Last week Harvard researchers released some depressing statistics about the future of obesity in the US, saying that close to half of us will be obese within the next 40 years. A large reason why, the study claimed, is because of our social networks redefining what is acceptable.
If socializing with people who make unhealthy lifestyle choices can lead to a skewed view about obesity, then encouraging those who may be less motivated to get into a fitness routine sounds like a good idea. And even if you're just in a temporary slump, thinking of your fitness goals as a game can get you excited about working out. Luckily in this era of technology there are many ways to make a night out of socializing and fitness, join others around the world who share your goals, or play a game to make burning calories more fun. Check out some console and online gaming options after the break.
I was pretty excited when PlayStation announced the release of its new motion controller, the PlayStation Move, for the PS3. It's Sony's chance to compete against the fitness- and family-friendly Wii, without sacrificing its audience of hardcore gamers. Being an avid Wii player, I was excited to attend a preview party for The Fight: Lights Out ($37), Sony's fighting game that uses the PlayStation Move motion controller.
Going into the event I was a little intimidated: I was one of the few gals there, and on top of that, had never used the PlayStation Move motion controller. I was also meeting Danny Trejo, the actor I only know through some pretty scary roles. Danny is the voice of the trainer in the video game and is a total sweetheart IRL.
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Besides being a perfect way to try before you buy, the pop-up PlayStation stores are a one-stop destination for all things Move; you can test out the new functions casually or even have a one-on-one training session with a Move expert.
For a list of cities with pop-up PlayStation HQ locations, visit PlayStation's events page.
The controller, which was first announced back in March, is used much like the Wii controllers, but with the addition of a camera to track your movements. In order to get the most from your PlayStation experience, you're going to want the Move Controller ($50), the PlayStation Eye camera ($40), and the Navigation Controller ($30), which is optional, but can really bump up your gameplay if you do happen to splurge.
With the Xbox Kinect hogging the limelight this Summer, it's nice to see the Move make it to the shelves for PlayStation 3 owners out there. So tell me gamers — are you buyin' the PlayStation Move controller system?
Yesterday, PlayStation announced its new motion controller, the Move, which will be incorporated into a new lineup of games. One of these games that will launch in the US later this year is EyePet. This game combines your PlayStation Eye and your new motion controller to play with virtual pets on your TV screen. The PlayStation Eye senses your movements so you can play with the animal, while using the Move to draw objects to interact with it. Seems kinda much for my gaming tastes, but check out the trailer below and tell me — do you love EyePet or would you rather leave it?
Check out the demo video that was shown at the GDC press conference, which highlights some of the games that will be available to use with the new controller, when you read more