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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Video game console

I have always enjoyed console games. I believe this is mainly because I am a huge fan of Role Playing Games (RPGs) and there are many of these on the video game consoles. I used to have a PlayStation 1. And last year, I got myself the slim version of PS2. However, much as I like console games, I suck at it.

Close friends who have played with me, watched me play or even played against me will know that while I enjoy console games, I have practically no hand-and-eye co-ordination. That is why I never play fighter games. I can never master moves that require me to press UP --> LEFT --> BOTTOM (in 'circular' motion) followed by [SQUARE]+[CIRCLE] then [TRIANGLE].

And I can't drive cars on those PS2 controls. I can drive. With steering wheels. Call me cheapskate, but I just can't bring myself to part with rm100+ for a PS2 steering wheel.

I still recall one time when I was playing God of War on the PS2. There was a section in the game that required the hero to walk on a very tight wooden platform. Try as hard as I could (more than 5 hours of gaming spent on that section), I could not master and complete that section. I had to actually get 25kid to help me out. I stopped playing God of War after that.

So it came as a wonderful surprise when Nintendo announced late last year that they will be launching a revolutionary video game console next month (November 2006). What is unique about this new console from Nintendo is it's controller. The controller will be using motion sensors to control the game actions. Quoting Nintendo website on their new controller:
In a tennis game, it serves as your racket you swing with your arm. In a driving game, it serves as your steering wheel. For first-person shooters, the remote acts as your weapon that you point at an enemy. The list of potential uses goes on and on.

Wow! I am beginning to think this may be the video game console I want to get. With its expected price tag of USD250 (about rm1k), I guess it is still within my reach (hint: It will also make a nice wedding, Christmas or even birthday present).

Oh wait, I just remembered... I suck at racquet games too. I still can't drive with a remote control shaped controller. And I've never tried hacking a goblin to death with a remote.

But at least with Wii, I'm guessing that playing console games will also be considered 'exercising'. You no longer sit down and just work the fingers. You work you arm (or arms?!) as well...

For more information on this new console from Nintendo called Wii (I wonder why they renamed it Wii since it was originally known as Revolution) and images of the soon-to-be-release video game console, check out Wii's official websites:

For juicy Wii news and games, you should check out these sites:

I'm sure most of us in Malaysia will probably be waiting for the mod version. :)

This is one interesting site on the Wii modchips. I'd stay clear of the mod since it looks like some website from the future... It is written as though Wii has already been around for a long, long time... Yikes!

WAS?! December 2006 is still 2 months away. And PREVIOUSLY? Wii is not even out yet, so what do they mean by 'previously'?


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