Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The World Cup vuvuzelas are back!

The vuvuzelas are back!

The World Cup soccer games are over ... but just when you thought the vuvuzelas were gone, they're baaack!

I was visiting a friend when I heard them ... that annoying sound of angry hornets humming in the background. I turned and looked over my shoulder where my friend's kids were playing the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa EA Sports Nintendo Wii game in the next room.

If you remember, the vuvuzelas, those three-foot-long plastic trumpet-shaped horns, stirred up controversy during the recent World Cup with numerous complaints of the constant droning sound.

At the time, the team from Siberia felt it has lost a match because they could not hear their fans. Other teams complained they could not hear their coaches. Fans around the world muted their television sets and the internet was a-buzz with opinions and "ban the vuvuzela" polls.

For those of you who loved the sound of vuvuzelas, you can still get your fill through the Wii game. For the rest of us, there is a "turn off vuvuzela" option.

You heard me right. Go to "menu option -- click vuvuzelas off." Voila! No more vuvuzelas! This option will still allow you to enjoy the cheering crowds and commentary from the announcers without the annoying buzz.

Wouldn't it have been nice to have had this option during the real World Cup games?

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