There are grown men and women at the place I work who actually own, or plan to own in the immediate future, a Wii, Xbox, or PSx, but none of them seem to know why, apart from hours spent vegetating in front of the phosphour glow or LCD haze. If I were sixteen (or perhaps a bit younger) I might, and only might, understand any of this. I mean, adults slavering over Guitar Hero, or the latest Xbox Elite for it's "120 Gig (sic) hard drive"... I cut the mid-twenty somethings a small amount of slack since they grew up in the console market, sad and pointless as it is. But thirty and forty year-olds (and beyond) not even pretending that it's for the kiddies... Of course none of these individuals know from hardware; the brightest among them just got a used Gateway because he "had to have a three Gig (sic)" see-pee-you, and five-hundred Gig (again, sic) hard drive. He has no idea why, only that it must be really fast so good so he's cooler than his brother/neighbour/dog. I'm presuming it's an AMD processor of some stripe given what he paid. At least he has an excuse, what with being utterly ign'ant, but reg'lar ElReg readers frothing at the mouth over this tripe is just creepy, unless I've been dramatically overestimating both the age and clue-having average demographic.
Yes, there's a point and that point is thus: Wii this and Wii that. Must have, need to have, will have, just got, etc. Ask why and you're met with slack jaws, blank stares, and nothing short of open hostility for trying to peel away the layers in an attempt to understand.
When we used to play entire seasons of "networked" World Circuit Grand Prix over a 14.4k modem, it appealed to our F1 madness, itself a part of our awe for the bleeding edge engineering of the cars and the nearly super-human qualitites of the drivers (back when ol' Nigel could cork himself into a cockpit), but grown people getting worked up about damned silly games and damned silly hardware is damned silly.
Maybe read a book, this weekend, and leave the console under the sofa.