Monday 16 July 2007

Wii Will Rock You

I got some four-player Wii fun in on Friday when a bunch o' people came over for a barbecue. I've been quite tempted by the Wii for a while, but other than playing Wii sports with friends I'm not sure how much I'd use one (and half my friends now have Wiis, so I can just mooch off them). Having a wireless browser connected to the television could be handy, especially when coupled with media streaming software like Orb, but it's still not quite enough to tip me over the edge to buying one. It looks like it'll have a killer app later this year, though...

There'll be no more Guitar Heroism for me, to the relief of the rest of the household, as I returned the controller (or had it forcibly returned on my behalf, at least). I'd peaked at 27 songs of the hard career, 23 of the expert, and just couldn't break those last few tracks which was getting to be a bit frustrating rather than fun. I'd started on the "bonus" songs (the main career features 30 covers of well known songs, then there's another 17 songs you can unlock by lesser-known bands, many featuring members of the development team), and liked one of them so much that I went out and bought the rather splendid "Second and Eighteen" by Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives. Highly recommended if you like songs about Time Cubes and Tatooine.

So no more Guitar Herosim, at least until... Guitar Hero III. That Wii killer app I mentioned in the first paragraph? Unleash the wireless Les Paul of pure rock! I couldn't justify the purchase of an XBox 360 or PS3 just for living room concerts, but I rather suspect it could be the straw that breaks the camel's back (where by "straw" I mean "guitar controller", and by "the camel's" I mean "my", and by "back" I mean "last vestiges of resistance to purchasing a Nintendo Wii". Just to be absolutely clear, no actual camel's backs were harmed in the making of this post.)

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