The games people play...

Useful Pastime

The games people play...

If you thought games were only meant for kids, think again! There are a number of adults who rent games for entertainment purpose. Nowadays, these games play a prominent role even in house parties.

When she threw a birthday party for her child, Jessie Paul, who runs a marketing consulting firm, ensured that the adults present at the party didn’t get bored. “I realised that while there were many games for children, there was hardly any entertainment for adults, who would get restless. To ensure that everyone had a good time, we rented a couple of games connected to boat racing and hurdles,” she says.

Agrees Nestor Rodrigues, a management advisor, “At most birthday parties, the kids are occupied with the mothers generally running behind them. It’s the dads who are fairly jobless. So these games are a great way to keep us entertained.” He adds, “Many of them are quick and fun. I stay in a large apartment complex and we plan to rent a couple of games the next time there is a cultural activity.”

Bharath Mahadevan, who rents games for private parties, says, “We began renting them six month ago. Initially, I was  apprehensive but then I found it to be a unique concept. We rent a lot of board games and ‘Snakes and Ladders’ is something we are fond of.” Rohan Rao, a professional who keeps having visitors over, feels that dumb-charades and antakshari are done to death. “After a while, it gets boring and we run out of topics to talk about. Since a number of my friends come over during the weekends, I thought I should buy a couple of games, particularly the ones we grew up playing,” he explains.

Mahita Fernandez, who runs ‘Gambolla Games’ which rents out games and related equipment, points out that renting games is no more just a corporate trend. “It’s becoming popular in private parties as well. No longer are parties just about chatting and getting back. We have noticed that adults particularly enjoy the games that take them back to childhood,” she explains, adding, “Games keep the entire family entertained which is why they are getting popular.” From floor-sized ‘Snakes and Ladders’ to ‘Crazy Driver’, ‘Ships Ahoy’ and ‘Tower of Hanoi’, there is a wide range of choice. 

“People are recognising the fun part of games. Some adults look for skill-based games. Sometimes, they even ask us to customise games,” says Mahita, adding, “I get orders from individuals at least twice or thrice a week.” 

Say GS Sriranjini, who runs ‘Kavade’ in Seshadripuram, a store where which sells traditional games, “We are trying to revive traditional games. Sometimes, we even have senior citizens coming in to pick games up either to play or gift,” she says. “We will soon rent the games out,” she adds. Some of the popular games, she says, are Pagade, ‘Tiger and Goat’ and Navakankari among others. 

“Instead of watching a movie or going out for dinner, people are choosing to entertain themselves this way. Some even take games with them when they go on holidays,” says Sriranjini.

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