While I meditate on that, here was a fun little story in Discovery News last week on ancient board games. Readers of this blog (when it was active, that is) will remember I have a keen interest in ancient games. One of these days I might even have some free time to explore the subject further. For example, one book that has been on my radar for quite some time now is Ancient Board Games in Perspective. Papers from the 1990 Britsh Museum colloquium edited by Irving Finkel . Any other recommendations out there?
|Ancient Egyptian game of Senet (from Discovery News)|
Third, I found it mildly amusing (and my husband might too) to see that a "relevant" video embedded within the article discusses the question of "why are video games addictive?" This is a comparison of apples to oranges of course. Do you know anyone who is addicted to Monopoly or Scrabble the way people can get addicted to Call of Duty or (recently) Skyrim? Video games are an immersive environment the way board games can never be, though aspects of strategy, heightened anxiety, and pleasure in winning are present in both mediums.