Blue Marble was introduced into Korea in the early 1980s. Most students in their early twenties would have experienced playing the Blue Marble game when they were young.
Games in which they use cards or dice on the boards, like the Blue Marble game, are called board games. In Western Europe, which is the center of board games, people enjoy this game without distinction of age or gender. From simple games to strategic simulation games there are about 30,000 kinds of different board games.
In Korea board games are not familiar yet compared to that of other countries, but recently a board game cafe, which is a fusion place to enjoy board games and drink sodas, has appeared near universities. Many students are showing interest in those places.
As you know, PC rooms were flourishing for a while among students. Gradually people lost interest in online games because of isolation and atmosphere of darkness.
"There are many smokers in PC rooms. So if I stay long, I feel suffocated by smoke. Board game cafes, however, do not allowed smoking nor drinking alcohol. Also, these rooms are bright." said Jung Su-yeon, a visitor at the board game cafe.
Students are getting bored with online games because of playing alone. On the other hand, a board game cafe offers a place where people can play together. Moreover, it offers those things for a moderate price.
"My friend and I have never been to this board game cafe before. At first we didn't know how to play board games, but after the game manager's explanation we easily understood the rules of game. But there are few games for two players. Most of the games need more than three people. I will come back here with my friends," said Kim Yu-jung, a junior of Sungkyunkwan University.
Game managers, who need 3-months' training to explain more than sixty games, explains the rules of games for board game beginners.
"Many customers of this cafe are females, especially women in their twenties. I think this is because play rooms for woman are few compared with rooms for men. We can easily accommodate those in their twenties who like the new culture." said Lee Kyong-hwan, team manager of planning department at Jumanji, one of the board game cafes.
Lee added, "Merits of board game cafes are that they are changing the playing culture from being alone into enjoying games with others. You can feel your common humanity and a wholesome environment there. Our goal is to make a wholesome environment for friends, lovers, and families."
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