Many people who prefer complex games have moved to computer games is an obvious one in my opinion: I can’t see why I should waste time crunching numbers when there are computers to do that for me.
Rules had better be pretty simple, so that the one person who does read them can comprehend them, because they may not put much effort into it. That’s funny, how people don’t generally read rules. Most board games are going to be tough to learn if nobody has read the rules in advance. There was at least one game "review" where games were dismissed as too complicated, yet it was obvious that the people who tried the games hadn’t spent any effort to learn them. Playing Puerto Rico without having anyone read the rules in advance? Suicide, but that’s what people do. After all, I never read manuals for console games unless there’s some trouble (and boy, was I surprised when Sid Meier’s Pirates! came with a 100-page booklet! How old school!).
We are also seeing the effects of the "cult of the new". True. I’m driven by it and I know others who feel it even stronger. New games are better than the old ones. At the same you feel the guilt for not playing the good old games. Of course, many games are so shallow that they last for their time and then you need to move on to new challenges, but there are plenty of games that would improve if one played them more and that’s just not going to happen unless the flow of new games stops. I’ve been thinking about something that would make me stop getting new games (having a baby and thus less time for games might have that effect), and would that be a good thing, too, if I concentrated on playing older games more?
Much of what I’ve been talking about above can be seen when people describe differences between generations. Yeah, sure. I don’t recognise myself in Pulsipher’s Gen Y even though I fit the age bracket, but perhaps that’s the reason why I can’t feel the love for older, heavier games. Iain isn’t much older than I am, yet he’s way more enthralled by those long and heavy 80’s kind of games. Perhaps my Gen Y qualities come up in my taste of games, as I love nothing like quick and intense games. Keep it short and it’s fun.
(via Rozmiarek Games Page)