Sunday, December 28, 2008

Wii have an attitude

My husband got a Wii a few weeks before Christmas. He and my daughter and some of the neighbor kids have been having a good old time playing games and music on it ever since. I on the other hand have had no interest. I've watched them all playing with wild abandon throwing bowling balls, swinging at baseballs, and heaven knows what else, and was not the least bit interested.

I can't say as I've ever been much interested in video games with the exception of a brief window in the late 70's and early 80's. This was really the dawn of video games and once I saw what Pong and then Atari had to offer I was pretty sure it wasn't for me. I mean really what is the point of trying to get a frog across a river?

But, it all changed Christmas morning when my husband gave me a Wii fit. I started it up and went through the body test. If you haven't been through this experience, I must say it is quite harrowing, and I did it in a room full of my family. It tests your balance and reflexes. It takes your height and then weights you. It then takes all this info and tells you your BMI. A measurement I think insanely inaccurate, but that another blog. It also gives you your age according to their data. which I did o.k. on, coming in about 3 years younger then I am.

I have to warn you though the testing process was a bit rude, I would go so far as to say demeaning. First during the balance test they say helpful thing like, do you fall down a lot, if you wobble while balancing on one foot. When they weight you, and you come in over weight, as I confess, I did, it makes this baby elephant music and then makes your Mii (the little representations of yourself) fatter. It's really unpleasant and hardly motivational.

All that said though, I do enjoy playing on it. The skiing is fun, and the yoga is great because they tell you all kinds of interesting things about you posture, with less attitude than in the body test. Over all I would highly recommend it. But don't be too sensitive to the personal remarks.


Anonymous said...

ewww! I didn't know it did all that to you when you're setting it up for yourself. I agree -- not at all motivational!

Elise Crane Derby said...

It's belittled me even more since I wrote this.