Is Older Adult Interest in the Wii Interface Just Hype?: or “I want to try bowling”

I’d like to share a conversation with my mother that occurred today. She is in her 60s, and although she uses a computer for communication, has never even played solitaire or shown any interest in a video game.

Nikki says:
The wee? Is a game that lets you think you are doing a sport?

Anne says:
Yes, you use the controller, that looks like a remote control, just like a tennis racquet or a bowling ball.

Nikki says:
Do you actually pretend you are bowling?

Anne says:
Yes.

Nikki says:
How do you see if you threw the ball correctly?

Anne says:
It shows on the screen.
It responds to how hard you “pretend” to bowl.

Nikki says:
Are you attached by the legs and hands?

Anne says:
No, you’re just holding what looks like a remote control.  No wires.

Nikki says:
And then the screen mimics your moves?

Anne says:
Yes.

Nikki says:
FANTASTIC

Nikki says:
I want to try bowling.

3 thoughts on “Is Older Adult Interest in the Wii Interface Just Hype?: or “I want to try bowling””

  1. Nikki will be equally amazed once she actually “bowls” on the wii. It really is that cool.

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