April 04, 2008

Why Can't Wii Be Friends?

Recently, and over my strident objections (ex post facto objections because I only found out about it after the durn thing had been purchased), a Wii was introduced into Orgle Manor.

My greatest fear was of an endless series of battles among the Llama-ettes over the thing akin to a gang of seagulls fighting over a dead crab on a beach. Fortunately, as I am the only person in the house who knows how to correctly hook the plugs into the back of the teevee (where the Wii has to take turns with the DVD player), I have made it clear that the instant I hear any squabbling, I will put the kybosh on anyone playing the thing. So far, this seems to have worked.

The only game that we allow the Llama-ettes to play is the sports package - tennis, golf, baseball and bowling. And of course, because it's there and because I'm a guy, I've tried it out for myself.

And you know what I realized last evening? I really don't like it. Sure, the novelty of the technology is gripping at first, but the truth is that the thing seems to fall flat awfully fast. I find the graphics to be off-putting, the music to be irritating and the games themselves to be in the end rayther dull. I suppose there are many other games out there with considerable more bang and flash, but of course I don't want the gels playing them and I am certainly not going to buy them only for myself.

Posted by Robert at April 4, 2008 09:14 AM | TrackBack

The do have SOME redeeming qualities.

Posted by: Boy Named Sous at April 4, 2008 10:45 AM

It's dull because Wiis are for kids.

Here's a formula for addictive fun: XBOX360 + (Halo3 or Call of Duty 4).

Not recommended unless you can do without sleep or can slip an extra 20 hours a week into your schedule.

Posted by: JohnL at April 4, 2008 10:59 AM

Wii's for kids? I thought it was more or less the same thing as an X-box.

Posted by: Robbo the LB at April 4, 2008 11:41 AM

Xbox360 and Playstation 3 both went for pushing the envelope on the technology as much as possible, and are fighting for the hardcore gaming crowd. So, the best titles on those platforms tend to be the most realistic, fast moving games, which have been largely first person shooters.

The Wii is different. It's aimed at being fun, aimed at families, and aimed at non-gamers, largely. Which tends to mean not a lot of blood and guts.

In the category of games you might like that are available on the Wii, I might suggest Lego Star Wars [assuming, of course, you haven't already played it]. [I should say I haven't played the game, in any version, but it's gotten great reviews, seems to have ported to the Wii well, and if your kids can watch the movies, you probably wouldn't have any problem with them playing the game].

Posted by: owlish at April 4, 2008 04:02 PM