November 26, 2007, - 8:22 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Sometimes I feel like I am a Jetson equpped as a Flintstone (or is that, Flintstonowitz?) in a Jetsons’ world. An example: Even though I’m very good at video games and have excellent hand-eye coordination, I do not have any Wii stuff or other similar gamer software or equipment.
That said, I still keep up with it all. And the hottest gift–stores can’t keep it on the shelves–is supposed to be the Nintendo Wii console. If you’re looking for one, WiiTracker and WiiChat have the tips and info.
Customers are reportedly waiting early in the morning outside stores a lot these days for the new shipments, which are sold out by early morning. It’s like every day is Black Friday. More on the craze here.
Also, a surprise to Nintendo: Wii is hugely popular with the senior citizen set. The Erickson senior living centers have more Wiis than I do. New Schlussel phrase: Wiitirement Community. Uh-oh. You know what that means. When your mom (not mine–no way) starts listening to Eminem, he’s out. So, multiply that uncool factor by ten–or a cool hundy–for your grandma.
Of course, I don’t think that way. I like being partially equipped like a Flintstone in the Jetsons’ world. Or rather, being a Jetson, equipped partially like a Flintstone in the Jetsons’ world. That way I get to watch and comment. And I don’t have the corresponding hole in my wallet.
In related news, Detroit-based ’80s cheese-band, The Romantics, is suing Activision, the makers of Guitar Hero, for using its music in a “sound-alike” recording of “What I Like About You,” without compensation in “Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the ’80s”. My friend, Detroit Free Press music critic Brian McCollum (the only conservative rock critic in the country) broke the story. I went to high school with the younger bro of one of the Romantics (yup–a Jewish guy; Muslims, yet another group for you to boycott).
The suit sounds kind of stupid, though. The Romantics admit that they licensed the use of a cover of the song to Activision. Now, they’re mad that the imitation sounds so much–they say too much–like the actual Romantics:
“It’s a very good imitation, and that’s our objection,” said Troy attorney William Horton. “Even the guys in the band said, ‘Wow, that’s not us, but it sure sounds like us.’”
Sounds like a frivolous lawsuit to me. If I were Activision, I’d countersue and ask for sanctions. But, hey, The Romantics only had two hits from the ’80s–pretty close to a one-hit wonder–and they must be hard up for money now. They’ve filed another lawsuit, which seems more valid–for all the times their music was licensed for commercials and they didn’t get paid.
I am sure there will be some gamers commenting and maybe setting me straight or proving me wrong about something I’ve written here. But, hey, I’m not a well-equipped gamer, as I noted.
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