Ponderance

(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

Fitness Games

Monday, May 24, 2004
The NYTimes reports that a "game" is being developed for Xbox that simulates the actions of a personal trainer:
Players must reach certain goals to advance to the next level. The program creates a fitness plan for each person based on height, weight and other characteristics. The game's virtual coach, Maya, then guides users through a subset of 600 possible exercises, congratulating and encouraging them when they achieve their goals
After reading this, it's such an obvious idea that I'm surprised that no one had thought of it before! It's a very sensible outcome of the new game architectures, although could probably have been done five years ago. That said, Denise Austin is suddenly going to look very archaic on VHS! And who can say that playing games all day makes you fat after this one is released?

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