For those who are into video gaming, last night was a big night.
At midnight, the infamous Nintendo Wii went on sale at stores all over the world. For some people, such as my son Brandon, this was a VERY big deal. So big, in fact, that he was willing to go sit outside of Wal*Mart at 9:00 a.m. in 29 degree temperature, to claim one of only 20 units that wouldn't be available until midnight.
WILL WORK FOR NINTENDO
Brandon came in at chair number 4. Although all 20 "spots" were taken by noon, for some reason another 6 people decided to hang out at the end of the line, even though the rest of the folks made it very clear there would be no Wiis waiting for them at the end of the day. I suppose they were banking on the fact that someone wasn't going to make it. They were wrong.
I guess my question is - if all 20 games were accounted for at noon, why didn't Wal*Mart give them their vouchers then, instead of making them sit in the freezing cold for another 12 hours?
Eventually, at midnight, a guy in a tie named Dave came out and handed the first 20 people their vouchers. Then, like lemmings, the entire line of frozen geeks marched through the store in perfect order, straight back to the layaway department where their wonderful Wiis were waiting.
Finally, faster than he could even remove his jacket, Brandon had his prized possession unpacked, plugged in and ready to play!
I have to tell you, this thing is pretty sweet. Using wireless controllers that are motion sensitive, all you have to do is swing your arms like a tennis racquet or throw punches like a boxer and you're playing the game. I never was much good at the traditional video controllers where you have to press combinations of A, B, X and Z to make your moves, but this technology makes it easy for even an old-school guy like me to get in on the action! In fact, after only a few short minutes of practice, I was already boxing my way to the Golden Gloves.
Here I am at 3-0 (all by KO thank you) getting ready to beat up my next opponent.
Ok, so maybe it was a little extreme for Brandon to wait 15 hours in the freezing cold for a video game. But he actually had a good time bonding with all the other folks who were sharing the same pain. He worked hard to save that money and earned his reward.
The only problem I'm going to have is trying to tell him to turn it off and do his homework...
WHEN I'M THE ONE WHO'S GOING TO BE ASKING HIM TO PLAY!