With all the mobile apps and video games available to the public, it’s no shock that our smartphones and tablets are quite effective in fighting boredom. But our nostalgia for simpler times has us yearning for old school entertainment, evident through all our film and TV show reboots and 8-bit classics. Retro games in particular bring back wonderful memories, which have inspired board game collectors to open up puzzle cafes to share their treasures, and recreate those good times we’ve had with friends and family.
As the saying goes, there’s no time like the present, but there’s no doubt that we love to reminisce about the good old days when all we needed was an old bingo set to bring our loved ones together. Perhaps the recollection of all these memories is the reason why gaming companies are bringing back this vintage favorite, releasing retro-themed titles that can be seen on online community chat games to stay true to the social aspect of the game. Whatever the reason is, we can’t argue how special these former game formats are, perfect for those who are looking to add a bit of an antique-y feel to their living space.
Etsy and eBay are the most popular places to scope out all your favorite childhood board games, such as old Scrabble sets and Parker Brothers products from the 1960s. Place them underneath your coffee table so they’re readily available for play in nights in. If you’d rather leave them on display, they make great centerpieces and decorations for your house. DIY craft lovers have actually taken pieces of vintage game sets and fashioned their own decor, producing easy bingo wire baskets for fruits or magazines, as well as more challenging projects like board game food trays. Some have framed Scrabble tiles to spell out their favorite words, while others have hung the racks on doors to spell out the specific rooms. As you can see, there are a myriad of decorative projects at your arsenal, and it all starts with a retro game set.