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Out of Body, Out of Mind

NYTimes: I stop in for a closer look, and see something wild: my 10-year-old niece and my 60-year-old brother-in-law are punching each other silly. I mean, she's throwing these terrific roundhouses, now and then catching the old guy squarely in the face, and he's recoiling. Fists fly and feet dance; they're both winded, sweaty and laughing like maniacs. And they'd pummel on until a knock out, but my 80-year-old father-in-law wants to golf.

I go from meh to whoa in the flip of an arm: this is your father's video game platform. And your grandfather's, too.

The Wii's key is the Wii Remote - a wireless controller that senses motion. Point, swing or fling it through your picture window: it knows where it's going. It can give a couch potato Wii-itis - all-too-real tennis elbow from virtual tennis. With the Xbox, you can blow up entire cities. But with the Wii, you might accidentally kill your dog while bowling.

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