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How To Entertain Your Family

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2006 | Entertainment

There is a ton of ways to entertain ones family as every year someone comes up with a new item or gimmick designed for the home entertainment market. Unfortunately, a great deal of home entertainment items are either totally lacking in any sophistication or intelligence or are overly cynical in nature. A great deal of the video games released during recent years fall into this category.

But, at least video games provide a semblance of activity. Or, more accurately, provide the illusion of activity as they are performed sitting down on a couch while the action occurs on the TV screen. And speaking of the TV screen, popping in a DVD is hardly a way to entertain the family. What it is, is a way to kill time with the family. Or maybe even it is a way to avoid speaking to the family.

When it comes to entertaining a family, one may wish to head on over to the local toy shop and go in partnership with the folks who have been entertaining families for over one hundred years: Parker Bros. board games.

Yes, the venerable favorite, Parker Bros. Toys have not slowed down their production one iota and continue to stock toy and department shops with their classic toys such as Clue, Sorry!, Stratego, and, of course Monopoly. These games have been on the market going as far back as the 19th century and the fact that they still remain in production without any major modification to the game at all speaks volumes about their popularity and effectiveness.

Granted, Parker Bros games are not as sophisticated in terms of their rules and regulations. In fact, the rules of the game can be mastered in an hour and most of the ways to win a Parker Bros game rely exclusively on luck. But, that is ok as a more complicated board game like Russian Revolution is just going to go over peoples heads, bore them, and kill the evening.

Parker Bros games are simply enough, but the concept of their games exude a charisma (if that is even possible from an inanimate object) that is very attractive to kids and adults alike. And this attraction is the major, dominating factor in entertaining the family because the attraction is centered on curiosity and actual interest. That is, members of the family will actually want to play the game because the games revolve around popular, unique concepts and these concepts draw in an audience that wants to play the game. Hey, these games havent been around forever purely by chance.

Another colossal benefit to a Parker Bros. game is that the average game is relatively inexpensive. Virtually all the games can be purchased for under 20. That is a significant savings from DVDs and Videogames that may end up costing significantly more. And, when one is looking to entertain a decent sized family, costs need to be kept in check or the evening of fun for the whole family will turn out to be a money drain.

Investing in a couple of Parker Bros. games is a surefire way to entertain the family. Give it a shot!