If it's a game, you're learning the rules, board game or video game. It still applies.
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It depends on whether the game is solitaire, one-on-one, or multi-player.

(A) In a solitaire game I enjoy the mental challenge of figuring out the system and finding a way to master it. This is different from a computer/video game because in a board game the mechanics are transparent, so I can more easily understand the way the game works, while in a computer/video the mechanics are all handled "behind the curtain."

(B) In a one-on-one game I enjoy both the social inter-action with my opponent, the contest of discovering an effective strategy to beat him, and finally the ability to have a post-game discussion to better understand our different approaches towards the game. A computer/video game completely lacks the social inter-action aspect, and while there may be a degree of finding a strategy to defeat the AI there's again a lack of follow-up discussion after the game to understand how and why the AI did what it did.

(C) In a multi-player game the social inter-action is the chief appeal, and again that's something a computer/video game can't provide (even in an online setting against a "real" opponent).
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I don't know.

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The reason I came up with (when I preparing a presentation on boardgaming) is from the book "Flow – The Psychology of Optimal Experience" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. A rough definition of Flow is similar to 'Being in the Zone'.

From the book:

What is an Optimal Experience? - A sense that one’s skills are adequate to cope with the challenges at hand, in a goal-oriented, rule-bound action system that provides clear clues as to how well one is performing.

The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.



I like boardgaming because I feel like I'm in the Zone.
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jcgonzmo wrote:
Specially considering that you can pick up and play a video game without going through the trouble of learning the rules, setting and picking up the game.


That's actually it right there for me. When I play a boardgame, I am part of the game, enforcing the rules and involved in every part of it. With a video game, I feel like a spectator as things just happen. Might as well just watch TV.
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(1) I find board games to be more social generally - some video games are social too.
(2) I like puzzles and figuring out things (yes you can do that in video games too).
(3) I like the tactile feel.
(4) I feel more immersion. When I am playing as a alien race in Cosmic Encounter or Twilight Imperium, I feel like that alien race whereas in many of the RTS games I have played, I still feel like I am playing a game.
(5) Nostalgia - I grew up playing board games. When I was a child video games were very popular but no where near as popular as today. Every week it seems like a new awesome video game is dropping. As a child after you beat a video game you had to wait several months before a AAA title was dropped so board games were awesome at filling that void.
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jcgonzmo wrote:
Specially considering that you can pick up and play a video game without going through the trouble of learning the rules, setting and picking up the game.


People. I like people. I like looking them in the eye, not the screen.
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As a long time (and current) computer gamer who is just getting into board games the main difference is that video games are ephemeral. They play quickly, are easy to quit and start over if you're doing poorly, and only a surface understanding of the rules are necessary to play. All that leads to a shallow sense of enjoyment/satisfaction for me.

Contrast to board games that not only require enough effort to learn, set up and play that they give a deeper and more satisfying experience but they also encourage a more complete play-through of the game as, due to set up and investment time, I'm more likely to play out a sub-optimal situation vs. simply restarting.

Add to that the fact that video game studios aren't making many of the kind of strategy games that I enjoy anymore while strategy games seem like a growing staple of board gaming and board gaming is any easy winner for me right now.

(You could also say "Why read books when TV and movies exist". Both offer different experiences.)
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Because engaging with other humans directly is good thumbsup

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It is stimulating and rewarding to be confronted with conflicts/problems that are right at the level of my ability to successfully resolve them. In front of others.
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jcgonzmo wrote:
Specially considering that you can pick up and play a video game without going through the trouble of learning the rules, setting and picking up the game.


Hi, my name is tutorial and I'm here to ruin your day.
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Good games are fun. Good game playing is more fun than good game watching (ie. watching a football game). The thrill of victory.
 
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Sometimes video games can be quite taxing. Too much audio-visual stimuli may cause fatigue faster than many board games.

Also take into consideration that many people(myself included) have jobs that have them seated in front of the computer screen. so board games will alleviate work-related stress, as you relax in an environment which differs greatly from the work setting.


Of course, I love video games too. Hearthstone is a perpetual favorite of mine, and I'm really engrossed in Persona 5 right now (totally brilliant game).

But I'll usually tire of a video game faster than a board game.
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Razoupaf wrote:
jcgonzmo wrote:
Specially considering that you can pick up and play a video game without going through the trouble of learning the rules, setting and picking up the game.


Hi, my name is tutorial and I'm here to ruin your day.


Reminds me of the "tutorial" in farcry blood dragon lol.
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I am fascinated by (good) algorithm design and how simple rules and bits can represent complex interactions.

I also appreciate the occasionally brilliant solutions for presenting information visually and tangibly.

Lastly, boardgames are so easy to hack and mod! Alter rules, replace or upgrade bits, make new board, maps, modules, scenarios. It's real world creativity and craftsmanship, that can call on a wealth of disciplines and incorporate just about any material and process as needed.

I say all this as a trained digital graphic artist. Using the power of digital tools to creating lasting real world objects and systems is far more rewarding than staying in the digital world.

Even if it does junk up the place a bit.
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Because engaging with other humans directly is good thumbsup

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Alright its playing with all those cool little bits, I admit it.

Played Imhotep last night. Ohhh how I adore those large wooden blocks.
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Oh, and of course, the tactile and social aspects, which video games can't provide as much as board games.

Certainly, not the tactile aspect.
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Honestly, I love all forms of gaming.

The main reason I got so into board gaming was for the social and puzzle-solving aspect of them. I also found I enjoy collecting and displaying all the gorgeous artwork in my home.
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Board Games | Video Games
1) Plays 4,5,6,7 or more people in the same location very easily | Unless playing online, video games aren't that great playing multiple players in one spot
2) Board games don't get unusable (not counting physical wear) | Oh yeah, you'd need the latest nVidia GTX Titan or higher to run that.
3) Low on dexterity, high on thought, strategy | Relies heavily on key smashing, dexterity, reflexes and just good joystick skills
4) You can replay the game over and over - are not story dependent | Once you finish the entire story and you know how things play out, the interest fades away

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jcgonzmo wrote:
Specially considering that you can pick up and play a video game without going through the trouble of learning the rules, setting and picking up the game.


One of my main complaints with video games is that I don't know the details of how/why things happen. I want precise and specific numbers, not vague probabilities. With tabletop games the game can be known precisely, before playing.
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clearclaw wrote:
jcgonzmo wrote:
Specially considering that you can pick up and play a video game without going through the trouble of learning the rules, setting and picking up the game.


One of my main complaints with video games is that I don't know the details of how/why things happen. I want precise and specific numbers, not vague probabilities. With tabletop games the game can be known precisely, before playing.
One of my main sources of entertainment in video games is discovering the details of how/why things happen. After repeated plays, I can get fairly specific values, not merely vague probabilities. Eventually every program is "known precisely," but when that happens, I usually stop playing.

Pete (knows people who don't enjoy playing UNTIL they hit that level of understanding, but that's usually when he's done with a program)
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Funny thing is, when I launch a video game, it often requires a large patch to be downloaded and installed before proceeding, somewhat diluting the whole instant play aspect.
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jcgonzmo wrote:
Specially considering that you can pick up and play a video game without going through the trouble of learning the rules, setting and picking up the game.


I enjoy learning rules and setting up the game. If not as much fun, putting away a game can be relaxing.

I also like video games. Do I have to choose?
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