Wednesday, December 6

Sony, sorry, Wii are converted

I alway’s remember that Sony ad. The one with the zombie-eyed kids talking about defeating army’s, aliens, tanks and warlords…then revealing the distinct thumbprints from the PS2 controller. It summed up a generation of gamers, delving into a dark world of gaming.

I met with a friend at IGN today and he let me take the PS3 and Wii for a spin. The PS3 has awesome HD quality, smooth graphics – every blade, flame and crash can be seen in vivid detail. It’s a leap up from previous consoles, although perhaps on par with the top-end of PC gaming.

The Wii, well, from the moment you pick up the controller you’ve suddenly lost interest in graphics. You’ve got to get to grips with a new “racket”! Swinging in front of the screen, learning to perfect your technique and try not to wack your mate in the head at the same time. It is a revolution in gaming, in exercise and entertainment.

Wii is going to create a whole new audience of gamers. Not in the dingy world of World of Warcraft, Medal of Honour, but in the bouncy, surreal fantasy land that is Nintendo. Me. I’d have both…but I can put off the PS3 as it’s just an improvement on what I’ve already got. And I’ve been making those type of upgrades since the Spectrum 48k.

The Wii…it’s completely new and fun. It’s the must have gadget of 2007. So I have to have one now.

If I can find one. Any ideas?
Hope those Japanese chaps drop by.

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