How Board Games Keep Up With The Times

Culture is always changing. And things are constantly falling in and out of style. In order to keep up with these various trends and changes, board games must constantly adapt. This allows them to survive and stay relevant to generations of new fans. Below are just a few of the ways in which games have kept current.

Life Switches Tiles

As reality television became more and more popular, the board game Life decided to cash in on the craze. To do so, they decided to swap one of their game board's “outdated” award tiles with something a little newer and more relevant. The manufacturers decided to remove the award for winning the Nobel Prize, and replace it with one for winning first place on a reality television show. While some people were upset by this decision, copies of Life continue to sell extremely well.

Operation Adds A New Aliment

In 2003 the board game Operation decided to add something new. Rather than making a change behind closed doors and in a boardroom, the company let the public have their say. Fans could vote to add a new aliment to the game. Ultimately, players choose to include “brain freeze” as the new competent. This added a new game piece and a different surgical site to the board. The new choice was greeted with plenty of fanfare, and voters were eager to try out their top choice.

Monopoly Makes Tie-Ins

Monopoly is constantly finding new ways to innovate and stay current. One the most popular ways that the game does so is by creating tie-in sets. These are themed around a popular property, like Star Wars or a hit television show. It keeps fans engaged and helps the game to connect with new audiences. It also helps to add some variety to the 100 year old game franchise, by providing people with new game boards, playing pieces, and variant rules. It's a good way to update the title without having to completely overhaul every aspect.

What Is Next?

As times and tastes continue to change, so will board games. Many major titles have already adapted for the digital age, with online and electronic versions readily available. While classic versions of these titles are likely to exist as long as there is a demand, there will always be new and innovative variants that help to connect with the public's current tastes.