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Dec. 21st, 2006 | 11:55 am

Last night when the WoW servers went down for a hotfix I managed to convince my girlfriend to try Wii sports. Several of the games are physically exhausting--at least to out of shape gamers. Though we both found one of the bowling training games to be strangely entertaining.

The particular training session was the "power throw" session which involves trying to knock down as many pins as possible. It differs from regular bowling in that there is no gutter and each round they add another row of pins, by the end there's 99 pins to knock over.
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markcronan

Cool

from: markcronan
date: Dec. 21st, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Would you say you can actually get a decent work-out while playing the Wii?

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Diane Trout

Re: Cool

from: alienghic
date: Dec. 21st, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Depends on what you consider a good work out... Considering the weight of everything involved at best its going to be some type of aerobic exercise with a focus on the upper body. While I think real fitness programs include strength training as well.

Playing the boxing game can definitely can render me or my girlfriend out of breath though.

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markcronan

Re: Cool

from: markcronan
date: Dec. 21st, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
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A couple of years ago some of my friends had a group called Bazillions. We got together and discussed business ideas and inventions that could make us a bazillion dollars.

One idea that I thought was a good one was from my friend http://technomadia.livejournal.com/ .

It involed competative exercise through video games.

I actually think it could work with the Wii. You get on an exercise machine, like say this one:

http://www.fitness-equipment.uk.com/acatalog/BSGPM65.jpg

And when you move your arms forward, on the screen you flap your wings. You compete in a race with someone to fly to the finish line.

Or you have a foot race, using treadmills, or a boat race using a rowing machine, etc..

The key was that it was an interactive online game where you are actually competing against people live on the net (in your weight class, ranked near you, etc...).

It seemed to me like the Wii could maybe do those things, sort of.

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Diane Trout

Re: Cool

from: alienghic
date: Dec. 21st, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
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Not that I've been able to find a place selling it, but the SDK for the Wii is supposed to be affordable (On the order of $2000) and the system does have built in networking.

Though people have decoded the wii-mote protocol, and it'd also be possible to just write a game to run on a PC that uses Wii-motes.

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Bolowolf

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from: bolowolf
date: Dec. 23rd, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Huh. Power throw sounds interesting.

The Wii has been an interesting introduction to the world. It seems great in concept. I was watching a news clip where they were showing how people are using the wiimotes and damanging things like their tv's when the wiimote goes flying out of their hand because the wrist strap broke. Examples can be found here: http://www.wiihaveaproblem.com/

Some reps. from Nintendo then showed the news anchors how the wiimotes were intended to be used with just flicks of the wrist and hardly any other body movement at all.

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Dilinger

My wife always get mad

from: dilinger
date: Dec. 28th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
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At me when I tell Harper how to play with the toys.

So much for how things were meant to be used. :)

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Diane Trout

Re: My wife always get mad

from: alienghic
date: Jan. 3rd, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
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Some guidance makes sense, and also discouraging actions that are hazardous to the toy or child makes sense. Though perhaps too much structure cuts down on the chances of your kid to explore and discover?

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