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Wii Injuries February 27, 2007

Posted by collage9 in Consumers, innovation, Technology.

I came across an interesting article that discussed how people have been injuring themselves playing the new Nintendo Wii.  I’m sure you all have heard of the new system, but if you’ve never seen one you might not know what the conrtollers look like.  They have a strap on them that you put around your wrist so that it doesn’t come off during gaming (to play the Wii you have to actually move and emulate the game).  The article went on to say how Nintendo has had to beef up the strap because people were playing with much more force than anticapted.  I myself have played the Wii and find it somewhat hard to believe that a lot of people have been getting hurt playing it.  Sure you have to move in order to play and accidents undoubtedly will occur, but I can’t see myself diving across my friends room to save a shot in tennis and subsequentlly breaking my arm (not that I know this has happened but I’m sure it’s possible).  The point is, I feel that you have to be playing the game pretty intensely in order to actually hurt yourself.

In light of this wave of Wii related injuries, the question comes of who whould be responsible for the accidents.  Sure, the Wii promotes movement but it also has constant reminders about safety.  In addition,  Nintendo also did not intend for the game to be played so intensely, but I’m sure that won’t stop several lawsuits from being filed against Nintendo.  In my pesonal opinion, I think that the person who was stupid enough to actually injur themselves while playing a video game should be held responsible, but hey that’s just me (I hope I didn’t offend anyone with that statement).  

In conclusion, here’s a few links to videos of Wii related injuries:  http://youtube.com/watch?v=fDQCn4QENxc    http://youtube.com/watch?v=3u6ev5abLrc  http://youtube.com/watch?v=Xj3W-6ZfFw8



1. Stephanie - February 27, 2007

I have seen friends play Wii and have heard the reports about injuries and wrist bands breaking. I too find it hard to believe that this is a reoccurring concern for many players and consumers, but I find it admirable that Nintendo is taking such steps to remedy the situation. If Ford had been as proactive with the Pinto lives may have been saved.

I also curious as to what extend people considered playing Wii exercise. I know of people who get quite a workout playing Dance Dance Revolution. I found a website which claims that Nintendo is actually well aware of the potential of video games’ use in exercising, and goes as far as calling these games “exergames.” Do you think this is a good idea? With the increasing rate of child obesity maybe this is one step in the right direction.


2. wilson7 - February 27, 2007

I think that is funny that people are actually getting hurt playing a video game. Like Stephen said I can’t picture myself diving across a floor to make a play that is not real and will have no actual impact on my life. I have played Wii and it has never got that intense were something like that has happened.

3. Bertan - February 28, 2007

Haha I love the Wii.. The other day in my house a girl, who will remain unnamed, forgot to put the little controller leash on her wrist so during bowling she sent the controller flying through the screen and broke the tv.. It was hilarious

4. Brian Mulligan - February 28, 2007

Going off Stephanie’s comment, I think that this a great step for video games (as long as people don’t get hurt). The general stereotype of American people is that they are fat and overconsume resources. This may be a great way for the youth of American to get off the couches and get some exercise.

On a side note, Wii is incredible even though I’m awful at it.

5. Elaine - February 28, 2007

I found it Wii to be amazing because it was the first of its kind. The first thought that had crossed my mind however, was that I would probably hurt someone while playing this. However, this is not the game maker’s fault. It is one’s own stupidity or clumsiness. These lawsuits fall under ridiculousness.

6. silviamocanu07 - March 1, 2007

I think that the Wii brings something new to the video game scene, in that it allows actual movement to play the game. I think this is an innovative feature and, as long as Nintendo has a warning label on the product, the company should be exempted from any type of liability due to injuries that gamers suffer. Ultimately, it is each person’s responsibility to be careful and to protect tehmselves from injury. The product itself does not cause harm, it is only the movement that it allows which makes people who are not careful get hurt. However, it is their own fault, Nintendo product is not directly causing these injuries.

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