Have Fun, Get Fit With the Whole Family This New Year

Gone are the days when being indoors meant sitting around watching television or playing board games. The video game revolution known as “motion gaming” is proving to be a great way for the whole family to boost physical activity levels while spending quality time with one another – all from the inside of the home. This New Year, get the whole family moving with “motion video gaming”.

Also known as “exergaming,” video games that require body movement allow children to dance or swing their arms in order to win the games. The newest example of the genre is SingStar Dance, which adds dancing to the traditional vocal gameplay, so gamers can sing along to the hottest new hits and learn how to shake and groove alongside favorite pop stars.

The introduction of motion gaming consoles has brought more fitness video games into families’ living rooms. Dancing, Disc Golf, Gladiator Duel, Beach Volleyball, Archery, Table Tennis and Bocce games all provide exercise as well as fun.

But video game manufacturers have upped the ante with the latest era of motion gaming: the new Playstation Move Motion Controller for PS3 features more accurate motion control than previous controllers, allowing kids to shoot arrows or aim tennis balls with greater precision. The control system is easy to learn, too; new players can simply pick up a controller and play, although technical skills necessary to beat some of the games’ challenges may take extra time to develop.

One game, Sports Champions for the PlayStation Move, takes full advantage of the controller’s capabilities. Players can compete against each other in six sporting events: archery, bocce, table tennis, gladiator games, beach volleyball and disc golf. The game is fun for all ages and skill levels – it’s even fun to watch.

Such motion gaming sports are providing a whole new way for families to spend quality time together while also enticing interest with more active entertainment than your typical video game. For more information, visit us.playstation.com/ps3/playstation-move/.

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