said video games are bad for your health never imagined
a game like Kinetic would one day come along.
5 , 2005 - What
better way to keep your New Year's resolution to lose
those unwanted pounds than to do it playing videogames.
It sounds too good to be true, like watching educational
programs on TV instead of going to school.
Kinetic is not a miracle breakthrough. It's like a
digital Richard Simmons, coaxing you out of your catatonic
state to hit the floor running, jumping, jogging,
prancing, dancing and pretzel twisting. You will receive
aerobic workouts, tips from professional trainers
and the latest in Yoga, Martial Arts and Pilates-inspired
exercises designed to tighten your body and soften
makes Kinetic different than your regular fitness
TV show or workout video is that it incorporates the
EyeToy as an interactive feature. It puts your image
onscreen and allows you to play a variety of specially
designed mini-games that disguises the routines and
makes it feel like less of a chore. Of course exercise
is synonymous with repetition and it won't take long
until the novelty of all the games wears off and you're
faced with the prospect of exercising again.
the developers are aware of the novelty factor wearing
off so they've enlisted the aid of professionals from
Nike Motionworks to put together a 12-week workout
schedule to whip you into shape. There is a freestyle
mode if you don't want to commit to the three months,
but more on that later. The 12-week mode offers enough
variation to keep you stimulated for the duration.
the beginning of the mode you will enter your age,
weight and general level of fitness. A program will
be customized for you complete with your own personal
trainer who will motivate you and scold you when you
miss a few days in a row. The workouts takes place
three times a week and utilize the PS2's internal
clock so that your trainer will know if you missed
a day. It's not that we here at Cheat Code Central
want to see you have a heart attack, but this is Cheat
Code Central after all and there's no law against
re-setting the internal clock if there's been a few
good videogames that you simply couldn't tear yourself
similarly styled mini-games from the original EyeToy
game, you will find yourself kicking, punching and
dodging objects such as colored balls in an attempt
to generate an aerobic workout. Blue balls will appear
at each end of the screen and you must make contract
with them while avoiding travelling red balls. It's
quite a workout and will really get your heart pumping.
Anaerobic exercises are also included. Anaerobic literally
means "without air." These exercises are
short but of high intensity and are designed to improve
muscle strength. A silhouette of your trainer will
demonstrate some of these exercises for you so you
can see exactly how to perform them safely.
are four main exercise categories: Cardio, Combat,
Tone and Mind & Body. Some are intense, and others,
like the Mind & Body, are designed to relax your
stressed mind. Before and after each workout you should
do some stretching exercises. This helps you avoid
straining yourself and it also aids in faster muscle
disciplines of Yoga, Tai Chi, Tai Kwon Do and Karate
are touched on. They aren't explored in detail but
give you a sampling of what they are about. Yoga and
Tai Chi are low impact and are part of the Body &
Soul category. A taste of these Martial Arts might
pique your interest to join a local club and take
some lessons in any of these disciplines.
can customize your own exercise regiment in the Routine
mode. You will have access to all of the same mini-games
and workouts but you aren't at the mercy of a personal
trainer and you don't have to commit to the 12-week
other EyeToy games, this one requires that your entire
body get in the picture, not just your upper body.
These are full-body workouts that include the use
of your legs. To this end the game comes with a special
wide-angle lens to capture your body from head to
toe. To facilitate this you will have to be at least
six feet away from the camera. This requires a large
open space. You might have to move the couch. That's
enough of a workout for me. You will also need some
good lighting as your image is not as easy to pick
up under low lighting conditions due to the longer
distance and the wider camera range.
music varies depending on the exercise. There is some
dance-oriented techno for cardio workouts and some
New Age ambient music for those contemplative states.
The instructions from the trainers couldn't be any
easier to follow. The graphics and motion-captured
images leave no room for error.
is a serious fitness tool. You don't need costly equipment
and the entire package costs less than an average
month at the gym. It's also a great alternative for
those that may be self-conscious about going to one.
by Aerobics, Capoeira, Kick Boxing, Yoga, Modern
Dance, Tai Chi and more, EyeToy: Kinetic is a new
in-home personal trainer that creates personalized
workout regimens with on-the-spot performance evaluations
for a more effective workout.
the EyeToy technology EyeToy: Kinetic provides players
with a superior fitness experience all in the comfort
of their own home.
a true "interactive" fitness experience
unlike traditional workout videos with EyeToy: Kinetic's
real-time performance evaluations.
to improve general fitness, reactions, posture,
balance, breathing and all-around body toning and
unique personal trainers provide professional guidance
can choose from four Zones of discipline: Cardio,
Combat, Toning and Mind & Body for an all-in-one
individual routines from the four Zones to shape
specific body areas, or choose a challenging and
intensive 12-week training program, which keeps
track of workout schedules and monitors progress.
in four different environments: Dojo, Dance Studio,
Zen Garden and Loft.
for all fitness abilities.
the EyeToy Full Vision Lens adaptor to allow for
a full-interactive experience.
a clean, sophisticated graphic design throughout.
never-before-seen EyeToy technologies.