Why are analog games like cards against humanity (CAH), Ticket to Ride, Apples to Apples, Dominion, Settlers of Catan etc… so popular (mainstream, even) in an age where it seems like everything is done digitally? I decided to do a little research and then ask the front page of the internet what they thought, here are the top 5 responses I found:
5. The Digital Overload. We are in front of screens so often and looking at screens, monitors and cell phones all day, gets boring.
4. The Re-playability Factor. With digital games, you can generally beat the game and be done. Sure, you may re-play it for fun, but most (if not all) of the mystery and excitement is gone. With games like CAH, Dominion, Ticket to Ride etc… the game changes each time.
3. Games are getting better. Rather than just “rolling the dice and moving”, games are becoming increasingly more involved and keeping players engaged from start to finish.
2. The stigma is gone. Games like these used to be associated with nerds, but now its ok to be “nerdy” in fact, its hip.
1. Simply put, human interaction. Turns out, people still like to connect DIRECTLY with other people, in person, face to face.
So, there you have it. It all comes down to something digital can’t duplicate: Real human interaction. I guess no matter how deep we go into the digital world, theres nothing like berating your friends IRL (In real life).