Wii Disaster Watch: 11/21/06 Edition

What stupid things are people doing with their Wiis today?

This occasionally recurring feature details the potential mishaps, accidents, slip-ups, and emergency room incidents that may occur at the hands of a video game controller that you swing around in your hand.

I had a conversation with some other reporters at a bar a few days ago concerning Nintendo's new console, the Wii. It was an amusing, lengthy, and oft-tangential conversation, as chats in bars often are. But here's the gist of it: People are going to get hurt from this Wii phenomenon. Knowing gamers' proclivity for getting thoroughly absorbed in the art of playing, what's going to happen now that the "Wiimote" is around?

Well, we're here to tell you.

Yesterday, gaming blog Joystiq posted about a guy whose Wiimote wrist strap broke and smashed in his TV screen. A second TV-smashing horror story, this one from a 7-year-old girl playing Wii Sports' bowling game, showed up on Engadget. And then someone on the Cheap Ass Gamer forum posted some pictures of a Wii-destroyed laptop screen. That's three instances, and as any journalist can tell you, three's not just a pattern, it's a freaking trend.

But this isn't enough. We want to see some minor bodily injuries! So if you've got more Wii disaster tales to alert us to, fill us in. Bonus points to the first person who can direct us to a YouTube video of a two-player Wii match in which one player accidentally smacks the other in the face.

Get ready to pass the popcorn!

About the author

Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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