The Wii is like a January gym membership

Published 9:14 pm Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Let me preface this column by stating I am by no means a video gamer.

I don’t understand half of them.

I don’t keep up with the latest ones.

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And I’m not even good at them, even the most remedial ones. It took me two years to finish one song on Guitar Hero, and I immediately retired myself because I wanted to go out on top. Also, I was tired of failing so miserably.

Anyway, needless to say, I don’t spend a lot of time playing these games, but a bunch of my friends do. Specifically, any time I go to one of my friend’s house in Norfolk, I find at least three people on the couch waiting their turns to play on the Wii.

They love it, and they can’t get enough of it.

So much so, that one of my friends bought the Wii Fit game, which helps people get a workout while playing a game. She thought it would be more fun than going to a regular gym.

Sounds like a good idea, right? Apparently not.

According to an article that ran on recently, most people who pick up this specific game don’t end up using it much at all.

“I don’t know a single person who has bought the game who uses it routinely after a month,” Brian Crecente, managing editor of Kotaku, a popular gaming blog, said in the article. “What Nintendo did is they tapped into that desire people have to be healthier. Everyone wants to work out, but nobody really wants to put the effort into it.”

So, it sounds like a waste, right? Well, apparently not.

Just a week after the article reran under the Yahoo Games Web site, Yahoo was inundated with letters and emails talking about how helpful the Wii Fit was and how much they enjoyed it.

Stories poured in from children’s hospitals, department store managers and personal testimonies using the thing.

I called my friend who bought the game, and, sure enough, she’s still using hers at least once a week.

So, I don’t know about everyone and, again, I’m not a gaming expert, but I’m getting the feeling Wii is just like that gym membership bought in January or the treadmill for your bedroom: If you want to work it, you will. If you don’t, you won’t.

So, future gamers of Suffolk, if you were on the fence about the new Wii Fit, give it a shot and see if it’s for you. Worst-case scenario: You’ve got a pretty sweet new game system in your den.