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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
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
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
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…
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.