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Video: Civilization IV lead Soren Johnson on how board games matter

Mohawk Games' Soren Johnson explains the defining trait of board games is not, in fact, their actual physical components, but the transparency necessitated by their physical design.

What defines a board game? If a video game is described as being "like a board game," what does that mean exactly? Judging by the recent success of video games inspired by mobile ports of tabletop games, Mohawk Games' Soren Johnson explains the defining trait of board games is not, in fact, their actual physical components, but the transparency necessitated by their physical design.

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