Scottish Hotel Bans Video Games

Forget your PSP and DS at home! The oldest family-run hotel in Scotland, the Crieff Hydro, is asking guests not to bring video game hardware this holiday season in order to "restore traditional family values".

Traditional family values during the holidays? So like relatives getting in fights and drinking too much? Kidding!

"As a father-of-four, I'm well aware of the role that computer games play in youngsters' lives and they undoubtedly have a place," says the hotel's managing director Stephen Leckie. "However with Christmas holidays being the ideal opportunity to spend quality time with our families, we're asking our younger guests to set their consoles and games aside for just a few days of the year and, instead, sample some new activities which they may never have tried before."

Sounds like Mr. Leckie is assuming that video games aren't something children and adults can play together. I, of course, am assuming that he is assuming. The hotel does over loads of kid-friendly activities for children to enjoy, such as an indoor play land.

BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Hotel bans Christmas video games [BBC via Yahoo! Games]


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    Sorry Gramps, but kids this generation are into different things.

    Traditional family values?

    Bet they didn't ban poker machines.

      Poker machines aren't anywhere near as popular in Scotland (nor the rest of the UK as far as I know) as they are in Aus and you'd be lucky to find 1 machine in a pub.

        You are kidding right? "Fruit machines" are EVERYWHERE in the UK.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slot_machine

          Why did you say EVERYWHERE and then link to a wiki page that only mentions casinos? Of course you find tons in casinos and game halls. Pubs and hotels don't have as many. You might find one or two in a hotel bar but that's about it. An up market hotel would quite easily have none. It's not like in Aus where they have rooms dedicated to the slots.

    I agree with his motive, that families should indeed put aside video games, Facebook, and the work mobile for a few days a year, to spend some quality time together with the family.

    I'm not sure about the outright banning, though!

    I Find this completely understandable. If they provide enough entertainment to say, "Hey, you can play video games all year long by yourself, But why don't you come do (Insert family-orientated activity here)".

    If they had just said, "Video games are bad, spend time with family" that would have been a different story.

    Yay for stuffy, ignorant, (presumably) old c—ts!

    *sign in the lobby*

    YER WEE ONES CANNY PLAY YER FOOKIN' VIDYA GAMES 'ERE! GET LOST YE BIG JESSIES.

      That's EXACTLY what it would read... if it were written by an Aussie trying to write in a bad Scots/Cockney/Irish hybrid accent.

      If they were writing in Scots (Perhaps they're all from the 17th century?) it might read:

      "NAE 'LEKKY GAMES. ONY FAIMLIES WI' WEANS FUND TAE HAE ONY WULL BE OOT ON THAIR ARSES FASTER'N YE C'N SAY "IT'S A BRAW, BRICHT MOONLICHT NICHT TH' NICHT".

    I thought Fawlty Towers was in Torquay, England...?

    From what I've just read, is this guy saying "no computer games" then suggesting kids go play in the "indoor fun land"?

    Is this "indoor fun land" a place where the kids can go with their whole family, or is it kids only?

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