Sit Down Or Stand Up?

Which would you rather do? Sit down and play videogames or stand? Growing up I played videogames while sitting. It started with the Nintendo 64 and evolved into the Playstations, Xbox, and Gamecube. The only difference between these game systems is the name. Other than that they operate the same way. More recently, we see videogames being transformed. Instead of sitting on the couch with the game controller, we are suddenly being asked to stand in order to play these games that we enjoy so much.

The Wii and the Xbox Kinect are changing the way that we play games. They require you to stand and move your body around. The Wii provides a fun, active, and intuitive experience. These games give you the feeling of playing your favorite sports activities, and adventures that put a sword in your hand like never before, your own body’s movements are used to interact with the games in fun and delightful ways. The Wii Remote Plus controller is the heart of the motion gaming experience on the Wii console. It responds to motion and rotation for enhanced control as you move around, swinging, swiping, thrusting, or turning the controller. With the Wii Remote Plus, your gaming experience instantly becomes more active and immersive than you ever thought possible. Every Wii console comes packed with one Wii Remote Plus controller. To enhance the fun of the Wii, get additional Wii controllers to have more friends and family members play together.

The Wii comew with a Nunchuk which you hook up to your Wii Remote Plus. This accessory adds even more flexibility in compatible games. The Nunchuk has similar motion-sensing technology, along with two buttons and a Control Stick. This allows you to move characters around while performing more specific and complex actions with the Wii Remote Plus controller. Every Wii console comes packed with one Nunchuk, but you can buy additional Nunchuk accessories to get more players gaming together. The Nunchuk is not the only accessory available for the Wii. A range of other unique accessories provide new ways to play Wii games. some of the accessories include the Wii Wheel accessory to race with, or the Classic Controller Pro accessory if you are looking for an old school gaming experience. There are many exciting options available.

The Xbox Kinect is similar to the Wii because there is no controller, gadgets, or gizmos. It’s just you and your family getting off the couch and into the action. This controller-free gaming means full body play. Kinect responds to how you move. So if you have to kick, then kick. If you have to jump, then jump. Once you wave your hand to activate the sensor, your Kinect will be able to recognize you and access your Avatar. Then you’ll be able to jump in and out of different games. Once again anyone can play and have a blast. And with advanced parental controls and movies for the family, Kinect promises a gaming experience that’s safe, secure and fun for everyone.

I personally enjoy these new form of games and do not mind standing up to play. I don’t necessarily acknowledge the fact that I am even standing. I just know that I am up doing something fun with my family and friends. In addition my body is getting the exercise that it was deprived of for many years. I believe that more games on the lines on the Wii and Xbox Kinect should be created. They can be an asset to all that play. So which would you rather do?

  1. crhyde said:

    I do see the appeal of an interactive game that allows more physical involvement. However, for the many people who play games to relax and as a part of their leisure time the physical interaction may not be valued so highly. If in a day I go to classes, do my homework, go to the gym, and am left with some time to play video games I will most likely choose to sit down. For younger children who have more leisure time the ability to get up and physically get into the game is a great option. But there is always a time and a place for sitting down or getting up and exerting energy. My preference to these games may not be based on which I enjoy more overall but which I enjoy more in the moment. The key here is that the games offer the choice, if I had the option to play a game I loved in either a static or high energy mode, I would be much more inclined to choose this game or console.

  2. sgosain said:

    I personally feel that games such as these that promote exercise during the game are mainly marketing ploys rather than actually exercise being conducted while playing. For example, the WII baseball and golf games require flicks of an arm, which nobody can call exercise. In fact, because these games require the player to stand up rather than sit and relax as other games do, it can often take away from the fun that games provide and make playing video games more stressful than need be. Therefore, I have been and always will be extremely doubtful of gaming merchandise that tries to promote exercise while staring at a TV, which seems like hypocritical statement in itself.

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