Archive for July 7, 2008

DDR for Seniors?

July 7, 2008

And why the hell not!

As the Wii has shown, gaming doesn’t have to just be for the younger generation and this seems like one of those obvious ideas that no one has ever thought of. Surely the mechanics of the game would be kept the same, just change the music to suite the audience. Foxtrot anyone?

In this session from the recent Games for Health conference, Jeff Pepper, President and CEO of Touchtown, discussed his company’s work in creating Dancetown – a PC-based dance game specifically aimed at older players and retirement homes, to give players regular exercise and reduce the risk of falling.

Touchtown is a 9-year old company out of Pittsburgh that was originally not a game company, but provided digital signage and TV to retirement homes. Two years ago, Pepper’s daughter came home with Dance Dance Revolution and he “got hooked”.

His daughter said ‘Wouldn’t it be great if your customers could do this?’ But it seemed too hard for seniors, and Pepper thought “there’s no way our customers would actually use this.”

However, after an investment of 18 months on a study, with a team of over 40 people, five retirement homes on an advisory board, and the CMU Entertainment Technology Group helping out, he discovered that dance provides benefits over plain exercise.

Head to GameSetWatch to read the entire article. 

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Sega Rally 3 screens & video

July 7, 2008

Over on the Sega Amusements website I came across these screens from Sega Rally 3, more of which can be found if you head over there yourself. Also there’s a video for download, which I also found on YouTube as well, which is below for your viewing pleasure.

There’s been a few location videos popping up on YouTube recently. Has anyone set any amazing lap times that you think are unbeatable? Let me know because will be heading down the Trocadero this weekend to test my rallying skills. I didn’t make it down a few weeks ago, so apologies for those expecting my impressions of the game, they will be coming soon!

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Konami finally update the website

July 7, 2008

As someone who frequents a lot of website each day, looking for the latest bits of news, I found it increasingly frustrating that Konami let thier European website go without an update for what seems like a year now. That was until today when I thought I’d have a check just in case they had decided to make an effort and believe it or not they have! Granted there’s no new news on there right now, but it’s up to date and fingers crossed they will keep it that way!

While on the subject of Konami, and I know this isn’t the first time of asking but does anyone know of any Pro Evo Arcades in London?

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