Board Games Throughout the Years – A Brief History
Likewise, it is in man’s nature to find something to do in times when dullness sets in. So, this is to say that the invention of these games just came out naturally. Boredom alone is one reason that has resulted in the proliferation and popularity of board games throughout the years.
The oldest known board game is the “Royal Game of Ur,” which is also known as “the Game of 20 Squares.” This game was found by Sir Leonard Woolley, buried deep along with the tombs in southern Iraq.
The game can be traced back to 2500 BC. As a matter of fact, the rules of the game were written in cuneiform tablets-an ancient writing object that is comparable to the paper that we are using today. This discovery has paved the way for more games and this is probably when the evolution of board games all started.
The exhumed board game is one solid proof that even in ancient times, people were already enjoying games, maybe to pass the time. There are signs that the games were mostly used by the people who belong to the upper classes. For the other classes, they also have some types of board games that were designed especially for them.
Though there may be other games that were invented ahead of the “Royal Game of Ur,” the discovered game is considered as the oldest since it was the very first ancient game to ever be found. This game still exists even if it is not very popular anymore.
Another ancient, yet very well-known board game is checkers or draughts. This game was played mostly by Egyptian Pharaohs around 1600 B.C. Checkers has continued to develop and we are even playing it today, although there are some changes with the rules.
Now, for the modern game boards, it was the Parker Brothers that started it all. The company that is famous for their board games was found in 1883 by George Parker. He started the gaming business when he was just 16 years old and the company never stopped from growing.
His most famous board game is the Monopoly which became a hit all over America. The game eventually spread to other countries that it has to be published in different languages. To date, Monopoly has been translated to over 89 languages and has reached a 200 million copies sales mark. The electronic version of the game is also one of the favorite past time these days.
Other bestselling board games that people play today are Scrabble, Battleship, Mahjong, Risk game, and Trivial Pursuit. Nearly all these popular games were created in the 20th century and they are all a big hit among gamers.
To conclude, while there are a good number of board games that were developed throughout the years, all of them have greatly influenced and have helped mold the games that are being played today. Indeed, the ancient board games have gone a long way ever since they were first introduced, many centuries ago.