Wii Fit Review

I just bought one for Christmas. I don’t really have a success story, persay, at this point. In fact, I opened it up the day after Christmas, played on it for a bit. But, had family in and a lot of stuff going on so was unable to hop back on until lastnight. The sucker said I gained 3 lbs! I believe it though, i’ve been eating enough turkey and ham to last me a lifetime.

Anyhow, now to the stuff you really want to hear. The Wii Fit is easy to setup, but it takes a while. You should leave yourself at least 30 minutes or so before you ever get the opportunity to play the games. You will want to setup your Mii (which you use for all other games too) and then you will need to do some body tests and things on the Wii Fit board.

They keep it pretty entertaining along the way though. It was interesting to see that I was barely into the normal category for my BMI. I figured this would be the case. I am not necessarily overweight, i’m just out of shape. During the balance test I saw that I really have no balance. I also got the opportunity to setup a goal for myself. Mine is more of just keeping track of whats going on with my body, since my goal is not necessarily to lose weight, I plugged in 5 lbs (which now I have to lose 8!).

Once you get through all the initial setup, its fairly quick to hop on and start getting in a workout. I would imagine that everyone has this problem because different areas of different peoples bodies are stronger than others. I actually have fairly strong legs and abs, but a weak back, chest, and arms.

They have the exercises split up into a handful of categories. You can do yoga, aerobics, or strength are the primary “fitness” elements in my opinion. Others are like balance games and in my opinion are not quite as good of a workout. As mentioned above, I guess it would be natural for some people to find a few of hte exercises very easy, others extremely hard. Since I’m a pretty big guy, donig the pushups was almost impossible for me. First off, I’ve never been good at them anyhow, but having to keep my hands on a small board (much further in than what feels natural) it just made it htat much harder. I intend on working up on that. The ab workouts such as the jacknife were really good.

I was also extremely shocked at how well the aerobics workouts were working for me. The running in place could be entertaining, especially since you can do 2 player and race against someone else. Needless to say, I got beat by my pregnant wife. =/

Overall, I would recommend the Wii Fit to anyone who has a Wii. It is good at keeping track of where you are at, and is going to be fairly entertaining. Still, you’ll have to find time to use it just as you would for any other type of exercise equipment in your house. It is unique though, and makes it a bit more interesting.

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Wii Fit For Children Problem

In case you haven’t heard already, Wii Fit has been criticized among some very sensitive people. Apparently since the Wii Fit uses a BMI formula to determine whether you are overweight or not, that is somehow making parents be in an uproar. Little do these parents know that the Wii Fit is actually intended to help people be “fit”. I guess that is a shock to them.

Sure, we don’t want people telling our kids that they are fat, but reality is reality. Anyone who steps onto the little pad that comes with the game should be well aware of what possibilities they may encounter. I tested my BMI just a few minutes ago. I am barely into the overweight category. I’m not so sure I agree with that totally since I have people call me skinny at times (I am tall). However, there is no doubt that I have a small gut that I could get rid of.

The Wii Fit is a great health tool for our children. Even if it isn’t 100% accurate, it will track progress and will be of some assistance for kids or adults to get to their target weight. I am surprised that parents wouldn’t want to instill in their kids that they should be health conscious. We don’t have to go overboard, but if your child isn’t doing anything except sitting on the couch playing video games, maybe the Wii Fit is a good option for them.

PC Gaming Sucks This Year

Gaming LAN The whole PC Gaming thing sucks this year. I’ve been playing for quite a while, at least 6 years now. I remember playing Battlefield 1942 to the late wee hours of the night with some friends. But to be honest, there is just nothing anymore that excites me.

I was looking over at AnandTech’s review of the upcoming games for 2008, and only a few stuck out to me. Those are, Spore, FarCry 2, and Fallout 3.

 After watching some videos on Spore, I think I might check it out. But I was dissapointed to find out that it had no multiplayer, which is where PC Gaming excels over the consoles in my opinion. The only form of multiplayer the game has, at least that I am aware of, is the ability to bring other users content to create a world with your own species. But it seems like the whole concept is just to build up your empire, where would it end? Where is the enjoyment if you can’t blow some guy in another state’s little masterpiece away? It still looks like something unique in the gaming world,  so I will at least check it out.

As for FarCry 2, I’m not sure about it. I haven’t heard to much hype surrounding it. I know that they are releasing console versions so I hope that the PC version doesn’t take a back seat for online play. I never really got into the first one all that much, at the time I was wasting my evenings combating nazi’s in Call of Duty. However, I did play the first version of the game at CPL in the Summer of 2004. It seemed enjoyable and had pretty good graphics. I am crossing my fingers that this will be the same so that I can have another shoot’em up game to play.

Fallout 3… well, what can I say? The name alone brings extra anticipation along with extra expectations. They haven’t failed us yet, but we’ll see how it goes. They promise a release for Fallout 3 in Q3 of 2008. We will see though. Perhaps they can give us something to do around Christmas, the best time of the year to sip coffee and play computer games with the snow falling outside.