First Impressions: "True Movement" vs. wrist flickers

Tycho over at Penny Arcade discusses again today the idea of “True Movement” in regards to how people play the Wii. According to them, true movement is when you physically act out the swing of a tennis racket in Wii Sports, or set up and go through to motions to net a strike in bowling. As for myself, I’m a bit of a hybrid. Zelda is played couch potato like on the sofa, arms resting at my sides, vacant stare building with intensity on my blank face as I jump from monkey to monkey in the first temple. Wii Sports I still play standing up. I catch myself rocking back and forth waiting for a screaming service, and swing perhaps a bit too hard when a lob drifts into my wheelhouse at the net. Friends point and laugh, then they play and start doing to exact same things.

At PA, they part with some simple, if not wildly effective, advice:

1. Hold On To The Controller,


2. Do Not Let It Go, respectively.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Anyone out there still breaking a sweat (not windows) with their literal sense of movement and control?

5 Responses to First Impressions: "True Movement" vs. wrist flickers

  1. Anonymous says:

    People should get right, read directions and stop complaining about hazards that could apply to everything! Common sense tells us to not let go of the wiimote and be cautious.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i’m the exact same way. sit down just having fun with zelda, get up jumping around with wii sports. sometimes i find myself jumpin in the air to hit a ball on tennis if it is just over my head…. 😉

  3. Anonymous says:

    The spoiler made my eyes bleed. Thanks.


  4. InvisibleMan says:

    I know I do. I’ve found that imitating the real moves makes it easier to get a good play on Wii Sports. Same thing on Monkey Ball: There is a mini game, the darts, that at first I thought was broken because I was trying to do a number of analog moves with the remote, until I finally tried to hold it like you would hold an actual dart. That makes a world of difference!

    I think most game developers have been trying to get gamers to hold and move the Wii’s remote very much like the real thing whenever possible.

  5. McClain142 says:

    I’m a “real movement” person, at least in Wii Sports. And yes, I will work up a sweat.

    The bad thing is, I’ve been home sick for a couple of days, and I haven’t had enough energy to play. That kind of sucks…

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