I'm a middle-aged, very happily married guy with an incredibly wonderful daughter ( Hi Amber! ) who's been gaming since way back in the days of the very early 80's. I'm registered disabled because of a spinal problem and, although I can "get about a bit", a lot of my time is spent in a "laid back" mode, reminiscing on all the things I used to be able to do, and enjoy, but which, sad to say, I no longer can......
....BUT one thing I CAN do, is enjoy the most wonderfully innovative games console, in my ( very ) humble opinion, that has ever been invented!
Some of our board's more "gentle" readers will, hopefully, understand, in a sympathetic way, why the Wii has improved my quality of life to such a degree that I could cheerfully kiss it every morning :-)
I used to play golf at least two or three times a week before my condition began to beat the crap out of even the best of my positive thinking!
The same with tennis, bowling, and running......not to mention, having been a musician all my life, gigging ( and there's not a trace of bu.l sh.t here guys believe me ) around 200 to 250 nights a year!!
All of that taken from me - and I'm not being a whingeing wimp or asking for "violins"! That's just the way the cards were dealt for me. - in what seems like, taking life as a whole, a mere moment!
So - if you're still here :-) - you may well wonder, how the heck has the little Wii managed to make such a difference to the loss of so much of what my life was before things began to " go pear shaped" ?
Well, with the "Cube", the "PS2", and the "360", sure there was a shed-load of excellent stuff to divert my mind from being down in my more "difficult" moments.
Some really great games which I could play and enjoy and which played a big part in making the time go along more pleasantly, particularly when Phyl ( my wife ) was working and Amber was off learning what life is all about!
BUT......they were as nothing compared to what my oh-so-precious Wii has done for my life!
NOW I can play a round of golf, and get as close to that "pumped-up" feeling as I'm ever likely to in my own lounge! I can "swing" ( okay, I still have to be "careful".....but I can do it! ), I can judge the distance I'm likely to get out of the rough, I can fade the ball round a bunch of trees..........and I can curse when I hit a 4 foot putt and it winds up twice as far away on the other side of the hole! :-)
I can whack a tennis ball around, and actually drive a ball down the line because that's the way I played it!
I can ride "Epona" through a canyon, and know that, only if i aim right, will I shoot the guys on the hilltop!
I can play "S.M.B." in the way that it was surely always meant to be played? A way that changed an already brilliant game into something so tactile and "connected" that it's like a whole new experience! - sure it's got it's flaws like almost every game ever made....but I can live with very one of them!
P.O.P. has become a thrill filled ride that's so underated that it's almost a crime.
Sonic has been, literally "reborn"
....and, yes, even " Meet The Robinsons" is so much fun ( if you give it a chance ) that I take my, metaphorical, hat off to that rare breed - a decent move licence!
Now you can say that I could have enjoyed a lot of this stuff ( or similar ), just as much, on a different console, using buttons and joysticks......but you'd be so very wrong!
Remember, I'm just talking for "me", and, thus, I can only "tell it like it is" from my own point of view, and my own situation and circumstances.
I could NEVER have had so much enjoyment, satisfaction, stimulation ( steady now !! ), and pure, unadulterated, FUN, as I've had, and am continuing to have, with the Wii !
I'm happy to acknowledge the excellence of the "360" and the "P3"...but,
in my own, as I say, very unique ( as we all are ) situation, the Wii IS, quite simply, the most brilliant games console that has EVER been produced!
It is a wonderful piece of kit now, and we all know it will get even more incredible as the months go by, with more and more games, and ever more astonishing innovation, that will leave many of us lusting for the next " big thing" from Nintendo.
Personally, and with a huge thank you to anyone who's read my waffle as far as this, I can't wait.
I feel a massive debt of gratitude to Nintendo, their R & D teams, the games' creators, and, of course, to the legendary "Mr M" !
Thanks a million!