Board games beat video games this Christmas

Study shows that 60 per cent of families will choose traditional board games over the festive season.
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The research by Capital Shopping Centres asked 2,000 parents about what they will play with their families over Christmas.

Most of those who chose board games over video games said they 'brought the family together and they are 'more fun'.

A fifth of people said they don't include video games as part of Christmas Day because they feel they're too unsociable. While a quarter think computer games are likely to divide the family into different rooms.

Meanwhile, 50 per cent said they were more likely to play a board game on Christmas day than any other day of the year.

The results of the survey were revealed on the back of retailers within the Capital Shopping Centres reporting a 20 per cent year-on-year increase in board game sales.

Trevor Pareira, commercial director, commented: "We have incredible technology at our fingertips these days, but while remarkable, it can sometimes be isolating. It's refreshing to see that famlies still turn to the board game for quality time together when it counts on Christmas day."

The top ten board games from the survey were:

1. Monopoly
2. Trivial Pursuit
3. Scrabble
4. Cluedo
5. Pictionary
6. Charades
7. Guess Who
8. Snakes and Ladders
9. Uno
10. Connect 4

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