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Gamers Finally Have an Option of Consequence

July 23, 2008

I’ve never been into gaming (electronic, that is.) All that high energy, sensory overloaded digital chaos makes my feeble brain spin. And the truth is, I have an addictive enough personality that if I ever started gaming, my marriage would instantly suffer–though my kids would probably love me. Digital Scrabble is more my speed than Grand Theft Auto or Blast the *^@!* Crap Out of The Enemy Hiding Around the Corner.

But now Nintendo’s Wii, born out of the personal interest of it’s inventor, Shigeru Miyamoto, has developed a fitness “game” called Wii Fit. You probably already know about Wii Fit, so I won’t bore you with the details (though you can follow some links I supply here for a primer). But note: FINALLY games have taken a leap into something important–namely, health.

And it’s about time. Gaming has been the primary province of adolescent males and those who wish they still were for years now. But with Wii Fit, gaming has moved into a universe that improves the health of even seniors and heart patients.

I’ll admit, as a wannabe rocker all my life, Rock Band and Guitar Hero have been attractive. But with Wii Fit, something consequential has finally happened in gaming. And a reason for even a Baby Boomer to get off his butt, get a console, and do more than play with his thumbs.

Wouldn’t it be great if product developers of all stripe would think, “Hey, let’s develop something bigger than what the kids think is cool. Let’s create something people actually need!“?

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 31, 2008 10:42 pm

    hey David. I’ve started my own blog check it out and let me know what you think!

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