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Feel the burn of P90X on Xbox One with Xbox Fitness


There will be sweat
Jul 29
// Jordan Devore
P90X has joined Xbox Fitness for Xbox One this week with a 30-day program priced at $59.99. The program features P90X creator Tony Horton and five exclusive workouts. A downloadable calendar and nutrition plan are also on th...
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UBISOFT HELLA AWKWARD

That moment when Ubisoft was super awkward at E3


A push-up contest? Okay.
Jun 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Two Ubisoft employees did push-ups on stage at the company's E3 showcase today during a demo for upcoming Xbox One exclusive Shape Up.  It was weird, but also fun. That's pretty much a Ubisoft presser in a nutshell, isn't it?  We knew the French publisher's conference had the potential to be bizarre, awkward, or hilarious; but it truly surpassed expectations this year.
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Ubisoft

'Vaporize aliens with your abs' in Ubisoft's Shape Up for Xbox One


An attempt to make workouts fun
Jun 09
// Jordan Devore
Ubisoft is the latest company to make use of the Kinect for its fitness game but rather than strive for realism, Shape Up tries to be wacky in the hope that you'll work out harder if you're having fun. Squat into outer space...

Wii Fit U weekly weigh-in: Week 3

Nov 23 // Dale North
The plot thickens. My waistline thickens. As you can see, I already gained weight this week. A lot. I blame Microsoft and Sony for making me sit at a desk for 12 or more hours a day for a week or two. I like the PS4 and the Xbox One, but I don't like what it did to my health and stress level. I didn't sleep much most nights, and I ate a lot of junk while working, including cookies, pie, and ramen. I know I'll never get sympathy for having to play a lot of great new games for a living, but I still want to say that last week was hell on me, and my health clearly suffered.  Wii Fit U Weekly Weigh-in Week 3: Weight: 157.9 lbs (up 3.4 lbs!) BMI: 22.60 (ugh) Goal: BMI of 22 -- FAILED!  Since I failed that goal, I set another two-week one, this time picking a weight goal over a BMI goal. I want to get a couple of pounds off in two weeks. We all know that's not happening with Thanksgiving coming, but it'll be fun to see me fail at least. Today I did a couple more of the dance routines to make up for eating cake pops for breakfast. The hula one is adorable, though I only burned about 4 calories through its hip swaying. The jazz one gets you moving, but the moves are so dorky that I feel weird doing them. I love the Nintendo-branded drum kit! Time to hit the walking trails again to make up for being stuck in the office all last week. It's probably a good idea with turkey day coming up.
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Before the fattening
[Every week, from early November through the end of 2013, I'll report on my use of Wii Fit U and how it benefits my health.] Read Week 1's weigh-in here. If this Wii Fit U weekly weigh-in accomplishes only one thing, I want it to be a clear measure of just how much weight I'll gain Thanksgiving week. It's going to be gross, folks.

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Xbox Fitness

Impressions: Xbox Fitness


Surprisingly motivational
Nov 21
// Chris Carter
One thing I don't see discussed often in regards to exercise is the high price tag involved with intense workouts. Although you can find a local gym for fairly cheap and get fit on your own, getting to the next level sometime...

Wii Fit U weekly weigh-in: Week 2

Nov 16 // Dale North
This week's weigh-in will show the usefulness of the Wii Fit U program when for times when you can't perform a daily body check. Being out of town, I only had my Wii Fit Meter with me. I hoped that all of the running around to cover these next-gen launches would burn some calories, but as I've found tracking steps at other conventions, you don't end up walking nearly as much as you think you do. It's just that your feet hurt. What's neat is that the Wii Fit Meter has enough memory to hold multiple days of tracked data. When I returned home on Friday, I just had to sync to send over the week's walking numbers. Nice! To make up for the lack of exercise, and as a sort of break, I took Wednesday off to do three of the things I love doing most: walking, shopping, and eating. Though the cold wind pushed back, I kept on, hitting all of my favorite places in NYC that day. At the end of the day, my Wii Fit Meter said that I walked about 9.5 miles. I took that as an excuse to order a huge rice bowl for dinner. Speaking of New York and walking, I really like Wii Fit U's walking challenges. They use the step data from the Wii Fit Meter to simulate walking courses from all over the world. I've conquered the New York walk, and have done about a third of the Chicago one. I like that you're given little travel tips and trivia blurbs when you reach checkpoints on the map. Wii Fit U Weekly Weigh-in Week 2: Weight: 154.5 lbs (down 2.3 lbs) BMI: 22.12 (down just a bit) Goal: BMI of 22 -- getting there! I lost weight? How? I ate so many hamburgers last week. One evening I drank myself into oblivion, and then passed out for much of the next day, missing one important work appointment. I'm the worst! Even with all of that walking, after weighing in later in the week, Wii Fit U says it's going to be hard to hit my goal with how little I'm moving. It asked if I'd like to try to increase the number of daily calories burned to help try to meet my goal. When I said yes, Wii Fit U told me that the required number would be over 2,000 calories a day. The software told me that this would be pretty difficult. The charts show that I'm not even close.  So I'm going to hit it hard next week, getting back into Wii Fit U routines. I still want to try flamenco dancing! See you next week.  
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Walk it off
[Every week, from early November through the end of 2013, I'll report on my use of Wii Fit U and how it benefits my health.] Read Week 1's weigh-in here. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I'm always on the quest for ...

Wii Fit U weekly weigh-in: Week 1

Nov 09 // Dale North
Wii Fit U is available now as a free download from the Nintendo eShop. You're free to try it out for a month, and the purchase and syncing of Nintendo's Wii Fit Meter ($19.99) lets you keep the game forever.  The Wii Fit Meter is a pedometer that has the ability to synch with the Wii U, sending along your daily step count, elevation climbed, and an estimate of the calories burned. This small, smooth device clips on your belt or waistband, and its little screen can display all of the data it tracks. It also shows a cute pixel version of your Mii's face. It nicely ties in with Wii Fit U's Body Check evaluation system. All of its data is included with a Balance Board weigh-in and then tracked in Wii Fit U. This is the data I'm willing to share in my weekly weigh-ins. Wii Fit U Weekly Weigh-in Week 1: Weight: 156.8 lbs  BMI: 22.44 -- Wii Fit U calls this 'normal.' Thanks? Goal: BMI of 22 -- Wii Fit U said that I am healthy and asked me what I wanted to do. I didn't know. So it suggested that I shoot for an even 22 BMI, working to shave off the little more than a half a point I have above that in the next month, which comes out to about 3.9 lbs. I think I can do it.   I'm just getting the hang of this thing after using it for three or four days. In initial tests, Wii Fit U says that my balance is terrible. I found out the hard way going through the game's Yoga exercise routines. Seeing the charts and graphs that display my balance, I think of seismic readouts after a large tremor. They're never not funny to me. I like the soft, calming voice of the in-game Yoga instructor, but I think I hear a sneer in her prompts to stop shaking. She keeps telling me that I'm not great in the nicest way.  I checked my home for hidden cameras before jumping into Wii Fit U's Hop Hop dancing exercise routine. I'm really glad that no one saw my moves on the evening I first tried, though I'm not ashamed of the sweat I broke. Both the hip hop and pop-and-lock routines were pretty fun, and the visuals are adorable. The music wouldn't top any charts, but it's still fun and catchy. The dance routines use the Balance Board along with two Wii Remote Plus controllers to track your steps.  I'm not the best at any kind of exercise. I think it's a coordination thing. Because the routines are fun, I'm willing to try more over the next week. I hear there's flamenco dancing -- I'll definitely be checking for hidden cameras before trying that one. I'll be honest and say that I don't regularly exercise outside of walking. I really love walking,  usually putting in 3 to 5 miles a day. The Fit Meter is a perfect companion for me, then. I've been too busy lately, working hard on putting together our coverage of the next-gen system launches. But I aim to put the Fit Meter to good use this next week. I'll report back next Saturday.
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In worse shape than I thought
[Every week, from early November through the end of 2013, I'll report on my use of Wii Fit U and how it benefits my health.] This year, being the biggest console launch year in a decade, has been really busy for me. I normall...

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Xbox Fitness leaked, will feature P90X, Insanity, more


The Kinect 2.0's killer app!
Sep 26
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
[Update: Xbox officially announced Xbox Fitness. Check out the promo video, telling you to push your friends harder. HARDER!] A page on the official Xbox website leaked revealing Xbox Fitness, an exercise app for the Kinect ...
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Wii Fit U will come with a free trial month


You can buy a Fit Meter for $20 to keep it after that
Sep 18
// Chris Carter
Well this is certainly interesting. Remember Wii Fit U? Well Nintendo just announced that beginning November 1st, you'll be able to download the game for free, with a one month trial in tow. After the trial period you can buy...
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Oculus Rift + stationary bike + Kinect = Paperboy


This is motion gaming I can get behind
Jul 31
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Globacore has combined a stationary bike, the Oculus Rift, and the Kinect to create PaperDude VR, an homage to Paperboy. The video here shows off the game in action, and holy crap do I want this. It's probably not a good idea to throw actual newspapers when you play the game though.
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Free fitness tracker Kinect PlayFit hits Xbox Live today


Jul 10
// Jordan Devore
The rumored Kinect PlayFit application for Xbox 360 that tracks calories burned across multiple games has released for free today in the United States. Further regions will get access to the download later this week, accordin...
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E3: Wii Fit U and Holmes' best Lara Croft impression


Jun 06
// Kyle MacGregor
Rest assured, dear reader, that Lara Croft isn't the only one grunting and moaning at E3 this year. Jonathan Holmes got his hands (bum?) on Wii Fit U at the Nintendo booth and made a variety of interesting sounds as he worke...
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E3: Nintendo announces Wii Fit U


Jun 05
// Brett Zeidler
Reggie Fils-Aime announced Wii Fit U at Nintendo's E3 press conference today. The best part is he introduced it by acknowledging the classic Reggie meme saying, "Five years ago, my body was ready." Amazing. It wasn't clear if...
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E3: Nike + Kinect Training for great fitness


Jun 04
// Victoria Medina
Here's something new for all of you health-conscious Kinect owners. Coming this holiday season, Nike and Microsoft are teaming up to present Nike + Kinect Training. This new title will not just bring you an interactive and pe...
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Study: Wii doesn't make fat kids not fat


Feb 27
// Liam Fisher
Nintendo's Wii and the motion control trend that followed gave seemed like the game industry's answer to inactive youth. As games have grown in popularity, kids have spent less and less time outside and, logically, "active" g...
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Get hype: Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 out next week


Nov 04
// Kyle MacGregor
Are you ready to take your workout to a whole new level? Well then, stop going to that useless gym. Get off that bicycle, and for God's sake, quit walking that corgi. You've got videogames to play! And now the game you've be...
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Zumba Fitness 2: Get sweaty in front of your TV


Nov 02
// Fraser Brown
Today I have been reminded that some people actually go out of their way to move around, even when playing videogames. If that's your cup of tea, then perhaps Zumba Fitness 2 will be right up your street. Apparently Zumba is...

Working out with Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012

Oct 01 // Lori Navarro
[embed]212379:41092[/embed] Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 (Xbox 360)Developer: UbisoftPublisher: Ubisoft MontrealRelease: November 2011  Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 is the second title in a series made especially for the Kinect. While I am not too familiar with genre of exercise games as a whole, this seems like a game to seriously consider if you wake up one day repulsed by your own body image. Of course, being a Kinect game, it is more attuned to your movements than the Wii ever was. It can even tell if you are not doing your sit-ups right. After all, why play an exercise game if you’re gonna be lazy. This is because it’s motion tracking technology is different this time around, said Nicola Godin, one of the game designers for Your Shape. He explains to us that instead of using skeletal tracking like in other games, it zeroes in on the user’s head in relation to the rest of his body. This enables the system to detect more precise movements even when you’re lying down. One thing I liked about it is the variety of options to choose from. There are the more conventional forms of exercise available. I was (reluctantly) able to try the jump rope simulation for a full two minutes. It requires you to time your pace and footwork as shown on the screen, moving at faster speeds or switching positions as necessary. Another mode that appealed to me is the bootcamp feature seemingly drawn from the weight loss format of The Biggest Loser. Your avatar is transported to a literal boot camp where your commanding officer shouts at you to work harder. While pushing yourself to your limit, you are bombarded by the sight of exploding barrels and even a helicopter landing on the screen -- as if your push-ups had somehow caused World War III. This over-the-topness shows that this an exercise game that doesn’t take itself or its theme too seriously. Aside from being able to choose your workout, you can also choose the level of difficulty for your workouts for the day -- whether at the moment you’re feeling like a couch-potato or if you want to go a bit more extreme. Similarly, you can choose whether you’re playing to lose weight, relax, do cardio, build your muscles, etc.   Finally, it introduces features to track your progress and keep you motivated to exercise. It has a “my objectives” section to review your exercise goals and a calendar to show your playing history. The point system in this game is basically the number of calories you lose while exercising. Accordingly, you can unlock achievements for losing calories, accessing content or spending time to work out.  Ultimately, Your Shape: Evolved 2012 seems to be a more intuitive exercise game that thinks forward in terms of design and how people can customize their workout.
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Exercise games tend to forget that they are supposed to be just that: Games. On the other hand, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 promises to strike the balance between burning calories and being entertaining at the same time.

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Get your dance on with these new Zumba Fitness 2 screens


Sep 16
// Harry Monogenis
Zumbu Fitness 2 has just had its official box cover revealed and released showing a woman facing the opposite direction from that of the first game. Also, more screenshots! Thankfully, these new Zumbu Fitness 2 scre...
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Zumba Fitness 2 screens contain bizarre looking hand


Aug 11
// Brett Zeidler
New screens for Zumba Fitness 2 were released today, and if the sales of the first game are any indication, there is a good chance that a few of you out there are clamoring to get your dance on again. Now, the screenshots the...
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THQ's newly announced game is not really a game


Jul 25
// Victoria Medina
THQ has announced that they have something new in the works, though there will be no crazy, silly, mayhem in Deepak Chopra's Leela which will release November 8. In fact, Leela (not the purple haired, one eyed, martial arts m...
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E3: Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012 coming in 2011


Jun 06
// Jonathan Holmes
I'm currently watching the Ubisoft E3 press conference, and ever since Mr Caffine showed up, it's turned into some sort of mind bending, nightmarish twilight zone. I'm not sure where I am or what I'm doing. That's why I can't...

Hands-on: UFC Personal Trainer for Kinect

May 02 // Tara Long
UFC Personal Trainer: The Ultimate Fitness System (Xbox Kinect [Previewed], PlayStation Move, Wii)Developer: Heavy Iron StudiosPublisher: THQTo Be Released: June 2011 Fitness-oriented games have pretty much dominated the Kinect console since its release last year, but the majority seem to have placed more emphasis on entertainment value than actual fitness. THQ’s previous weight loss title, The Biggest Loser, received generally positive reviews but was noted for containing a lot of “fluff” that tied into the television show. UFC Personal Trainer aims to rise above the rest and ultimately become Kinect's most hardcore fitness game. UFC just happens to be a great medium through which to provide this experience, since UFC fighters partake in one of the most rigorous training regimens out there. Although Heavy Iron developed the game, all of the exercises and routines were designed by The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in conjunction with Greg Jackson, Mark DellaGrotte, and Javier Mendez, three leading MMA experts. The workouts in the game were designed to closely mimic those used by actual MMA athletes, so players can expect to do exercises from a wide variety of disciplines including boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and wrestling, to name a few.One aspect that sets this apart from other fitness games is the ability to create a customized workout routine. The developers wanted players of any skill level to be able to play, so in addition to three difficulty settings, you can also adjust your workout time (routines range from about 15 - 45 minutes) and create specific fitness objectives for yourself. Based on your objectives, the game will choose up to 12 from a pool of 71 MMA and NASM-approved exercises to determine which ones are best suited for your goals. If you’re looking for even more of a challenge, the game also supports the use of free weights and weighted wristpads or anklepads. Fans of UFC will undoubtedly recognize several of the faces in this game, as it features appearances from 15 famous UFC fighters. Players choose one of three trainers (Jackson, DellaGrotte, or Mendez) whose job it is to show you how to perform the exercises correctly, encourage and motivate you while you’re doing them, and alert you if you’re doing them incorrectly by showing you the proper method. The game also moves at your pace, so if you find yourself needing to rest mid-exercise, the trainer will temporarily stop until you’re ready to resume, all the while encouraging you to continue. MMA trainer Greg Jackson, who is one of the three trainers you can pick from, actually demoed the game for me. I’ll admit it was somewhat surreal watching the real Greg Jackson receive orders from a 2-dimensional version of himself. I can now safely mark that down as something I never thought I’d see in my life.Anyway, just about everyone who’s tried to lose weight knows that one of the hardest parts is maintaining a regular exercise routine. UFC Personal Trainer knows this, too, so for players who have a hard time keeping up with long-term fitness goals, the game offers a calendar to track your workouts and provide recommendations based on your progress. The game also has a leaderboard, which seems silly but could actually be useful if you have a support group or a friend who is also trying to get in shape. THQ will also be releasing this title for the PlayStation Move and Nintendo Wii, but Kinect users will get a few perks. For one, UFC Personal Trainer will be one of the first Kinect titles to incorporate voice recognition, so players won’t have to mess with annoying Kinect menu navigation. The Kinect version will also boast nine exclusive exercises and appearances from four extra UFC fighters. All in all, I really think the training program in UFC Personal Trainer would be a success for anyone who manages to keep up with it. I’d also encourage women not to shy away based on the name alone, since the exercises are suited for everybody, not just men. My only recommendation would be to use a padded mat - at the very least, a yoga mat - if you’re doing exercises on the floor. Trust me on that one.
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I’m not even going to pretend like I watch UFC. There’s just something about the act of punching a guy’s teeth in and then kneeing him in the face until he chokes on his own blood that leaves me feeling a ...

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After the Kinect came out, I never thought I'd go back to the Wii for my exercise needs until I tried out ExerBeat. The Wii exclusive is fun and the onscreen prompts showing you exactly how to do the moves you need to do are...

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Think Brain Age made for the Kinect when looking at Body and Brain Connection for the Xbox. It's a fair comparison seeing as how Dr. Kawashima is behind this title. The game involves you using both your mind and body in order...

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3DS rewards exercise with Game Coins


Jan 10
// Jim Sterling
If you're a fatty-boom-boom like me, you'll always be looking for things that are almost exercise, but aren't really, so you can pretend you're doing something about your problem while eating another wedding cake ga...
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Your Shape: Fitness Evolved gets new downloadable content


Jan 05
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
I'm all about exercising and staying healthy. I kind of slacked off in 2010 but was going to make up for it starting this year. The first three days of my training was going great. That is until I hurt my knee running the ot...
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Your Shape Fitness Evolved getting downloadable workouts


Nov 24
// Nick Chester
Kinect might be the hottest thing this holiday when it comes to new ways to get folks into shape, and Ubisoft got on the train early with its launch title, Your Shape Fitness Evolved. Now it has announced that it will be rele...
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Your Shape: Fitness Evolved has cool online features


Oct 07
// Conrad Zimmerman
Ubisoft sent over this video showing online features in the upcoming Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, one of the more interesting titles coming for Microsoft's Kinect motion control system. The game will have a website that trac...
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Ubisoft holding a Your Shape: Fitness Evolved contest


Oct 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Ubisoft is holding a Your Shape: Fitness Evolved competition where a few lucky folks will get to win a trip to San Francisco and workout for two days straight! Wait, what?! Don't dismiss the idea of this contest right away a...






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