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Wii Fit to be Previewed for British Public at Science Museum

by Greg Leahy - March 19, 2008, 3:28 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Dana Centre

"Play Away the Calories" event at the Dana Centre will allow visitors to try out Wii Fit and see how a Wii workout compares with other forms of exercise.

The Science Museum's Dana Centre will soon host "Play Away the Calories," an event sponsored by Nintendo examining the potential for physically interactive video games to improve health and fitness.

On March 26, attendees will have the chance to experience Wii Fit for themselves at the event, nearly a month before the game's April 25 European launch date. Exercise expert Tim Cable will measure how many calories are burned during play for comparison with a range of other activities, including treadmill running and traditional video game playing.

Gaming expert Margaret Hodge will also be on hand to discuss the heritage of video games promoting physical fitness, and the reasons for their limited impact on the industry to date. Together with epidemiologist Andy Jones from the University of East Anglia, the three experts will discuss whether gaming really can help promote healthier lifestyles.

Gaetan Lee, Dana Centre event organiser said, “the Dana Centre aims to explore the most exciting subjects of contemporary and controversial science and technology. 'Play Away the Calories' is no exception and promises adults an energetic night of game-playing and discussion.”

The event is open to over 18s only, and will take place from 7 pm to 10 pm on Wednesday 26 March. For more information, visit www.danacentre.org.uk.

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