Friday, April 30

Gamercize Spin Trainer - Exergaming for Adults

Active Gaming is no longer just for kids!

With the average gamer age in the thirties and sophisticated online high definition blockbusters titles, the adults get their fair share of screen time too. Time pressed adults can now take advantage of gym quality exercise while they game, with the new Gamercize Spin Trainer.

The Gamercize Spin Trainer brings hard core exercise and hard core gaming together for the first time. The commercial grade active gaming bike is no pint sized plastic wannabe, the sturdy all metal construction is built to last as long as the appeal of gaming itself.

Reliability is assured thanks to the unique patented Gamercize design that uses only exercise motion detection, to enable or disable the player’s game controller. So long as the player is exercising, the game play is as compelling and engaging as the developer intended allowing any game to be an “exergame”.

Standard trim is available in red or blue, with a limited edition black version available for all preferences. In detail the 13kg cast iron spin disc provides a gym quality workout and the four adjustable feet enhance the perfectly solid feel. Forearm rests are provided for a racing stance to active gaming, or the GZ Spin Trainer can be used at a more leisurely pace sitting upright.

Smooth continuous exercise allows all the latest High Definition games to be played with ease on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. All existing games are compatible and every new game purchase brings new motivation to be fitter and burn calories.

Gamercize is the workout that never gets boring, thanks to the high quality of the thousands of games that are supported, representing unrivaled flexibility and value for money. Order your Gamercize Spin Trainer from all good exergaming outlets or direct ( from Monday.

Monday, April 19

Exergaming - "Just a Toy"

Companies Cashing In or Checking Out?

I've just read an interesting review on Game People about a new stationary exergaming bike for the Wii. I'll not point it out directly, go find it if you like, but there's a wider principle at stake here, not with just one product but a few rotten apples.

The principle is using the good reputation of what others have done before them in exergaming just to try and make a quick buck - leaving the consumer completely conned. There's no point in a poorly built, undersized gaming bike that has no resistance, it's just a toy. There's no benefit of using something for fitness or weight loss that simply cannot work at all. If you wanted a fun, physical gaming experience, you'd be playing Wii Sports Resort instead.

I have seen companies come in to the industry and try to pull the wool over consumers eyes, despite high street presence - they jog off as quickly as they come. There's no competition for us at Gamercize because we promote proper exercise combined with real games; but there is still damage done, as bad products turn people off the idea of exergaming because of poor experiences. It's a wasted opportunity for health improvement and a constant source of irritation for the quality exergaming companies who then have to try to compensate for the bad industry PR.

There's a lot of marketing and advertising budgets in these boom or bust companies, and this media is unfortunately what drives peoples purchasing decisions. The key to exergaming is to create a successful experience, not advertising ROI. How can this situation be resolved? As venture capital and seed funds see the success of Nintendo they'll still pile investment into a weak idea or implementation.

You cannot stop this but maybe what you can do is - help consumers make a better informed decision. This is already being started by The Exergaming Network - a group of advocates, researchers and industry professionals who are dedicated to proper implementation and positive experiences in exergaming. Bring it on!

Thursday, April 1

Gamercize announces "iPedals" - Get fit while driving to work. (Press Release)

International active gaming company Gamercize, today announces the keep fit gadget to revolutionize the way people keep in shape - iPedals. The new product, iPedals, uses patented Gamercize technology to turn any family car into a gym on the go.

The concept of iPedals (priced at $299**) allows the driver to operate the vehicle only while pedalling on the high quality mini cycle installed into the driver foot well. Conventional foot controls of the vehicle are moved to "race car" style paddles on the steering wheel. So long as the driver is exercising, the throttle, brakes and steering remain connected. Stopping exercise disconnects the cars controls, reminding the user to keep moving to maintain control.

The patented concept has already proven successful with Gamercize next generation gaming and office exercise products. The new iPedals device, known as "auto-cising", has been studied by the Royal Darwin Society in London, England, over the last 3 months, clocking up a total of 28,000 test miles. "We can confirm that iPedals have performed faultlessly in all our tests that include urban, freeway and a significant portion of off-road driving.

To have to keep exercising to control the vehicle is a brilliant idea, which we endorse fully. We have found that most people have no problem maintain control of the vehicle while at highway speeds, but those that are particularly unfit soon stop exercising. The iPedals device conforms to the strongest beliefs of our Society and we believe it's a winner for the human race." said Professor Macadamia.

The new iPedals will be available to install to existing cars, left or right hand drive, from October this year at all good auto stores. One major car manufacturer has incorporated the design as an option into its 2011 model year range, and more are in negotiations.
"I see iPedals as the future to solve the obesity crisis. It's the natural selection for governments, health authorities and insurance companies who are struggling with the rising costs of unhealthy, unfit people.

The device is perfectly legal and safe from litigation, thanks to a loophole in the law for hand controlled automobiles that we have discovered. We have seen a strong interest in the technology, including a driver and passenger installation, with the passenger's iPedals allowing changing of radio station or volume only while exercising." Said the company spokesperson.

* iPedals can only be used in conjunction with a full legal disclaimer and the weight loss examples quoted can only be achieved with a cabbage soup diet.

** iPedals $299 requires fitting kit available separately from $7,499