Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Wii Arm

So I know it is still early, but both of us here in the Smith household have experienced what we are dubbing "Wii Arm."

On Sunday we were able to purchase a Nintendo Wii (the new console from Nintendo). It is quite the revolutionary console, in that almost all of the controls are done by waving the "Wiimote" around in the air. For example in a baseball game, if you are the pitcher you simulate throwing a baseball, and you character throws a baseball. If you are the batter, you swing the wiimote like a bat and your character on the screen swings his bat. Well after we spent a few hours playing tennis, bowling, boxing, baseball, and golf we both woke up the next morning with "Wii Arm."

It is probably best described as tennis elbow on the inside of your elbow instead of the outside.

I have experienced controller thumb before, but I can honestly say this is the first time my body was "sore" from playing a video game, and we both went to bed physically exhausted from playing the video game... but that isn't a bad thing!

I applaud Nintendo for getting kids up off the couch (and adults too!) and being physically active while they play their video games, lets just hope "Wii Arm" doesn't become the new debilitating illness that people start claiming disability for!

1 comment:

Sarah said...

How funny, we were talking a while back about people getting injured from it and wondering if there would be an increase in "Wii Elbow" :o) My husband is very jealous you guys have one!