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Wii Hates Christmas…lights

December 4, 2006


So my wife and I work hard to pimp out our new Christmas Tree this year in our new house. We have to put the tree next to the entertainment center due to lack of space. Well after placing over 100 ornaments on the tree we decide a good Zelda ass kicking was needed. We turn on the Wii and I see the little white and blue “1” glove freak out like crazy. After a few seconds it is completely gone I tell my wife to kill the tree. She was puzzled but after she did we confirmed it. The senor bar does not just hate sunliht, it hates Christmas lights as well. In fact, Christmas lights are like super charged Wii Kryptonite.

So to you gamers who want to have a tricked out tree or living room full of lights this Christmass Season, you will have to unplug the lights if you wish to play your Wii.

Charlie Frisby

14 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2006 11:41 am

    Wiis belong in the bedroom.

  2. frisby permalink
    December 4, 2006 12:39 pm

    The bed room is not for that kind of play foo.

  3. December 4, 2006 2:36 pm

    Damn! I was about to set our Christmas tree right next to our TV, which has the sensor bar on top!

    And just so you know, it is not the sensor bar that gets affected: it is the Wii remote itself. Some guys figured out that the so-called “sensor” bar doesn’t actually sense anything at all: it is nothing but a couple of infrared transmitters, much like the ones used in every gadget’s remote control. It is used so the Wii remote can “locate” itself relative to your TV and send that info to your Wii.

    Sun rays and Christmas tree lights won’t affect the Wii as long as the light shines on the sensor bar, but if it shines on the remote… wham! Crazy Cursor!

  4. December 4, 2006 3:55 pm

    We set up Christmas lights on the shelving behind our TV (well, the TV’s in a corner and the lights run along one of those walls). We have had no problems what-so-ever with the Wii remotes. Have you tried turning down the sensitivity to 2 or 3?

  5. December 4, 2006 8:20 pm

    wtf? sunilght shines directly through my bedroom window at times. Now I have curtains and everything, but this is sort of annoying if it’s a real problem. Especially since I sometimes open my windows to get some ventilation onto my stuffy room.

    It doesn’t have issues with flourescent light does it?

  6. December 4, 2006 10:19 pm

    The remote is the sender of the signal to the console, but flourescent light and sunlight affects the light being sent to the remote from the transmitters, no? In that case it is the sensor bar’s fault.

    If it’s the cursor that gets wacky, the problem is with the sensor not the controller itself, or so i reckon. Either way, if sunlight or flourescent light gets inbetwix your remote and sensor bar, you’re screwed till January. Or beyond.

  7. December 5, 2006 1:28 pm

    What I mean is that the problem is with the sensor inside the remote, not with the miss-named “sensor” bar above or below your TV.

    Which means that, as long as the sun rays or tree lights are hitting from behind you while you play, you should be OK. (This theory needs to be tested, of course.)

  8. December 5, 2006 4:37 pm

    Well i tested the theory a short while ago and we’re both right.

    The sunlight is beaming and i was doing my best add-nothing fat announcer impression in Madden; when i shifted my position, the remote’s IR receiver pointed at the window — which has a curtain — and the sensor bar was replaced. I navigated the help and home menus using sunbeams. Your cursor gets wacky when clouds pass. Sorta funny.

    As i said above, if sun or flourescent light gets inbetween your remote and sensor, the sun or FL takes priority. And as I-man said, try not to have your other IR light sources (windows, Xmas trees) in front of you while playing.

  9. Anonymous permalink
    December 21, 2006 8:45 pm

    Wii is shit

  10. December 21, 2006 8:51 pm

    In other news, anonymous comments are always brilliant.

  11. ryan permalink
    April 22, 2007 11:58 pm

    lets go wii

  12. bob permalink
    April 24, 2007 1:31 pm

    Wii is wiily cool

  13. October 27, 2010 10:58 pm

    our christmas lights this 2010 would be made up from light emitting diodes which does not generates so much heat~–

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