Those familiar with the BBC’s Desert Island Discs will know it’s all about the eight tracks celebrities would be cast away with to a desert island. But what about video games?
With everyone currently staying indoors due to lockdown, flatsharing site SpareRoom surveyed almost 4,000 flatsharers to discover the nation’s eight favourite ‘Desert Island Games’.
The eight games that received the most votes were: The Sims, Crash Bandicoot, Super Mario Bros., The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Spyro the Dragon, Grand Theft Auto V, Final Fantasy 7 and Tomb Raider
Despite all-time classics like Super Mario Bros. and the original Final Fantasy 7 making the cut, of the eight Desert Island Games it was The Sims that most flatsharers would choose to be cast away with. Seemingly controlling the digital lives of others is an ideal way to distract from the reality of being stranded on a desert island (or in this case, lockdown).
Britons are turning to the immersive virtual worlds of games in their droves as the perfect distraction at this time. SpareRoom’s survey found that one in three (35%) flatsharers have already played their Desert Island game or plan on playing it whilst being in lockdown.
Matt Hutchinson, SpareRoom director comments: “From Animal Crossing to The Sims, video games have become an important way to get some much needed escapism, which has never been more appealing than it is right now. The nation’s eight Desert Island Games are a mix of retro nostalgia and more modern titles. They also reflect the different kinds of gamers across the country – from titles like Skyrim and Final Fantasy 7 to The Sims.”
- The UK’s eight Desert Island Games are: The Sims, Crash Bandicoot, Super Mario Bros, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Spyro the Dragon, Grand Theft Auto V, Final Fantasy 7 and Tomb Raider
- Of those, The Sims was the most popular desert island video game
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