5/25/08

My Wii Fit Hissy Fit.

Hey, I'm back! Miss me? I missed you too. So here's my partial damage. In between FINALLY carting off all those clothes that I haven't worn in ages to the Goodwill in a slightly less flavourful part of town, I caught Marie eating fruit (!!!). As I stopped to ponder what was going on, she had me in her grasp just long enough for her to convince me to try out the new toy in our lives, the Wii Fit. I don't particularily enjoy disappointing her when she's giddy, so I caved and got her to sign me up. And I just passed Super Smash Bros. Melee the other day, so I guess I need to move on to a new interest. So we got my little Mii profile from the system and put it into the game. One of the first things it gets me to do is weigh myself for that whole BMI scale (which I totally get, makes sense.) Now, I've always been modest about personal stats, so I've always just assumed I'm 5'11'' (but some have said 6') so I put my modesty into the system. After my weigh-in, the Wii Fit responded. Turns out I'M OVERWEIGHT. Really. REALLY!??!?!?! Now, y'all can judge with the picture up above, but I'm going to politely disagree, Nintendo. To be fair, I know my body fat percentage is double digits. I enjoy my veggies AND fruits, but I could eat more sensible portions (and try not to get my fruit from Apple Fritters. Damn Starbucks, love you.) However, I AM particularily active, engaging in some sort of sport at LEAST 3 times a week (I'm currently sore from a badminton tournament that went all day yesterday. ouch.) The scale really only does just weigh you and ask your height. It really has no idea about your fat or muscle mass. And I still fit into a range of small and medium sizes at any clothing retailer. So, nyah. :) Marie stepped on the scale today, and it said that she had gained 1 or 2 pounds since she last weighed in (which might have been yesterday). It went on to ask her why she thinks she might have had a gain, and went on to give her 8 options to choose from as a reason/excuse, ranging from Midnight Snacking, to Eating Too Much, to Other Random Lame Excuses That Seem Kind Of Juvenile. They gave her the option of I Don't Know, which we chose, because they didn't have I JUST ATE, YOU DUMB GAME as an option. Maybe in the next version? Marie pleaded that I try the strength activity that asks you to do push-ups that go into a plane position or something (I'm no yoga expert, forgive me.) Either way, this does me little good. In order for my hands to be 'palms flat...slightly more than shoulder-width apart...', my hands would have to be off THE FREAKIN' BOARD. And if my hands go off the board, my personal trainer calls me a 'couch potato' (ok, I didn't really take offense to that, but there's a theme here that we didn't pay for, you know?) I wonder how this will fare with people that have broader shoulders than myself? I'm certain there are many. Eeek. The game itself does take a stand for posture, which is kind of admirable. I think you can tell in the pic above that I do have a tendency to slouch (and it mostly certainly runs in the family, but I'm not falling on the genetic crutch, I know I can change that myself.) However, it's a little suspect when you try one of the balance related activites. It asks you to lean to each side a certain amount within time constraints, which is kind of neat. With this, you do have to learn the sensitivites of the Board, which is fine. I've always found getting a grasp of what a games responds to comes with time. HOWEVER, The Wii certainly doesn't waste time calling you a dizzy ol' drunk if you don't figure out the board the first time out. It pretty much goes into detail about what you've been doing wrong up to this point in your life (they don't care if it's 10 in the morn...hellooooo motor skills!) where you've found yourself navigating this new gadget. It could be that I've spent some time on other video games where there is very little sensitivity on the controls. The Wii is RATHER sensitive as far as game control is concerned. I wouldn't say it is past being controlled. Certainly with more time it could be easily mastered. I do thank you, Wii Fit, for starting this gorgeous day with a shot to my insecurities. Now, I'm not going to entirely bash this game. Some of the actual games on here, by using the balance board, are really quite innovative. I could probably catch myself playing this one little mini game.....remember that hand-held labryinth game? Where you had to navigate that silver ball past all those holes to the goal? There's something similar to that, but you're USING YOUR LEGS. Super fun. The board itself, for GAMING PURPOSES, is quite the creation. So, my initial reactions? I love the board for game play. I've yet to see home entertainment games that use a gadget like this. I also think the weight tracking programs on here are rather convenient (I certainly wouldn't be one to track my weight by writing it down all the time), and I think this game could also bear a different verdict in a few months, once more activities are unlocked and repetitively used based on interest. Mind you, I'd sooner do my activity outside on the field or on the volleyball/badminton courts with my friends. Then I'd come back and track my weight here. But don't call me overweight. Frankly, that worries me as to what your standards are for fitness. I think after this post I might check the casing to see if any of the Olsen twins have writing credits. Oh yeah, and drop the attitude, eh? You've been on the market for like, what, A WEEK? Simmer down.

12 comments:

Carolyn said...

Imagine the bitch-slap we got today, when we turned ours on and it said "Hi. Too busy to work out yesterday, Carolyn?"

Uh, yeah.

I was too busy running a 5k.

The balance board is a biotch.

jainey said...

WHAT!?!?!
oh no it DI-NNNNNNNNNNNNNNT!
Carolyn, hold me back, I swear....I will CUT THAT BOARD!

oh yeah, i forgot to shout-out shirls for calling it on the Wii-titude. good scouting.

Mel said...

Oh god, now I'm scared to try mine when I get it tomorrow. I would be the one throwing it out the window!! Just let it try to get smart with me!!

Blue Ice Dave said...

Overweight? Bah! What would it dare to tell the rest of us if it considers you overweight? OINK?! Scratch WII Fit off my wish list.

Shrunk said...

I guess that I won't be buying it. Sounds lameeeee :O(

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Carolyn said...

Yeah, I couldn't believe it either!!

I still really like the games, although I have taken to intermittently mocking/yelling obscenities at it while I am playing as well.

I am sure I will still play it more that any other Wii game I have.

I just might have to bust up the board a bit if it gives me more 'tude.

Shirls said...

great review and just the type of thing I've been reading elswhere, honestly even after doing what I've done and being a much healthier, fitter person than I ever was, I really don't think I can take the hit to the ol'self esteem this game is bound to give me.. thanks so much, I'll be passing this one by and sticking to the gym, truly much appreciated!

Shirls said...

oh and thanks Jainey!

Crabby McSlacker said...

I do find this thing tempting... but I'm not sure I want a machine making snarky remarks at me. Plus, I'm cheap--by the time I get around to forking over for one I'm hoping they get a sycophantic butt-kissing version that tells you you're fabulous every time you get on.

WiiBBG said...

Wii Fit also tells me I'm overweight but I take whatever it says with a pinch of salt. Yes, according to BMI (a flawed system in my view) I am overweight but I do heavy weight training four times a week so I know that I'm certainly not fat. Overweight and fat are not the same from the point of view of BMI.

MizFit said...

I too am tempted----SORELY--but reading all others' experiences first!

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