Sometimes the safety instructions that come with today's products make you shake your head in disbelief...
I bought my wife a Wii for Christmas (she's been dropping hints for ages). Her mother was visiting over the holidays, so we didn't have time to do much (in some ways it was actually very relaxing ... I didn't have to say a word ... I wouldn't have been able to squeeze one in of I'd tried).
Anyway, my mother-in-law set off for Louisiana yesterday morning, so I got all of the various boxes out (I'd bought the accessory pack and the Wii Fit thingy) and started to connect everything up...
... as part of this I read the instructions (I know, I 'm one of a dying breed), during which I came across a sheet bearing the legend: "!Important Safety Information!" (yes, there was an exclamation mark at both sides). And what did this dire warning tell me? Well, I quote as follows:
Do not let go of the remote during game play
For example, in a game like Wii Sports Bowling, the ball is thrown by simply releasing the B button on the remote, not by letting go of the remote!
Come on... give me strength... is it REALLY necessary to tell folks stuff like this? I understand that – if you're not paying attention – it's easy to accidently hit people and things when you're waving your hands around playing Wii games. It's also worth pointing out that you should always use the remote's wrist strap (as this Best of Wii Accidents video demonstrates).
But there comes a point where one starts to think that safety instructions like "it's not a good idea to hit your wife in the mouth with a Wii remote" become a tad redundant (see also this site on the Super Safe Wii Safety Manual).
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