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Board games cafes offer web break in China - Yahoo! Singapore News: Jia Han was a web junkie who used to while a...

BEIJING (AFP) - – Jia Han was a web junkie who used to while away entire days in Internet cafes, but the 21-year-old university student says he has now found a healthier and more social pastime -- board games. "You get excited when you first play online games. But you feel tired and bored after a while because you don't know the players on the other side of the screen," Jia told AFP at a board game cafe in a downtown Beijing mall. "However, if you are playing face to face with your friends, your spirits are always up," the young man said as he moderated a session of the Werewolves of Miller's Hollow, a popular group game. Board games -- a form of old-school family entertainment in the West -- caught fire around two years ago among young Chinese looking for new hobbies, especially in big cities, where cafes have cropped up quickly. Beijing alone is estimated to have more th...

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