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May 26, 2008

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I was just thinking about this today when I read this online comic:

https://www.shortpacked.com/d/20080526.html

I'm with you on its bias against fat people, which is why I won't buy it. And maybe it's sexist, I haven't really paid attention to the ads. But why should they care if you lose weight or it ends up in your closet any more than any other video game? And what's wrong with playing a video game for exercise if that's what you enjoy? I'm a giant DDR fan, and I guess I'm 'wasting electricity' as opposed to a nature walk, but I enjoy it a lot more than nature walks and I've used it a lot longer than six months.

If you haven't seen the parody yet, it's a hoot and a half - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iYBmAVuBns I love it because they use the real video and mock it - "combining barely moving with doing mundane things" and comparing the kicky soundtracks and fun of DDR to the very slight movements of the little white thing you put on the floor instead. Very good stuff.

I don't have a WII and don't plan on getting one (and didn't before this) - I'd be happy just to get another PS2 actually. But your criticisms are great anyway. It won't last; it's really dumb. (I'd try DDR, but I haven't got money for video stuff at this point.)

Hmn.

I agree on the bias against fat people; that is definitely true. It's really sad that we can't expect anyone to counter it--but that's why the fatosphere is around, right? ^_^

However, I totally disagree with the Wii Fit being a fad/only for weight loss. Why? Well, you can just ignore everything on the screen--who cares. Some people might just want to see a bobble-head look alike of themselves doing push-ups for a laugh; entertainment. It's pretty much in the same realm as wack-a-mole or those punch-impact gauging arcade machines at the amusement park.

Besides, playing Wii doesn't even exert that much energy to begin with; not nearly enough to even begin to count as exercise--people just get into it a lot; lose track and overexagerate their movements (i.e. like watching a boxing match and punching the air in excitement). Everyone said the Wii itself and everything about it was a fad and it's sold more than xbox360 and ps3.

Nintendo not thinking enough women buy Wiis is an odd thought as well. I'm a girl. I bought myself a Wii. So did my other girlfriend. Hm...maybe it's cuz we're 21 and full of sugar and fond memories of Super NES.

Anyway, Nintendo has pretty much tapped into the senior citizens market, family market (I play with my family and so do some of my other friends with the console), bar market, etc with Wiis being in old age homes, clubs, pubs and even on cruise ships now. Instead of sitting in solitude or zoning out to a movie; you can invite over family or friends and play something that is quick to learn to control and doesn't require you to be a gaming expert, a professional button masher or even have any gaming experience at all (not that there's anything wrong with that). It's the "new" Monopoly or Scrabble.

I don't see why it would make a difference to them if not enough women were buying (who keeps track of this info and how?) since EVERYONE else is with seemingly minimal prompting.

I don't own Wii Fit nor will I ever because I like to kill things, fight people, collect gold and run to far away places when I game but as far as I'm concerned, it's just a DDR board with a lot more options.

Agreed. I love my Wii but there is no way I'm getting a Wii Fit. Meanwhile, my friend and my mom are thinking of getting a Wii just to play Wii Fit. (Hopefully if they do, they will also play Animal Crossing when it comes out.)

But seriously, it combines everything I hate about exercise with everything I hate about rigid computerized scoring systems. If I want to move around and actually get sweaty and junk, while playing a videogame as opposed to, say, walking in the park, I will play DDR. It involves both moving and fun, and while some versions have a "diet mode," you can ignore it and do a mode that is actually fun instead, because it does not comprise the whole game.

I'm actually thinking of getting a Wii Fit because I love me some video games and the potential applications for the balance board as another controller are amazing. There is talk of a skating boarding game that uses the balance board. WHICH ROCKS!

And I don't feel any particular anger at Nintendo - they are a business and their job is to explore and attract new market share. Women in America ARE obsessed with their weight and with dieting and, when it comes to business, it makes sense for Nintendo to take that into consideration. Does it suck that society functions this way? ABSOLUTELY. Does it suck that Nintendo isn't bucking the trend and producing more HAES friendly games with its awesome new controller? ABSOLUTELY. But it isn't surprising to me in the least.

What the hell? That is totally not true. Way to blow it way out of proportion. It doesn't convince anyone of anything, it's not a subtle or blatant hint about people's weight, and it's not a slam. You're all just seeing stuff that isn't at all there. Wii-fit is just meant for fun, so quit whining. I swear people need to lighten up and stop twisting things.

What the hell? That is totally not true. Way to blow it way out of proportion. It doesn't convince anyone of anything, it's not a subtle or blatant hint about people's weight, and it's not a slam. You're all just seeing stuff that isn't at all there. Wii-fit is just meant for fun, so quit whining. I swear people need to lighten up and stop twisting things.

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