Posting in Daehawk's thread about the golden years of gaming, it became obvious to me that the 90's were special because of the great leaps pc gaming made that decade.
How come board games haven't followed suit? I'm not talking about the mechanics as such, because those have evolved the last 10 years (combining many different dials, cards, tokens and new mechanics). No, I'm talking about the technology. We're still playing with plastic figures on cardboard maps. Now, don't get me wrong, I love that, and I love the 'physical' aspect of those games, but I want to start playing that chess game they played in Star Wars! The one with the moving 3D holograms, and the famous "Let the Wookiee"-win scene!
Isn't technology ready for that? It would be incredibly expensive probably, but we haven't seen any steps in that direction yet... Why not have simple digital calculators, that can do all the book-keeping you have to do in many games involving turns? We can still have cardboard maps and plastic figures, but can't all those little tokens and other fluff be replaced by a streamlined digital display too?