Wednesday Wii — Guess My Age

Of all the measurements the Wii Fit reports on, my age has the highest variance. I can easily swing from 20 to 70 from one day to the next — and back. I pay attention to it as an ongoing measure of how well my balance and so forth are doing — not as a way of deciding if I should start dating teenagers again. In general, I can keep it below 40, which is nice, but have trouble consistently hitting the bottom stop at 20. The advent of the Wii Fit + made it a little easier to do so. Every now and then I will look in the graphs section to see how my weight and age are doing. Weight is best seen at about the one-month level, because that’s the highest level that will let you look at actual numbers. Age, on the other hand, is best looked at on the year display. That’s because the variance is so high that looking at any lower level is like looking at a mosquito flight path.

My complaint is that when you measure your age in the body test, the screen displays it for about four seconds and then moves on. It shows your weight for as long as you like, and lets you switch back and forth between pounds and BMI, but it doesn’t give you a chance to do that on age.

This inconsistency in display is a major user interface failure as far as I’m concerned. It’s not as bad as the “clear all your routines by clicking on this unmarked icon” infelicity, but it holds its own as a daily irritant.

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