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The game of life

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Board games taught a generation of boomers that our desires and aims will never go uncontested. There'll always be plenty of others striving to attain for themselves what we want. Board games taught us that life is a mixture of luck, hard work and strategy, and learning to lose graciously. What's the lesson, then, with the new generation of board games hitting the market where everyone who plays wins? (For more, see the cover story beginning on page 13.)

-- Bob Campbell

Nancy Dotson   -  - Ivywild -  - Pediatrician -  -  -  - What's your take on everyone's-a-winner board games? -  There's room for a game where the goal isn't - winning or losing, but just having fun playing it. -  - What's your all-time favorite game? Uno. A lot - of people can play, it's very fast moving, and there's a lot - of fun and laughter. -  - Are there winners and losers? Yes. -  - Would it be as much fun without that? - Probably not. -  - What are the pros and cons of competitiveness? The pros are that it's how the world works. - Competitiveness helps you work hard to achieve things - you wouldn't otherwise. The cons are that losing can be - hard on self-esteem. You have to learn being a good - loser, too. -  - Which is better: board games or video games? - Board games move at more a human pace and create - community, interaction. Electronic games go fast and - foster isolation. -  -  -  -
  • Nancy Dotson

    Ivywild

    Pediatrician

    What's your take on everyone's-a-winner board games? There's room for a game where the goal isn't winning or losing, but just having fun playing it.

    What's your all-time favorite game? Uno. A lot of people can play, it's very fast moving, and there's a lot of fun and laughter.

    Are there winners and losers? Yes.

    Would it be as much fun without that? Probably not.

    What are the pros and cons of competitiveness? The pros are that it's how the world works. Competitiveness helps you work hard to achieve things you wouldn't otherwise. The cons are that losing can be hard on self-esteem. You have to learn being a good loser, too.

    Which is better: board games or video games? Board games move at more a human pace and create community, interaction. Electronic games go fast and foster isolation.

Bonnie Hobart   -  - Cheyenne Caon  -  - Social work  -  -  - What's the deal with board games where everybody wins? -  They're kind of pointless. Isn't the objective of a - board game to win? Why play it otherwise? -  - What's the difference between board games and - video games? Board games require more use of the - mind. You need strategies; you have to think about - answers and plan out moves. Video games lay everything - out for you, with a push button. -  - What are the pros and cons of competitiveness? In anything competitive, you have the chance to - improve -- finishing ahead of someone else, doing - better than you did last time. But get too competitive - and it's not a game anymore. All you care about is - winning. -  - What's your favorite board game? Trivial - Pursuit. -  -  -
  • Bonnie Hobart

    Cheyenne Caon

    Social work

    What's the deal with board games where everybody wins? They're kind of pointless. Isn't the objective of a board game to win? Why play it otherwise?

    What's the difference between board games and video games? Board games require more use of the mind. You need strategies; you have to think about answers and plan out moves. Video games lay everything out for you, with a push button.

    What are the pros and cons of competitiveness? In anything competitive, you have the chance to improve -- finishing ahead of someone else, doing better than you did last time. But get too competitive and it's not a game anymore. All you care about is winning.

    What's your favorite board game? Trivial Pursuit.

Corey Reddin  -  - Rockrimmon -  - UCCS student and game store clerk  -  -  - What's with a board game where nobody loses? The - point of any game is to have fun. If they have fun, that's - great. Personally, I think competition is the point of - board games. -  - Is competition good or bad? In the West, we're - incredibly competitive. We think that competition - between individuals fosters development and bettering - yourself. But that drive is often selfish. -  - Do board games teach us anything about life? I - hope people don't get their life lessons from games. If - there's one to be had, it would be enjoy yourself while - you can. -  - What's your favorite board game? Go is good. - It requires a lot of abstract strategy. Half the game is - spinning your opponent's mind. -  - Are board games or video games more fun? - Board games because they encourage interaction with - other human beings, as opposed to with a telescreen. -
  • Corey Reddin

    Rockrimmon

    UCCS student and game store clerk

    What's with a board game where nobody loses? The point of any game is to have fun. If they have fun, that's great. Personally, I think competition is the point of board games.

    Is competition good or bad? In the West, we're incredibly competitive. We think that competition between individuals fosters development and bettering yourself. But that drive is often selfish.

    Do board games teach us anything about life? I hope people don't get their life lessons from games. If there's one to be had, it would be enjoy yourself while you can.

    What's your favorite board game? Go is good. It requires a lot of abstract strategy. Half the game is spinning your opponent's mind.

    Are board games or video games more fun? Board games because they encourage interaction with other human beings, as opposed to with a telescreen.

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