Get up and play

Happy New Year, everybody.

Basketball season gets rolling on Jan. 10, and I plan to be out and about getting pictures and video from the first day of recreation hardwood action.

Remember that this is your Web site. So use it! Send me pictures, videos, game results, observations – whatever. Just send them to me at

Until then, here’s a column that will appear in next week’s edition of Fort Bragg Life.

I never wanted a Wii.

I remember reading about Nintendo’s venture into next generation gaming a few years back at some doctor’s office.

I read about the motion-sensing controllers, the slew of Mario-themed games and the litany of accessories that would eventually become available and came away unimpressed.

I bought a PlayStation 3 instead and have never regretted it.

But this Christmas, thanks to a joke from my wife that was misinterpreted by my dad’s personal shopper, my family got one as a gift.

My wife was thrilled. My son enjoyed tearing off the wrapping paper and I couldn’t help but smile.

After all, how often does one get several hundred dollars of gaming equipment dumped into their lap?

Still, I was skeptical.

After all, if my 20-plus years of video gaming experience has taught me anything it’s that games are best played while sitting down.

That is, unless it’s 3 a.m. and you can’t keep your eyes open long enough to finish off another game of FIFA 09.

So, with laziness in my heart and one of those fancy Wii remotes in my hand, I tried out Wii Sports.

I’ve got to admit. It’s pretty cool.

Sure, it would probably get boring pretty quickly if I were playing alone.

But the thing about the Wii is that it is a very family friendly system.

My wife loves it.

She is the best bowler in the house by a mile and her boxing and tennis skills are growing on a nightly basis.

My six-year-old son, Ethan, loves bowling, even though we have to put up a barricade to keep him from plowing into the TV when he hurls the ball toward the pins.

We’ve even decided to incorporate the Wii into our annual New Year’s resolution to lose weight through the magic of Wii Fit.

If you haven’t heard  — and I can’t imagine how you could have missed it  — the Wii Fit is a balanced board that features 40 exercise activities and keeps track of your weight, and hopefully, weight loss along the way.

I say all of this in the hypothetical sense because as I sit here typing this, we haven’t been able to find one.

I’ve lost track of the number of stores I’ve walked in and out of in the Fayetteville and Raleigh areas and, in stark opposition from my usual habits, I’ve even made dozens of phone calls in search of a near-hundred dollar piece of plastic.

Of course, perhaps Nintendo has a plan while keeping the Wii Fit in short supply.

I guess they figure that if I’m running all over town looking for one, I’m still exercising  — with or without the digital Mii staring back at me.

You’ve got to hand it to Nintendo.

They know how to get us on our feet.


2 Responses to “Get up and play”

  1. Darius Says:

    So the first game for all leagues for hope mills is jan 10

  2. Randy Capps Says:

    Good question. I’ll ask them today.

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