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May 23, 2008

Fuming Fuji Returns!

By Worker Bee
12 Comments

Fuming FujiAs many of you know, the Fuming Fuji was MDA founding editor Sara Ost’s fiery alter ego. Though Sara has moved on to other projects, the spirit of the Fuji fights on here at MDA.

The Fuming Fuji has decided to rear his seething head and once again grace you all with his presence and supreme wisdom. The Fuji rather enjoyed his self-selected hiatus, choosing to fume in the comfort of unspecified locations. (He likes to come and go as he pleases, you understand.) But as of late there are simply too many things that infuriate the Fuji beyond all reason and hope of sanity. They must be shared regardless of the cost to Fuji’s convenience. This fact only makes the Fuji more incensed.

This week the Fuming Fuji has chosen to have a serious problem with Wii Sports and other such “exercise” video games.

But, Fuji, don’t these games encourage young people to be active?

The Fuming Fuji says no!

The claim: Your Fuji-ness, you don’t mean to criticize these games. After all, it’s a way to get kids up and moving. It appeals to the current generation of kids. And, hey, if it gets a child up off the couch and playing virtual tennis, bending here, stretching there, swinging there, doesn’t that mean something?

The catch: A swing of the arm, you argue? Surely such exertion will earn this child a Presidential Physical Fitness Award. Your feeble perspective is of no consequence. These children should be exercising their bodies in the context of the natural environment or in a setting that nurtures social and creative development. These games offer no such support for seedlings’ personal health or growth.

The comeback: Oh, Fuji, come on now. What about Dance Dance Revolution? That one can really get you going! Anyway, can’t it just be a good time? Haven’t you ever been to a party where they break out the Wii and everyone tries their hand at it while people in the background laugh and cheer them on or scream to make the other team member miss? Whoa, I remember this time at –

The conclusion: Silence! These tedious recollections of pitiable social endeavors bore me. Fuji has no time for such tomfoolery. We are speaking of young seedlings. These companies seek to ruthlessly co-opt children’s impulse toward active play and manipulate this instinct into increased sales at the continuing cost of children’s health and well-being. Their products have entranced this generation and led them to sedentary, sickly existences. These companies will not stop until every seedling is incapable of socializing without the assistance of technological devices and is victim to obesity, insulin resistance, and, and (steam rising from Fuji’s head) rickets! Fuji’s getting’ upset!

The catchphrase: Do not be taken in by these insidious mind traps that seek to confuse children’s natures and sabotage any inclination toward truly active play.

Disclaimer: Mark Sisson and the Worker Bees do not necessarily endorse the views of the Fuming Fuji.

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Anna
8 years 4 months ago

All of a sudden there have been lots of newspaper/media articles on Wii “exercise” for kids and seniors. Yeah, I’m skeptical of the Wii stuff, too, even if it “might be” technically classified as exercise. Kids need to get outdoors and into nature, not stuck indoors in front of a screen. Same for seniors.

We’re sliding towards Soylent Green, folks. And they’re making us love it at the same time.

Michael B
4 years 3 months ago
Have you played a boxing match on the Wii? It’s more of a workout than most kids are getting. That’s a step in the right direction. If you moved the TV outside, you could get sunlight and fresh air. Or if you turn the A/C off and opened some windows, you could get some real air inside! A question to ask yourself: How many hours a day might Grok have spent in a cave? Why not have a virtual boxing match or lightsaber battle (which you can’t have for real inside or outside) while you’re in the cave? As long… Read more »
Roger
Roger
8 years 4 months ago

Despite the fact that the Wii itself tells you to go outside and play?

Oxybeles
Oxybeles
8 years 4 months ago
I contend that Fuming Fuji is incorrect in the assertion that the Wii, or any other videogame system for that matter, is a replacement for social activity and a prelude to rickets! Could the same claim be made for watching a movie or reading a book? Videogames are a growing segment of interactive entertainment. I would suggest that the videogame may compete with the TV viewing habits of the youth, adults, and seniors; but in no way do videogames actually impact socialization. As a parent, be the parent and limit the amount of time the consoles can be utilized. The… Read more »
Oxybeles
8 years 4 months ago

These are must read comments on the impressions by the general consumer on recently released Wii Fit.

Cortney
Cortney
8 years 4 months ago

I love to workout and the Wii boxing really makes my arms sore! 🙂
I think the Wii is meant to encourage kids to get up and play as a supplement to a what is already (hopefully) an active lifestyle. I hope that when I have children someday that we can all gather around the Wii after a fun day at the park or watching them do one of their many athletic activities! 🙂
After all, a parent that can afford a Wii can surely afford to enroll their child in some type of lessons or team sport…right?

Mike OD - IF Life
8 years 4 months ago

Wait till the Wii Rehab clinics open for all the PT needed for injuries….as I almost threw out my shoulder trying to pitch playing Wii baseball last week with my nephew….who knows how many back injuries there will be from the golf game and trying to drive it 400 yards!

Then again….I did have “Atari” thumb from too much asteroids….but I still managed to get bored and go outside and play.

Crystal
Crystal
8 years 4 months ago

I almost had a breakdown last christmas. Six months before christmas I sort of promised my 11 year old that he could have a wii. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to find one. Luckily, 3 days before christmas there it was at best buy. Almost had a heart attack when I saw the price though.

I don’t like to spend time playing games but I have a gammer family, what can I say. It’s much better than most of the trash on tv.

Sonagi
Sonagi
8 years 4 months ago
Despite the fact that the Wii itself tells you to go outside and play? Just like the tobacco companies give you advice on how to quit smoking and how to talk to your kids about smoking. I would suggest that the videogame may compete with the TV viewing habits of the youth, adults, and seniors; but in no way do videogames actually impact socialization. Kids are already spending less time outdoors in unstructured play compared to twenty or thirty years ago owing to safety concerns and the invention of so many new electronic distractors besides the TV. I agree that… Read more »
Roger
Roger
8 years 4 months ago

“Just like the tobacco companies give you advice on how to quit smoking and how to talk to your kids about smoking.”

You’re comparing apples to Guatemala. They are not even close to the same thing.

Of course its not a substitute for activity, but compared to the vegging out that is normally associated with video games? Its leaps and bounds better.

Sonagi
Sonagi
8 years 4 months ago

You’re comparing apples to Guatemala. They are not even close to the same thing.

Perhaps you have misunderstood the comparison. I was not comparing the effects of smoking to using Wii. Rather, I was noting that both are simply engaging in PR with their advice.

Migraineur
8 years 4 months ago
I’m so glad the FF is back! I recuse myself from commenting on this post, since roughly half my family’s income – the part not earned by me – is brought in by a video game programmer. Oh, OK, you twisted my arm. I’d rather see a kid playing a game that requires physical movement of large muscle groups than one that uses nothing but thumbs. I don’t think the Wii competes with playing outside. I think the Wii competes with other video games. That makes it, not an absolute good, but the lesser of two evils. Having said all… Read more »
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