Bonding: A Special Property of Games


The East Coast was recently hit with a Blizzard that lasted around 2 days. I had prepared in advance by grocery shopping days ahead of the snowstorm. Food, water, and wifi was all I needed or so I thought. Some of my friends thought it would be fun to be snowed in together to avoid boredom from our own lives. Hands down that was the best decision I have made so far in 2016.

4 people, one apartment, 2 consoles, many laptops, card and board games, and of course food. This was going to be fun. I’m happy to report that it was. We occupied our time mostly with card and board games, which is something I occasionally partake in. Videogames are great because of the many things you can do in and with them. However, one does miss out on the real life social interaction.  I did not realize I missed that until I was already laughing hysterically amongst my friends.

Settlers of Catan is a board game that I knew about, but never had the opportunity to play- until the Blizzard came along. It was interesting, but not my cup of tea. We delved into the deck-building strategy card game of Dominion which took me a while to understand, but I ended enjoy the experience nevertheless. Next, we played the card game Love Letter, Batman edition. A very quick card game, however the intent behind each action you perform makes one ponder for minutes on end. Its a guessing game, as well as a game of chance. It was quite the experience. Lastly, and by far the funniest game I have ever played is the card game, Curses. Basically, it is all about doing physical challenges on the card and “cursing” others to the same fate. I went from speaking with my teeth clenched as a gorilla scratching air guitarist to a rapping drill sergeant who had to keep his hands clasped together while mimicking the movements of person adjacent to them. If that sounds crazy and weird, then good.

All in all, I learned to appreciate being a consumer of electronic gaming as well as physical gaming. Don’t get me wrong, I still played Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and The Nathan Drake Collectionbut that was only when everyone else was occupied.

This year started me off as broke, frustrated, tired, and lonely, but the support of my friends that keep me moving! Whoa! That got slightly emotional. Oh well!