I got the Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party game yesterday. OMG! Talk about silly fun. It was great! We played a little bit last night and I played some more this morning. What I love about it is that it really gets you moving and to the point of working up a good sweat (although I’m not sure it was necessarily good for this cold). There’s shooter games (in the guise of “cult cheesy movies); dance competition (I did well on Wham’s “Wake Me Up” and the Jackson Fives “ABC” — it’s an age thing); bandstand (“Another One Bites the Dust” drums was perfect); fashion competition (ugliest bunny you ever saw); a “jackass” equivalent (boy! can they take abuse!) and a surfing (on an ironing board through space, no less) sports game. It’s totally silly and has no ounce of seriousness in it. And it’s a perfect family or party game (especially if you have a Wii board — but it’s not required).
It’s interesting to see how games have changed. I was reminiscing about the days of going to the arcade, getting quarters and trying once or twice at the amazing “Dragon’s Lair”. I tended to do better on the Centipede and Galaxa games, however. Arcades were dens of “evil” and such, along the lines of playing D&D. But you pretty much stood there. There wasn’t any interaction beyond moving the joystick and/or pushing buttons. Pinball, another favourite of mine, could have a little more movement if you “hipped” the machine (although you had to be careful not to tilt it in the process). A couple of years ago I went to a Dave & Buster’s and got to play with a boxing game. I was sore the next day from it but it was a great workout and that is what the Wii seems to provide. It’s ok to play the games because they are often silly, definitely obviously not serious and can keep a person moving as you do various things (thus, burning calories in a fun way).
It was a nice break from the bed.