In short, it's where Video games meet sport... It's the combination of the verb "to exercise" and games...
Aren't you frustrated that your interactions with games are just through a mouse or similar limited device?
Don't you feel that exercise, classic work out is boring - yet necessary?
If so, go for exergames... it's just video games where you move your body to play... increasing both the fun and usefulness of what you're doing!
Yes, if you watch news, if you haven't cut yourself off this world, you've seen it. Wii has emerged. Exergames are now Worldwide famous.
While Sony and Microsoft played the same old game with the evermore graphics, Nintendo thought : "what don't we upgrade this so-old-fashioned gamepads"? And Nintendo, with its Wii, was right. People like to move, like to shake.... Emotions are physical, makes your body move. Anyone who's played game has seen her/himself shaking, moving like its personnage.
So, we're glad to welcome Wii, and Wii is welcomed, having outsold the PS3, having rave reviews all around media...Now, we're quite excited and looking forward into the upcoming titles, how far the exergames will be pushed... And finally, we're hoping this is the start of new focus for innovation, that Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all come up with more and more relevant, impactful exergames devices, that all game editors enter the arena.
A small article at the National Spinal Cord Injury Association talks about upper body exergames... To tell you the truth, lately I've been searching for games that improve and muscle up arms, chest and abs... and it's quite poor on this... Ultimately I'm starting to post on the gamecycle variant which allows that...
Knowing the appeal effect to women of a man's chest and abs, there's a great market here... Anyone's listening?? :)
Yes, that's the babe. She's reasonably priced (249USD), she's getting ready (Nov 06) and she's sporty (just look at the "Wii Sports Included" tag). That's the first console which both focused and successfully got attention on the topic of exergames, with the famous Wii remote well shown on the package, a remote fully packed of sensors allowing you to fish, use a sword, play baseball, tennis, etc...
Alright some of you may believe that I've become either a mouse-killer or just mouse-topic-crazy and I'm just not going to spend my time contesting that.
Rather, just download on this page your new mouse so that you can throw away your existing one. Yes, I said download as Cybernet's (a player in many areas in exergame-related items) Navigaze allows you, through you webcam, and thanks to you head moves, eye winks to control your mouse.
Here how it works:
Move your head left, right, up and down to control mouse movement.
Close your eye and hold it for 1, 2, or 4 seconds to signal various
Wanna play golf in your home? A not so new but yet worth to talk is GameTrak, that you can check out here.
You can play it right on a Xbox and Playstation 2, not sure about the upcoming PS3, wii. But a full website is dedicated to it and it's referenced at Madcatz, so likely to be a fairly serious gear. It checks 60 times a second your gesture.
NTT has launched the N702is which features a motion sensor. One of the initial, not so exergame, application is the battery indicator. Instead of the usual stuff, it shows you a water level.. if you move your mobile it moves as if you were holding a glass filled with water.. the water level=the battery level..
No reasons not to expect more applications around its motion sensor... (or maybe the lack of phone models featuring a motion sensor)... Details here.
A bloomberg report has mentionned that Nintendo is preparing some diet-centric software, games for its upcoming Wii. As mentionned in many posts on the Wii, the upcoming Nintendo console is packed with exergame-friendly input devices, including multi-dimension motion sensors. It seems that Nintendo is going further the usual "higher, better interactivity" and explicitly focusing the "higher, better, healthier" life, by this step to be confirmed on August 23rd at Games Conference. A bit more details on IGN.