Why are board games a great choice for schools? In addition to a host of other reasons, a key factor is that for the most part board games don't bring along the same baggage as video games. Decision makers and stakeholders that will determine the success of a school gaming program tend to have positive memories of board games. Video games, on the other hand, have a cultural stigma that can raise questions and cause concerns about game programs before they have a chance to get started.
When does a toy become a game? The short answer is when enough structure is added to create a replicable play experience. A more detailed explanation might be accomplished by considering the evolutionary development of toys and play.