Thursday, February 04, 2016

Life as a Board Game

Which of the following board games comes closest to resembling real life?
  • Monopoly
  • Clue
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Stratego
  • Chess
  • Chutes and Ladders
  • Checkers
  • Risk
  • Parcheesi
  • Scrabble
  • Life a.k.a. The Game of Life (Yes, there is such a board game)
  • Other?


At 8:36 AM, Blogger Daniel Richwine said...

I've spent more time than I should pondering this question in my life. Chess is a strong possibility but not a perfect one, since it's a game with perfect knowledge of your opponent. Stratego allows for imperfect knowledge but is too limited. Risk introduces multi player gamesmanship and chance so might be the best choice of these. Monopoly is too mathematical (I've always found it too predictable who will win by the time the game is half over). Clue is great for gamesmanship and inferential reasoning, but without any math at all it doesn't quite make the cut.
I think the best is poker, especially a multi player with some chance and some gamesmanship and some strategy to go with the math involved. If I was of another generation I might say Bridge, but the game wasn't popular by the time I grew up so I never learned to play it.
The rise of Texas Hold 'Em as one of the most popular card games makes it my vote.


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