Friday, March 10, 2006

Nintendo game a hit with seniors in Japan

Here's another article about the "brain training" game that Nindo made for seniors. See this previous posting for a screen shots and a review in English.

The photo below shows "an unidentified patient playing a brain-training game with a Nintendo DS at the hospital which runs a 'memory loss clinic' for patients suffering dementia in Kyoto, Japan."

Still, this brings to mind all the hype the industry has disseminated about how video games improve kids' hand-eye coordination. Ultimately, video games are usually passive and aren't physically exertive.

But a big exeption to that generalization is Dance Dance Revolution (DDR). The Japanese press is reporting that more and more senior citizens are taking up DDR as a form of exercise.

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