Wii Me

My shoulder hurts!
I’ve just got back from a most excellent weekend away in the company of a bunch of blokes who I’ve had the privilege of counting as friends ever since we were in a youth group together back in the day.
Anyway, the shoulder ….. as well as walking on the Malverns, good food, praying together, listening to music, mellowing and good conversation we spent quite a lot of the weekend playing on a Wii games console, a totally new experience for the majority of us. As the Wii is in the realms of stuff that youth leaders might want to hear an account of, I thought I’d post a general review and shoulder warning!
wii2.jpg The Wii rocks. It’s great fun and operating as it does from a motion sensor that you hold in your hand, is very active AND engaging. To play the tennis game, you have to play tennis (including a lob and smack type move to serve), to Box, well you have one gizmo for each hand and you fight (This means that watching someone else play is even funnier than playing), anyway you know all this but I couldn’t post a review without the broad overview. I was really impressed with how sociable it was, four player golf or bowling for example as you pass the controller to the next person and virtually hit or bowl, FAB! The graphics and interface are really well thought out and you pick up the play really quickly, the Wii making it more of a challenge as you improve. I also liked the humour and creativity in creating a Wii-me Wee-me (as it were). The weird stuff though is how physically demanding games like tennis and boxing are, the idea that you could actually get fit playing a computer game is a weird one. There is a wii3.jpgdanger (which they constantly warn you about) that you may injure yourself or others as your arms flail about the place. What I found though (and we’ve finally got to the shoulder) is that swinging your arm to connect with a virtual tennis ball is brilliant BUT the fact there is no ball that actually has a decelerating effect on your swung arm means that it gets really uncomfortable after a while, your muscles acting as the impetus and the brake is not something that they take readily too. This is just one issue though and actually I give the Wii a massive thumbs up for fun and more importantly creating an active game in which participation of a group of people is possible and a great laugh. (oh and projecting the images through a data projector onto a BIG screen works really well).
It’d be interesting to see how it worked buying one for the youth group and I would love to hear if anyone has. It certainly works better for involvement and fun than a PS2 et al in the corner of a youth group IMHO.

3 Replies to “Wii Me”

  1. Sounds good, just wondering about how it might work in the confines of a Double Decker bus? Our PS2 has just about passed on from this life and we need to get e new one, but should I consider one of these instead?

  2. Ian,
    thanks for this… sounds like you had a blast.
    I went power kiting yesterday and have sore arms because of the force 8/9 wind! 😉
    With regard to the use of the Wii with youth groups I must urge caution. Please check this site: http://www.wiidamage.com/ .
    Who’d have thought that there’s a need for Wii risk assessment form! Perhaps Oxford will be the first to issue one.

  3. Miz,
    great link thanks ….. and yep you’d need to risk assess the thing or more importantly the room in which it is played. Main issues being a boundary round the playing area so no one gets swiped and don’t even think about playing it if the ceiling is too low 🙂
    Simo,
    Really can’t see there being the space/height on the bus!

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