Of course, these days the other thing – other than peer pressure – that is driving commercial games is the ever-stronger power of the Internet. Entire websites have sprung up that are devoting themselves to developing new commercial games with their own rules, sets of cards, leagues, and even email alerts. Sometimes these games are not new, but simply a revival of a game that has been part of the mainstream for a long time, but so far it has lacked any recognition except perhaps for a small group of players. Other times these games have all but vanished only to suddenly be rediscovered and then make a triumphant comeback. These card games are sometimes foreign games that are not commonly played in the United States, while at other time it may be a new twist on a beloved capturing card game. Whatever the case may be, commercial games are here to stay.
Add to this the fact that entire Internet communities are springing up around these games, and it is no surprise that so many love the feeling of belonging to a new group, interact with new friends, and actively forge relationship that may only thrive on the Internet, yet considering that for many this is the only way of interacting anymore, these games fulfill a vital role.
Some of these commercial games are also geared toward children and are highly educational. They may be family math games, or other cards that help children understand the ins and outs of grammar, vocabulary, or science. Other card games that fall into this category are not the capturing card game that is played for kicks and giggles but instead is part of some folks’ religious and spiritual expression, such as the cards that are used to foretell the future. For this matter, it is imperative to remember that to some these cards are deadly serious, and they should not be taken lightly.
Still wondering what the names of these games are? Here is a list of the most famous ones:
Tarot cards are the cards used by those who subscribe to spiritualism of some kinds and want to use them to foretell the future and understand the present.
6 Nimmt! is a German card game that is loosely related to the Old Maid game you are familiar with in the United States.
Astral is a mix of dungeon and dragons played with trading cards. There are Internet societies set up devoted to playing this game. This game can be played online.