My trainer is an avatar
May 15th, 2008

Wii Fit is scheduled to be released in North America by Nintendo next week. In a report called O.K., Avatar, Work With Me, the New York Times describes the video game’s entry into the personal exercise field. The writer, Seth Schiesels sounds like he is pre-sold – and I can understand why. Schiesel includes these good vibes from anticipating a trainer who is an avatar:

Exercising with Wii Fit is like having a Bob Harper or a Denise Austin who talks back — gently cajoling you through exercises, praising, nudging, even reminding you to eat a banana once in a while. It also lets you see how you stack up against friends or family members; each user creates a cartoony avatar called a “Mii.” . . .

Believe me, I could use some help. As a video game journalist, I live in a world where Buffalo wings, potato chips and jalapeño poppers are considered food groups. The closest I get to serious exercise is flopping around at concerts like a lumpy, overeducated flounder. . . .


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