Not that I’m the food police, but this is Just Ignorant
Posted by Sue
Just Dance 4 comes out on all platforms next week, and usually the big retailers like Target will offer a bonus of some kind for buying it right away, from them. For instance, the big bullseye packaged a bonus Zumba DVD earlier this year along with Zumba Fitness Rush. So I looked at next week’s Target ad to see what they were offering for JD4.
And I groaned.
Per the above photo, Target will knock $10 off the $40 list price of JD4 as long as you buy a bag of Cheetos. Not a little bitty snack bag, but a big daddy-size 9-oz bag. The bag also features codes to unlock a couple songs in the game.
Okay, I’m no health-food nut. I like Cheetos, although I can’t recall the last time I’ve had any. My main objection as a mom is that neon-orange crud that gets all over everything; maybe not such a problem with Kinect, but who wants greasy orange-stained Wii controllers?
But I’m trying to keep junk food as a “sometimes” or “very rarely” food, and promotions like this aren’t part of the solution. And it doesn’t do any favors for people trying to give exergaming a healthy image. That includes Just Dance itself, which has featured a “Just Sweat” fitness mode since their 2nd game, and even has a blog featuring people who’ve danced off the pounds.
Why not enclose a free workout DVD like they did with Zumba, or a coupon for fresh apples, or a pair of socks, or anything that isn’t going to just add more empty calories and stain teeth?
Grrr. I’ll buy the game, just not at Target.