I’m always a fan of self-improvement through video games. Usually I do it on the brains side (I don’t think I’ve spoken much of my various vocabulary snake works, but they’ve become an extremely important resource of language learning for me), but there’s no reason to stop there.
Generally speaking, I have a problem with physical exercise. I love making my muscles work, but only if there’s a point to it – going to the gym and working out is extremely boring. So how can games make that better? Here’s the plan for the first attempt:
1. Make a very simple game, only one button needed to control it.
2. Bind that one button to the mouse click.
3. Rig a dumbbell to generate a mouse click every time I do a biceps curl.
The result (with very poor video quality, I’m still learning about video production):
Worked pretty well, I believe. Of course, the obvious way to go would be using a Wiimote or some other device with an accelerometer, and preferably wireless communication, but for some reason I couldn’t get my Bluetooth device to work. So mouse it is for now. Here is the controller, in case you want to try yourself:
Nothing too complicated. So now that this happened, what’s next?
1. Improving the software side – making the game better, and possibly adding some sort or results tracking to let you know how well you’re doing over time.
2. Implementing more exercises. Biceps aren’t everything.
3. Enjoying my new life as an Olympic athlete?
Some day I’ll reach the ultimate vision – a gym where everything is connected to video games. But that’ll have to wait a while.