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Out of Memory - Memory Elements in Games
Remembering things is not my strong point. Not because I'm getting a bit older now - I'm only in my 40s - but because I'm relying more heavily on technology to remember things for me. Online spreadsheets tell me what game to review next or what article to write. Oh, speaking of which, articles are made in advance and then scheduled in, along with all the related social media messages. So, no, I don't need to remember much. Maybe that's why I don't like memory elements in games, but let me use this article to go into this in a little more depth.
Maybe getting to peek at units in a block or trading game.
Otherwise it mostly falls into the "card counting" realm of just memorizing the possible cards/options and ticking them off that mental list so you know the odds of the next thing being really good or really bad for you. But that is mostly just knowing all the options in the game versus a new player that might not know that there is an 8 point statue in Seven Wonders to even get if they are planning a blue victory when drafting cards (though I suppose if you know enough to even form a strategy at the beginning you must be at least somewhat familiar with the cards).
I'd be curious to try a game that really relied heavily on memorization. I suspect it would have a very limited audience but as a party game with some drinking it could be hilarious
Also for reference - my 4 year old can kick my butt at a game of 8x8 Frozen Memory. She can remember where the Anna/Elsa with the blue background was, that I flipped on the first turn, when she turns one 8 or 9 turns later.