My Dumb Luck

#1 Posted by Terrents (292 posts) -

   So recently my nephew broke my Wii's censor bar. I'm not sure how he did it but it must have fallen and the cord must have gotten pulled. I'm sure i could easily get it replaced; however I really could care less about the Wii recent line up. ironically Game Fly decided to send me the one Wii game i had on Q. Kirby Epic Yarn. Because you hold the controller sideways i doubted i would need the censor bar anyway. So i put the game in and plugged in my classic controller to navigate the main menu. After i started the game i was happy to see i didn't really NEED to use the pointer. Unless i wanted to decorate Kirby’s apartment I seemed to be home free. That is until i got to the toy level and Kirby turns into a train. While he is the train you have to draw the tracks that he rides on. I cursed aloud and threw my hands up knowing that i wasn't going to be able to see the rest of the game. And by dumb luck the Wii Remote started working. I wasn't pointing at the screen but above it. I was baffled and made sure the censor wasn't on the TV. It was on the floor next to my feet. I soon figured out that the remote was simply picking up off the lamp in my room. I had heard before that you can just use candles as a substitute censor bar but i didn't think it would be so easy. I was amazed that i could easily navigate the level while just keeping in mind i was just aiming a bit over what i wanted. So my question is, was that just dumb luck? Was the lighting in my room was just perfect? Or is it really just that easy to substitute the censor bar? If so why would i spend money on a new one? I’m sure they are more than 15 bucks.    

#2 Posted by JJWeatherman (14557 posts) -

 So my question is, was that just dumb luck? Was the lighting in my room was just perfect? Or is it really just that easy to substitute the censor bar?       

Probably a combination of a bit of everything. Wouldn't you rather spend a little and be able to accurately point the thing though?
#3 Posted by Terrents (292 posts) -
@JJWeatherman said:
"

 So my question is, was that just dumb luck? Was the lighting in my room was just perfect? Or is it really just that easy to substitute the censor bar?       

Probably a combination of a bit of everything. Wouldn't you rather spend a little and be able to accurately point the thing though? "

i might if anything comes out that i really want. but with my exprence with the wii so far has been that all the good games don't use the sensor bar anyway :/ Super Smash bros brawl is a good example
#4 Posted by noibn (106 posts) -

All you really need are two small IR light sources, spaced maybe 6-8 inches apart (I'm sure you can look up the details somewhere). That's all the sensor bar really is. That said, wouldn't it just be easier to get a replacement from Nintendo? I cannot imagine it would cost very much.

#5 Posted by Godwind (2597 posts) -
@Terrents said:
"    If so why would i spend money on a new one? I’m sure they are more than 15 bucks.     "

More like $7.50
#6 Posted by Icemael (6312 posts) -

Well, enjoy playing non-censored games.

#7 Posted by NTM (7281 posts) -

Ugh. Too long of a paragraph. Seperate it, then I'll read it.
#8 Posted by xen0 (14 posts) -

@NTM: Wow, such wonderful advice for the poor guy.  Instead of even saying anything, why not just click back on your browser and save the internet your words of douchebaggery? 
 
OP: Yes, you can use lit candles, as they give off plenty of infrared light.  I've done it myself, and it works perfectly, although a replacement sensor-bar would prove to be less of a fire hazard. ;)

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