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video gaming + health website
by Saria (shootthecore)
at 29th September 2008 (11:49)

Hey everybody. I know this place isn't as hopping as it had been, but hopefully I can get some responses!

I'm currently taking some preliminary courses to get into my university's graduate program in Educational Technology. For one of my final projects, I will be creating a website on video gaming towards better health. I'm thinking that it will feature a review of health-advocating video game software (i.e. Yourself!Fitness, Wii Fit, My Weight Loss Coach, etc). Possibilities also exist for video demos of these games. The main focus would be to assist people in deciding whether or not a particular game is "for them" or just plain crap-ola. Anyhow, a crucial part of my final project is to get some feedback from target audience members. What would YOU like to see in a site like this?

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Posted by: Inbred Mutt (typhoid)
Posted at: 29th September 2008 19:10 (UTC)
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I think an important part would be listing the specific health benefits of each game. Like DDR lists how many calories/etc that you burn per unit of time, or which ones work your stomach as opposed to your arms, which ones ar aerobic or anaerobic, etc. That will be tough with things like Wii Fit, because you'd have to evaluate EVERY game within it.

Posted by: Inbred Mutt (typhoid)
Posted at: 29th September 2008 19:12 (UTC)
iron

Mmm I thought of something else.

-which ones are safe for specific, common injuries (like bad backs)
-which ones are high impact vs low
-which ones are easy to pick-up-and-play

Posted by: Saria (shootthecore)
Posted at: 29th September 2008 20:19 (UTC)

Awesome input! Thanks!

Posted by: potatocubed (potatocubed)
Posted at: 29th September 2008 21:33 (UTC)

Here's a useful criterion: how much extra stuff do you need to make best use of the game? I mean, DDR requires at least one dance pad, WiiFit is expensive but it comes with everything you need, and I think Yourself!Fitness can be done with nothing but the console and the game.

Posted by: Saria (shootthecore)
Posted at: 29th September 2008 21:36 (UTC)

Oooh! Very good! Thank you! Related to that, I could probably provide info on the amount of space/type of environment one would need to use the game best.

Posted by: The Great Queen (jesterneko)
Posted at: 30th September 2008 04:41 (UTC)

you could also add, for Yourself!, that the game can incorporate hand weights, an exercise ball, a heart monitor, and an aerobic step into the workout. AND it has meal plans.

also, on anything with a camera like Kinetic(PS2, it uses a camera to put your image on the screen, and you interact with things on the screen, like punching bags) or some DDRs, you need a blank wall. anything in the background, depending on the sensitivity of the camera, can interfere with the game and keep you from progressing.

Edited at 2008-09-30 04:43 (UTC)

Posted by: Belladonna DeMarco (bella_demarco)
Posted at: 30th September 2008 04:43 (UTC)

i'd like to see the focus be on health rather than weight loss. so many sites like this start with good intentions, but end up being yet another site that preaches how good it is to fit the latest BMI bracket for normal weight.

good idea, i hope it goes well. =)

Posted by: Saria (shootthecore)
Posted at: 30th September 2008 05:55 (UTC)

I know what you mean! I actually think that's what leads to a lot of people's failure when it comes to getting healthier (and losing weight). Focusing on the scale, I think, loses sight of the big picture. That's why I hate how Wii Fit's body test weighs you every single time. If I did that, I'd feel like I were obsessing over my weight--something I wouldn't want if I WERE trying to lose weight/be healthier.

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