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Kids still like board games today, right? I really hope so.

I realize that video games, smartphone apps, and other electronic devices are generally all the rage these days, but certainly there’s still some appreciation for the classic board or tabletop game. I’m asking honestly because my exposure to today’s youth has been fairly limited lately, except for a few hours at family events and possibly meeting friends in public.

The Weirton Chamber held its Toys for Tots Business after-hours event on Thursday and all attendees were asked to bring a donation.

I met one of the locals “Big Box” retail stores and made my way to the toy department, where I finally found an aisle with shelves full of board games. Surely they wouldn’t be in stock if people weren’t still buying them.

There were a few that I didn’t recognize, but also several well-known cross-generational titles, including Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, and various versions of Monopoly. I’ve also seen surgery, but since I’m committed to playing that, and being perfect as a kid influenced my eventual anxiety issues, I’ve decided not to expose a new generation to these stressors.

I picked a few and went on my way hoping that whatever the kids get they will find it enjoyable and an opportunity to make some fond memories with family and friends.

I suppose that’s really the crux of all this thinking. I look back on my own childhood, back when home video game consoles were limited and there was no such thing as a cellphone, let alone a phone app. I think of nights and weekend afternoons gathering around a table with family to play different games.

Visiting my maternal grandparents often resulted in at least a few rounds of checkers or kerplunk. Occasionally there was an attempt to teach us dominoes. They had Monopoly, and I remember my grandfather patiently teaching us the rules (possibly incorporating some of his own); the joy as we passed “Walk” and the agony of landing on Boardwalk when someone else already owned it.

My paternal grandparents had the aforementioned Candyland and Chutes and Ladders.

I can’t tell you how many copies of Monopoly have passed through the house over the years, but there used to be marathon weekend sessions where money was thrown across the kitchen table to choose our favorite brand and figure out the best way to play them to get properties we wanted.

Clue was also a favorite as we tried to solve the big one “crime” of those who killed Mr. Body. This is also one of my favorite films.

Mousetrap was fun, and I’m glad to see there’s still a version of it. I also remember enjoying Fireball Island, Battleship, and Frustration. Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble found their way into the rotation as we got older.

Sure, there have been fights and the occasional allegation of cheating. Which sibling does not play this card? But overall it was always nice to sit down and just enjoy the time together. It’s something many of us don’t always have in the rush of today’s world full of meetings, classes, work schedules, sporting events, concerts, practices, etc.

It may seem a little “old-fashioned” With the electronic aspects of today’s world, the idea of ​​a family game night still sounds enticing, even if you can only make it one day a month.

In the end, that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Games bring people together, help form bonds and create memories.

(Howell, a Colliers resident, is the editor-in-chief of the Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at [email protected] or followed on Twitter at @CHowellWDT.)



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