Sometimes computer games are trying to be board games, and sometimes board games are trying to be computer games.
And sometimes they do it really well, and sometimes not.
I have the board game of Civilization. It's a great game. A bit of a chore to set up (in comparison to say 7 Wonders), and a challenge to teach a non wargamer in under 15 minutes (about the attention span of a non-wargamer I have noticed).
But it feels like the computer game, just on a table.
We've all seen computer wargames trying to be a well known board game wargame. So try too hard, and some try too little. I think Close Combat and Combat Mission were well enough made games. But claiming they are that well known board game is a stretch. Tigers on the Hunt has gone through major hurdles to recreate that well known board game to the point it has tried to keep the exact same turn sequence in extreme detail. Something that was probably not vital.
World in Flames is a major challenge just to get a coherent complete board game with all the bells and whistles. Not sure it was ever a rational idea to make it a totally true computer version. I have the 3 hardcover manuals. Wow, what an experience. I can't see any other than a WiF fanatic buying this product, unless like me, you have so view common vices, spending that kind of cash on a product you might not really need was doable even if silly.
I've been watching videos for Second Front, and interacting with the development team and even being permitted to offer my own insights and ideas.
I'm pumped for this game.
I'm likely always going to prefer the original product of great fame. I actually prefer the original version of the famous game.
But sometimes we are stuck playing on a computer, because space, or time, or lack of FtF humans or all of the above simply refuses to give us a break.
My threshold for space, at this time, is about the size of a shelf 12 inches deep. about 10 inches high and about 40 inches long where I can safely store a game in progress where the maps are likely stacked on each other 3 boards high and two stacks. So that's a common 6 board game assuming boards are at most 9x12 shapes. I can shield that behind a cloth or something to help with dust and breeze.
There are not many wargames sold on boards any more (to my knowledge). But so what, you can always cut a mapsheet and make it mounted.
So I think the future of wargaming will involve machines unless we see a major shift in the preferences of the under 30 crowd.
Wargame, 05% of the time.
Play with Barbies 05% of the time.
Play with Legos 10% of the time.
Build models 20% of the time
Shopping 60% of the time.
Exlains why I buy em more than I play em.