Friday, January 11, 2008

Wii!

Thanks to my nephew-in-law and family, briefly visiting from Germany, Fellow Traveler and I have been introduced to the Nintendo Wii.

Last night we played a variety of games, including bowling -- a game I haven't played since junior high school; sadly, my average score 30-some years later is just as dismal -- and golf, which I found myself playing remarkably well (despite a brief sojourn in a virtual sand trap).

I've got to tell you -- this thing is fun. And unlike the couch-potato-tot video games of yore, the Wii is full-body gaming -- for instance, apart from not holding the weight of a real bowling bowl, you're putting your body through almost the same motions as the real game when you play. I've heard that some forward-thinking senior care facilities are investing in Wiis to give their residents an accessible alternative to sports they used to enjoy, and I think that's a splendid idea.

Since we're not what marketing folk call Early Adopters -- I think our category is Late, Cheap and Able to Postpone Our Gratification Until Closeout Special Time -- we are not going to run out and buy a Wii anytime soon. But it's on our horizon line.

5 comments:

Fr Chris said...

My wife is fond of Wii Boxing -- and then sits around the next day complaining about how sore her muscles are. :-)

I like Baseball and Tennis best.

zorra said...

Get Guitar Hero while you're at it.

Tom in Ontario said...

zorra beat me to it. Santa brought Guitar Hero 2 and 3 to our house (for PlayStation 2) and the next day my mother-in-law gave the kids Wii. I'm actually hooked on Guitar Hero but take time out to play tennis, bowling, baseball and golf on the Wii. I don't like boxing (the pacifist in me I guess).

David said...

Guitar Hero III rocks! We have had a Wii since August and we love it (our whole family) We have had tennis tournaments and baseball playoffs, family football games and a bunch of other "sporting" events.

My advice...Get one!

Trish said...

A friend here at Seminary says her grandma's nursing home has a Wii bowling league, and they're all very, VERY serious about it. :) I wonder if they drink beer, too....