Games people playby Nikki Tundel, Minnesota Public Radio
Even in this world of hi-tech toys, board games are big sellers this holiday season. A trip to the mall reveals how the conventional games have changed to reflect society.
St. Paul, Minn. — We live in a world where thousands camp out in front of electronics stores for an opportunity to buy the latest Xbox and people knock each other to the ground to grab a PlayStation 3.
So you'd think the last thing anyone would want these days is a traditional board game.
But, even in light of the $30-billion videogame industry, board games are alive and well. In fact, their sales were up 28 percent in 2005. And hundreds of new board games are released each year.
Most still rely on a blend of strategy and luck. What's changed is the nature of the games?