I’m a huge game, but I spend very little time with the Wii. With a few exceptions, I just don’t think most of the games released for it are very interesting. On the other hand, the Wii has produced a lot of interesting experiments that aren’t (yet) possible on other gaming platforms. The latest one to catch my eye is WiiSpray, the graffiti program created by German students Martin Lihs and Frank Matuse. By plugging the Wii Remote into a spraycan-shaped peripheral, users can create virtual tagging projects that can be saved and re-edited later. It’s pretty cool stuff, as you can see in the videos below. It would be hard to call this a legitimate video game, rather an interactive art program. I’d love to give it a try, but I’m fairly confident that will never happen. The Wii software market has been softening up for months now, so an experimental program like this is going to have a hard time attracting a publisher.

Wii Spray Stencil – Beta from Martin Lihs on Vimeo.

J. Matthew Zoss

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