One of the oldest hotels in Scotland is imposing a ban on videogames over the holidays in order to help "restore traditional family values," even if only for a few days.
The Crieff Hydro hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, was founded in 1868 and is believed to be the country's oldest family-run hotel. Managing Director Stephen Leckie, the fifth generation of his family to run the hotel, said earlier this week that he's hoping the ban on gaming will encourage families to spend quality time together over the holidays.
"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," Leckie told STV. "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."
The hotel is offering a number of activities for the holiday season ranging from Highland games and ceilidhs to quad biking, archery, "outdoor laser quest" and more. "We're realistic, acknowledging that teenagers may want some time away from their parents, and vice-versa, and there are plenty activities to break free and be independent with family friends or others in their peer group," Leckie said.
I'm obviously not one to be too critical of kids who want to blow their holidays playing videogames (I've done it myself a few times) and obviously this isn't for everyone, but all in all I think it's a pretty cool idea. It's good to put the controller down every now and then and do something else for awhile, and a holiday stay at the Crieff Hydro should certainly qualify as one of those times.