Saturday, May 17, 2008

Fit to be tied?

Apparently Nintendo did not send their new 'Wii Fit' video game through enough focus groups. Parents are livid that their children are being called 'fat' by a video game.

They have every right to be. As noted in the article, the BMI Nintendo uses while accurate for adults, fluctuates daily for children and teens. Factor in the mental and emotional volatility of youth, and a game which should be great for young people has suddenly become a potentially harmful game.

A warning should be written into the software (akin to the "Why don't you go outside and play" prompt) telling users each time the game is booted up that the BMI measurement may have varying degrees of accuracy for people under the age of 18.