Wii vs. Real-Life: There Is a Difference (Who knew?)

Did you guys know that Wii bowling is a lot harder than real-life bowling? I think some small part of me knew this at one point in time, but kicking ass at Wii bowling had so inflated my ego that when we went bowling with our friends Jessie and Tim last month, I was a little shocked to be reminded just how much harder real-life bowling is. And what a harsh reminder it was.

When I Wii bowl, I dominate. I score high, get multiple strikes, and even look cool doing it.

As it turns out, none of these things happen when I am real-life bowling. I am lucky to get one or two strikes in three games (that’s 1 or 2 strikes total, not per game), I look like a total dork (see photo), and I absolutely do not, under any circumstances, score high. In that first game we played that day, when I was all Wii-cocky (sounds dirty!) and sure of my mad bowling skillz, I certainly did not dominate. Would you like to know what my score was? It was a 23.

Let me say that again: My score, for an entire game of bowling — that would be 10 whole frames — was 23. I think out of those 10 frames I managed to keep the ball out of the gutter maybe 6 times. Oh, it was not pretty. Not pretty at all.

I did better in the next two games. I think my scores were 120-something (due completely to luck, not talent) and 60-something, and I even managed a couple of strikes. Probably because I stopped pretending that I was Wii bowling and actually tried to apply some real-life bowling skills. But the gutter balls were still frequent, and the dorkitude was still extreme.

The scores, of course, were not the point of the day. We had a lot of fun, and laughing at my 23 score only added to the good times. We split a pitcher of soda, ate a really gross pizza, and enjoyed hanging out with friends we don’t get to see nearly often enough. Of course, we could have done all of that in the comfort of our basement with the Wii, and the only differences would be inflated rather than deflated bowling egos and delicious rather than disgusting pizza. But then we wouldn’t have my 23 score to laugh at, now, would we?

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