My next round of postings are going to be much more about video games and less about theology. I know that I have a few friends who have commented that they are not really into video games. So I’m letting you know at the beginning. I want to write about my interests and I’m very interested in a billion dollar industry that generates more revenue than many Hollywood blockbusters. It is a huge part of the western culture we live in. Video games have actually changed the way we think about a lot of things.
I wasn’t really planning on getting a Wii U until I was having a Skype call with my son, a student at Savannah College of Art and Design. He was talking about what a great time we had back in 2006, when we camped outside a Wal-Mart overnight with about 70 other people to be the first to get a Wii. It was a fun evening. I remember playing Mario Cart with 7 other people in the chilly November air. Then he suggested, that when he came home for break, perhaps we could do it again. I heard him saying to me a deeper statement, “Dad I’ve missed you and we’ve had some really special times together. I want to feel like your boy again.” So I agreed that yes, we should.
This time our experience was different. We still bought it at a Wal-Mart, but this time it was open 24 hours – so there was no need to camp outside. We arrived at around 11 pm and there was already a line of 5 people. I asked at the register if there were any Wii U’s available. He said that they had 6 of them, and I was number 6. He took my name and then we went into the line. We were fully prepared to wait until the next morning (I was told by a sales associate earlier in the day that we would have to wait until 6 am before they could be sold) BUT it turned out that we were able to start purchasing at midnight. We left the store with the system in a bag twenty minutes later. We didn’t feel that we quite earned the right to purchase. We faced no cold weather and we weren’t the slightest bit exhausted.
Since we had the game system much earlier than expected, we changed plans and it turned out my friend Squiggly was at home and awake. He was happy to have us come over and try out the new game system. So I picked up some chips and sodas and we went to his house.
We set up the Wii U and experienced our first disappointment. It was a rare blunder by Nintendo, but the system downloaded a major update. I’m talking about a 6 gig – 90 minutes of watching a progress bar update! I’m involved with technology on a professional level, and there must have been something very wrong for them to have insisted on such a large update. So, we stayed up until 2:00 watching a progress bar. Fortunately Squiggly had some other games that we played to pass the time.
There are two kinds of Wii U. I wanted to purchase the cool, black Wii U that had 32 Gig of storage, a charging cradle, and Nintendo Land. However, I could not be choosy and had to buy the basic set which included a white Wii U with 8 Gig of storage. There was a $50 price difference between the two and I’ve since purchased the Nintendo Land game for $60. My advice to you is – get the higher priced system if you can. I’ve had no problems with the basic setup though.
Once the system was ready, we were finally able to play some games. I purchased two games – Assassin’s Creed III and Call of Duty Black Ops 2. I’ve also downloaded 2 games from the E shop – Trine 2 and Little Inferno. I’ll write about the game play on my next post – coming very soon!