getting college credit by playing video games

In college there were a few classes that I enjoyed taking, like various music performance classes, and athletic classes like tennis and bowling.   But there was never anything related to playing video games.  (Well, I did get to take one about programming for games.)

The University of Houston is now offering a class on Wii Performance.   The games used in the course will be Wii Fit, Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort, and Wii Dance Dance Revolution.   Their program coordinator said:

Our department conducts a host of research into the epidemic of obesity, not only its root causes, but ways to combat it and the diseases related to it. Using the Wii games can be both fun and an effective tool. We anticipate that many students will want to take this class.

I think their anticipation is right-on.   Of course many students will want to take that class!  If I could get college credit for playing video games, I know I would’ve!

Is Wii Fit for fat people?

The other day I was reading about Wii Fit by Nintendo, one of this year’s hot selling items during the holiday shopping season.  The article I saw on it mentioned the weight limit, and it was quite humorous how they worded it in an effort to be very politically correct:

Its sensitivity only goes so far, however, with the board able to take only 330lbs (150kg) maximum weight, locking out the particularly robust from joining in on the Wii Fit fad.

So if you’re over 330 pounds, you’re “particularly robust”?!?  That’s amusing!  Robust means “full of health and strength; vigorous; powerfully built; sturdy; requiring or suited to physical strength or endurance; full-bodied”.   Some of those just don’t seem to fit this usage, particularly “endurance”.   The “sturdy” part might work, in that it’s difficult to push over someone that heavy.  There is another definition, which says, “marked by richness and fullness”.  I don’t know about the richness part, but people over 330 pounds probably experience fullness on a regular basis.  🙂

Anyway, it’s ironic that the balance board included with a game that’s all about making you fit has a limit for the people who need it the most.   So we (the Buffet o’ Blog staff) were discussing this and came up with a few possible solutions for those who would like to participate but are over the limit:

1) Get two Wii Fit boards, one for each foot.
2) Lose a hundred pounds, and try to enjoy life again.
3) Make an aftermarket balance board that can handle more weight, and call it Wii Fat.  You could even have a larger version called Wiily Fat.


FYI, for any “Captain Literal” type folks who find this post, this is humor.   If you’re offended right now, you should get a life.

Thank you, drive thru…

humor in the Wii Fit trailer

There’s a new game called Wii Fit coming out for the Nintendo Wii soon, and one of the trailers has some humorous moments in it.  The first part consists of players kicking soccer balls at you, and you must block them with your head.  This video is funny for three reasons : 1) the intro, where the game looks really lame with folks just jumping around;  2) the players sometimes kick other things at you, like their shoes and a panda head (WHAT?!?);  and 3) the thought that some people almost fall off the couch or bed trying to play video games with a standard controller — imagine them having to balance themselves and move around quickly while responding to all that’s going on; that could be funny.