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Will The Wii And The Kinect Really Help Gamers Get Fit?

January 30th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News

Parents, doctors and nutritionists have been complaining about how difficult it is to get kids to go outdoors and increase their activity levels, and for awhile it seemed like the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox Kinect would help them to achieve at least one of their goals. Gaming consoles that turn gamers into virtual controllers appeal to a number of parties, but can these technologies really encourage people to become more active? Recent studies have shown that gamers are responding to the Wii and the Kinect positively. The only downside to relying on games to get more healthy is the fact that gamers quickly lose interest.

Both Nintendo and Microsoft have released a number of titles that they hope will encourage gamers to really get into their games, but all video games have an expiration date. Since the average video game costs around $50, most consumers only purchase around one or two a month. In order for gamers to really see results, they would need to play continuously for approximately 60 minutes a day, five days a week. The simple fact is, gamers aren’t able to dedicate enough time in order to see real results. Some exercise experts are recommending that the games released should have more solid story lines in order to entice gamers to spend more time actually playing. Another negative aspect of gaming is that it can sometimes cause people to lead to the kitchen more often as they wait their turn or become bored most often than not.

Study Shows Gaming Is Good For The Whole Family

January 6th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

There has been a lot of speculation as to how gaming affects families. Many experts have produced studies that show video games have a negative impact on young children and growing teens. Still others have depicted the gaming industry as a hazard for both your health as well as your mental state. More recent study groups consisting of working adults have shown gaming to be nothing more than outlet, which is contrary to the belief that playing violent video games will make players more prone to participating in criminal activities.

A recent study by Memorex doesn’t confirm any of the aforementioned theories, but it does prove that gaming is one of the most popular family activities. It seems that parents are throwing out old fashioned boardgames and opting to play cooperative and competitive games on the Xbox, PS3 and Nintendo Wii. Gaming is usually thought to be a solitary activity, but thanks to a rash of popular multi-player games and live action game controllers, families can now play together and bond on a whole new level.

One reason that more families are gaming together is the fact that many video games do not require a particular skill set. The Nintendo Wii in particular has made it easy for grandparents, who may have never touched a game controller in their lives, to learn how to play their grandchildrens’ favorite games. With few commands to execute and a ‘what you see is what you get’ interface, new game console peripherals are helping families to come together.