Once upon a time there were collections of pictures online, showing gamers in front of their screens, making impossible grimaces, and caught in quite astounding involuntary movement—results of their being deeply immersed in computergame action. Then have a look at professional gamers. Only fingers, hand, and eyes are moving, moving rapidly. For years I’ve tried to train myself in adopting that cool stance. Now everything is turned upside down by the ingenious input devices of Nintendo’s latest game console ↑Wii, the ↑Wii Remotes or “Wiimotes”. The latter sense their position in space by a combination of accelerometers and infrared measurement and thereby allow input via gestures. That’s what you see in all those Wii-commercials on television. Advertising and marketing has already become a co-creative sphere, too … at flickr there is the ↑Wii Motion Group, maintaining a quite entertaining photo pool. The next thing I await to pop up are hilarious videoclips showing Wii players. In respect to the Wii itself I must confess that I am tempted, I am really tempted.
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