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Wanna See Something Cool?

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to try out Ubisoft's Your Shape fitness video game which will hit the market this fall.  It works with the Xbox360 and requires the Kinect add-on (available in November).  The Kinect is essentially a camera that obviates the need for hand-held controllers, balance boards etc.  You control the action on-screen with your body movement.

Your Shape uses this technology to put you right in the game, literally.  Take a look:

The picture's not the best, but if you look closely, you can see me in the center of the screen.  I'm holding my Blackberry up to take the picture and my jacket is tied around my waist.  If I wanted to "click" any of the buttons around me, I'd have to reach out to touch them in real life, and that would do it.  The demo version of the game wasn't calibrated for someone as short as I am, so I had to reach pretty far to make it work, but once I got the hang of it, it was pretty cool.

I tried a few different workout games, including one where I tried to punch and kick different objects.  That was pretty fun.  I also tried one game where I worked out alongside a trainer.  The game was able to compare my movement's to the trainer's and suggest corrections. 

I didn't get to try it long enough to decide if I could really get a workout out of Your Shape, but I thought it was pretty cool.  Do I need another game system in addition to my Wii?  Hmm...

I'll keep you posted.

-Gym Belle-


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Reader Comments (3)

We have Xbox and I can't wait to try this. Hopefully it will get my Xbox-ing huband to move a bit more than his fingers while playing video games. Ugh.

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYum Yucky

I think I did try a fitness game at fitbloggin and I was getting frustrated with the game. I don't really play any video games, so it was a bit different for me.

September 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSana

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