Posted by A. Douglas McLendon on Apr 28th 2023
Tabletop Gaming vs The Movie Theater
Good evening, America. Tonight, we're going to talk about entertainment, and specifically, we're going to compare two popular forms of entertainment: cinema and tabletop gaming. Now, you might think that these two things have nothing in common, but bear with me, because I'm going to make a case that they do.
First, let's talk about cinema. It's been the dominant form of popular entertainment for over a century now, and for good reason. Movies have the power to transport us to other worlds, to make us laugh, to make us cry, to inspire us, to scare us, and to make us think. When we go to the cinema, we're immersed in a world that's larger than ourselves, and we get to experience emotions and ideas that we might not encounter in our everyday lives.
Now, let's turn our attention to tabletop gaming. Specifically, I want to talk about two popular types of tabletop gaming: trading card games and board games. Trading card games, like Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon, involve collecting cards that represent creatures, spells, and other elements, and using those cards to battle against other players. Board games, like Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride, involve playing on a board with pieces and following rules to build, conquer, or achieve objectives.
At first glance, trading card games and board games might seem like simple distractions, but they're actually more than that. Like cinema, they have the power to transport us to other worlds, to make us think, and to inspire us. Trading card games, for example, often have intricate lore and world-building, and players can immerse themselves in those worlds as they collect and play with different cards. Board games, meanwhile, often require strategic thinking and problem-solving, and can be both fun and intellectually stimulating.
But here's the thing: cinema is still seen as a legitimate art form, while tabletop gaming is often dismissed as a hobby for nerds and children. Why is that? I would argue that it's because cinema has the advantage of being a more passive form of entertainment. We sit back and let the movie wash over us, and we don't have to do much thinking or engagement beyond that. With tabletop gaming, on the other hand, we have to actively participate and engage our minds in order to have fun and be successful. And I think that scares some people.
In conclusion, I'm not saying that trading card games and board games are the same thing as cinema. But I am saying that they deserve to be taken seriously as forms of entertainment that have the power to transport us to other worlds, to make us think, and to inspire us. And who knows? Maybe someday, we'll see a trading card game or a board game adapted into a blockbuster movie that takes the world by storm. And when that day comes, we'll know that tabletop gaming has finally earned the respect it deserves.