The Exercise Games That Can Actually Get You Off the Couch
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IF YOU'RE OF a certain age, you'll remember the first time you broke a sweat playing a video game, and not because your brother was wrestling you for the controller. Instead, you'd become the avatar in Nintendo's Wii Sports, returning tennis serves or swinging a virtual golf club. Or maybe you were practicing your dance moves to Konami's Dance Dance Revolution.
First-generation exercise games, sometimes called “exergames,” were meant to encourage increasingly sedentary children and teens to exercise using the very screens keeping them glued to the couch. They also turned out to be fun and quickly became popular with audiences of all ages.