Recently, I went to a birthday party for my friend Jerry. The main entertainment was (were?) video games, and one of those games was also the primary recreation at a party I went to in Seattle: Rock Band.
The game Rock Band comes with a fake electric guitar, bass, drum kit and microphone. (No keyboard though. Perhaps a keyboard is included with Prog Rock Band: The Game). You pick a song from a list (everything from The Clash to Hole to Bon Jovi) and then four people try to play along. It's both incredibly entertaining and addictive.
After the excitement of Rock Band (it's a lot of fun, but it's also oddly stressful), we played a more sedate game on the Wii (pronounced Whee!). It's funny - I'm in West Hollywood with a bunch of people who probably haven't set foot in a bowling alley in 10 years... playing virtual bowling.
But before we could play, I had to create my Wii avatar - called a Mii (me). ( Jerry cleverly put a sign on the bathroom that said "Pii.")
I looked online, and it seems that people are obsessed with creating celebrity Miis. Here's a sample of some of the better ones.
Angelina Jolie Stephen Colbert Jay Leno
Oh, and by the way - I suck at virtual bowling too. (But I'm still better at it than our next President.)