A couple of days ago, there was a particular comment on my Nintendo Wii blog entry that caught my eye. At first, I thought it was a hoax, but further investigation showed me that there was a really good chance that it was a legitimate inquiry.
It turns out that Matthew Chung, a staff reporter from the Toronto Star, was looking for people in the Toronto area for research into a story about the Nintendo Wii, with a focus on Nintendo Wii-related injuries or damage to household furniture/appliances. I figured that I had nothing to lose, so I sent him a response.
Matthew got in touch with me the next morning and we chatted about the Nintendo Wii, including asking questions about the topics mentioned above, and getting some my thoughts about the Nintendo Wii and gaming in general. He then arranged for us to meet up on Thursday morning along with a Toronto Star photographer to further talk about information that he needed for his article and to give him a demo of the Nintendo Wii in action.
Because of the Nintendo Wii's innovative movement-based controller made up of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, we talked about precautions that need to be taken while they are being utilized. This includes ensuring that there is adequate space in the area where the Nintendo Wii is played (especially on all three axes), ensuring that there are no objects that might disrupt game play (including fellow players) and the usefulness of doing exercises like stretching prior to engaging this form of potentially strenuous activity. He asked about close calls that we had, including me nearly hitting Gary in the head while playing Tennis, and nearly accelerating the remote into either the ceiling, the wall or my computer desk/chair. Thankfully, we haven't had a Wii remote flying into and destroying a television screen (hopefully this never happens).
Prior to demo'ing the Nintendo Wii games, I also showed Matthew some of the warning messages that are displayed when the Nintendo Wii is powered up, and when each game starts up (i.e. Health and Safety warnings, Wrist Strap warnings, proximity to other objects warnings etc). We then played some games from the Wii Sports game that demonstrated the Nintendo Wii's capabilities, such as four player tennis, bowling, baseball home run derby and golf. At the end of the demo, even Matthew commented how he was working up a sweat and how he was starting to feel the effects of the physical activity, especially in his arms and shoulders.
Hopefully Matthew was able to get all the information he needed for his article, and I am looking forward to seeing his article in this Sunday's Toronto Star in the Arts & Entertainment (A&E) section. I am especially interested to see which picture is chosen to accompany this article, as we spent some time trying to get a good action shot of my brother and me, with Benny in the background as the audience.
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