CHRISTMAS is almost here. The shops are filled with festive tunes, decorations and stressed shoppers; the streets are buzzing with excitement; and our dwellings become cozy little caves again.
And while we’ll all be treating ourselves to turkey and Christmas pudding this December, another popular holiday tradition looks set to continue this year – gambling.
Playing games of all kinds is a very common activity during the holiday season, with several factors driving its demand.
First, as the nights get longer and the air gets colder, more and more of us will switch from our outdoor hobbies to those that allow us to stay warm and cozy indoors. Some may watch movies, some read, but many others play games.
Second, games and the hardware to play them are often given away at Christmas. This is why Sony and Microsoft usually release their new consoles and companies like Activision and EA plan to release their biggest games in the run up to Christmas.
In addition to these factors, games are also a great way to bring people together, which is why many of us in Evesham, Worcestershire and the rest of the UK will play them after we’ve stuffed ourselves with too much turkey and ingredients.
But which games will be popular this Christmas?
Card games are always a firm favorite. A deck of cards is cheap to buy and incredibly versatile as it offers hundreds of different options.
One of the most common choices expected of UK players will be poker. It can be enjoyed at the table once all the plates are cleared away, eliminating the need for complicated plating.
It’s also a game that most people will be familiar with, even if they have to spend a few rounds re-familiarizing themselves with the rules.
Of course, there are many different types of poker, so there will be many different ways to play across the country.
However, we can expect Texas Hold’em to be the most played option as it is already the most popular variant in the world thanks to its television fame and easy-to-learn rules.
It’s also a community game, making it more strategic and challenging than some other versions.
FIFA 23 will be the last game named FIFA to be published by EA Sports. It won’t be the company’s last football title, of course, but this year’s release marks the end of a very successful era.
The game is always popular at this time of year as the football season is always in full swing in December. It’s also a common choice for people who want to give a gift to a fan of the beautiful game.
In 2022, that popularity is likely to be even higher as the World Cup will peak when most people are doing their Christmas shopping.
Mario Kart is one of the most successful video game series of all time thanks to the fact that it features some of the most recognizable and beloved characters along with a careful balance of racing and mayhem that appeals to a very wide audience.
This Christmas we can expect many groups to gather around their TVs as they take the wheel with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi and Toad to race on some of the craziest tracks ever created.
Mario Kart 8 for Nintendo Switch recently enjoyed a few updates that added new tracks and other features, which helped keep demand high. So we can expect it to be a firm favorite again this holiday season.
Minecraft is one of the oldest video games still available, but it remains one of the most purchased, downloaded and played titles in the world.
During its 11-year lifespan, the game has been ported to almost every possible device, from smartphones to consoles, making it one of the most accessible video games available to gamers this Christmas.
It’s a game that allows for almost unlimited creative expression, giving players a blank canvas to build just about anything they can imagine.
With that in mind, it’s not surprising that Minecraft will remain a popular choice this year.
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