I think I'm done with computer games....

I tried to play a bunch of games - but now that I'm back into war games (and other table top gaming) I just can't play computer games.

I work on a PC all day at work, and lately it seems all I want to do is to read and if I get a chance - look at or play with my board games.

WOW... At least now I can save money. Insttad of a new PC every year it can go to games....

What happened...

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Comment by David Allen on March 11, 2009 at 9:38am
I am not opposed to computer games on moral, ethical, religious, or other grounds. They certainly have their place, can be quite fun, and are much better at first-person simulations (for example, flight sim) than a board game can ever be. I've played many and still own a few, especially when I am stressed or mentally drained and I just want a good shoot 'em up.

But, just as reading a book provides a different experience compared to watching a movie, a tabletop game provides a different experience compared to playing a computer game. Neither is "better" than the other. It depends on what you are trying to get out of the time you spend doing it.
Comment by Lance Runolfsson on March 9, 2009 at 6:06pm
Yeah David
Played Board game last week. There is a whole thing going on figuring out which units to move where to optiize the attacks. Running through probabilities of the Combat Results table and doing risk assessment. There is really no reason a computer game cannot be this way. They just choose to make it not so. A huge in alsmost all computer games that are trying to be like board games is the whole multi hex combat and especialy the soakoff attack thing. Instead you are just jokeying to make the most attacks you can not the best attacks.
Comment by David Allen on March 9, 2009 at 5:25pm
I believe computer games cultivate a short attention span, and reward learning by "trial and error." (Yes, I realize that you CAN learn from your mistakes, but that is NOT the best way to succeed. It is better to plan and execute than to thrash and stumble.)

Playing a board game, especially solitaire, takes a TREMENDOUS amount of concentration. Rather than just getting pulled by the 'nads by some computer program, you have to keep the rules of a board game in your own noggin, and formulate and plan your next move (and possibly that of your solo "opponent").

So, as far as being a mental exercize, a board game beats a computer game hands down. I get enough mindlessness at work...I like to take my brain for a drive when I get home.
Comment by Chad Jensen on March 9, 2009 at 3:20pm
"Yet my bippy just did not get squeeked."

Quote of the day! :-)
Comment by Chuang Shyue Chou on March 8, 2009 at 8:39pm
"... I just can't play computer games.

I work on a PC all day at work, and lately it seems all I want to do is to read..."


I share those sentiments.
Comment by Lance Runolfsson on March 8, 2009 at 4:49pm
You know I was wondering what happened to last last night. I remeber a time when I couod sit down and solitaire AH and SPI games for hours. Just can't do it anymore. And seems like the worst new computer wargame wouold keep me busy for hours. Spent north of $150.00 on computer games in the last couple of months. Yet my bippy just did not get squeeked. I got a list north of $400.00 I want to spend on both board and computer games. Yet I got a probably a hundred Board and a few dozen computer games I do nothing with. Heck last night I found a computer game that not only had I forgotten I owned but had forgotten even existed. Fired it up and didn't even do a whole turn. But last night was a bad night anyway normally Sat night is my Face to face War game night and one of my little friends was sick and the other was messing around with some stupid girl. I have other people to play with occasionaly but mostly they just want miniatures and my garrage is a wood shp at the moment as i'm remodeling the house still i bought 5 months ago. I hope i to shoot some dice and kick cardboard sometime this coming week. Or at least Hot seat something.

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