So, like, my boyfriend is totally obsessed with the Nintendo Wii. He can't get over it. Like Cartman in South Park, he practically wants to cryogenically freeze himself until the point where he can get one in his hot little hands.
Growing up, I was always a PC gamer. My dad had a computer in our house since '83, so I grew up with those mind-twisting classics like Zork. I still remember when sound cards were this crazy revolutionary phenomenon and the computer could totally talk to you.
Suffice to say, my Inner Gaming Nerd has since disappeared, only to occasionally pop up on the PC with games like Civilization, or casually on the PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo DS.
But my boyfriend cannot freaking shut. up. about. Nintendo. Wii.
Like Macintosh, Nintendo decided since it can't have the most powerful or versitile systems around, it would go by way of the iPod, with a sleek design and limited functionality.
But more, it comes with an accessory meant to revolutionize gaming: a little remote that has a motion sensor. You swing the remote and play baseball! You move the remote and cut something! You swing the remote around your head and... well... I dunno about that one. Basically you get to look ace like this girl here.
Thing is, this formula (like most others) was already tried and tested on PCs back in the day. My dad once got this baseball game that came with a "bat" accessory. You stood in front of the computer and swung the bat to hit the ball. It was super-cool... for about 72 hours. Kind of like my "Dance, Dance Revolution" pad.
Maybe it will be good. Maybe not so much. Nintendo did put out a winner with their handheld DS Lite system (one of the best gaming devices around), but that was on a system that could play older games, and the touch-screen complimented gameplay rather than overtook it.
For all the gaming enthusiasts out there: Nintendo Wii. Remote-fad, or "system to beat?" Nintendo fanboys like my boyfriend will buy whatever system has the next "Legend of Zelda" and insist that the Nintendo Wii will destroy the Sony Empire and trounce the X-Box 360.
I'm not so sure.