The most interesting interface for Wii?
18 February 2008 4 Comments
I’ve been looking at the recent Wii interfaces, I’ve played Guitar Hero III and I’m getting to grips with the guitar interface (I’m only getting booed off stage occasionally now!). I’ve also tried Mario v Sonic at the Olympics, which uses the standard controller but in new ways. I’ve looked at Wii Fit, which uses the Wii balance board and most recently I’ve seen that there’s a pack with a racket, golf club etc (albeit they’re just adaptations of the standard controller). Now I’m asking myself which is better – Is it better to have an interface that mimics exactly the thing you’re trying to do or is it better to have something that’s more versatile but limited in terms of not being exactly right?
In terms of educational quality for example the Guitar Hero is disappointing in that you can’t actually do the chord sequences like you can on a real guitar (I can’t play by the way but my dad could). It also doesn’t allow you to be free to play in the way other electronic guitar simulators do. It isn’t sensitive to pressure either. All of these things affect it’s ability to be realistic….and yet…it’s very addictive, people who play guitar say it has some merits (teaching timing etc.) and when I demonstrated it at a recent “learn about fair” at work the people who played it best by far are those that actually knew how to play the guitar in ‘real’ life.
So my challenge now is to find out if the better tool is one very specialised to one purpose (and can such a unique interface ever be produced and would people buy it?) or is it preferable to admit that any interface is limited and that the most flexible interfaces are ones where we can use our imagination to mimic the event without having to exactly match it (for example riding a bull in Wii Sports, where you mimic the actions without having to hold a bulls horns!).
The challenge for me is to find out where you can draw the line, the things with Wii mote would make your hair curl and the potential is massive to do something much more interesting by mixing this with something like a 3D projector so you could for example actually play in the football match played out in 3 D in your living room and be interacting with the holograms. Is this worth exploration or should I just go outside and play footy with the kids, yes I guess I should but these questions will still be here when I get back!