Where it all started - Part 1: Our love for games

I think that our love for games must have started way back when we were kids. Sure we played Tic Tac Toe as kids. Although fun, it didn’t hold our attention for too long. It wasn’t until we went over to our cousin’s house and found them playing this game that just caught our attention for years to come. The game seemed simple but complex. With just two buttons Super Mario Bros. and the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) shaped our interactions for years. It started with working together to figure out how to get past the challenging parts. Then it became competitive where we would compete for the high scores. We moved onto the basic board games like Jenga, a game of dexterity. Monopoly where you tried to balance your finances and buy properties to become the richest of your friends.   

A-Game co-founders: Gary and Derek Fung

A-Game co-founders: Gary and Derek Fung

Games became this great way to interact with friends. But board games lost their appeal at some point. University came and games like Tony Hawk would have me running out of my room to my buddies down the hall in residence to tell him I smashed his high score. He would run out in the middle of a movie only to come back 15 minutes later to tell me he beat my score! So naturally puzzled at how he beat my all - time high score I had to go get revenge. And on it went! But then just a couple years ago I was introduced to Settlers of Catan. Like many others this game became the one that defined this new generation of board games. Even video games like xbox and playstation moved away from people playing games in the same room. It became about owning your own system and playing online against strangers and if you were lucky a couple friends who owned the same system and same copy of the game. But the interactions through these games weren’t the same. Catan reminded me of the real reason I liked games. It was the social interaction combined with the challenge of the game itself. This game had trading and interaction of negotiating to have others make a deal with me only to find out I miscalculated and helped their game even more. Planning my strategy and trying to execute my plan to perfection. That was the part I liked most... 

Gary