I’ll be the first to admit that I was originally very against digital media. Whether we’re talking about video games, movies or books, I felt that by spending money on digital assets I was more or less “wasting” my money. Until I realized that the value I get out of these digital assets doesn’t come my ability to resell them but from the experience itself. That being said, I’m now a complete digital believer. Not only do I no longer own anymore physical movies or videos (I do have several physical textbooks though) but I am also looking for the piece of media that can be adapted for digital. For me, that product is without a doubt, tabletop gaming.
When I say tabletop gaming I fundamentally mean board games, card games and everything in between. Whether you want to talk about the fan favorite of Monopoly or something a little more hip like Settlers of Catan, I strongly believe that these games, activities, services are bound for the digital landscape. Not only is it far easier to deliver these increasingly complex tabletop games to people all across the world by simple putting them onto a digital storefront but they’re also a lot easier to add onto when they take the form of digital goods. Far too often do I see giant board games becoming even more enormous with all the additional expansions that can open up the game to even more possibilities. While this is certainly cool to see that many of these board games are becoming something more akin to a service thanks to the updated and renewed content, but it makes so much more sense to have a board game the size of someone’s tablet rather than having one that fills up an entire closet! On top of all these user friendly and ease of access benefits we also have the sustainability side of things as well. While converting everything into a video game is far from sustainable from an energy perspective, it does have its benefits when the alternative is full of packaging and other materials. No longer will large board games need to be shipped all over the world consuming what has traditionally been fossil fuels in order to transport them efficiently and no longer will people be using an entire portion of their house to store all their board games.