Tech: The DVD's Got Game

That old standby the board game gets a home-theater makeover

At times even Parker Bros. has seemed bored with board games. Over the years, gamemakers have tried to liven up the old form with licensing tie-ins like Star Wars Monopoly or reincarnations like Travel Scrabble. In the 1980s, the VCR looked like the key to board-game evolution, but promising first steps like Clue VCR Mystery Game had weak follow-ups--anyone for VCR Wrestlemania? Most attempts to re-energize board games are now garage-sale fodder. Today the first DVD-enhanced board games are hitting stores. Will a lawn sale near you be their next stop?

As it turns out, some of the new DVD games...

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