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Yoga, With a Side of Fries, Please

Posted on Friday, July 13 @ 17:46:05 PST by JP_Hurh
Nintendo’s nifty new peripheral, the Balance Board, is a pressure-sensitive pad that monitors your center of gravity. I got a feet-on preview yesterday and was impressed by the board’s tight sensitivity. Lean even a little more heavily on your toes or on one leg, and the little blip on the screen swerves with your drunk self.
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But I was more skeptical about the “Wii Fit” game bundle that will be packaged with it. The weight-distribution pad seems a godsend for surfing, skating, and skiing games. However, Wii Fit aims for the good-for-you approach, offering a full contingent of Yoga sessions and a few mini-games (one of which, to be fair, is a ski-jump sim).

Yoga, on Wii Fit, is all about keeping your balance while performing contortions that are modeled by a sports-bra-clad virtual instructor. However, the game can’t be sure you’re actually doing those contortions. You could stand on one leg motionless, or better yet, you could just chuck a brick on the pad and relieve your fridge of the leftover pizza and beer while apparently performing a perfect “one-legged king pigeon.”

Of course, cheating defeats the purpose of any fitness program, but if you have the discipline to follow an exercise regimen, you probably already have a gym membership and can go to a real yoga class with real boobs in a real sports bra. Gamers, on the very rare occasion, have been known to cheat. So do those good-intentioned folks whose Tai-Bo videotapes and basement-dwelling treadmills compete for the amount of dust they can collect. Neither, one would expect, will change their habits or waist size as a result of virtual Yoga.

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