THIS has got to be some frat boy console-gamer* doucheface’s idea of a joke, right? Tell me it is, because seriously, this is one of the biggest pieces of bullshit I’ve seen in ages.
The article claims the Microsoft is planning a way to link your gaming avatar’s appearance and access to facets of certain games to your physical fitness levels. “To incentivize people to improve their physical well-being, Microsoft’s filing notes that gamers will be locked out of certain components of a game or a chat room until the proper health parameters are met.”
I’m just curious how they’re going to do that without people lying their faces off about their fitness levels. This is what makes me think this article is full of shit.
Granted, I wouldn’t object to being able to make my avatar look more like me in the roundness department in any of the Xbox games. But forcing my avatar to be fat if I, say, wanted to roleplay being someone else, is bullshit. Not to mention attempting to limit my time playing videogames if they don’t think I’m “fit” enough. And what scale would they use for this measure of fitness? I can link you to dozens, if not hundreds of references, articles and websites that discuss how amazingly flawed the BMI is. Are Microsoft controllers going to measure your blood sugar, cholesterol, body fat ratio and oxygen levels before they let you play? That’ll be one hell of an expensive game controller.
Not to mention, that this does not take into consideration people with disabilities who cannot work out, people who have medical conditions or lingering illnesses, or even people who just don’t want any busybody nanny-ing jackhole telling them what to do with their lives.
I can see that there might be some people who might welcome this as a way to remind themselves to put down the controller once in a while and take a walk, or pee or something. But for most of us, when we’re relaxing, the last thing we need is our mode of relaxation telling us we can’t relax until we’ve done some calisthenics.
And who wants to bet the standards for women are ludicrous in the extreme, especially compared with standards for guys? Bueller? Bueller?
So, my Geeks who work at the Evil Empire, can some of you do some poking around and either verify this rumor or declare that BusyGamer.com is full of shit? Thanks much.
ETA: Someone in comments pointed out Microsoft’s tendency to patent the shit out of any idea they come up with so no one else can do it, even if the likelihood of their being able to use it is small. So, no, there probably aren’t any real plans to do anything like this in the near future. At least not until I get my damned flying car and Nightcrawler sex-droid.
*Console-gamers are NOT gamers. Gamers use dice and paper and pencils, they don’t just plug into a machine. I’m sorry if this hurts any of your feelings, but that’s what it is. We were here first. Get over it.