Exergaming article in Baltimore Sun
With tomorrow’s release of Daisy Fuentes Pilates for Wii, there may be more media attention on exergaming this week. This article was in today’s Baltimore Sun. One of the people quoted for the article mentions how the rise of fitness games brought a whole new audience to video games: moms, families with small children, seniors.
“Far more big players are jumping into the fray,” says Adam Sessler, host of “X-Play,” a cable TV show about video games. While some of the new fitness games are simply Nintendo knockoffs, others are raising to a new level aerobic conditioning, strength training and stretching regimens that are actually fun.
Sessler sees the phenomenon partly as an attempt of the industry as a whole to expand the breadth of video gaming and improve its image.
“It’s not about sitting in the dark with a console eating chips anymore,” he says.
I’m part of that “new gamers” group, sort of – while my husband and I both hung out in arcades as kids, and had some good Tetris and Super Mario Bros. battles on the original Nintendo system, I never considered buying a video game console after the kids were born. That is, until I saw someone playing Dance Dance Revolution at the National Cherry Blossom Festival and thought, “I need to try that!” So I dusted off the old original Sony Playstation that had been packed away since we moved, and ordered a dance pad plus a copy of DDR Disney Mix. Once I got hooked on the game (and started dropping several clothing sizes!) I bought both a PS2 and an Xbox JUST so I could play the DDR games made for those consoles.
Today, video games are a full-fledged medium, with something for absolutely everyone. You can even weigh your dog on the upcoming Wii Fit Plus. (I won’t be surprised if they come out with a video game for infants, with a tummy-time controller they roll around on.) We still like to think of gamers as young males sitting alone in the basement with their couch and chips, but the day may be coming soon when the term “gamer” becomes obsolete, like calling someone a “reader” or “TV watcher.”