Board Games vs. Video Games — Shouldn't There be More Overlap?

Board Games vs. Video Games — Shouldn't There be More Overlap?

Board games and video games have both always been staple cornerstones of nerdy/geeky people, but somehow video games seem to have thrust themselves into the mainstream spotlight. Playing video games arguably isn’t even nerdy anymore, but board games have somehow dodged this and retain their dorky reputation. The term “gamer” refers to someone who plays video games, not necessarily board games in the online colloquial space.

Shelfside’s Ashton & Daniel bring you their thoughts on what’s going on here, Daniel being much more of a gamer and Ashton being more into tabletop board games. Daniel has definitely played a wide palette of games, which we’re now going to start listing because description tags definitely work: Star Fox, Kid Icarus, Call of Duty, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Mario stuff, Monster Hunter, League of Legends, Dark Souls, Destiny, Devil May Cry, Horizon Zero Dawn, Cuphead, Furi, The Evil Within, and more stuff I can’t think of right now. Then there’s all the let’s plays he’s watched, along with all the games he watched his friends plays.

But then at the same time, both of us at Shelfside have definitely played a respectable amount of board games, from old classics like Dune, Arkham Horror, or Acquire, to new stuff like Gloomhaven, Wingspan, Root, you name it. The big question is then: why isn’t there more overlap of interest between the two hobbies? Or maybe, is it just a matter of board games not having enough exposure, while video games have already securely nestled themselves into the mainstream culture. There’s even newer games like Mansions of Madness that utilize a companion app to facilitate gameplay, and you can even find apps for games that don’t necessarily need them like Gloomhaven or Pandemic Legacy. Then there’s also games that are both video games and board games like Sid Meier’s Civilization.

While we probably don’t have the answers, here’s some thoughts on the matter from us! By the way all gameplay Footage here was from Daniel.


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  1. Shi Yu Meng on November 22, 2021 at 11:45 am

    If you enjoy competitive Mobas (dota 2, lol, AoV, etc), check out Godtear. Godtear is a moba inspired skirmish board game. Part of the game that is similar to mobas is the Champions all having different skills, passive ability and ultimate ability. There are no lanes, neutral creeps, towers, or cores. There are several board games trying to emulate all of the moba experience but they fail. Anyways, I have found Godtear to be a great competitive experience. Also, the game cards are free to print out so you are free to try champs without buying them.

  2. Richard Magel on November 22, 2021 at 11:48 am

    I have been fully expecting for a while now that Trey Parker (South Park)’s next big project outside of South Park will be a board game

  3. Denis Ryan on November 22, 2021 at 11:55 am

    I love board games because of the stories that come out of them that are shared with friends, the epic deceptions of Battlestar Galactica, the hilarious teamwork of Captain Sonar, the thrilling cooperation in Burgle Bros! It’s why, while there are plenty of single player board games available, I don’t own any. But my absolute favourite memory of video gaming was sharing a couch, playing split screen CoD Spec Ops and failing over and over to 3-star the final level, only to succeed after literally dozens of attempts and both of us leaping off the couch and hugging and screaming, much to my wife’s amusement! Gaming, whether digital or analogue, is about friendship for me, and tabletop games are all about that physical interaction.

    Great video, guys.

  4. Shorty Dancer on November 22, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Whoa that comment about your mom having you mostly play with friends is a total life pro tip. I’ll be saving that for my kids.

  5. H&J Studios Htr Jm'z on November 22, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for having this content. It’d be great for you to cover Gloomhaven as an adventure type game.

  6. Being Friends on November 22, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    i completely feel the same about screens!! it totally tires me out for some reason. Compared to board games, which I could play for 12+ hours straight and be vibing still hahaha. That being said, I love a lot of video games😍

  7. MisterBear on November 22, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    social deception board games are so much better than social deception video games – nothing really beats assessing others in real time based on nonverbal communication imo

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