In today’s news roundup we bring you news of the Wii Fit Balance Board's possible new role in the War on Terror. We see which game the Australian Board of Censorship have decided is much too violent to go on sale in the land of Oz – in its current form at least. And finally, we take a look at the recent sales figures from Japan after the Wii Fit Plus hits the shelves (and yes, it’s predictably good news for Nintendo).
Wii Balance Board at Airport Security
Despite making as all take off our shoes, belts, and confiscating any toiletries bigger than a bar of soap, airport security is still not tough enough according to the Department of Homeland Security. In fact, rather than trying to identify terrorists by checking everyone’s shoes and hand luggage, US security agencies reckon that a far better method would be to actually scan the physiology make-up of all airport passengers. Homeland Security feels that it has stumbled across a peculiar physical trait which is exhibited by all terrorists who plan to blow up/ hijack aircrafts. They…fidget.
Yes, whether it’s down to excitement or nerves, apparently terrorists just can’t stop fidgeting. And Homeland Security thinks it has found the perfect way to identify whether an airport passenger’s high level of fidgeting means they could be a potential terrorist: with Wii Fit Balance Boards. That’s right; they are considering whether to incorporate Wii Fit Boards into airport check-in security in order to see whether ‘‘passengers with an unusually high amount of fidgetiness…have the desire or intent to do harm." I don’t see why Homeland Security don’t just give us all polygraph tests as soon as we set foot in an airport and ask us straight: ‘Are you a terrorist?’. [1up]
Wii Fit Plus Storms Japanese Charts
It seems like Nintendo are in for a very good Christmas yet again. Recent sales figures from Japan saw the Wii Fit Plus soar to the top of the game's charts with no less than 340.000 units sold. In second place was the football RPG Inazuma Eleven 2: Kyoui no Shinryakusha on the DS which followed with 281,000 sales according to Eurogamer. Sony’s high hopes for Gran Turismo on the PSP were dashed with the racing simulator trailing in forth place.
The future certainly does look promising for Nintendo’s Wii Fit sequel. With all of us continuing to lap up every self-help/get fit/correct all your imperfections system Nintendo throw at us, their lead on Microsoft and Sony seems set to extend even further. So expect another Christmas of Wii Fit panic buying as retailers struggle to meet the demands of desperate consumers seeking salvation from their bloated bellies. [Eurogamer]
Australia Water Down Left for Dead 2
With all this controversy about computer game violence; with people continuing to pose questions such as ‘will playing Grand Theft Auto turn me into murderer?’, and with murderers continuing to blame their heinous crimes on video games, it’s the Australians (out of every other nation) who are taking absolutely no chances. The latest game to find itself censored down under is the survival-horror-shooter Left for Dead 2.
According the Australian Classification Board, Left for Dead 2 will no longer feature any decapitation or dismemberment. There will be zero wound detail and piles of bodies will no longer be depicted lying around on the streets. There’s hardly even any blood as splatters now disappear as soon as they hit the floor! So while the rest of us over in Europe and America decapitate and dismember to our hearts content, those poor old Aussies will have to make do with clobbering zombies in a Left for Dead 2 version which is about as violent as an episode of Chucklevision. [Maximum PC]