DID YOU KNOW
The highest number of moves ever recorded in a chess tournament in 269. The game lasted for 20 hours and 15 minutes, and interestingly, it ended in a draw. Inasmuch as everything in the realm of entertainment is turning digital nowadays, board games seem to have their renaissance. Google Trends reveals that searches for ‘board games’ in the United States are constantly on an upward trend and skyrocketed in December 2018. Consequently, the board game industry has been experiencing a soaring double-digit growth in each quarter. A report says Unite States sales of board games has grown by 28% in the spring of 2016 and 2017 compared with the much larger but slower growing industry of video game. Moreover, over 5,000 board games were introduced to the market as per the article in The Washington Post. While game applications on computers and smartphones are trendy, cool, and amusing, bringing back the idea of board games—and card games--is somehow a fresh breath of air in today’s technological landscape for it has remained basic and classic. One significant trait of playing board games is its ability to encourage face-to-face interactions. Technology overload can sometimes be tiring, as everything is now virtual, and fast-paced, so people are looking for ways to ‘disconnect’ from and ‘log-in’ to something nostalgic. Nothing beats a good sleepover with your good friends, and some board games not just to kill the time, but to actually enjoy.