Yesterday Li'l Boo and I attended a SEGA blogger event at the Shoreham Hotel in NYC and had a blast trying out a couple of games that will be available this holiday season. Here are three things I learned while there:
2) Must. Practice. Video games. Looks like video games will be a part of our daily family life and an important bonding opportunity for Li'l Boo, my hubby and me throughout the years.
3) Daisy Fuentes is as beautiful in person as she looks in pics and on TV . . . or so I was told when learning about the Daisy Fuentes Pilates game. ;-)
Li'l Boo first sought out the Planet 51 game (which complements the Planet 51 movie coming out in November). The game looks exactly like the movie animation and includes different "missions" for the astronaut Chuck Baker to accomplish: including chasing a rover on foot, racing the Planet 51 police and army to get home to Earth, helping the "alien" Lem drive a hovercraft . . . even lawnmowers are involved. What my son will pry like the most about it is that there will be an opportunity for kids to re-play some moments from the movie in the game. The Planet 51 game is aimed at kids 6-10 years old, though Li'l Boo picked up on the basics of it pretty quickly, and I'd feel comfortable having him play even as a four year-old.
I caught a demo of Daisy Fuentes Pilates, which is available in stores now. I was curious about how pilates transfers into a fitness game, as it depends so much on engaging and isolating specific muscles and holding positions just-so. From what I saw, the game provides the experience of being in a pilates class with an instructor (Fuentes - whose digital rendering is HOT Hello? Motivation anyone? - and you can even choose her outfit if you have little gals - or big boys? - who would be into that. ;-) ) The balance board registers your motion placement and timing to provide feedback or commend you if the exercises are being done correctly. The game then logs your achievement (number of reps per exercise, etc.) and progress with each session. Daisy Fuentes Pilates allows you to customize as much or as little as you would like. The background setting for the game is a resort, so you can choose a different scenic setting for each of your exercises, or stay with the workout center background. You can also choose the option of listening to Fuentes en Espanol or English, which I thought was pretty cool. I have a feeling that this "game" is more like a workout video than an actual game, but I haven't gone through the whole thing myself yet. (I suppose this former certified personal trainer needs this to get back into shape and begin training again!)
The major highlight of the SEGA event for Li'l Boo was playing the Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games and using the balance board. He could have played this all day! (In fact, he kind of did the whole time we were there.) I wish I had taken my FLIP camera along to record him shaking his hips on the board during the downhill ski races, or sitting on the board leaning left and right for the bobsled races. I don't know why, but I just get a kick out of seeing young kids using technology. They pick up on it in a snap! It makes me laugh to think about my childhood and attending a summer computer camp to learn to write basic "run" or "execute" programs on the Apple computer twenty-something years ago (How little I knew then.)
With the creative problem solving and coordination that these video games require and encourage in kids, I can't even begin to imagine what Li'l Boo will be playing with and working on years from now. I mean, have you seen the Project Natal teaser?