7 STORIES BEHIND OUR FAVORITE GAMES
7 Stories Behind Our Favorite Games – Board games are a great way to spend quality time with family and friends. Besides strengthening relationships, there are many other benefits of board games. These benefits include improved memory, reduced stress, and a reduced risk for mental health issues. With all the fun and benefits board games provide, it’s no wonder people have been playing them for years. But just how long have some of our favorite board games been around? Keep reading to find out the stories behind 7 of our favorite board games.
Chess is such an old game that it is hard to determine the exact origins of the game. Some believe chess was invented around 200 BC in China. The inventor, a commander named Han Xin, supposedly came up with the game to represent a particular battle. The game was forgotten until the 7th century when it resurfaced with new rules. Chess eventually made its way from China to India and Persia. Others believe the game of Chess began in North India during the 6th century and then spread throughout Asia.
A leftwing feminist named Lizzy Magie invented Monopoly in 1903. Although she attained the patent for the board game, she never received credit for its invention. She had called it “The Landlord’s Game.” Years later in 1932, Charles Darrow learned to play the game at a friend’s house. At that time, people were calling it, “the monopoly game.” Darrow, who was unemployed at the time, sold a version of the game to Parker Brothers. Monopoly became an instant success, making Darrow millions.
At the time of its invention during the 1500s, Bingo was called Beano. It was called this because players covered the numbers on their cards with beans. Known as the Italian Lottery, the game was all the rage in its day. The game eventually found its way to France in the 1770s. During the 1900s in the Americas, Beano was being played at all the local carnivals. The United Kingdom had a similar game they called Bingo. Eventually, the United States adopted the Brit’s name for the game.
Originally called LEXIKO, Scrabble was invented by an out-of-work architect during the Great Depression in 1931. The inventor’s name was Alfred M. Butts. He combined the elements of anagrams and crossword puzzles to make the scoring word game. During the 1930s and 40s, he called the game CRISS CROSS WORDS. A game-loving entrepreneur named James Brunot helped refine the rules for the game. After renaming it Scrabble, the game gained in popularity throughout the 1950s.
5. Trivial Pursuit
Canadians Chris Haney and Scott Abbott created Trivial Pursuit in 1979. At the time, the men worked for different newspapers in Montreal. They decided to invent a new game when they realized their Scrabble board had missing pieces. In 1981, they attained the trademark for Trivial Pursuit. The game became so popular that Time Magazine dubbed it, “The biggest phenomenon in game history.”
The title for the oldest board game in the world probably belongs to Checkers. It’s believed that Checkers has been around since 3000 B.C. The earliest form of the game was dug up in the ancient city of Ur in Mesopotamia, where civilization first began. Europeans call the game “Draughts” (pronounced drafts.) The game gained in popularity throughout history and the world.
Robert Angel, a waiter in Seattle, created Pictionary as a way to liven up social parties. During parties, he would randomly take a word from the dictionary and try to draw it. Other partygoers would then guess what word he was illustrating. The success of Trivial Pursuit inspired him to develop a prototype of the game and market it. Pictionary became so popular in the late 1980s that it was hard for stores to keep the game on the shelf.
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