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Families making more time for computer games

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Australians are making more time to play computer games together and swapping the old board games for interactive entertainment.

In a survey commissioned by Microsoft, it was revealed families play videos games together at least once a week.

The research shows computer gaming is a huge industry in Australia with 92 per cent of households owning a console.  

In the study it was found Australians get together twice a week for entertainment activities and play video games together once a week.

Of those surveyed, 66 per cent expressed a desire to more together each week.

Marketing director, Xbox Australia and New Zealand, Kimberley Francis says the results are not surprising.

“The survey found that parents and children find time to play video games together about once a weekly, so we can see that Australian families have adapted the activities they undertake as a family unit to reflect the ever-changing technological landscape,” she said.

Families play computer games together at least once a week

And it’s not just games for the boys.  Three out of four mothers surveyed said full body gaming with a device like Microsoft’s Kinect controller was also an appealing to share with their family.

Kinect earlier this year was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest selling consumer electronics device of all time after it was released in November 2010.

The research also found:

* 48 per cent felt it was good for brain and eye co-ordination.

* 23 per cent of parents said gaming helped keep their children out of trouble.

* 21 per cent said it kept their children from watching television

“It is clearly a sign of the times that new technology which is easy to use can bridge generation gaps and enable parents to participate in more activities with their children,” Ms Francis said.

 Kinect for Xbox 360 set a world record as the fastest selling consumer electronics product ever