[ Help | Earliest Comments | Latest Comments ][ List All Subjects of Discussion | Create New Subject of Discussion ][ List Earliest Comments Only For Pages | Games | Rated Pages | Rated Games | Subjects of Discussion ]Single Comment[Subject Thread] [Add Response]Fergus Duniho wrote on 2008-10-12 UTCChess may lose its prominence not because it is a bad game or has been played out but because the environment around it is changing. The web is making knowledge of Chess variants much more widespread and accessible, and it is making it much easier for people from around the world to play Chess variants than they were ever able to before. Chess still has a large hegemony, but this may be largely due to the fact that most people living today grew up without the web, and until the web existed, people interested in Chess-like games had few options but Chess. Many of these people are now too set in their ways to consider any variants besides Chess. But as younger generations grow up and older generations die off, the accessibility to Chess variants that the web brings to the world will begin to erode the hegemony that Chess currently enjoys. This doesn't mean that a Next Chess will arise to replace Chess. Rather it may mean that Chess variants in general begin to share more of an equal footing with Chess, such as there exists between card games. A few card games are more prominent than others, but no card game has the supreme position above other card games that Chess today enjoys above the variants.