Computers Resurrect Old Board Games

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Computers are helping breathe digital life into some popular board and card games.

Monopoly, Risk, Yahtzee, Scrabble, Clue, Risk and Battleship are some of the board or paper-based games that have transformed themselves into CD-ROM software for computers.

Also, a card game called "Magic the Gathering" has grabbed popular status as a PC program.

"This strategy has worked very well so far," said Daniel Morris, an assistant editor with PC Games magazine in San Mateo, Calif. "Some of the best-selling titles are Monopoly, Risk and Battleship."

Monopoly Multimedia has been a popular enough title that the game in April and March was ranked the nation's eighth most popular software title, according to a monthly survey by PC Data, a market researcher. In October, the game was ranked 17th, PC Data reported.

"Baby boomers grew up with these games and kids are playing them, too," said Seema Chowdhury, analyst with Forrester Research in Cambridge, Mass.

"The chances are that you had three or four versions of Monopoly like my family, and you lost the pieces to all three. These are long-lived games that appeal to everyone."

Part of the appeal: People already know the rules to games such as Scrabble, Clue or Monopoly. …

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