The Daily Mail is condemning video games again--and this time it's Nintendo that bears the brunt of its vocal indignation. Although the Wii and DS have been generally insulated from the usual haranguing of traditional video games in such sections of the British press because of their popularity among the elderly, women, and on cruises, family friendly Wii Fit has managed to incur the wrath of the tabloid.
The reason is that an unnamed 10-year-old girl from South East England was told by the game, during its Body Mass Index test, that she was "fat." (Wii Fit actually puts users into a variety of categories, the two heaviest of which are "overweight" and "obese.")
The stepfather of the girl, who didn't want to be named for her sake, said, "She is a perfectly healthy, 4-feet-9-inch-tall 10-year-old who swims, dances, and weighs only six stone. She is solidly built but not fat. She was devastated to be called fat and we had to work hard to convince her she isn't."
The paper then enlisted the opinion of Tam Fry, a spokesperson for the National Obesity Forum, who called for a ban on kids playing the game, presumably meaning she wanted to see it brandishing an 18 age gate sticker. She said, "I am absolutely aghast that children are being told they are fat. A child's BMI can change every month and it is perfectly possible for a child to be stocky, yet still very fit. I would be very concerned if children were using this game and I believe it should carry a warning for parents."
However, Nintendo declined to entertain her suggestion, simply saying, "Wii Fit is still capable of measuring the BMI for people aged between two and 20 but the resulting figures may not be entirely accurate for younger age groups due to varying levels of development."
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
here you go, another funeral. found this building on the way to have a drink a couple of days ago in mina, and it just -- struck me. went back there today, and got lost in the old alley network of old mina, and got whirled in a wedding .. ideally i guy asked me if i was lost and yes i was ..but while i was answering - i say that building -- and sed oh, i lost this building and now i found it :D
yes, a nutcase
but not really so; the guy pointed at a fat lady in black and told me that she owned it, before it was taken away from them by some bank five years ago.
ofcourse, i strolled weddingfully to that lady, introduced myself as an interested person and started babbling, but she shoo'd me .."i want to see the bride", but sweetly took me to her husband's grocery store .. "talk to him, he knows .."
michel, the husband is an old - rather interesting man. he showered me with reminices of catalogs from the US and how he designed the theater, and its beautiful chandelier .. he told me to talk to the municipaltiy..and this is what i am gonna do...
stepping out, he called me again .. of course i ran up those two steps and saw him building a model of the cinema columns with a torn marlboro carboard case and sketching the sections of the balconies on his worn out "friend-debt" notebook - i couldnt help but smile. . the architecture student smile .. the one you do when you feel so in tune with the sound of romantic anecdotes of love and concrete.yes that one :D