Wii by gum

I got my Nintendo Wii today. For those who don’t follow these things, the distinctive feature of the Wii is that it has a motion-sensitive remote controller. So for example, it comes with a game called Wii Sports, and to hit the tennis ball you swing the controller like a racket; similarly with baseball, golf and bowling.

It’s actually quite physical. After a long session of bowling and baseball my shoulder was so tired I could hardly lift my pint of ginger beer shandy. Anyone who’s done some gaming is used to getting a bit of thumb-strain, but this is the first game that could give you tennis elbow. Amusingly, there are lots of in-game warnings about making sure you’re not standing too near anything or anyone fragile, in case you hit them over the head while going for a big forehand.

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