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Bioshock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia is all that is right/wrong with video game board games

Bioshock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia is all that is right/wrong with video game board games

Video games and board games share a great deal in common due to the mechanics that underpin the design of each. Over the years, many board games have been made that are based on video games, and many of them have been quite good. In part because so much of their design is based on an already successful game.

That's only if you take the time to learn their usually convoluted rule sets. The Civilization board game is brilliant, but only if you take the time to learn what to do with the unending supply of pieces included in the box. 

The Bioshock Infinite board game sounds similar. The design captures the spirit of the game world perfectly, but in order to achieve that goal the designers are forced to sacrifice the most important quality a board game can have: simplicity.

The very best board games can be learned in a half hour, but take years to master. Our video game-themed board games are getting the depth correct, but the accessibility entirely backward.