Today, we’re putting a little spin on the reviews and taking a somewhat nostalgic look at games that will never die. Now, I know what you’re thinking… ‘Great… here comes another write-up on why Zelda is amazing’, but, hopefully this will surprise you.Here recently we’ve seen the re-release of several classic games that have remained popular over the years. We still see Starcraft and Warcraft tournaments. Hey, they are even coming out with DOTA2 soon, but, what about the games that are so original and so popular that they don’t require a re-release to still sell copies. Hundreds and thousands of people still compete at these games yearly with ages ranging from the really young to the really old. Thats right, ladies and gents, I’m talking about Classic board games.
No one is quite sure when Checkers was officially released into the gaming community, but it is known for a fact that this game has been around since 1400 B.C and was a frequently played game of the ancient Egyptians. Many an author has also published rule sets for this classic board game dating back as far as 1500 A.D. Known as Checkers to the Americans and Draught ( pronounced draft) to the Europeans, this classic game got its first electronic debut in 1952, and has been on computers ever since. This strategy based game is one that is popular world-wide and has tournaments held nearly every month in just about every place imaginable.
Not near as old as Checkers, but certainly just as popular (if not more so), Chess is another classic game that will never die. First seen in the gaming community around 500 A.D., Chess was developed in India. By 1400 A.D. chess had evolved into the game that we now know, in Europe. By the 19th century, Chess had reached new heights for game popularity and the first World Chess Championship was held in 1886. Chess tournaments have been held around the world nearly weekly ever since. in the 1970’s this game got its first electronic debut on the computer. Chess even has its own organization known as the World Chess Federation.
Despite the name, this classic board game is not a variation of Checkers, nor did it originate in China or any part of Asia. This game hit the gaming community in Germany in 1892. First released under the name Stern-Halma. This multiplayer game supports up to six players. While not quite as popular as Chess and Checkers this game still has a lot of world popularity, and while it may be harder to find live tournaments for this classic board game, you can find many an online tournament.