THERE ARE WINNERS AND LOSERS AND THE REALLY IMPATIENT
It’s no secret we all have too much going on. Too many hours at work. Too much TV. Too much time spent on lessons, phone apps and whatever else. At the same time, our attention spans have shrunk so…
What were we talking about?
Hey, look. Cookies!
But, it seems to me, there are a few things that deserved to be appreciated in their own time, however long that time is. A good movie. A good book. Cookie dough ice cream. That tingly feeling you get when you stick your finger in an electrical outlet.
And board games.
Remember those? Games you can play as a group and don’t have to plug into anything? Board games are making a comeback of sorts thanks in no small part to Wil Wheaton’s Internet show Tabletop. But it seems to some they are still relics of a bygone, more quaint age: an era when people sat on their porch drinking lemonade for hours; thought nothing of spending time chatting over the backyard fence, savoring the newspaper front to back and drinking excessively while chain smoking and driving without seatbelts.
Okay, maybe not that last one.
I love a good, two-hour game of Monopoly. Always have. Spend all night playing Risk? You bet, dude.
According to the folks at toymaker Hasbro, though, folks are just TOO busy to sit still together as a family and play a game that takes longer that a commercial break between episodes of “Honey Boo Boo”. To that end, they have released a version of Monopoly that takes no longer than thirty minutes to play. It’s one of their new “snack toys” meant to complete with the attention-strapped kids in an age of Facebook and iPad apps.
Read for yourself here.
The most telling quote in the article? “Jonathan Berkowitz, vice president of marketing at Hasbro, said: ‘Parents and children tell us they want a quick in-and-out, frictionless gaming experience’.” Um, “frictionless”? So, families are tired of having to work at a game? Spending all that time together getting them down? Putting in the time to achieve the goal is just too much bother, apparently.
Lame-ass Monopoly (Not an official title – but c’mon, the properties are named after McDonalds and X-Box instead of the traditional street names. Please. ) joins “Scrabble Flash” where you can play a whole game in two minutes, thirty seconds.
I’m as busy as a lot of people, busier than others. But some things are just sacred.
Give me Park Place. Not Coca-Cola way.