Friday, February 20, 2009
What does this post have to do with photography? Nothing! The reason I put it here is because I also want to throw other fun stuff on this site from time to time, and this is one of those posts. It's filed under "Random thoughts" in the Topics on the left side where I'll categorize all of these types of posts for people who are interested in such things...
When I decided that it was finally time to take the gaming console plunge, I looked at all of the primary units....PlayStation 3, XBox 360, and the Wii.
PlayStation and XBox are certainly ahead of the Wii with regard to graphics, number of game titles, etc. Unfortunately, what immediately turned me off to both systems was the number of games that are violent, about racing (which I have nothing against, but how many racing games do we need???), or just generally adult in nature (war simulations, etc). I have a son (8) and a daughter (6) and I just don't think we need that stuff in the house at their age, so both units were crossed off my list.
The Wii, on the other hand, is fabulous. If you have kids (and even adults!) who are interested in gaming from a family perspective, the Wii is the way to go.
I knew the Wii platform was an immersive and interactive experience, but it turned out to be more so than I thought. Every member of the family enjoys it, gets up off the couch to play it, and we have a lot of great family times together. Not to say that doesn't happen with PS3 and XBox, but the Wii is different.
The Wii console and controllers are innovative, respond to motion input in multiple dimensions, and translate that motion into the games in a terrific way. Everyone who plays it always responds with the "Wow!" factor when they see how their arm and hand motions affect the game play. Try playing Tiger Woods Golf and you'll see what I mean. It's terrific!
We recently picked up Wii Fit, and it continues that great feeling. What a great way to get and stay in shape! For people who have specific problems (I have back problems), you can figure out which specific activities will help that and focus on them in your daily fitness routine. Wii Fit will never replace going to the gym or going outside for some good sweaty exercise, but again....it gets you up and off the couch in an innovative way and makes exercising with the whole family fun! It even includes exercising games, so the kids don't even realize they're exercising. Pretty funny...
If you've never seen or tried the Wii, check it out. You'll be hooked, like most other people who try it...