Trend Alert: New Games For A Retro Mood

Despite the continuing appeal of video and computer games, a growing number of consumers are returning to a low-tech, nostalgic pleasure: board games. From 1999 to 2000, sales jumped 23%, as such games as Monopoly, Clue and Cranium found a new audience in adults and frenzied families eager for a Nintendo-free way to socialize. Toy giant Hasbro has been running an ad campaign that plays on just this theme, urging loved ones to gather weekly for "family game nights."

The popularity of board games has spanned generations, and includes familiar classics and hot newcomers. The best-selling 67-year-old Monopoly can now be...

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