As a parent, and as friends with quite a few other parents, I can tell you that NOT ONE of them bought their kid(s) a Wii due to it being a "kiddy" console. These are parents of kids ranging from around age 9 to 15 or so. Only one parent bought a Wii for their kids because the 360 or PS3 was "too expensive". All of the rest either bought their kid(s) a Wii because their kid(s) wanted one, or (much more common than I would have thought, knowing these people) that the Wii looked fun. Three families that I know of bought a Wii after playing with ours. The kids barely got to play, I showed the parents how to play, and let them have at it.Originally Posted by l7cx1Cl
I can point to at least 10 kids in my town that own a Wii ONLY because their parents thought it looked fun. I can tell you that my sons, and a lot of their friends complain that Mom and/or Dad play with the Wii more than the kids. These parents range from mid 20's to their middle/upper 40's and all play. Churches have Wii social nights here. Bars have competitions, and there are a whole lot of Wii "dinner parties" around town on a typical weekend.
Sure, the kids may ask Mom and Dad for a Wii, but if Mom and Dad really look at it, a lot of them like it too. Not to mention quite a few grandparents also.
And to answer your main point, most parents do NOT go to forums or chat rooms. They google for whatever answers they need, and they are gone. So I am not surprised at all that these boards (along with most others) are populated by a younger crowd.