A game is like a mirror that allows you to look at yourself. - Robert KiyosakiSome interesting facts about games:
The oldest complete set of gaming equipment ever found was Royal Game of Ur dating back to 3000BC apparently played in Mesopotamia. There is also evidence of game-playing in Egypt during the same period.
Another game Wei-Qi from China dates back to 2000BC. Interestingly the earliest game of Backgammon can be traced back to the year of 1AD and from then on it started developing in different cultures.
The earliest European mention of card games was in Spain in 1371. Snakes and Ladders (also popular today in ELT) first was published in England in the 1890s.
The earliest ancestor of Monopoly called the Landlord's Game was patented in 1904. In 1931 the game of Lexico was invented which in 1947 became Scrabble. (Source)
And the following timeline presents the development of video and online games.
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