Growing up, we played a lot of board games. This was back before the days of iPads and internet, when the only computers I knew of were Commodore 64’s and regular old Nintendos were the must have video game console. And so we spent the majority of our time sitting around a table playing board games, as we had no other choice.
There were many that I loved: Monopoly and Life were great if we had nothing to do the rest of the day. Hungry, Hungry Hippo for noise. Yahtzee and Battleship for a quick round of fun. Then, Memory and Connect 4 because I was really good at them, and it’s always better when I knew I would most likely win.
Even though we do have a choice now, we’re beginning to appreciate the classic board games again. All weekend, Jedi and I were immersed in a battle of Monopoly. Abby has a Toy Story 3 Memory game that she loves to play, although she’s a rather sore loser. And Buzz has taken to Connect 4.
Well, his own superhero version of Connect 4.
For those who don’t know, Connect 4 comes with 2 different color chips, the goal of which is to connect 4 of your color. There are yellow and red. But it’s now not just yellow and red. To Buzz, it’s Spiderman and The Incredible Hulk. To stack one on top of the other equals a SpiderHulk. Though it has to be in a certain row. And judging by his prominent vocal annoyance, every chip I dropped in was done wrong. I’ve never lost so many games of Connect 4 in my life.
I miss the days when I was good at Connect 4, back when I knew what I was doing. I just don’t seem to understand these new rules.