Board games are back for families

Rushden, family page for feature about board games vs computer games over the festive season. Liz Line with her youngest son Kyle Blakemore, 15 months, teaching him how to play Connect Four. 'Thursday, 22 December 2011

Rushden, family page for feature about board games vs computer games over the festive season. Liz Line with her youngest son Kyle Blakemore, 15 months, teaching him how to play Connect Four. 'Thursday, 22 December 2011

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With the likes of Nintendo Wii and X-Box Kinect featured on many a Christmas wishlist this year, you might think that traditional board games like Cluedo and Monopoly would no longer have a place in a family household.

But according to a study carried out by Capital Shopping Centres, which owns the likes of the Metrocentre in Gateshead and the Trafford Centre in Manchester, 60 per cent of families are more likely to reach for a traditional board game than a remote control.

The results were revealed on the back of game stockists within the centres reporting a 20 per cent year on year increase in board games sales.

So what do families in our area like to play?

Liz Line, of Rushden, said: “My children are too young for board games at the moment but when they are old enough we will definitely be playing them, not just over Christmas but all year round.

“My eldest is nearly three and my youngest is one.

“We played pass the parcel at the Christmas parties, and we just like playing general games and things like Connect 4.

“I think that they are both just as family-friendly depending on what is played and how old the kids are.

“As long as everyone is interacting with each other and having a great time that’s all that matters.”

Kathryn Noonan, of Wellingborough, said: “I absolutely love board games, but the younger generation are more interested in games that involve the television and we all got out-voted this year.”

Tracey Lawson, of Kettering, said: “We have a couple of traditions, we must play Give us a Clue and there was no TV on Christmas Day except EastEnders.

“But I think the Wii is more family friendly than a board game.

“If you have several controllers your whole family can play games together on a console and everyone can play Just Dance or younger kids games.

“But the best thing for social skills and health together is nice long country walks. You have to communicate and you get fresh air and Vitamin D.”

Charlie Gamble, of Rushden, said: “We love our board games, my children who are four and six years old love to play games such as Uno, and learning games. “We were busy with books, board games and puzzles.”

Andrew Ferguson, of Burton Latimer, said: “Kinect is brilliant fun, so I think an equal dose of both is the order of the day.”