Interviews take time and so the article I was going to write this week is being put off until next week because it’s going to be so much cooler hearing from the inventors! Granted I should have asked them before this week – but sometimes I’ve got to get some real work done, you know?
So this week I’d like to give my 2 cents on something that seems to be popping up more and more often at game fairs across the country and sometimes (if my guests are lucky) in my living room: GIANT GAMES. At ChiTAG alone, we’ve seen a giant Wobble (Identity Games), Word on the Street (Out of the Box), Q-Bitz (Mindware), Jenga (Hasbro), Perplexus, and Stomple (Spin Master). Last year at GenCon I saw a giant Pass the Pigs (Winning Moves) and at Toy Fair a few years ago I saw a giant Solitaire Chess (Think Fun). I hear that there is a giant SWISH (ThinkFun) making it’s way around the country and and ThinkFun has new “giants” in the works. Whew!
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m 110% for this trend, I just wonder what it is that excites everyone about playing a giant sized game. Recently I had a game night in which I had regular Jenga and Giant Jenga available for play. No one even considered touching the regular Jenga but EVERYONE wanted to play the Giant Jenga. Of course it could be that I’m the only cool kid on my block with my own Giant Jenga set and it’s special, but is there more to it? Does it make us feel like a kid again playing with something that makes us feel small? Or is it purely because it’s a novel thing that we only stumble across every freak once in a while? Why does this change in size create such excitement? Whatever the reason, I love seeing these oversized behemoths – like most fair goers, I gravitate to them.