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E3 2014: New Video Games Will Trick You into Exercising

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Though exercise and video games may seem completely unrelated, some new video games are exactly the thing that might get you moving. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Exercise is hardly the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of a giant video game convention—but for those of us who are not among the blessed few who love to exercise and get a natural high from it, there are some video games on the horizon poised to really trick you into believing exercise is fun.

Ubisoft, which has released more hard core fitness type games before is now, through the ten mini-games in Shape Up, really aiming for gamers trying to leverage their competitive spirit with their love of playing a really fun game and using those to produce some sweat.

“That’s the trick, is that we put your brain into game mode where we transform every key exercise like steps, push-ups, squats, crunches, into real games with real game rules and mechanics that really keeps you motivated and in the game environment," says Ubisoft's Charles Huteau.

Good news if you’re a fan of one of those dancing games, because with the upcoming Just Dance Now, you’ll be able to do it from just about anywhere using your mobile phone.

“What you need to play the game is a connected screen. You need to have a screen where you can go to From there you hit play, and then you take up your phone— any phone, Android phone or iOS phone—you start the app, you join in with the same game and the same session as the screen and then you play the full Just Dance experience just using your screen and your phone," says Ubisoft's Oliver Merloe.

Finally, in FRU, you and a friend have to manipulate your bodies so that the on-screen heroes can complete a level through your shadows.

“So you have like a level, but inside the person’s level they’re being picked up by Kinect there’s another level so they need to move their body to create a level while they’re playing with a character through the game as a platform," says Robin-Yann Storm of Through Games.

If the game doesn't make you sweat at the very least, then that explanation of what, exactly, is going on here will give your brain a good workout. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP