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Eating crow is an English-language idiom meaning humiliation by admitting wrongness or having been proved wrong after taking a strong position. Eating crow is presumably foul-tasting in the same way that being proved wrong might be emotionally hard to swallow.


 

I used to be fairly critical of the Nintendo Wii and I considered it a system for two types of gamers…

 

Kids playing kiddie games. And old people playing old people games.

 

 

I consider myself somewhat of a veteran gamer or old school gamer. With over 25 years of gaming experience on everything from the Commodore 64 and Atari 2600, to a custom built gaming rig and the Xbox 360, I’ve been around for awhile and played a game or two in my time.

 

Some of my regular readers have probably read about how I recently acquired a Wii from my son who is apparently “too old” for it now. And I honestly had every intention of putting it in the bedroom just to stream Netflix movies. Well, he had a collection of games, so while I waited for the 2 or 3 days for Nintendo to send the Netflix DVD, I played a couple of the games that he had.

 

 

The next day I went to the store, bought another controller and Wii Sports Resort.

 

Wii Sports Resort is definitely not the typical sort of game that I would buy. I even fell a bit awkward standing in line at the register as I purchased, contemplating excuses if the cashier commented on it. I thought I could say it was for my kids or wife. I certainly wouldn’t admit it was for me. (Honestly, it was for my wife and I…hence the purchase of the second controller)

 

 

Wii Sports Resort

 

So the game includes various activities…including Swordplay, Wakeboarding, Frisbee, Archery, Basketball, Table Tennis, Golf, Bowling, Power Cruising, Canoeing, Cycling, and Air Sports.

 

 

I’ve only played a few of the events that I find entertaining in real life, which means I’ve played Swordplay, Wakeboarding, Frisbee, Archery, Basketball, Table Tennis, Golf, Bowling and Canoeing.

 

So, almost all of the activities.

 

I’m here to say…it’s pretty darn entertaining…some of the events are even…dare I say…difficult…

 

Like archery…and shooting a moving target from 45 yards away with a stiff breeze to make it a tad more challenging.

 

 

Or golf, where proper form is every bit as important as it is in real life. At least in this game, I can just hit the reset button if I have a couple of bad holes.

 

 

Perhaps the thing that surprises me the most is the sensitivity and accuracy of this motion controller. I wouldn’t have guessed it would be near this accurate and responsive. If Microsoft’s Kinect (I don’t have a Playstation 3, so that’s why I didn’t say Move) offers anywhere near a similar experience, I may have to rethink my decision to purchase this gadget or not.

 

 

I know the Wii has some First Person Shooters…and my son had the little Wii zapper gun…so I started poking around a bit and stumbled upon the following controllers…

 

 

Hmm…I’m impressed.

 

And while I don’t think we are “there” yet (motion controllers and First Person Shooters) I have been wrong before and won’t make any more snap judgments (and eat even more crow) on motion controllers or consoles being better suited for a particular demographic.

 

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