Posted tagged ‘Exer-Gaming’

Dog Fight brings aerial combat to exer-gaming

December 17, 2008

"Jack me in"

It definently looks like the exer-gaming scene is picking up a lot of steam and while so far these kinds of devices are being marketed towards gyms, I believe that arcades/FECs could easily capitalize on them as well -as long as they offer a coin box/card swipe sort of function to pay-per-play. So far all of the exer-games which use a fitness bike that we have seen involves a cycling game of some sort but now a company called Electronic Sports has developed a flight-sim/flight-combat title that incorporates the fitness bike into controlling the game. It certainly looks like fun – just the competitive nature of the game alone could draw in players that may not be so prone to sweat it out on an exercise bike and on top of that dfscrshot3they already have an online system in place so you can compete with people from anywhere. The graphics in the game aren’t anything to get excited about (they look to be a bit dated although the draw distance is fine) but I think that people will be forgiving of that in the same way they are of the Wii due to it’s control scheme.

here’s a video of  Dog Fight in action, filmed in complete “gym equipment infomercial” style, replete with people that over-act and special effects to show you what part of the body is getting a work out. It’s cheesy like you’d expect but it looks like the game delivers on what it promises.

As a final thought, I wonder if this is going to start influencing arcade makers to bring back the same concept to arcades. It had been done before with the likes of Namco’s Prop Cycle and it’s certainly become a more viable concept as exer-gaming is taking off in gyms so maybe it’s only a matter of time.

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Physical arcade gaming grows; expect to see more in 2008

November 12, 2007

Recently we discussed Exer-Gaming and the combination of coin-operated arcade stylesolutions_xergames_img4.gif games being used in gyms and other sectors seeking to keep kids fit. While it is unlikely you’ll see many of these games in a local FEC or arcade they certainly are attracting a lot of attention from a variety of sources, including the mainstream press. The Chicago Tribune has posted an article entitled “Arcade-style machines in gyms help young couch potatoes sweat” that discusses the growing impact of physical gaming and how these new types of games are growing in popularity as people seek ways to fuse entertainment and fitness together, also called Exer-Gaming. Of course there is plenty of fuel coming from the console industry with the Nintendo Wii leading the charge and this is having an impact not only in the sector of creating fitness based exer-games but also any type of game that involves physical movement as part of the control. The Stinger Report suggests that we will be seeing a larger number of games coming to arcades next year that focus more on this style of gameplay but expanded beyond what the Wii can do for gamers. Already Trio-Tech is working on a new golf simulator that combines realistic golf control with Tiger Woods PGA Golf; Sega has already created Manic Panic Ghost; Konami has already created several motion-based a while before the Wii was even known as the Revolution. Physical gaming certainly is here to stay and it should be interesting to see how it develops in the arcade sector over time.

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