We’re fresh back from Christmas at my dad’s, where the event of the evening was my brother’s brand new Wii (I got a Kitchenaid mixer in cobalt blue, which is stinking rad but a whole lot less fun for the whole family to enjoy).
Now, I’ve never been one for video games, not least because the controllers make my hands ache something fierce (I have a medical excuse for this, really), but the Wii is cool. I was actually able to play. We plugged in Wii boxing and went at it.
Watching everyone flail around was hysterical, and by the end of the first round, my dad and brother were both breaking a serious sweat. By the end of the second, they were red in the face and breathing hard, and these are both very fit, very athletic guys. My brother boxed my husband, my dad boxed my stepmom, I boxed my husband and brother–it was quality family time of the very strangest sort.
My first match ended up being against my husband, which was disconcerting because the characters are configured to actually look like the players, and Mitch’s looked remarkably like him. But we got to playing–and I absolutely schooled him. Sure, he was still figuring out to block with the controllers and he won the next match, but I’m not sure he ever even landed a punch that first match–he went down and never got up. It was amazing, really. (I warned him that this bit of info was making its way to the blog, and he assured me that his dignity would survive intact.)
Let’s just say that I’m not used to playing video games, and I’m definately not used to winning, so this, my friends, was a good night.