Many of us recall growing up playing classic board games such as Monopoly, Life, Clue, Mouse Trap, Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, and so on (the list goes on and on). They were our party and video games for kids and adults alike before video games and the Internet took over the world. Join us as we reminisce over old school games and compare them to their new digital versions, wondering if this change is for the better or for the worse? Nostalgia tends towards the former, but digital versions of classics can be fun as well! Monopoly: Electronic Arts lists almost 10 platforms for their mainstream game, including Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Facebook, iPhone, iPad, mobile phones, Kindle, and Pogo. There's even an oddball version called Monopoly Streets where you get to "experience Mr. Monopoly's world" in 3D.
The Game of Life: A classic which we still play to this today (albeit with an adult beverage or two). The modern version is packaged in the Hasbro's Family Game Night 3 for Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3. And remember to always choose the professional career path!
Scrabble is one of those games that has translated extremely well to the digital age. The Facebook version is quite good, and there's an iPhone app to go along with it. Words with Friends is a slightly altered version (presumably for legal reasons) that is extremely popular on iOS and Android.
Pictionary has gone from its original simple drawing game has made its way to the newer (and disliked from our camp) electronic Pictionary Man as well as the leap to video game consoles.
Hasbro's Family Game Night 3 includes the Game of Life, Clue, Twister, Mouse Trap, and Yahtzee Hands Down.
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