Games are great for a lot of things like relaxation, entertainment, and making friends. Still, it's a rare game that inspires us to be better people or to get off our asses and learn something new. Sometimes, however, inspiration comes from unexpected places.
The half-baked DS game with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's face plastered all over it only inspired most would-be chefs to buy a real cookbook, but Nintendo's first-party Personal Trainer: Cooking is another story.
This interactive culinary seminar features 245 recipes, and video tutorials and voice commands keep you from dripping cheese sauce on your DS while you're slaving away in the kitchen. If there's any "game" that's going to inspire you to stop eating croutons with hot sauce for dinner, this is it.
If getting in tune with your chakras is on your list of goals (right between talking to your grandparents more and changing the smoke detector battery,) then Deepak Chopra's Leela is the game that's going to help you the most.
This meditative Kinect experience is based on the ramblings—I mean teachings—of spiritual guru Deepak Chopra, and its name, "Leela," means "play" in Sanskrit. There's a separate activity to help focus each of your body's seven chakras, and if you believe in any of that crap, it should be an enlightening experience.
Marathon gaming sessions are often tempting, but if there's any game that's going to inspire you to go outside and enjoy the sunshine for a while, it's Dead Space. That may seem like an odd choice, but considering you spend the vast majority of the game trapped on a spaceship infested with murderous mutated zombies, it's not that surprising.
The claustrophobia of the ship's corridors can become maddening, especially if you're doing survival horror right and playing in the dark. On the other hand, the infrequent sections that have you trudging around the outside of the ship with only your RIG between you and the empty depths of space could induce some serious agoraphobia.