Finding points of engagement is absolutely vital. The priming process of playing a game does a few things. Students are much more likely to become engaged in the conversation if they are enjoying themselves. It relaxes them and breaks the silence barrier. You will have an easier time connecting with them if they like you. Not to mention your job becomes way easier if they like the person next to them as well.
Jon Forrest is the youth pastor at Bethel Church in Ashland City, TN. He is a frequently requested speaker at youth events and conferences, and serves as a member of the board of Pleasant View Christian School.