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ERIC Number: EJ900567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Active Gaming: Definitions, Options and Implementation. Article #5 in a 6-Part Series
Mears, Derrick; Hansen, Lisa
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v23 n2 p26-29 Nov-Dec 2009
An emerging trend in physical education curriculum has been sparked by the influx of a relatively new technology to the market referred to as Active Gaming or Exergaming. Exergaming has become a new buzzword identified by Popular Science as one of the ten new terms predicted to enter mainstream vocabulary in the next few years. Defined as video games that provide physical activity or exercise through interactive play, these games go beyond simple hand/finger movements as the primary interface and require the user to apply full body motion to participate in virtual sports, group fitness exercise, or other interactive physical activities. Multiple types of game controllers, ranging from foot touch pads (as in the popular Dance Dance Revolution game) to motion sensor video cameras (such as Eye Toy), require the user to move and interact with the game, as opposed to the traditional sedentary types of games. Although the concept of integrating physical activity with video game applications has been around for several years, the recent revolution began with the launch of the video arcade game Dance Dance Revolution in the late 1990's. This technology continues to develop and is now finding its way into school gymnasiums as part of physical education curriculum's. The rationale behind its increased use can be attributed to the influx of technology that makes up the world of children in today's schools. (Contains 1 figure.) [For Part 4, see EJ900561.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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