Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wii Wednesday: Unfit Parent Part II

A lot of readers were a little frightened by last week's Wii Wednesday: Unfit Parent post. Apparently you weren't the only ones. I'm kind of on both sides of the fence with this one. On one hand, it seems that Wii Fit was intended for adults even though it's rated E for everyone. On the other hand, Grand Theft Auto is rated M for mature and you see who is playing that game. The Wii Fit is a little spirit crushing when it plumps you out due to being overweight or obese. However, I think the positive elements like the personal trainer, progress tracking, and the workouts far outweigh the not-so-pretty wittiness of the Wii. I'm sure Nintendo will hear the cries of the people and modify the game. If the Wii Fit can tell me that I am not paying enough attention to my niece, I'm sure it can come up with a way to go easy on the kiddies when they step on the Wii Fit Board. Don't give up on Wii Fit folks. I still think it's a must-have!

~Joan

17 comments:

Stesha February 4, 2009 at 12:13 AM  

Again did you not see IRobot. Okay when the Wii has you locked in your house calling for help, don't call me!

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

joanofalltrades February 4, 2009 at 12:47 AM  

Stesha--I'll take my chances. If it holds me hostage you can make money off of writing my story. LOL!

Juls February 4, 2009 at 12:53 AM  

LOL @ Stesha.... I love my WII fit too....even though it does say some cooky things sometimes...and can I admit that since reading your unfit parent post...I keep waiting (hoping?) that it will say something evil to me so I can take a picture. GEeze, I need to get a life...lol

momma February 4, 2009 at 1:16 AM  

stopping by from sits.

my inlaws have a wii, but not a wii fit. so, i can't comment on the wii fit. we really enjoy the wii sports games :)

Alicia February 4, 2009 at 4:33 AM  

I'm not discouraged! I still want to get it!!! I'm sure it'll say something negative about me too, but I don't care! LOL

Felicia - I complete Me February 4, 2009 at 11:22 AM  

I still want a wii fit. I'm thinking these are motivators for adults and the computer has not been able to differentiate a child on the pad from an adult on the pad. That would be neat, but probably hard to do.

RenĂ©e aka Mekhismom February 4, 2009 at 11:26 AM  

I think the game is not for everyone - Dance, Dance revolution is probably more appropriate for children. The derogatory comments it makes are clearly for adults and telling a child that he is obese is terrible for self-esteem.

Cammie February 4, 2009 at 1:06 PM  

Hi! Congrats on being SAUCY!! Sigh....I have not been on the Wii Fit since the day I busted it out. Back in November

Tara S. Dickherber, M.Ed, CPC February 4, 2009 at 2:21 PM  

More & More I'm not sure I can handle Wii Fit... I hear a new version is coming out in March that I should wait for. BTW- I tweeted this....Good video

Shanda February 4, 2009 at 3:21 PM  

I laughed out loud when I read Stesha & your comments! I loved how she signs with "Hugs & Mocha!"

I absolutely love our Wii Fit! Our kids do too. While I can completely understand the concern here and would encourage Nintendo to alter the emphasis/encouragement for weights under a set amount (children's weight ranges; I think if a child is overweight it is wise to encourage them to exercise. The Wii also gives A LOT of positive verbal feedback.

In my opinion, the good far outweighs the bad. I haven't found anything else on the market that helps kids with their balance and core strength that even comes close to the Wii.

If you prefer not to have your children utilize the Wii fit; the Wii "Outdoor Adventure" mat is another wonderful tool for exercise and team work development!

Amy February 4, 2009 at 4:33 PM  

One of these days I will get a Wii. I wouldn't mind the put downs if they were occasional, and there were a lot more encouragement phrases. I need something like that to get my rear in gear. btw, congrats on being saucy!

Little Birdie Secrets February 4, 2009 at 4:49 PM  

Coming over from SITS. Great site!

lisa February 4, 2009 at 5:05 PM  

Saying hi from sits. I have yet to try any Wii games. My kids are into Playstation 3 and killing people. Does that make me a bad mother?? :)

3 Bay B Chicks February 4, 2009 at 11:16 PM  

I love that the topic of Wii Fit has been elevated to the level of The View. It really is a topic that has captured America's attention. Too funny!

-Francesca

Vickie February 4, 2009 at 11:39 PM  

That would make me wince everytime I got on to play. But, I still would like to own a Wii.

Congrats on your blog being Saucy!

Complicated Mama February 5, 2009 at 5:52 AM  

hmmm I had no idea Wii Fit was so controversial. I guess I should stop twittering and watch the view more often lol

I can see both sides of the issue on this one.

When you enter your birthday, wii should see its a child and not make the sarcastic comments to them.

You're right Im sure Nintendo will make nice and fix.

... its still better than grandtheft auto!

PS- congrats on being a SAUCY SITSTA :)

Ryan Ashley Scott@Optimistic Cynicism February 5, 2009 at 10:08 PM  

I think the Wii Fit, just like any other game, should be carefully reviewed by parents before they allow a child to play it. The games on it are fun and fine for kids (although many of the actual work-out/poses and such are probably not what the children are into, for the most part). Only a parent knows what kind of things their child can handle - and if a kid is overweight, maybe step up as said parent and don't let the Fit handle this situation.

Personally, I find it funny and entertaining, which is far more than I can say for most fitness programs. It does seem to be geared more for adults, but there are preschoolers playing Halo who will no doubt be far more scarred.

Great post topic, though! Lots of opinions.

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