Monday, May 24, 2004

The New York Times > Technology > Lift and Reach and Hold That Pose, and Advance to the Next Level

The New York Times > Technology > Lift and Reach and Hold That Pose, and Advance to the Next Level "Ever greater weight loss - rather than a chance to battle bigger monsters - is one goal for players of Yourself!Fitness, a video game under development for Microsoft's Xbox. The new title, aimed at women, features a computer-generated personal trainer who guides users through a customized set of exercises and diets.
Players must reach certain goals to advance to the next level. The program creates a fitness plan for each person based on height, weight and other characteristics. The game's virtual coach, Maya, then guides users through a subset of 600 possible exercises, congratulating and encouraging them when they achieve their goals.
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After the game's release this fall, the company expects to make a Sony Playstation version available at the end of the year, and to sell an Xbox Live version in 2005 that will let participants use a wireless headset to talk to each other during the game.
"Users will be able to create an online community to discuss each other's accomplishments and chat while working out," Mr. Spooner said. "This will be a virtual gym."
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