ME2: Handheld Video Game that Encourages Kids to Exercise
by Mark R
Anyone want to get in shape while playing video games? I’m not talking about the Wii, but the ME2. The ME2 is a lot like Wii Fit, as it rewards physical action with points. I suppose the big difference between the two systems is that the ME2 is a handheld portable.
Another difference is that the ME2 requires physical activity before you play on the ME2 handheld or the affiliated website. There is a built-in pedometer on the handheld that you need to develop points by walking, running, or jogging. The more you travel, the more points you will accrue.
Yeah, you could shake the ME2 rigorously and cheat to get more points, but you would definitely be the Biggest Loser. (I know there is an NBC show where being the Biggest Loser is a positive thing, but not in this case.)
Once you have your points, connect the ME2 to the PC with a USB cable. Points will be uploaded to the ME2 site, and you can play in a 3D interactive world, even download new titles to the handheld.
I’m not certain kids would be interested in this. They might be able to see through their parents’ ploy to make them get out and exercise more. Maybe kids will use that shaking method that I parenthetically mentioned earlier.
The best part about the ME2 is the price. There has been a recent fifty percent price cut on eToys from $34.99 to $17.50. It’s affordable, and encourages kids to be physically fit.