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The Wii, Motion Technology and Gaming


									On November 19th 2006, Nintendo changed the face of gaming by introducing
motion technology to games consoles. This allowed for a whole range of
different games which required a completely new type of gameplay. Instead
of bashing buttons on a normal controller, gamers were given a remote.
The remote's movements are picked up by a sensor, allowing the Nintendo
Wii to monitor and record the movements of the gamer. Virtual technology
has been showcased in several futuristic films but the Wii was our first
taste of motion sensor technology and a taster of things to come.Before
the Wii, no console had developed the technology to take advantage of
motion sensors to monitor our movements. The Wii signalled the start of a
new type of gaming where your actions could be imitated on the television
screen right in front of you. They used this type of technology to
develop many simple games such as Wii Sports, which has many short
activities such as tennis and bowling. Since then, Nintendo have
introduced many more games that require you to use the remote in
completely different ways compared to a standard controller.The main
difference with the Wii is that it can require you to be much more
active. With standard controllers, you can sit down and not move for
several hours whilst gaming. With the Wii, some people prefer standing up
as this gives them the room to perform a particular movement. This type
of motion technology has attracted different types of people with the
elderly being reported as enjoying a bit of Wii action in retirement
homes.This level of popularity has not gone unnoticed, which is evident
with Xbox and PS3 releasing their own versions of motion technology. Xbox
released their Kinect sensor in November 2010, where no controller was
used in conjunction with the system and their main motto was 'you are the
controller'. The Kinect sensor is able to pick up your body movements
without the need for a controller and it also incorporated hand movements
to scroll through menus. This is very impressive technology and is a sign
of the future.PlayStation followed suit by releasing the PlayStation Move
controller in September 2010. This is similar to the Wii remote as you
have to use the controller to monitor your body movements. It received
impressive reviews with many praising its accuracy and how it has been
used to develop motion-based gameplay.Nintendo started everything back in
2006 but the competition have raised the bar in terms of motion
technology with more accurate and innovative products than the Wii. With
the 4-year gap between release dates, this was inevitable but in 2012 we
will see whether Nintendo can raise their level to continue the good work
started by the Wii.

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