Now just when I thought I had heard it all, along comes a class of gamers that make you wonder just how far a person will go to play their console games. Well, the Wii has been out for a bit, and as always, there are horror stories to be told about user experiences. By far, the most prominent complaint yet has been the malfunctioning strap for the WiiMote. (pictured below)
This device is used in a number of ways, swinging or lunging while holding it, to mimic the use of a sword, or sports equipment, etc. To many players demise, the strap that is supposed to hold the WiiMote to your wrist while flinging around at mach speed, breaks quite easily, and has damaged or outright destroyed many TV’s, Laptops and windows across the US. Nintendo has agreed in many cases already to replace the wrist straps, hopefully with something a bit stronger! Too bad they won’t replace a 60 inch plasma TV, in the case of one dismayed gamer, or a 10ft piece of picture window glass in the case of another.
A group of kids in Tokyo, Japan have taken a insane initiative, and have superglued the WiiMotes to their hands. They see it as a status symbol, and show them off in public. Parents have dismissed this as a wacky and bizarre action, but are wary of the problems it can cause. Some gamers in the US have taken to using duct tape or strong rubber bands to keep the device from slipping out of their hands. In the extreme, some doctors have claimed they have been approached with proposals of having the device surgically implanted in their hand!
Now come on folks… I’m all for playing some new games on a new console. But to be a slave to a conotroller is just going way over the line here. Can you say “Nintendo-Borg”?
[Found via BBSpot.com]