Get Your Own Game On
At first glance, computer games seem to be the antithesis of what Family Game Night is all about. Even if you have a home network and can set everyone up at an individual computer station, playing Scrabble with Mom online isn\'t the same as sitting across from her at the kitchen table. Still, a computer version of a favorite game can be lots of fun and can hone your skills for the face-to-face competition.
Sites such as MSNŽ Games, Yahoo! Games and Pogo.com host online versions of most favorite card and classic board games.
When a teen goes off to college, or Grandma moves to Arizona, Family Game Night can continue on the Internet. Plan to meet at a certain site and log on. Many games include chat windows so that you can communicate with each other during the game. Add a Web cam and it\'s almost like being there. Almost.
- The Complete Idiot\'s Guide to Family Games, by Amy Wall, Alpha Books, 2001. This book offers everything from how-to instructions on playing games as a family to ideas for innovative games and strategies.
- The Little Giant Book of Kids\' Games, by Glen Vecchione, Sterling Books, 1999. Covers more than 200 creative game ideas and instructions for children.