|Nintendo is back to encouraging people to become active while they are playing video games with the recent release of its 'Ring Fit Adventure last week / Photo by: tktktk via 123RF|
Nintendo is back to encouraging people to become active while they are playing video games with the recent release of its 'Ring Fit Adventure last week. Just like their previous exercise-related games, the 'Ring Fit Adventure' also comes with an adventure game and "absurd" accessories. The new Switch game is an easy way to fit physical activity in people's daily routines, but it seems like people have found a way around it.
'Ring Fit Adventure' is designed as a workout routine-video game hybrid that encourages players to be physically active while playing. This is because the game requires players to attack the enemies by doing exercises with the use of a leg strap and a rubber ring (the Ring Con).
"The Ring-Con itself is an oddity, looking more like an infomercial exercise gimmick than a game controller," Time magazine said. "Part controller, part rubber resistance band with hand grips, the Ring-Con is able to measure your force as you push and pull on it."
The game and its accessories are designed to stimulate activity among players whether it be squeezing the Ring Con, jumping or running in place to get around the game, or exercising to attack and defend during battles. However, the sensors found on the accessories are limited, according to the video game website and blog Kotaku, adding that this makes the game prone to cheating.
|'Ring Fit Adventure' is designed as a workout routine-video game hybrid that encourages players to be physically active while playing / Photo by: Vasyl Dolmatov via 123RF|
Still, the game's animated experts showing good technique and voicework urging players to move are as much as a motivational tool as its structure.
'Ring Fit Adventure' can't be a replacement to a real workout, but it is still a good way to get physical. Each level contains different exercise routines that make the in-game character move around and fight enemies while also helping the player get into the right shape and form.
"The game is actually motivating its player to target certain muscle groups from workout to workout, but it so effectively works this into the mental process of the strategic turn-based combat that I was barely conscious of that as I played," Kotaku said on its website.
The Switch game will affect users in different ways, depending on their fitness level, but that's what Nintendo is looking to do. Not only does the company push for a more active audience, but it is also looking to change the way people interact with games by making them more "engaging, active, and beneficial than just slouching on the couch," Time said.
It's for parties, too
Nintendo hit the mark with 'Ring Fit Adventure' to engage users in physical activities. But the video game company seems to have struck another perk that wasn't in its original mission. The Verge writer Dami Lee says the exercise video game is also perfect for parties, especially when people start to get tipsy.
In her review of 'Ring Fit Adventure,' Lee claims the mini-games are "more fun to play with a crowd than Super Mario Party."
The new game can be played spontaneously by many people and the mini-games are only around a minute long, giving everyone a chance to play. Players can also adjust the ring's strength settings so that everyone's playing on a fair field despite having different strengths.
"There’s no strategy involved, so there’s less of a chance for friendships to be destroyed, as is the risk with Super Mario Party," Lee writes on The Verge, an American technology news and media network that publishes news items, long-form feature stories, guidebooks, product reviews, and podcasts.
"Instead, Ring Fit Adventure’s mini-games encourage competition at its most basic, physical form, asking, 'who can score the most points by squeezing a ring the best?'"
Lee notes that the game allows only one name per device, but still saves rankings to users on the Switch. She adds that 'Ring Fit Adventure' is also not marketed as a party game, especially with just 12 mini-games and since it was originally intended as an exercise game.
"But the ones that are included are so chaotically fun to play and watch others play, you can’t help but want more...They’re simple enough that they’d be dull if you were sitting and playing with a controller — but are great for parties when your body is the controller."
Video games and exercising are far away from each other on the spectrum of activities people can do in their free time. Playing video games is associated with being lazy since players only ever use their hands and eyes to play. But as technology advances, companies like Nintendo are making ingenious innovations like 'Ring Fit Adventure' to encourage physical activity among their fans.
Even if they can't be a permanent alternative to going to the gym, workout routine-video games such as this provide an opportunity for people to get into the habit of exercising (or doing silly mini-games during parties) no matter how ridiculous they may look.
|The new game can be played spontaneously by many people and the mini-games are only around a minute long, giving everyone a chance to play / Photo by: Ratthaphon Bunmi via 123RF|