Where can I get quality games?
I play connect-four and Othello a lot. They make the games really cheaply, and charge a great deal for them. For example, Connect-Four is cheap plastic. The sides break often. They broke, I bought it again, they broke again, now I balance it to keep it straight. I paid around ten dollars US for it. I'd much rather have it sturdier. Possibly made out of wood. I'd pay more for that. If I'm going to get this garbage, I should be able to buy 10 at a time for about a dollar. If they're disposable, I won't mind as much if they break.
Othello is bad too. The grooves hardly hold the pieces. In truth, they won't hold all 64 pieces anyway! Who designed that? And, you need to be lucky to get the nicer board that actually holds the pieces in place. Otherwise, there's little reason to buy it, since it could just as easily be played on a checkers board.
I went to the store a few times to buy games. Basically to address various ages that I may want to entertain. I have games from Candyland to Axis & Allies and from Don't Break the Ice to Jenga. In all, I've probably spent between two and three hundred dollars, if not more. Yet all these games are very cheaply made, and they break or jam. Yet I paid a lot of money. Games are a premium price item.
Why aren't these games made from wood? Not enough money, fine, charge more, but where can I buy them? Why don't stores carry them? People can say that companies are evil and try to peddle wares that cost the cheapest and charge the most. While that is true, the people are at fault, especially me. Why? Because I actually buy this garbage. Companies can only sell if people want to buy (unless it's a neceesity item such as food), people don't demand it to be better made, so it isn't. I guess I blame the people more than the companies.
What's you take?