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Did Computer Games Beat Chess?

May 11th, 2010

While there are still many people playing chess in the world, it is easy to notice that computer games are a lot more popular than chess. This happened for a variety of reasons, and I would like to discuss some of them:

-Computer games are more complicated. Many computer games have a whole world to explore, and when it comes to chess that is not the case. Of course, chess is complicated in a sense that it requires strategy, but it lacks a lot of elements that modern games have.
-Computer games are easier to play. You need to learn to play chess for a long time before it actually gives satisfaction. After all, it is not going to be fun it you are going to lose all the time. On the other hand, in most cases games are easier to play.
-Computer games encourage social interactions a lot more than chess. When you play chess, you play with only one other person, but computer games allow you to play with hundreds of other people all around the world.
-It is more fun to watch other people play computer games than to watch others play chess. Actually, watching other people play chess can be quite boring for the majority of people.

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