There was a little boy and his father sitting at bluish green Formica topped table. The son had on a white shirt and blue sweater or perhaps it was a blue shirt with a white collar. One thing is for sure, the father was looking rather sporty in his bright red shirt topped with a white sweater vest.
The walls of the room were covered with blondish colored wood paneling. The picture on the box tells you a lot.
As the father and son sit playing “the game” at the table, the mother and daughter can be seen in the background standing and smiling in the kitchen. The girls were doing the dishes.
In red letters you can see the words the son and father are saying…
The little boy on the box calls “G-4” and his father says, “It’s a hit.” The red-shirted, white sweater-vested man also has his hand behind his head and seems to have hit the right collar of his shirt on the way up because it’s trying to stand up, salute and help the Father Knows Best looking fellow ask his son, “It sure is good to be a man isn’t it son?”
The son probably would respond, “It sure is dad, I wish mom and sis would hurry up and get those dishes finished, so they get started on the floors.”
Goodness gracious, I’m a little scared about looking at the image of the box on the computer. The powers that be might keep a list of folks that look at this box. I may be asked at some time in my life, “Have you ever looked at the original 1967 Battleship game box?”
As you would expect, the design of the box changed from its original 1967 version. The Milton Bradley Company would soon put a little girl on the cover playing with her brother. I’m just presuming they are sister and brother, maybe they are neighbors. One thing is for sure – the little girl is playing the game with the little boy and she is not holding a dish towel.
I will note that there’s just something about that 1967 box that makes me want to find a red shirt and a white sweater vest and put them on! Not to feel like a male chauvinist, but simply to be sporty and perhaps to put my hand behind my head and say, “It’s a hit.”
Maybe I’ll even smoke a pipe and get some of those manly house slippers…
Do you think that kids would be allowed to play the game Battleship at school?
I still play by myself, against the computer; I enjoy it and it involves a little math and logic and it’s simple. Before the plastic game boards, little ships, pegs and box that featured the sporty fellow with his collar standing at attention, the game was played using grids on paper as you would imagine.
Battleship is one of the simplest board games to learn and was a lot of fun for a little boy and still is for a grown man (who can wash dishes). You place your five ships of various sizes on a grid and your opponent does the same. Players take turns calling out grid coordinates in an attempt to be the first to sink all their opponents’ ships.
The commercials for the game almost always had the game’s clever marketing line “You sank my battleship” integrated into their television spot.
Ok, when I put the red shirt and white sweater vest on, you know that phrase will be the first thing out of my mouth.
In my opinion, strategy games, whether having a military theme or not have a lot of value when approached with the right spirit. Now if the boats were catching on fire and there was graphic violence or something, I could see how there might be a problem.
However, what if the game sprayed water on you when someone sunk one of your ships?
That would be pretty cool…
We often lose sight of the value of some of the simplest games that children play. Whether it is a board game with a military theme like Battleship, or pretending to be a cowboy or soldier or fireman or policeman, there are a lot of good things to be learned.
If you want to complain about the box and the girls smiling and doing the dishes while the boys play the game, I will agree with you. However, if you want to keep everyone from playing the game or pretending to be a cowboy, I have a problem with that.
In 2012, the board game gave birth to the movie, “Battleship.” As you would imagine, Hollywood messed it up with aliens and some NASA stuff.
If you like NASA movies, watch “The Right Stuff,” “Apollo 13” or “October Sky.” They are the real deal.
A simple game is sometimes best left a simple game and a child’s imagination should be a place where they can pretend a stick is a gun, a sword or a just a stick.
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