Exercise sucks. Exergaming sucks. If you're a video gamer who has set a resolution to lose weight, you have a long, hard road ahead of you in 2014. Or, more likely, you have a very short one before you give up.
Wednesday morning last week I woke up feeling like I had been dragged behind that truck from Raiders of the Lost Ark. It felt like I had actually, like, worked out, which is stupid. I let my month-to-month gym membership expire once review season began.
Wiihabilitation is so 2008 and, yes, Adrian Peterson of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings is doing some of that as he tries to come back from a devastating injury in American football—the torn anterior cruciate ligament. But what's more interesting here is Peterson has a custom set of exergames to go along with ski jumping…
Now, this is exergaming with a purpose. Modder Brent Smith of Canada rigged an old exercise bike with some sensors, switches, transistors, and the indispensable Arduino microcontroller, turning the whole thing into a Super Nintendo controller for use in Mario Kart.
Can exergaming really take the place of going for a brisk walk or doing a few laps in the pool? A study out of Brigham Young University finds that certain video games do count as legitimate exercise for kids.
A patent application filed by Nintendo mentions a Wii Vitality Sensor game in which players control the flight of a cartoon character with a combination of Wii remote gestures and - wait for it - breathing.
Intended to be a stress-reducing exercise game, Innergy, by Ubisoft, strives to teach you "cardiac coherence" through breathing in time with a pulse pattern on the screen.
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved by Ubisoft will make use of Microsoft Kinect to deliver a range of exercises, from cardio-kickboxing to yoga. The title will perform a full-body scan of the user help it provide detailed data on performance and progress.
The Active Network has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against EA Sports Active, alleging the fitness title's online use of scheduling and fitness goals covers purposes for which it holds the trademark "Active."
For $90, you could buy Wii Fit and the Wii Balance Board and use it forever in your own home. Or you could play it for 55 minutes with a personal trainer at one of Donald Trump's hotels.
The benefits of the Wii and exergaming to patients in hospitals and elder-care facilities has been discussed nearly since the console's release. Researchers in San Diego now say that Wii games can combat the onset of depression in elderly persons.
A 38-year-old British woman, once so large she was afraid to have sex with her husband, now parades about her home in sexy lingerie after losing 112 pounds, a dramatic change in physique she credits to a Wii Fit regimen.
Earlier this month, EA Canada's community manager tweeted that the company would announce a new sports title in January. Rumor now has it the game is an (American) football-based trainer with NFL branding.
Dumbbells - two pound dumbbells, to be exact. Your Wiimote is waiting to pump (clap) you up with this $20 "peripheral" available from Everlast, said to be compatible with a slew of exergaming titles.
Looking to buff up or slim down in Tucson? Check out WE-FIT. If you have trouble finding it, it's the gym at 6437 N. Oracle Road - since that name might change in the future.
I'll take it easy on you today. Some might not find this video very punishing. Then again, we are talking about Pilates, which is about as boring as watching flies screwing on a windowsill.
A study published online by the journal Pediatrics finds that exergaming -in this case DDR and Wii Sports' bowling and boxing - provide as much or more activity than a brisk or intense walking pace.
Looking at the bird chests of the Kotaku editorial staff, you'd think we don't know from push ups. But we're thinking, thanks to PushupFu for the iPhone, we've got more chiseled cleavage in our future.