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12 February 2007
A new generation of fear mongering
From NPR's Morning Edition, we get this nugget from Kelly McBride:
The Wii is to physical fitness what grade inflation is to academic achievement.
The idea, of course, is that kids will not want to get out and play real sports when they can excel at virtual sports. As an example, McBride's son is impressed with his A+B button power serve. Not that this is new -- my dad kicked me out of my room more than once telling me to get outdoors and stop clacking away on my Commodore 64 -- but Wii Sports adds something new to the mix: virtual exercise.

Murder simulators? Those are so 2004. Exercise simulators are the future. Jack Thompson, call your office.

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--Matt Matthews at 08:30
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I heard it driving in this morning. The impression I got from the piece is how little an opinion the speaker has of the intelligence of her kids. When I play Wii sports *I* realize I'm not really playing tennis (or baseball, et al.). Why would her kids not come to the same realization?

By Blogger Alex, at 12 February, 2007 10:42  

Good point, Alex.

Let's take this idea a step further: if people won't want to get out and exercise because of Wii Sports, it stands to reason that they won't want to get out and murder because of GTA. Instead they'll opt for the easy virtual kills in a game.

GTA is saving lives!

By Blogger jvm, at 12 February, 2007 11:28  

To me, if you didn't have Wii Sports, you'd just play a different and less active videogame.

Mind, there is the issue that Nintendo has been trying to expand into the "non-gamer" market with the Wii. In that regard, they are trying to pick up kids (and adults) that *wouldn't* otherwise just play a different game. So maybe in those cases an hour in front of the Wii might actually take away from an hour chasing their brother around the house with a stick.

But anyone that actually cares about sports isn't going to see the Wii (at least so far) as a replacement. Even a mediocre tennis player knows Wii Tennis isn't close to the real thing. And won't be a replacement, either.

Heck, even though there have been gold simulators for years (where you swing a real club at a real ball), people still play golf on golf courses. Even the ones that use the simulators play on real courses when they can.

By Anonymous Baines, at 13 February, 2007 13:15  

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