The History of Games

by on Jan 4, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The history of games

So, a Chappie paper fact the kind not taken off a Chappie paper – did you know that board games date back to 5000 BC, making them pre-historic. Which means that people were playing board games before we even had a written language.

The world’ s oldest gaming pieces

Dice were the earliest gaming pieces ever found. A series of 49 small carved painted stones were found at the 5,000-year-old Başur Höyük burial mound in southeast Turkey. Other early origin dice games were created by painting a single side of flat sticks.

The world’s oldest game

The ancient Romans played a game very similar to Backgammon, which was called Tabula, which is the world’s oldest game alongside chess.

The most important games in history

Not only have board games been a source of entertainment they have also been a reflection of a culture’s ethical and moral thinking. Let’s take a glimpse into past thinking.

Tafl was huge amongst the Vikings, the aim was to move the king from the middle of the board to the edge while trying to capture him. The Landlord’s game was the original some might say stolen version of Monopoly; it was invented in 1903. The game board had four railroads, two utilities, a jail, and a corner named “Labor Upon Mother Earth Produces Wages,” which earned players $100 each time they passed it. This game was born out of the social injustice created by land ownership and rent poverty.

Mancala required a handful of seeds or pebbles and a soft piece of ground. Rows of holes are dug along side one another, and players distribute counters one at a time in a path around the board. Aim of the game was to be able to count really, really fast.  The Indian game of Chaupat and the closely-related game Pachisi are the original cross-and-circle games, of which the best known example in the West is the much-simplified Ludo. Players aim to race their pieces around the board, with moves determined by a throw of cowry shells. If we look at Bingo games of today vs Bingo back when we will find out that Bingo as we know it today is a form of lottery and is a direct descendant of Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia. When Italy was united in 1530, the Italian National Lottery Lo Giuoco del Lotto d’Italia was organized, and has been held, almost without pause, at weekly intervals to this very date.

Play on

In spite of the surge of technology board games are as popular as ever pulling in over 1.2 billion Dollars.

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