A new DVD game has been released, with the goal of preventing or reversing childhood obesity. It’s called Body Mechanics, and it teaches kids about nutrition and exercise as they help superheroes save the body of some unhealthy sap:
The fighting takes place inside the body of Jack Decayd. If Obeez City is not contained, “Jack will die soon,” says Neuro, the Yoda-like wise one who narrates the game’s story line.
“I remember how it started. A few snacks here, a soft drink there,” Neuro speaking in an ominous tone says during the opening. “And before we knew it, the Evil Coalition of Harm and Disease was threatening us all. … Only you can change how this story ends.”
Body Mechanics is the latest in a string of video gaming products that promote more exercise and better eating habits, although this one doesn’t actually get kids up and active. It’s more of a teaching tool packaged with an animated movie and sold as a two-disc set.
…Imagine Harry Potter, “Star Wars” and “Lord of the Rings” all mixed up inside the body and that’s Body Mechanics, said Tony Findlay, the game’s Australian creator, who is based in Sydney.
A brief flash demo shows some screenshots and features more misspellings of common biology terms. Also, there’s some websides that introduce the characters and plot elements…
We’re much more impressed by Nintendo’s Wii, which actually gets your heart beating and muscles working. People are attempting to quantify the results, and our brief experience with Wii Boxing suggests public health advocates would do well to investigate this system.
(Wii Trauma Center, however, actually kills brain cells and should be avoided by anyone tangentially related to medicine.)
More from Body Mechanics, available for $24.95…