Information on Board Games
A video game is typically a controlled form of active play, normally undertaken for fun or entertainment, and occasionally used as a teaching tool. Games are very different from work, which traditionally are carried out for pay, and from fine art, which are almost always an expression of personal or aesthetic elements. A game can be compared to a puzzle in that the player has to manipulate the various elements of the game in order to advance to the next level. It is important for parents to learn about the characteristics of games, their positive and negative benefits for children, their suitability as learning tools and the potential violence they might present.
The most popular types of video games are single player games, where one player controls the action, against another one who acts as the objective in that scenario. For example, if you are playing a first person shooter game, your objective will be to eliminate as many targets as possible without being shot by your opponent. The most popular kind of single player games are those based on adventure fiction, psychological, historical and imaginative scenarios, military themes, racing, sports and the like. There are many other sub-genres, however, that fall under these general themes and there are many books, articles, blogs and websites devoted to highlighting them.
The most popular sub-genres of board games are those played with sets of cards, either randomly or as part of a game of chance, and those games include such classics as Chess, Scrabble, Poker, Weiqi, Cranium and Stratego. One of the earliest games to incorporate the use of cards was the game of Go, with its Chinese influence. Most modern variations of these classic games are associated with the collectible and casino formats. The main article on this site provides information on all kinds of games and there is also a main article on collectible board games.