Houston, Wii have a problem!

Houston, Wii have a problem!

Summary: Does Nintendo's new Wii gaming platform bring a whole new meaning to video game violence or are Wii related accidents a sign that people just aren't used to any kind of physical activity?

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Does Nintendo's new Wii gaming platform bring a whole new meaning to video game violence or are Wii related accidents a sign that people just aren't used to any kind of physical activity?

I have to be honest.  When I first read details of the Wii, one of my first thoughts was "someone's gonna put that remote through a TV screen."  Guess what happened within days of the Wii being released?  Someone put the remote through a TV.  But people have now come up with some really creative ways to hurt themselves and others using the Wiimote, not to mention create all kinds of mayhem.

Over on Wii Have a Problem users have submitted evidence of the kind of damage that owners have caused while getting caught up playing with their Wii.  On the front today there's a guy who punched the ceiling, another guy who hit his girlfriend in the eye with the Wiimote, another guy whacks his girlfriend in the elbow with the remote, someone else smacks their hand on a door frame.  Forget Doom or Grand Theft Auto, this is real game violence!

All this damage and destruction raises two questions.  First off, did Nintendo foresee such problems and decide that a certain amount of collateral damage was acceptable, or are they surprised as to how much pain, injury and financial loss that people can do with a small piece of plastic?

Secondly, why are people causing so much damage with a Wii?  Is it that they're not used to such physical activity within the confines of their homes or is it that the average video gamer doesn't play much sport normally?  Seeing what these guys can do with a Wiimote, I wouldn't like to put a baseball bat in their hands.

Is this a case of random accidental damage or is the Wii a flawed idea?

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  • Wii is not a problem, users are.

    The reality that you don't have to act psychotic with a wii-mote to get your character on screen to react apparently hasn't made it through to some of these adrenaline-pumped hypergamers. The wii is not at fault for over-zealous gamers, it has added a new dimension of fun to playing all kinds of games. To claim the wii is a failed console because of the idiots holding the wiimote, would be the same as recalling all cars because people get into accidents with them. How do you plan to get to work?
    dsedberry
    • Good point

      "The reality that you don't have to act psychotic with a wii-mote to get your character on screen to react apparently hasn't made it through to some of these adrenaline-pumped hypergamers."

      I think you nailed it. But jsut watch gamers with any device - when the game starts to get intense, most start to hammer at the gamepad!

      The only complaint I have with the Wiimote is that it could fit into the hand better ... but since all hands are non-standard, that's Mission Impossible. But I'll give it to Nintendo, it's a great 1st gen gadget. It can only get better.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    • Yes they are idiots

      They bought Wiis in the first place. Thus there you go.
      BCF1968
  • Puhleeze!

    Give me a break!

    This is idiotic. The very idea that these incidents are the result of the Wii's design is flawed. With millions of Wii's sold to date, there are really not so many of these reports as to warrant this type of publicity.

    Heck....baseball bats have been in use for what? Over a hundred years? every now and then, one slips out of a batter's hands and crowns some guys on the sidelines, or causes damage of some sort. Do we consider the design (or very idea) of the baseball bat to be flawed?
    vidiot23
    • Two things at work

      The internet bullhorn effect, where a small group of people can sound very loud and
      make people think they are more numerous than they are, and 21st century Western
      "I am a victim, hear me whine" mentality.
      frgough
  • Baseball bats? Crowbars?

    It isn't Nintendo's fault. Is it car manufacturer's problem because a driver of the car runs over an old lady? Is it problem of a baseball equipment manufacturer because a kid hit another one with the ball in the face?

    It's simply misuse of equipment at people's side, not a manufacturer's problem. Let's go against manufacturers of pots because people spill boiling water over themselves, shall we? :)

    Just be careful people and don't let your attention wander off! :)
    Khaotic_One
    • Crowbars, baseball bats and Wiimotes

      I think that the main difference between cCrowbars, baseball bats and Wiimotes is that we kinda know what to do with crowbars and baseball bats and understand what they can do (also you don't go swinging them around your living room! :-) ).

      I have to admit though, the damage that people can do with the Wiimote amazes me.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • You have to follow his reasoning

    If he had any reasoning for writing what he did, it would have to be this:

    1. The idea of cars is flawed, because they sometimes maul people over
    2. The idea of cooking food is flawed, because people sometimes burn themselves
    3. The idea of eating food is flawed, because people sometimes choke on the food
    4. The idea of beds is flawed, because people sometimes fall off them
    5. The idea of toilets is flawed, because sometimes people have to clean them

    So you see, by saying the Wii is flawed, he really meant that it is flawed like everything else in our lives and therefore fits in perfectly with the rest of the imperfections we hold so dear. Like the idea of journalism and blogging is flawed, because sometimes people that have a big stage tends to fart in the microphone.
    valinus_degor@...
    • I'm interested ...

      Why do you think that Wii is flawed? I only posed the question. You've taken that forward and built up a world where Wii is flawed like everything else. Interesting. Did you actually read what I wrote or just jumped to a conclusion?
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • It's called sarcasm, Adrian.

        Funny how you missed it.
        valinus_degor@...
        • Hey, if it helps ...

          ... I did laugh.
          Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • But really

        If you think I jumped to conclusion, then what did you do?

        I used exactly the same reasoning you used to arrive at your "question" to arrive at conclusions I listed, yet, they seem outlandish to you.

        Interesting ..
        valinus_degor@...
        • Thanks ...

          ... for the clarification.
          Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • Funny how you all think I feel that Wii is flawed ...

    ... since I only posed the question. Interesting that.
    Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    • Funny how we can all read the MS double speak you write...

      in order to 'suggest' a conclusion and then use the words of others to somehow support your conclusion. Go back to HQ and ask for another script that will help sell XBoxes.
      nomorems
      • Why bring Microsoft up?

        ???
        Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • Funny how you think it is flawed

    I think the point is that the question you posed is so ... out there ... and is really the only point in your post, as you do not make others, that is what people zero'd in on. Or they didn't teach you that in journalism course?
    valinus_degor@...
  • Any Wii owners here?

    Have you caused any damage with yours?
    Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    • 4 boys, 1 Wii

      I have 4 boys, ages 4-14...We've had a Wii for over a month now and haven't even bothered to get the upgraded wrist-straps (I like to live dangerously). No injuries, no property damage...Considering that Nintendo has sold a couple million of these little consoles, I'm thinking that the "Internet Bullhorn Effect" id'd by another reader is probably at play here.

      Love the Wii, love the interface, love getting my little digital natives off their butts.

      ...Chris Dawson
      mrdatahs
      • Haven't upgraded the wrist strap!

        That is living dangerously! ;-)
        Adrian Kingsley-Hughes