Amidst all the bad news and anti-game propaganda the mainstream media likes to spew about our favorite pastime, the occasional positive view of our hobby does slip out from time to time. CNN saw fit to bring the positive side of video and computer games to light for its 15 minutes of fame recently via their Technology section?s review (yes, a game review on CNN) of Sony?s new Eye Toy based fitness game, [a] http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/fun.games/01/20/eyetoy.kinetic/[aa]Eye Toy: Kinetic[/a].
According to the CNN article, ?Sony apparently feels video games should do their part to promote weight loss and physical fitness.? The article then goes into detail to describe just how [i]Eye Toy: Kinetic[/i] accomplishes this goal, via the usage of polygonal personal trainers, mini-games that revolve around various styles of exercise routines (stretch, warm-up, cardio, yoga, etc.), and, of course, its use of the [i]Eye Toy[/i] video camera. The article asserts that ?[i]Eye Toy: Kinetic[/i] can’t fully replace the pleasures of working out in a gym, where you can get personal attention while surrounded by the good-looking and physically fit,? but it?s still good to see the mainstream press highlight the good side of gaming for once.