I personally do not like board games, which I think are games that make you feel bored. However, my daughter loves them, and luckily for her, my sister visited this weekend and she adores games, too. They played for hours, starting with rummy tiles, then moving to old card games like War and Crazy Eights. Then they dug into my game closet and found my old, 1970s-era Aggravation Deluxe.
That game was missing several marbles and dice, and anyway, the original four-person Aggravation was always a better game. So I thought I’d go on Amazon and see if I could order one for the holidays. I might even play it; I was feeling very inspired.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Aggravation indeed is available, but apparently it is now made by a different company and has been completely redesigned.
The game, which cost $39.99 from one seller, looked gaudy and messy and terrible. I read a review, which confirmed my thoughts.
“what is this? the board redesign just looked like some teenage graphic designer took acid and meth simultaneously and then fapped all over the game board. this new redesign is AWFUL,” one reviewer wrote. “the original deluxe edition design was elegant, sensible, and clean. this design is pointlessly cluttered, ugly, cumbersome, and actually works against the flow of the game. if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. and hasbro really shouldn’t have tried to fix this one.”
Amen! I agree. So I went to Ebay to find the original, which are widely available. It was funny to see how plain and simple the game board was. It really does cry out for some modern touches, but the new game went too far.
Games in general aren’t as great as when I was growing up in the 1970s. I understand why — cost cutting. But the game of Life isn’t as much fun when the board is flimsy and the pieces are cheap. I never was a fan of the super-deluxe high-end games, $200 deluxe Monopoly sets with wooden drawers and “(b)eautiful, plated die-cast houses and hotels.” That always seemed to be a waste.
I wish I’d taken better care of my old games so my kids could have decent versions of the classics.