Optimistically Cautious

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Games Day

A scene in The Break-Up sees a group of thirty-somethings gather to play board games. This seemed to me like a rather dry idea, but maybe there's more to it than that, as I participated in my own "games day" of sorts today.

Piling over to a coworker's house, we played Cranium Pop 5 and Scene It, both of which are new to me. I have played the original Cranium before, and didn't enjoy it as much as I should have, likely because my desire to win was challenged by my inability to rock the "humdinger" and "sculpturades" categories. Because of this, the Pop 5 version is more up my alley; instead of being assigned a manner of dissipating the clues, you and your team are given a choice of methods (which yes, can be influenced by the answer category and points strategy, but still).

Scene It, a game that combines trivia with visuals, audio, and video, was great fun as well. Although movie knowledge is not my forte, the multimedia-inclusive design was novel, stimulating, and appealed to the pop-culture-infested side of my brain. I'd definitely give Scene It: TV Edition a try!

I wonder if a game rental service exists, as the price is an obvious deterrent to collecting too many games. Like Bag, Borrow or Steal, the company where purse-aholics can pay a monthly charge to "rent" designer bags, someone should start a business where a monthly membership fee grants customers the right to borrow from a catalogue of games.

Regardless, games night anyone?


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