Xbox 360 Kinect to fight obesity

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I recently tried the Xbox 360 Kinect for the first time and I was very impressed. I played the Nintendo Wii in the past and based on the performance of that system, I was not expecting much from the Kinect. I found the Wii to be unresponsive and extremely inaccurate. However, the Kinect was the exact opposite. It was surprisingly precise and did not lag behind my movements.

Nintendo is currently working on a new Wii system and after trying out the Kinect I can definitely see why. I was never a fan of the Nintendo Wii and felt that it did not deserve the hype it received. The Kinect however, is the real deal. It isn’t perfect by any means but compared to the Wii it is very well made. The amount of¬†exercise that you do when playing the Kinect can equal many exercises. It is so effective that it can make a big dent in the childhood obesity problem we have in North America.

The federal governments of the U.S. and Canada should seriously consider shifting funding that currently goes into programs that deal with this issue to providing incentives for game makers to make high activity games for the Xbox Kinect. There are many ways they can do this, but the result will be more kids playing these games instead of the regular video games which only make the obesity problem worse. Parents should also get a tax credit for these types of gaming systems. It’s foolish to think that you can convince your kid to stop playing video games and run outside to stay fit. Instead, they should let them play the Kinect which will give them just as much¬†exercise and they will look forward to doing it. Perhaps video games can contribute to society more than most people believed.