In an age where we have almost unlimited options for entertainment, most of the toys kids play with and the games and puzzles adults use to occupy their minds, or have fun socially with, have some kind of high tech element. You can play online multiplayer games with your existing friends or meet new ones via massively multiplayer gaming servers. You can pass the time on your commute with a puzzle on your tablet or phone. Kids can have fun training their robotic pet, or fire up their favourite games console.
Of course, all of these things are great – high tech toys and puzzles are generally more portable, can offer interesting experiences, and are easier to play with other people regardless of where you are. However, a lot of people are beginning to also incorporate more traditional games, puzzles and toys into their collection of things to use for entertainment. Board games (with physical boards, not their touch screen counterparts) are making a comeback as a thing to do for an evening at home with friends. Luxury versions of classic wooden puzzles are now popular gifts. So why is this trend towards more 'old fashioned' entertainment occurring?