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In Taiwan, board-game parlors are the new nondigital thing
In Taiwan, board-game parlors are the new nondigital thing

Like most people in Taiwan, Chang Jui-cheng has a smartphone with access to games such as Candy Crush and Zombie Tsunami. But on a recent Saturday, the 24-year-old graduate student spent three hours playing old-fashioned board games, and actually paid for the low-tech experience. He's no retro weirdo. About 50 game parlors and cafes have opened in greater Taipei in the last five years, with at least 50 elsewhere in Taiwan. Customers such as Chang pack them on weekends, often into the night. Public game rooms give overworked and, in many cases, shy people a venue to meet friends and acquaintances, and provide them with a central activity that brings cheers and taunts, reveals...

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