Nintendo Was Right – Old People Love Wii
The Chicago Tribune published an article showing that Nintendo’s mission to extend gaming to the elderly is a success. “At the Sedgebrook retirement community in Lincolnshire, where the average age is 77, something unexpected has been transpiring since Christmas. The residents, most of whom have never picked up a video game controller in their life, suddenly can’t put the things down,” the article says.
“‘I’ve never been into video games,’ said 72-year-old Flora Dierbach last week as her husband took a twirl with the Nintendo Wii’s bowling game. ‘But this is addictive.’ Dierbach said residents love the Wii set up in the clubhouse lounge. ‘They come in after dinner and play,’ she said. ‘Sometimes, on Saturday afternoons, their grandkids come play with them. A lot of grandparents are being taught by their grandkids. But, now, some grandparents are instead teaching their grandkids.'”