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New video games designed to get you moving

December 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
No longer a couch potato's past time, new video games are designed to get you up off the couch and moving."So no longer are you tethered to a cord or to a wand or to a remote. Your whole body is doing everything for you so when you play its actually one to one," said said Brandon Cox, spokesman for Konami Digital Entertainment.

Konami Digital Entertainment, creators of Dance Dance Revolution, has stepped up their game using Xbox with a Kinect camera so that your body becomes the joy stick.

"In Dance Masters, you yourself are the dancer so you're actually put in the dance troupe and you're going to see yourself visualized and superimposed on the screen," said Cox.

You pick the music and skill level, then challenge friends and family. Dance Masters and also Adrenaline Misfits are new games to get you off the couch and onto the floor to have fun.

For those of you who feel like you have two left feet, there's Your Shape Fitness Evolved. It kicks into lots of programs with no two-step required.

"It's very virtual. It's almost Star Trek beaming up Scotty kind of stuff. It's really cool," said Brooke Burke, spokesperson for Ubisoft's Your Shape Fitness Evolved.

"I've been a bit of a gamer and my kids are into all the games, but I'm also really into fitness but lately my schedule is so crazy that I can't always get to the gym."

Ubisoft also uses XBox and Kinect to put you in the picture and check you out.

"It's measuring over 50,000 points on your body, so not only does it know how you're moving, but it knows if you're doing a move correctly or incorrectly and then it corrects your movement," said Laurel House, a fitness enthusiast.

"You do a whole profile, so you put in your weight and it measures and scans your entire body, and then recognizes you. And your hands are free, you're not on a pad anymore. It's really cool," said Burke.

Your Shape Fitness Evolved offers about 250 programs, including hula hoop, strength training, and kickboxing.

"If you're doing yoga, Pilates whatever it is, you have to do the movement and you have to do it correctly in order to move to the next level," said fitness pro Michael George.

While the games run in the $40 to $50 dollar range, an Xbox Kinect retails for just under $300. The Kinect camera costs $149.


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