Blogger: Etta Wilson
Location: Books & Such Nashville Office
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A basic fact about games has come clear–most all of them involve more than one person. Other than working puzzles, Solitaire, and certain types of word games, you very rarely play alone. It’s fascinating looking at www.funagaingames.com, the web site recommended by Bookie Rachel. It divides games into ten categories, and that’s when it hit me. You need another human to really play! The interaction with another person adds the surprise element, no matter that you are both following certain rules of the game.
Contrary to that, the Mindware catalog (“brainy toys for kids of all ages”) presents only eight pages of games, including Mancala and Blokus. The majority of the catalog shows products for a single child’s use. They are for developing intelligence and problem-solving ability, not for pure fun.
If we think about the “Word Game” category and some kind of play that will stir up us writers and readers, Scrabble comes quickly to mind. A college-age kid tells me that Apples to Apples is a favorite on his campus, partly because it can be modified to select the winning combination of adjective and noun depending on the players’ taste–or lack thereof! For some time I’ve been listening to Will Shorts’ weekly word puzzles, broadcast early on Sundays here in Nashville. What I’m grappling with here is the level of education, experience and innate problem-solving required in games and what that play experience does for us players. Maybe there are some answers in Games Magazine, which I plan to read, but I’d like your feedback.