This week Majesco Entertainment announced that Zumba Fitness Core has arrived for the Nintendo Wii and Kinect for Xbox 360, delivering 40 new songs and routines with 33 international dance styles from the around the world. Plus there are new fitness goals, more nutrition tips and more gameplay that will help players get in shape. Launch trailer after the jump
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Ever notice how celebrities often seem in excellent shape? That’s because they have a professional trainer to help them on the way. If you can’t afford one but want to work out like they do in Hollywood a new video game might just be the thing.
Majesco Entertainment Company announced this week that Harley Pasternak’s Hollywood Workout will be available in stores on September 18 for Kinetic for Xbox 260 and for the Nintendo Wii. This upcoming title will give players access to the 5-Factor Fitness program, which is used by Hollywood’s A-list to stay in shape. The game was developed by Heavy Iron Studios and requires 25-minutes a day, five days a week. Read the rest of this entry »
While the Olympic trials are underway gamers can get a chance to go for the gold beginning this week. SEGA of America announced the release of London 2012 – The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3.
The game will offer single and multiplayer completion and will feature support for the Kinect for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation Move.
This will allow gamers to get off the couch and not just watch the events but see if they have the stuff to go all the way. There is even an Online Multiplayer mode that allows players to show their National Pride as points go towards a global leader board.
So if you didn’t qualify for the games, don’t have a plane ticket to London and can’t wait until July 27 to watch it on TV, now is your chance to go to the game.
The annual video game industry trade show – the Electronic Entertainment Expo – kicks off today, and the rumor mill hasn’t exactly been working overtime, especially when it comes to fitness related titles.
What has been announced so far is that Majesco Entertainment is sticking with what it knows best and that means Zumba Fitness. According to the company: After selling more than 6 million copies worldwide, the Zumba Fitness video game franchise is breaking new ground in the fitness genre with an exhilarating new experience. Be there when Majesco reveals its next Zumba Fitness game that’s set to hit store shelves this fall. Read the rest of this entry »
“Going Hollywood” usually doesn’t have the best connotation, but that could change with the newly announced Harley Pasternak’s Hollywood Workout. This upcoming exercise video game from Majesco Entertainment will arrive this fall for Kinect for the Microsoft Xbox 260 and Ninteno Wii, provides gamers with access to the fitness program used by many in Hollywood today. To help players get fit best-selling author and celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak arrives in digital form with the 5-Factor program that promises to make it easy to get fit.
While we doubt it will transform the average gamer into a Hollywood super star it should beat another round of Halo or Mario Kart!
Several forces recently joined together to promote the Active Play Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) Challenge. Those forces include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN); the Entertainment Software Association (ESA); and leaders from the U.S. video game industry.
The Active Play Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Challenge aims to highlight active video games as one way to help Americans lead more active lives. Read the rest of this entry »
Adidas miCoach is looking to follow The Biggest Loser and Zumba Fitness into the video game arena. This week 505 Games announced that it would publish the upcoming Adidas miCoach for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3. the Xbox Kinect motion camera peripheral and the PlayStation Move controller accessory will be not only supported , but will be integral parts of the game. Read the rest of this entry »
While winter is still doing its thing, gamers can get a jump on getting fit right from the living room, as Majesco Entertainment’s latest workout game, Zumba Fitness Rush has arrived. The game promises to be the most technologically advanced and feature-rich addition to the Zumba Fitness franchise. This new title is available exclusively on Kinect for the Xbox 360. Video footage after the jump
In the 1980s “The Clapper” worked with sound to allow lazy people to turn lights on and off without having to get up to do so. Now Crestron is looking to help simply our daily lives in a similar way – but by actually using some motion. Read the rest of this entry »
While fitness video games could be a fad down here on earth, the Microsoft for Kinect for Xbox 360 could boldly go where only a few have gone before – namely outer space. The video game system could help astronauts stay a little fitter, thanks to the body tracking camera system built into the game controller’s sensor.
This could help astronauts better calculate their weight in zero gravity, something very important as those in sapce can lose up to 15 percent of their body mass because the muscles tend to develop atrophy due to lack of use. The crews already spend up to two hours a day exercising, but until recently there has been no way to measure weight post-workout.
Now the Kinect might just do the trick!
There is no denying that the Kinect for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is a hit. It reportedly holds the Guinness World Record for being the best-selling consumer electronics device, and it has done a great job transforming video games into slightly more active activities. No one is going to argue that games will get anyone fit, but getting moving can’t hurt. Microsoft had previously announced it was bringing the Kinect to the PC, and now it seems that all new Xbox games will be required to offer Kinect support – and if rumors are true the Kinect will be built-in on the future Xbox 720. While this could just include voice support, which won’t get anyone off the couch and actually could make matters worse, we can’t help but think that maybe games will help America get back on a fitness track after all!
Take a very good look at the picture above. On the left is Impulse Technology’s Trazer Interactive Fitness machine, while the one on the right is the Nintendo Wii in action. Do they look the same, because Impulse Technology has filed a lawsuit against Nintendo – along with several third-party game development studios, for violating a 1996 patent for an “interactive system for measuring physiological exertion.” According to Joystiq.com the suit is reportedly based on the “weight-tracking Wii Balance board (and the games which use it).”
Impulse Technology has claimed that the Wii too closely resembles the Trazer Interactive Fitness machine. Now what is curious is that the Wii was launched in 2005 and the Wii Balance Board came out in 2007, so why the delay until late 2011? Could it be that Impulse filed a similar suit against Microsoft over the Kinect this past July and is just covering all bases?
The world of video games has long seen a split between the consoles and the PC. And despite the rumors that PC gaming is dead, it is very much alive and well. The rumors have been greatly exaggerated, especially as the PC will soon get a boost from the Microsoft Kinect. This is really no surprise as Microsoft entered the gaming arena as a PC software developer and publisher, as well as creating a variety of hardware for the PC.
There are already devices that we’ve covered that allow a PC to be used with a bike trainer, golf simulator or other devices, but where the PC has lagged behind in recent years is with motion control that makes gaming fitness possible. Now Microsoft is offering a true game changer as the Kinect will arrive on the PC next year.