My grandmother, Nana used to love scrabble! And she could kick my butt when we played almost every time. She even got out the lazy susan to play so all players would have the advantage of the right veiw of the board.
I have fond memories, (and not so fond ones) of playing games as a kid.
Games were just always a big part of a kids life back before cable and MTV. Also, being a child of divorce, I was home ALOT with my sister, alone. So we played. When family comes, we still play. Even more fun now because my girls can enjoy this tradition now, too.