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davhth4
12-26-2009, 12:05 PM
Microsoft has announced plans to promote health and fitness by making Xbox 360 avatars take on the same physical appearance as their real-world counterparts.
Last week, the platform holder filed a patent application for "Avatar Individualized by Physical Characteristic". According to the filing, the initiative will use health and psychological data to form a realistic representation of the user.
Microsoft also noted that users will be locked out of certain components of games or chatrooms until the health parameters have been met.
"Physical data that reflects a degree of health of the real person can be linked to rewards of capabilities of a gaming avatar, an amount of time budgeted to play, or a visible indication," the patent read. "Thereby, people are encouraged to exercise."
It was indicated that the avatar will also be based on psychological traits such as intelligence, religious beliefs and political affiliations. The listing went on to explain how an individual's health and mood could be determined.
"As a person utilises Voice over IP to chat with a viewing person in the virtual environment, stress could be detected to gauge honesty," the application stated. "As another example, skin resistance, pulse and breathing could be detected to gauge mood."
It is thought that the initiative could tie in with the upcoming Project Natal in 2010.
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/gaming/news/a192747/xbox-avatars-to-promote-fitness.html

Ive heard people talk about this before that they would like it but then again alot of realy un fit people probaly wont like it at all. But the time budgeted to play seems not fair. Stopping unfit people playing the xbox?

Somehow I cant see this working at all.

(sorry if it has been posted, I could not find it in the search box)


Im hoping this will never come to anything: "Microsoft also noted that users will be locked out of certain components of games or chatrooms until the health parameters have been met." .

Since you would need natal to have this working and they cant force you to buy it, it means that it should be able to be toggled on and off. I highly doubt many people will use it. If we wanted to be told to excercise more we would play the wii fit since that gives you excercise while gaming instead of telling you to go out and excercise. Just I couldnt see it working.

CovertDog
12-26-2009, 12:17 PM
I call BS. There is no way this could be true. Its almost seems like some backhanded shot at gamers and the perceived notion of them being fat an out of shape.

Q ipoddy Q
12-26-2009, 01:16 PM
I highly doubt this is true and going to become a reality

specVjavi
12-26-2009, 01:36 PM
wow. theres no way this can be real, or could ever be real. you cant play games because youre overweight? that just sounds stupid.

VladimirK
12-26-2009, 02:29 PM
Firstly, obviously this is total BS.

But there's another point to this aswell imo.
Fitness means different things to different people, they can't exactly make a stantard for it.
Like to me the only fitness that really matters is stuff like strength. And yeah, I can safely say I can lift quite a lot, but I can't run for shit.
And then there's folk who would be able to do marathons but couldn't lift their own body weight.


Don't think they could force you to do it though.
I'm an adult for all intents and puropses, I'll do what I want. I'm not having MS force me to dance in my living room for 15 minutes so I can go back to dungeon trawling in Oblivion.

RuYi
12-26-2009, 02:41 PM
That could be hilarious.
Your Xbox powers up, with either that webcam or Natal in the future, and it'll be like "Woah, munchface, go lose some weight!" *powers down*

I really don't see it happen any time soon, MS would be way too scared that people discover the fun of real sports and start game less.

Mister Buds
12-26-2009, 03:23 PM
i sure as hell hope microsoft doesn't pull some shit like this. do we enter our height and weight or is it based on how much we play? because honestly i play my xbox alot but i'm very underweight. i don't want my xbox thinking i'm fat and me losing access to things because of it.

Der Fuhrer
12-26-2009, 03:47 PM
Really? No way this is going to happen, probably not a real article, Microsoft cares about your money 1000 times more than your health.

xtye
12-26-2009, 04:53 PM
Not being able to play a game because I'm a big guy eh...honestly I take offense to that because:

1. Weight has NOTHING to do with the game...
2. They can't decide if we can't fully access what we PAID for...
3. Who are they to force us to do this?

ferrari360max
12-26-2009, 05:05 PM
Microsoft also noted that users will be locked out of certain components of games or chatrooms until the health parameters have been met.

^ Wont ever happen, Microsoft would receive too much flak for it.

Sampson
12-26-2009, 05:37 PM
... Uhh I'm just going to say this. WTF is the point of that???

balance13
12-26-2009, 05:48 PM
This would be the stupidest thing and they would lose money why would they do it? people make avatars to be funny sometimes not what they actually look like.

neok182
12-26-2009, 05:52 PM
most likely this is nothing more than microsoft trying to make a wii fit type game for natal and these are simply plans for that game taken out of context.

downey
12-26-2009, 06:55 PM
I found the part about political and religious beliefs the most interesting, if they know I am atheist will I be forbidden from taking advantage of the holiday deals?

Lazermatt
12-26-2009, 06:57 PM
This is too hilariously stupid to be real. Xbox Pop-Up one day when you try to play some MW2 with your mates: "Go outside and jog for an hour first, fatass."

VladimirK
12-26-2009, 06:58 PM
I found the part about political and religious beliefs the most interesting, if they know I am atheist will I be forbidden from taking advantage of the holiday deals?

Haha, can you imagine someone picking Socialist on it?

You must buy this DLC for all your friends aswell.

:biglaugh:p:biglaugh

elephantd
12-26-2009, 07:42 PM
That could be hilarious.
Your Xbox powers up, with either that webcam or Natal in the future, and it'll be like "Woah, munchface, go lose some weight!" *powers down*

I really don't see it happen any time soon, MS would be way too scared that people discover the fun of real sports and start game less.

lmfao munchface!!!! never heard that before.

I heard this on ign, I take it as a add-on for people who are addicted to games but want to lose weight.

Starstrukk X360A
12-26-2009, 08:00 PM
I don't see this as launching off that well.

Deviant_Thug
12-26-2009, 08:38 PM
Pink t-shirt aside, my avatar already looks like me. Furthermore, how can avatars be based on intelligence? Would we have to take an IQ test?

TDC333
12-26-2009, 08:54 PM
This has to be a part of some game, add-on, or idea Microsoft has, but not to the extent of locking people out of everything because of fitness. This would result in a HUGE lawsuit that I would not be able to get in on unless I did nothing but eat Crisco and play XBox for a few years.

I can see where this would benefit some people, like the post above, making it an add-on to encourage the people that want something like this. Anything beyond that is infringement.

If I ever booted up a game system and it told me anything about having to exercise I would listen. I would go get a sledgehammer and smash the damn thing into pieces then ship it back to the manufacturer with a nice letter telling them how I enjoyed their system.

GUNSANDBUTTA
12-26-2009, 10:47 PM
This would be a really bad idea for xbox this would make allot of people go to PS3 in my opinion

BaconHorde
12-27-2009, 12:31 AM
If they're gonna keep unfit people from playing, they'll lose millions of users. However, it's a pretty cool system if it's opotional. Would be fun to have something such as, "If you scream too loudly into the microphone, you'll be kicked out of the game". Priceless for MW2.

Capn Doug
12-27-2009, 02:18 AM
I all fairness, some 360 games give you a pretty decent workout. I was given DDR with that in mind, and I find I work up a bit of a sweat playing drums on Rock Band. And with Natal coming out, there will probably be a few more games that will get you moving.

On the other side of this argument, this can not be a manadatory thing. They will not make this a system update affecting every avatar. I am not worried about my avatar gaining weight, just bloodshot eyes. Think critically about the article and the supposed product and it does not make a ton of sense for any company to do this the way some people think. It is Microsoft's answer to Wii Fit, you can download it if you want it.

elephantd
12-27-2009, 05:33 AM
Just thought of it, what if i wear a snorlax outfit? or a fatman suit. lol

Edit: achievement unlocked!
Looking good! 20g
lose 20 pounds


I demand this to have achievements if they want me to use it!

BG AzN
12-27-2009, 05:48 AM
Microsoft should win the award for lowering the self esteem of so many people who use Xbox live.

v_thorne
12-27-2009, 07:34 AM
This HAS to be fake.

Limiting people who spend their own hard earned money to first off purchase the console, then spend money to actually play on LIVE, and then even more money on the games seems very much like fucking punishment.

I'll be the first to admit I'm somewhat overweight. I'm not fat, I'm not skinny and most of my weight is comprised of muscle.
I know many large people who are "fit". There is no way to determine muscle mass with this. Nor is this any way to treat people who are overweight.

What about the people with health problems and CAN'T lose weight by just diet and exercise? And the people who just don't give a fuck?

This is by far, one of the most stupid things I've ever read. I guess Microsoft only want skinny bitches to play their games and use their consoles that red ring annually.

elephantd
12-27-2009, 08:07 PM
I think it's more of a parent thing if i read right, to encourage there kids to play outside. So yes you encourage your fat kid to play outside, but you have a white box telling him he's too fat for video games at the same time.... *Weight error to heavy to play, please consult with nearest jungle gym."

Why don't they just do the computer thing where parents can moderate and set what time zone kids can be on, and for how long.?


I also don't think this is fake, because my local news channel did a story on it.