So... Rob mentioned to me that VGCats posted a link to a site called 'Wii have a problem'. The site chronicles Wii-motes that have been freed from their strap shackles and taken flight... right into people's walls, windows, and other electronics. It's actually kind of funny, provided it hasn't happened to you.
The only case if seen a strap break was when a friend of mine actually tried to prove that the strap wouldn't break by sort of throwing the remote with it strapped to his wrist.
Anyone had Wii-motes that have taken flight? Anyone else had any situations where overzealous controller use has resulted in controller death or the breaking of other objects in your home?
Wii: the next generation of Breakout - So real, You'll hear things cracking around you
To quote Kenny Rogers "You gotta know when to hold 'em". Perhaps in this case, it's HOW to hold them. There's no need to swing like a beast, and now we see significant reasons not to... At least in your own home. ;)
I'm glad his screen had those layers of shielding!
What I'm curious about is HOW people are holding their controllers. I've gotten active with Wii Sports, but I also actually hold the controller. The controller allows for a solid grip. I don't see how people could throw their controllers unless they are frustrated or are practicing for when they are invited to high tea with the Queen and their neighborhood Vicar by holding it in a dainty fashion.
Though I haven't used one, by looking at it, I can see how people could lose their grip on it if swinging it around hard enough. I think Nintendo would have been smart to curve out the two ends of it so that it couldn't slip out of your hand.
Example (I'm not good at ASCII examples, but here goes):
I'm actually pretty surprised that we're not at the point where players buy controllers to fit their individual hands, the same way one buys a specific size of gloves or shoes.
My little brother bought the Japanese Xbox controller because the standard issue didn't fit into his hands.
I think one problem is that controllers nowadays contain so many precision parts and active electronics, that it is becoming increasingly difficult to adapt them to different tastes and sizes.
This just in: Helpful instructions from Ars Technica on how to reinforce those wrist straps on the Wii controller (Wiimote). I don't want any of my fellow gamers adding their broken TVs and laptops to the ever growing collection. I already break enough stuff when I'm NOT goofing off as a world class baseball champion.
Well, apparently Nintendo has just officially acknowledged the infamous wrist strap problem. Still, I fail to understand how much of a brute moron you need to be to have this happening; but maybe that's just me being a calm, effete, mouse-and-keyboard kind of lad.
In any case, we have the X360 and the PS3 that scratch their discs, and now the Wii controller can team up with your obese, sweaty hands to break your 20.000 bucks TV --this generation of consoles looks soooo sweet... Me, I think I'll just wait some 15 years until a PC emulator turns up, thanks ¬¬