Good news for the clumsy "gamers": here come a new generation of games where it is not only possible, but recommended, to play as a foot. A true paradigm shift in a universe where the skill of a player is long measured to the mobility of its inches. The speed in the cross-circle-triangle-R1 chain was sorting between the cadors and others. With as a bonus to practice intensive, necessary for mastering the key combinations. This brought the player become adult, reducing training and to blunting reflexes to stay out of the console, under penalty of inflicting a humiliating beating at the famous football game "Pro evolution" by a preadolescent snickering.
The arrival of the Wii, in 2006, changed the this. Joysticks Nintendo console wireless allows the player to reproduce "in true" movement in the game. Finished the tedious hand catches, place to the neophyte. Sony had indeed cleared the field with its range of titles "EyeToy" (a kind of Webcam connected to the PlayStation 2), where the movements of the body could interact with the screen. But the accuracy of "eyetoy", extremely sensitive to lighting of the room, still well below the Wii technology.
The recent arrival of "wii Fit" and, especially, the accessory with which it is sold, the Balance Board opens more widely still the scope of opportunities. "wii Fit" presents itself as a tool for maintenance of the physical condition. Gym, aerobics, yoga... 40 Exercises to lose weight or work balance are proposed. They are practicing perched on the famous Balance Board, white bathroom scale so laden with sensors. This is that the feet come into action: with the postures of yoga, the player visualizes its centre of gravity on the screen and learn to move it by passing its weight from one leg to the other. Similarly, step exercises to work coordination of the lower limbs. In doing so, the Balance Board reveals new opportunities for interaction between the game and the player.
Mini-games that accompany "wii Fit" confirm this playful potential. It brushes on a snowboard, it directs a Penguin for fish on the ice... Each time, the steering is done by varying the weight of the body on the Balance Board. So spell it out: given postures adopted in the heat of the action, better is worth practicing these mini-games with the curtains drawn, to preserve his dignity. Unless the goal is a free part of laughter between friends. With "Wii Fit", weight loss is not guaranteed, but the speed of decision-making in... foot and the humorous refashioned of players certify evenings without melancholy.
The operation of the capabilities of this new toy is in its infancy. Released mid-June, "family Ski" for example offers the possibility to find the sensations of slalom or schuss, legs inflected on the Balance Board. The approach is the same for Ubisoft, which prepares for the end of the year the third opus of the adventures of "Crétins rabbits", continuing to cover the market of the 30s to regressive trends. Already, the title team announced several mini-games compatible with the new Nintendo accessory, including a toboggan race, which will practice is sitting on the Board said. The slogan is already all found: "the first game that is played with the buttocks".