January 5, 2009

Oh, Wii Is Me

If you haven't been so fortunate as to experience the frenzy over the new Wii game systems, let me give you the skinny. In a big household like ours, the adults line up right along with the kids to get their chance at Guitar Hero, and they don't play nice.


Kids are fascinated by the hands-on relationship between the pretend guitar strapped around their necks and the virtual world on their TV screen. Their little minds grasp the distinction between reality and imagination. "It's only a movie," loops through their brains. See angelic children below, exhibiting delightful engagement in a fun, new activity.











Adults, on the other hand, are ecstatic and overwhelmed by the pure awesomeness of projecting themselves onto the TV screen as kings (or queens) of rock and roll. An abrupt seachange washes over them and lights up their cerebral cortex, causing erratic hip movement, ravenous eyes, and bad manners. They become sudden musical afficionados -- wild creatures, undaunted in the all-encompassing hero worship of SELF.


Who's next?
Me, Me, Me!
they shout, each would-be rock star clamoring to cut in line.
Even waiting behind other players (see adults at left) is cause for hysteria.

For those shouting "Woot-woot!" in the audience, uninhibited physical gyrations and silliness are not unheard of. ------>

I have only one complaint. If my own mother (Great Grandma Mama Salla, our septagenarian matriarch) wanted to play with the Wii, the whole damn family would shuffle her into position and strap a would-be-Stratocaster around her. Everyone would huddle side-by-side to witness the precise moment when Grandma shredded her first solo. So why then shouldn't I, "Nana," enjoy the same respect too? No one should ever jab his thumb over his shoulder and growl to me, "Back of the line!" Right? That's just rudey-toodey. I deserve the same respect and adoration, maybe a little awe. I mean, I'm almost the family matriarch (don't tell anyone). I should never hear, Back of the line, lady. Should I?

Oh, Wii is me.

21 comments:

Janie said...

They're worried you'll shred better than they.

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

So strap that baby on and show us a photo of the Matriarch in action....

Debbie said...

We don't have a Wii but we do have Rock Band on a PS2. And I love it!

Irish Gumbo said...

Believe it or not, my parents got a Wii for Xmas, from my nephew. While visiting, my 4 year old daughter and I played Wii Golf. My Wee Lass beat me at golf.

I hate Wii golf.

FL, now that I have stopped laughing long enough to type, I wanted to thank you for your comment on the IG 'Cucumber' post: that was one of the funniest things I have read in a long time. I appreciate you dropping in on me, and i hope to have you back!

Thanks,
IG

daisyfae said...

Loves me some Wii - and adore your new wallpaper! Gorgeous!

(got ya reader-rolled, KJ!)

guybrush57 said...

Hahahaaaha - yet another Wii tragic! I don't have the guitar jobbie - the penguin suit is quite enough for me at the moment!

Braja said...

If only I had the slightest idea what a Wii was....

Midlife Slices said...

My 70 year old step mother bought her own Wii and plays it every day. It's a riot just listening to her tell you all about her newest game.

Uhm.......you're the boss so just grab that guitar and tell them to back off.....Nana is on deck!

{i}Post said...

We have a Wii, but I strategically placed in the dark, damp, unfinished basement so I would not be tempted by the lure of gaming greatness! Like I need another hobby?!?!

I am so sure they are jealous of your rockin' abilities! ;0) BTW, thanks for the visit to my blog!

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Nana rules! Pictures, woman! We need pictures!

Brooke said...

I had to push my kids out of the way to play the wii at a friends house the other day. Sometimes you just gotta do what you just gotta do. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sorry you stopped by on a bad day.

smiles4u said...

I think we need to see some pictures...lol! We don't have one of these but they sure do sound fun! I've also heard that people use these to exercise which is intreging to me.

bfs said...

Thank you for leaving me some heart today! I love your beautiful wallpaper. And no, I never have heard of Wii -- but hmmmmmm -- it doth sound like rocking fun!

nikkicrumpet said...

LOL....I'd be staking my claim and just taking over the game. What are they gonna do to stop you. Cool thing is I don't have to. My hubby bought me Guitar hero for Christmas...and I don't have to share at all lol....Now my son and I can play on XBOX live...him in Utah and me in New England. Pretty cool stuff. And yes....I ROCK for an old chick! Loved the pictures...and loved the way you wrote this post!

nothingfancy1 said...

Looks like so much fun.

Sadly we are too darn cheap to purchase one. LOL

Stepping Thru said...

Coach and I bought one and at Christmas our 5 youngest grandkids were doing the "Rock Band" thing. The song playing was "Eye of the Tiger" but the two little girls were singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" into the microphones at the top of their lungs. It was hilarious!

Breathe said...

The most dangerous thing about the Wii is that it gives you the illusion of competency. (It's like an MBA. LOL)

FOr example, I am an awesome Wii bowler. But in real life I SUCK. I'm a gutter ball mama.

Which is why we'll all be living in a virtual world. Because there, we'll be better.

Here's to illusions! Wiiiiiiiii!

Pearl said...

You march in there and demand their respect!!
Pearl

Shania said...

Back of the line, my patooty. Threaten to reposses it if they don't come off with the respect! And this is an absolutely GORGEOUS blog. Just stunning!

Val said...

Saw your handle on WIYV & just HAD to check it out... We have Guitar Hero on XBox 360** & yes, it's addictive - Momma had to go out 3 d later & buy a 2nd guitar so we could play duets!
**an early Xmas gift & I can't imagine why I waited so long!

Fragrant Liar said...

I am making the #2 daughter bring back the Wii, since I never got a chance to play on it -- they sent me to the back of the line, remember? I mean, no respect! When I do, I'll post a picture so you can see my Wii prowess in action. HA!