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Offline amigakidd

Wii and the living room
« on: June 02, 2008, 02:45:26 AM »
I currently set up the Wii in the family living room last week and my parents and siblings are now into it.
We are all getting the exercise we need and much fun with Wii Sports.

I think the Wii works with the nongamer because my parents were gamers 20-30 years ago and never played a Playstation before. It's fun family time with Wii Sports during weekends and it promotes a type of family social time.

I just finally realized that Nintendo is right on this Wii revolution thing they have been talking about since 2005.
My family now is at least spending time together past our hectic workdays, even healthier. My family and I will buy Wii Fit and have it in the living room as a fun exercise workout area. We can improve our Cardio health + prevent diabetes through exercise.

I can never do this with a Playstation nor an Xbox.
It never had any nongamer appeal. Even my Amiga Emulation never had an mass appeal, I love it alot. I guess if your a hardcore gamer, your prone to becoming more fat???
I do sit for hours playing Secret of Monkey Island on the Amiga, but sometimes I have to play Wii Sports for 15 mins to add 15 years to my life. I really don't think the Wii is a fad. Wii Sports and Wii Fit will be my family's favorites for years to come.

Any of you have your Wii's set-up in the living room.
Do they attract nongamers? or Do you selfishly play your Wii in the bedroom just like a playstation.

Discuss your experiences here.
Are you physically fit with the Wii in the living room?
Or is the Wii just another Pet Rock?
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Offline Fingers

Re: Wii and the living room
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2008, 03:12:15 AM »
You need to do more than jump around the loungeroom playing virtual tennis to get REAL exercise man :lol:

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Re: Wii and the living room
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2008, 03:43:18 AM »
I hear ya, Akidd.  I have a Wii, Grabbed Mario kart and Wii Fit.  All of the above are great for all generations.  I've taken mine over to friend's houses for holidays and their grandmothers would get on and play with us.  Try that with Gears of War or Halo 3.

Most of the "Mature" video games are more set towards single guys where as the Wii's main body of games have an all-inclusive feel to them.  You actually WANT to play with others, and not just to drive them in to the ground, but to have a good time.

Don't get me wrong, I can not WAIT for Alone in the Dark to come out for it (BIG Lovecraft fan).  I find just as much satisfaction though playing with my friends 5 year old and "losing" a race to him in Mario Kart.

A note on Wii Fit.  It'll take the breath out of you!  I am in the Army and am training to get my PT test scrore up and the yoga and dexterity "games" will kick your but!!!  yes, going out is the best for you, but this is a good way to get younger, less active gamers off their butts... :-D

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Offline jdiffend

Re: Wii and the living room
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2008, 04:58:28 AM »
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Fingers wrote:
You need to do more than jump around the loungeroom playing virtual tennis to get REAL exercise man :lol:

Grab a bike and go street ride with Edwin Delarosa...he lives in NYC :-D

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I'm with Fingers on this one.  Swinging your arms around in the living room is NOTHING like the exercise you get from real tennis or any other sport for that matter.
And the Wii fit isn't going to get you any more fit than jumping around on a Dance Dance Revolution mat.

IF you use it as a start... fine.  But you'll probably use more energy going for a 30 minute walk every day than using the Wii.

If you just want to do it to have fun... then cool.  Just don't expect to run a marathon or even climb stairs easier than before just cause you are using a Wii.

BTW, after having played with it... I'm not exactly sold on the Wii-mote.  I was begging for a joystick at times.
It is definately a lot more fun to watch people play games with it though! LOL
 

Offline Tomas

Re: Wii and the living room
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2008, 06:00:55 AM »
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I'm with Fingers on this one. Swinging your arms around in the living room is NOTHING like the exercise you get from real tennis or any other sport for that matter.

Anything that makes me sweat goes under exercise by my definition.
 

Offline mpiva

Re: Wii and the living room
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2008, 06:35:16 AM »
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J-Golden wrote:

A note on Wii Fit.  It'll take the breath out of you!  I am in the Army and am training to get my PT test scrore up and the yoga and dexterity "games" will kick your but!!!  yes, going out is the best for you, but this is a good way to get younger, less active gamers off their butts... :-D

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My wife's been bugging me to get Wii-Fit for our Wii but I wasn't convinced it was anything more than a gimmick, and for $100, I wasn't sure it was worth it. So, J-Golden, am I correct in understanding that you DO think the Wii-Fit is a good way to get some exercise? (sure, it's no going to the gym, but it would be a heck of a lot more convenient)
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Offline weirdami

Re: Wii and the living room
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2008, 06:43:26 AM »
i keep my wii in the closet. i guess that explains the bruises.
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Offline NovaCoder

Re: Wii and the living room
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2008, 07:27:43 AM »
Yep got a Wii in the front room hooked up to the TV and it's great fun (new and retro).  My 1200 is in the office for when I want to play retro games while pretending that I'm coding.  :idea:
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Offline KThunder

Re: Wii and the living room
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2008, 02:30:10 PM »
30min of boxing on the wii is exercise. anything that gets people doing more than twiddling their thumbs for hours on end (playstation)

my wife and kids love our wii and have started to show interest in the real sports they "practice" on the wii.
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Offline HopperJF

Re: Wii and the living room
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2008, 02:42:34 PM »
I agree, the Wii is no subsitute for proper exercise like running or building up a sweat in the gym.

However, my friend has a Wii and in the living room and we had a fun round of bowling.
I agree the Wii has more mass appeal than any console in years, probably not since the 80s has there been so much broad appeal of games to so many different people who wouldn't normally have a console.

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Offline RRunner

Re: Wii and the living room
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2008, 02:55:37 PM »
We have the Wii set up in the family room and we all have a blast on it. We took it to a family get-together and all the adults were taking each other on in Wii Sports. The guys were trying to best each other in boxing and we were all huffing and puffing. You can definitely get a decent amount of exercise out of it if you apply yourself. Of course there are some games for the Wii that are not like that... my kids like Lego Star Wars for example... but the sports games certainly get you moving! In fact, some seniors citizens homes around here have added the Wii to their activities rooms with great success! Nothing like seeing a bunch of seniors pounding each other in boxing! Hahaha!
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Offline jj

Re: Wii and the living room
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2008, 03:04:50 PM »
Sorry but I didnt want the thought of OAP's pounding each other  :lol:
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Re: Wii and the living room
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2008, 03:24:34 PM »
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mpiva wrote:
My wife's been bugging me to get Wii-Fit for our Wii but I wasn't convinced it was anything more than a gimmick, and for $100, I wasn't sure it was worth it. So, J-Golden, am I correct in understanding that you DO think the Wii-Fit is a good way to get some exercise? (sure, it's no going to the gym, but it would be a heck of a lot more convenient)


Yes, I would give it two thumbs up.  It's a lot cheaper then a gym membership, it keeps track of your body mass (and doesn't hold punches if your are over weight) it is smaller then a tread mill, and it is fun!  That last part and the keeping track of your body mass is key.

It also lets you set goals, lets you know if it is to high/unhealthy and gives demonstrations so you properly do each one correctly.

My money is still on the yoga.  Anyone can learn how to run or do pushups, but the yoga really pushes the ballance and the inner dexterity that most clubs or exercise places don't.  You can also do it when ever you want.

Funny note.  When my wife jumped on it she was well under weight but the thing told her the ballance part wasn't her bag.  It then asked if she trips over her own feet a lot...  SHE DOES!!! :-D   I laughed and laughed.  She was pissed of course, but it is now guiding her to better her ballence.

So, again yes, I say go for it.  It is WAY more then just an exercice mat that talks back and it helps in many more areas then building up a good sweat...

Just make sure your wife is going to stick with it.  If not then it would be a waste of money...
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Offline Ilwrath

Re: Wii and the living room
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2008, 03:42:08 PM »
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However, my friend has a Wii and in the living room and we had a fun round of bowling.
I agree the Wii has more mass appeal than any console in years, probably not since the 80s has there been so much broad appeal of games to so many different people who wouldn't normally have a console.


I think that is really the key.  The Wii connects well with the non-core gamer market.  I've always played video games, so I'm not intimidated by a PS3 or 360 controller.  But my wife hadn't played a video game since the Atari 2600.  She has a brain melt when presented with A-B-X-Y, 2 analog sticks, two analog shoulder bumpers, and two digital shoulder bumpers.  I would, too, had I not played my way through the progression of controller technology.

But, enter the Wii, and that all changes.  It doesn't need a slew of buttons and sticks.  It's more of pointer, really...  That's something she can manage.  So all of a sudden, we have a new family activity for a rainy evening.

I got her to try Mario Kart a few days ago.  Yesterday, she actually waited for me to take the lead before firing her blue shell off.  I think I may have created a monster.  :-(
 

Offline KThunder

Re: Wii and the living room
« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2008, 09:13:22 PM »
there is actually some skill involved in playing many wii games. it isnt just timing your botton presses etc. you have to point just right and move just right. that is what makes it more interesting to me. 360 and ps3 games just seem to be more of the same stuff we have had since the genesis or so, button mashing mindlessness with better graphics.
the inovation isnt just about making games fun to play again (as opposed to quake/halo/etc. clones) it really is a new way to play games. i just got sonic and the secret rings, and although it is just another 3d sonic game it is different and fun to play because of the controls.
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