Trivial Pursuit: A Great Excuse to Mingle
You know why Trivial Pursuit has remained such a popular party game over the decades? One of the main reasons should be kind of obvious: Nostalgia value.
They put out current editions, too, but by the time you’ve had the game for a year or two, a lot of the pop culture stuff on the cards is no longer current, but rather, a fond reminder of what you were watching on TV a couple years ago. That’s why the makers of Trivial Pursuit have been sure to emphasize this aspect of the game with products like Trivial Pursuit 80’s Edition and Star Wars Trivial Pursuit. It’s just plain a good excuse to spark conversation about the pop culture we once revelled in.
If you’d really like to get into the nostalgia factor of Trivial Pursuit, you can get ahold of 80’s Trivial Pursuit or Trivial Pursuit 90’s Edition. The fun thing about these games is that, no doubt you remember Nirvana and President Clinton, but when was the last time somebody started a conversation about Right Said Fred?
It’s corny, but playing games like Trivial Pursuit 90’s really does bring back a lot of memories of the fun, the funny, and the slightly embarrassing experiences a lot of us had back then when we’re forced to admit that we actually owned a Milli Vanilli cassette tape.
Trivial Pursuit Lord of the Rings Edition
Trivial Pursuit Disney Edition
Outside of decade-based nostalgia like Trivial Pursuit 90s, you have more specific Trivial Pursuit games, like Trivial Pursuit Lord of the Rings edition and the aforementioned Star Wars Trivial Pursuit DVD games.
These are intended for the casual or hardcore geek, just don’t expect to win a round when you have your “Nerd and Proud of it” buddies over.
Of course, your kids may love Star Wars, but are not likely to be very knowledgeable regarding when the Berlin Wall came down or who starred alongside Kiefer Sutherland in Flatliners, so there are family editions of Trivial Pursuit, as well.
The Trivial Pursuit Disney Edition is an obvious choice, and, of course, Trivial Pursuit for Kids, where the 6-10 set have a distinct advantage over the older players, and Trivial Pursuit Junior, for older kids.
Not to mention, duh, Trivial Pursuit Family Edition.
Trivial Pursuit Genus Edition
Trivial Pursuit 20th Anniversary Edition
Of course, there’s more than just Trivial Pursuit pop culture editions. If you don’t really know or care who provided backup vocals for the hit single “I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me”, there are more demanding Trivial Pursuit games and Trivial Pursuit DVDs, such as Trivial Pursuit Genus Edition, focusing on tougher questions regarding history, science, and literature. Trivial Pursuit Genius also offers a party host the opportunity to look like brilliant by reading all the cards beforehand and getting every question right.
More general Trivial Pursuit games include the Original Trivial Pursuit, Trivial Pursuit 6th Edition and Trivial Pursuit 20th Anniversary Edition. These games are more equal opportunity, giving every contestant a chance.
A game of Trivial Pursuit Disney will always go to the parent who’s been forced to watch Finding Nemo three times a day for the last year, the Star Wars Trivial Pursuit DVD game will always be won by your geekiest friend, but Trivial Pursuit 20th Anniversary is anybody’s game.
But now, let’s get down to one of the simple truths of board and party games: What a dorky hobby, right? Well yeah, you can look at it that way, but here’s the thing… A recent survey found that most of the people asked had only one or two friends they considered truly close to them, while one in four reported having no real friends. Meanwhile, families are drifting apart with working parents taking second jobs, and stay at home parents taking part time, or even full time work just to make ends meet.
People tend to be so absorbed in work, in their Blackberries and blogs and cell phones, we never seem to have time to sit down and talk with people, even our own families. We have a dozen acquaintances, and we never bother developing those acquaintanceships into friendships.
So are party games kind of dorky? Sure, but so what? They’re a great excuse to get people together in one room, talking to one another and having a good time. Amongst party games, Trivial Pursuit is probably one of the best for the simple fact that every single card in the pack is an icebreaker and a conversation starter.
When our parents were our age, they had no choice but to make friends. If they wanted to go see a movie, they had to go to the theatre. We can enjoy the luxury of renting through Netflix, we don’t even have to leave the house to rent a video anymore! We’ve got all these great digital devices and conveniences to filter out all those annoying people we don’t like, and in the process, we’ve filtered out all the annoying people we DO like! Games like Trivial Pursuit are simply a great excuse to get people to connect. It’s not about the game, it’s about the people playing the game.
Think about it, the last time you went to a party, what was the biggest obstacle when it came to striking up conversation with the other attendees? That’s right, finding a mutual subject of interest. There’s always that fear that you’re just going to be prattling on about a subject that’s near and dear to you, but which the poor guy you’re yakking at couldn’t care less about. Go through a game of Trivial Pursuit, and before you’ve done a dozen questions, you’ll have at least one subject that everyone at the table can enjoy talking about.
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htodd from United States on September 17, 2011:
This is really great post..nice
ubosje on October 16, 2010:
Hi Nicely made blog. Just finished one on Trivial Pursuit as well before stumbling upon yours (you actually did a great job and love the nice pictures as well!)
bob on September 04, 2010:
what's the best trivial pursuit edition for the 25-35 age bracket
Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on May 21, 2009:
Love that game...and it was invented by Canadians :)
Pete Maida on May 21, 2009:
I love the game but you have to make sure you get the right one for the right crowd. If you start playing the game an no one can answer more than a few questions; it breaks down really fast.