Thursday, January 18, 2007

ArsTechnica on Videogame Fitness

Arstechnica has a good feature article called Gaming your way into better shape. The writer tried DDR, Yourself!Fitness, EyeToy!Kinetic, and Wii.
I knew I wanted to try Dance Dance Revolution; it's the game that gave me this unholy idea in the first place. I've played the game before and knew that I wanted the newest version with an official Konami pad. One copy of Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 with a pad, $60—check. I'll treat myself to a nice aftermarket pad if I stick with it.

For the second game I decided on Yourself!Fitness, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't take into account the fact that the girl on the cover was pretty hot. Our own Dr. Gitlin recommends it highly. It was hard to find: it seems to be out of print and none of my local stores had it used. I found it at for $40.

I wanted to stay away from anything too expensive and needing a lot of hardware, so specialized fitness equipment for consoles is out. At that point you might as well join a gym for the cost. But this does need to be fun, so for my third game I decided on EyeToy Kinetic, a Nike-endorsed fitness game that uses the EyeToy to put your image into the game and uses your own movements to interact with the images on the screen.
Total price: $150 for three games and two pieces of hardware.
By the end, the Fearless Writer lost about 20 pounds from DDR and Yourself!Fitness. He had trouble getting Kinetic to work reliably and didn't find Wii sufficiently intense to be interesting. Read the whole thing.

In the comments, I found, a daily log of yet another blogger's attempt to lose weight with DDR.

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Blogger iportion said...

Thanks for the article.
Wii looks really cool.

1/19/2007 1:16 AM  
Blogger Rodrigo said...

Nice Article, Can´t wait to have my WII!! :)

Rodrigo Urquiza

1/24/2007 2:37 PM  
Blogger Jeff Winkler said...

Yeah, Kinetic is darn good, shame the tracking on some modules is so bad. Kinetic really makes you feel you're in the game, vs. YF, which you don't even need to be doing anything..maya wouldn't know.

5/09/2007 2:04 PM  

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