When I played Rockstar's Table Tennis
, I had a really difficult time
seeing the relation between my actions and what was happening on the screen. Sure, if I moved the Wiimote, the paddle would move (most of the time), but the direction or speed of swinging didn't seem to matter as much as the d-pad-based spin controls (which mattered in that they made the ball a different color). I kind of assumed that the game really didn't
take the specifics of my motions in account, rather using the swing as a trigger for a canned "swing" action.
Apparently, that's not true. Rockstar sent Wired's Chris Kohler details about the control schemes, and apparently your Wiimote movements do
affect your shots like you would expect; as in, you can actually aim your swing and position the ball. This is true even
in the mode in which ball placement is mapped to the joystick. In fact, the Wiimote controls are the same in all three control schemes, meaning that it would be fairly easy to try the others once you've gotten used to one. I like that; it adds a little bit of choice and replayability to the game.
At this point, I feel like my problems with the controls may be partially due to their newness and to the venue in which I was introduced to them. I'm not entirely convinced that they aren't just nuts
, but I'm at least interested in giving the game another chance in a location that isn't
full of the din of hundreds of World of Warcraft
CCG games and virtuoso Rock Band