The winter holidays are a delightful time for coming together and enjoying a festive social experience, so long as it’s not with people in the same room. Real-world interaction is so 20th century! Spotted via VentureBeat, iPhone platform developers Aurora Feint have reported that, for the period of 12/24/09 to 12/26/09, their OpenFeint social gaming network saw five times its normal use.
OpenFeint, which allows developers to add leaderboards, achievements, and user profiles to games like Pocket God and Finger Physics, reportedly logged 11 million high scores and 2 million achievements across its supported games. In an ideal world, this hopefully means that friends and relatives looked on happily as all of those iTunes giftcards were put to immediate use, but let’s be honest: Now you know what your sullen teenager was up to instead of singing carols with his grandparents.