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How to Do Things With Videogames$
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Ian Bogost

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676460

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676460.001.0001

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(p.110) 16 Exercise
How to Do Things With Videogames

Ian Bogost

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter analyzes the role of videogames in exercise. “Exergames” hope to increase the interactivity demands of videogames, such that players may reach the levels and rates of activity required for a workout, thus replacing a sedentary leisure activity with active leisure activity. Exergames must inspire their players to move, but they also must inspire them to want to move. In doing so, these games both adopt existing rituals and practices form other domains, like sports, and establish new ones unique to videogames. These games both simulate and create the social rituals that make players want to be physically active.

Keywords:   videogames, exercise, exergames, social rituals, sedentary leisure activity, active leisure activity

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