Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

There's No Place like 127.0.0.1: Cute Novelties and the Latest Console ... Becky Hogge Makes a Christmas List for the Geek in Her Life

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

There's No Place like 127.0.0.1: Cute Novelties and the Latest Console ... Becky Hogge Makes a Christmas List for the Geek in Her Life

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I had a strange dream last night. In a living room that bears no resemblance to my own, but in which I was entertaining friends, one of my guests found a box marked simply "Wii". "What's this?" he asked accusingly. It could only be one thing. As we pulled out swaths of bubble-wrap, looks of betrayal appeared on the faces around me. Sure enough, it was Nintendo's seventh-generation games console, complete with innovative motion-sensitive wireless controller. What was I doing with this, when the product won't hit the UK market until 8 December? More importantly, why was it still in the box?

It was a classic anxiety dream. Despite clear instructions, I am yet to venture into town to deposit the mere [pounds sterling]30 required to ensure that the geek in my life will get to play with Wii on Christmas Day. It's an experience we're both looking forward to. Instead of watching It's a Wonder ful Life for the umpteenth time, we will be swinging the clever new controller back and forth as we play virtual tennis, or download vintage games whose archaic, eight-bit and 64-bit natural habitats can be emulated by this powerful machine. Just as long as I get to the shops in time.

If you have a geek in your life, Christmas can be a difficult time. They may have finally ended their 24-hour sit-ins of your upstairs bedroom, made their first million, and moved to Docklands, but you still want to say thank you for the hours they've spent at the other end of the phone, helping you set up Skype. …

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