Wednesday, October 22, 2008

JJNN Wednesday: Games - 11

Welcome again to JJNN for Wednesday October 22nd, 2008. Today we will be talking about a game that is suppose to help people stay healthy.

There are many different reasons to play games now days. I still remember a long time ago when games were just for entertainment, but games can be played to do anything from study for a test to learn how to cook now. I guess video games have come a long way since pong.

There are even games out now to help people say healthy. You can see one of them here. The game is for the DS and it has a name that can be roughly translated as something like "You can learn so much about your lifestyle rhythms just by walking." That is a mouth full so I hope that Nintendo gives it a better name if they decide to sell it in America.

As you might be able to tell from the name of the game, this game is all about how much you walk every day. When you get the game you get a little device that you carry around with you. This device collects all the information that the game needs to know about how much you walk every day. The device is so small that you just have to throw it into a bag or into your pocket and forget about it. You can see what one of these devices looks like below.

At the end of the day all you have to do is send the information from the little device to your nintendo DS. The DS will than take that data and play with it. It will plot how much you walk and use the information you put in about the length of your stride to calculate how far you walked as well. It also calculates funny things like how many steps it would take you to walk to Mars. You can see a picture of this screen below.

It looks like a good game and something that might help keep people healthy for a little while. I think that I might look into the game when it comes out.

Any way, it is now time for the word of the day. Today's word is 散歩(さんぽ). It is pronounced sanpo and means walk. I try to walk every day, but lately I think I like sleeping more than walking.

That's it for today. See you next time at JJNN.

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