Wednesday, August 09, 2006
# 18 - Senior-worthyness
Question of the day: so what, if anything, makes a game "Senior-worthy"?
Answer of the day: it depends.
Sooner or later, we all outgrow our bodies. It's a long process. We do it bit by bit (though bit-size may vary). We can never tell which bit's next. If we're lucky, we'll hardly notice the last bit that went missing.
When I made my selection of "Senior-worthy Games" for the Major Fun award, I chose board and party games for the Mildly Outgrown - games that didn't have a lot of really little pieces and small print; that didn't require very fast reflexes, or any significant use of short-term memory, or precision dexterity.
Since the games I chose were already Major Fun, regardless of their senior-worthiness, they reflected the most senior-worthy aspects of the award: games that are easy to learn, that can be played in maybe 10 minutes, or maybe all night. Pretty games - well-made, well-presented, feel good, look good, store easily. Games that are interesting - offering some new way of playing, of thinking, some unique challenge. And especially, being Major Fun games, games that make you laugh.
As to why I'm this whole Senior-Worthy Games thing? Because I want to be sure that noone I know has to spend their final days in a place where the only game around is BINGO.
As to what's next? I'm waiting to hear from you.