WITH the lead up to the holiday season rapidly approaching its time to come together as a family and spend quality time. But how do we all like to do that?
A recent survey from Microsoft and Xbox revealed that gaming over the holidays is the choice of many to play games to connect, with 39% of Aussies gaming with family over holidays.
With a plethora of titles to play with your loved ones, ranging from racing, puzzle, platform and many more the whole family can play together, is it a wonder?
Here are the survey highlights:
The survey results found that 39% of Australians surveyed play video games over the holidays with their family members, ranging from kids [36%] and parents [21%] to uncles/aunties [16%] and even gaming grandparents [11%].
Key findings from the research are below:
- The survey results also revealed that 40% of the survey respondents said gaming gives them a way to connect with someone they don’t regularly see in person.
- Not just a pastime for teens anymore, 40% of survey respondents agreed the sharing of video game enjoyment among generations is a great tradition.
- Better yet, there may be less chance of causing a family feud, with 49% agreeing that video games cause fewer arguments than board games.
Xbox ANZ business lead Tania Chee said the way families spend their time together over the holidays was changing.
“It’s really exciting to see from our research that video games are now a big part of bringing families together at gatherings,” she said.
“Whether it’s showing gran how to build her dream home in The Sims or speeding into first place in Forza Horizon 5, gaming has become an opportunity for connection across generations, no matter your skill level. It’s clear that video games have become a new summer holiday tradition – including for my family, whom I can’t wait to play against this Christmas and win.”
Let us know on the GOA Twitter account what games you like to play with family young and old – and also don’t forget to check out our gift guides in the following weeks towards Christmas!