I was casually thumbing through my copy of Hoyle last night when I started wondering if anyone played social card games any more. Nowadays, if Americans play cards, they play poker. Some of the older folks still play bridge. But that's about it.
When I was in college, I used to play euchre -- a lot
. My family used to play blitz
, my cousins played canasta, and a good friend of mine is a big cribbage player. But it seems like the number of card games that people actually
play is dwindling. At Yahoo! Games, there are only about a dozen online card games available. There are some regional variations (Yahoo! Deutschland has skat
, for example), but not much. It's like the same phenomenon with languages dying out -- Hoyle lists scores of games, but are there enough people around to play more than a handful or so of them, or are they now just cultural artifacts, preserved only in the pages of reference books like Old Church Slavonic
? Does anyone play whist or bezique or cassino or fight the landlord
any more? Or are these games dying out too?