The Difference Between Board Games and Video Games 
Sun, April 18, 2021

The Difference Between Board Games and Video Games 

Board games and video games are two very different things. While they can be a product of each other or an iteration of one another, they are still very different in terms of gameplay and the extent of, say, using one’s imagination / Photo by: Standret via Shutterstock

 

Board games and video games are two very different things. While they can be a product of each other or an iteration of one another, they are still very different in terms of gameplay and the extent of, say, using one’s imagination. Both sides clearly demand a certain level of imaginative prowess but how exactly do they compare to each other? 

Here we discuss the differences and benefits of playing one of either of these game formats if you simply love playing games without judging one or the other. 

 

The Board Games 

To start, the world of board games also covers the pen-and-paper games. It includes RPGs and even role-playing games. So Dungeons and Dragons fully fit the bill here and are considered board games as well. 

In an article in business news site Forbes, the benefits of playing board games were explored through the eyes of journalists and other editors of gaming websites. Quintin Smith’s first argument in the defense of board games is that it’s a little truer to form, so to speak. 

As a writer from Kotaku, a video game website and blog, he explains: “When you buy a board game, what you take home and play is the original concept precisely as it was in the designer’s head.”

While it can be argued here that with its significant amount of programming, video games are essentially no different, Smith extended his argument by saying that although that’s the case, board games also allow anyone with an idea to be free to design their game however they want it; all they need are the tools. It gives people a chance to fulfill their own desires in a game without all the rigorous programming. 

To start, the world of board games also covers the pen-and-paper games. It includes RPGs and even role-playing games / Photo by: Impact Photography via 123RF

 

But board games can be really demanding too. Here is where Dungeons and Dragons comes in once again, which is a very demanding game not only because it’s something that a Dungeon Master and everyone else spends a lot of time on. 

There has to be enough people wanting to give a large chunk of their day to play the game. It’s true that it’s socially satisfying, argued the Vulcan Post, a website bringing lifestyle and digital news, in large part because it allows you to hang out with your closest friends. 

Added The Ogres Den Gaming, the website of a local tabletop gaming store in Orangevale, California, tabletop gaming also lends itself to more organic experiences. Players can change or set custom rules at each play and have more “organic” things happen. 

The Video Games

On the other hand, the appeal of video games is its ease. The truth is, many people turn to video games because it’s convenient. For someone like Erik Kain, a writer for American business magazine Forbes, who has a lot of things in his life going on every day, he chooses video games over board games simply because it takes up a little less time. 

“I don’t think I’m unique at all in being a gamer with lots of time constraints,” he wrote. “Between kids, spouse, work, and sleep, most of my life is plenty occupied. I fit in gaming where I can, but I also like to hike, read, and so forth. Any hypothetical person I could play a board game with would have all the same (or many of the same) restraints as myself, only, their schedules would probably not align very well with mine.” 

Video games’ flexibility and predisposition to be enjoyed online doesn’t mean that all your fellow players will always be online, though you can also be very social with a video game. By inviting some friends over and setting up consoles, for instance, you’ve already got a social group right there. You won’t be laying down boards and papers and pieces to play with but the social element is still there. 

The only difference is that the world of video games just added that option that allows us to still play with our friends who are far away from us but are at least online. 

Of course, staying online for too long and staring at a screen for too long have proven to be quite damaging to a person’s wellbeing. It’s a good balance to just sit back and relax and enjoy some “unplugged entertainment” as mentioned by Vulcan Post. 

“Board games can be played almost anywhere and is a viable option when you need to unplug yourself from this increasingly connected world for an hour or two.” 

Smith does it a lot of the time these days, saying that it’s a kind of video game detox, and he’s glad that he and many other board game connoisseurs are also benefiting from the recent influx of sales of board games. It’s not as shiny or graphically stunning as a video game, but it is at least holding its own as sales increase year on year. 
Video games have been the king of the world of gaming for a long time now, but in Smith’s words: “Board games, would you believe it, seem to be coming back.”

Video games’ flexibility and predisposition to be enjoyed online doesn’t mean that all your fellow players will always be online, though you can also be very social with a video game / Photo by: korobskyph via Shutterstock