Microsoft To Help Fat People Exercise?

Microsoft recently filed a patent for “Avatars Individualized By Physical Characteristics.” If you’re wondering what that means, the patent tells us bit about what is planned.

An avatar generator for a virtual environment reflects a physiological characteristic of the user, injecting a degree of reality into the capabilities or appearance. Thereby, many of the incentives of the real world are replicated in a virtual environment. Physiological data that reflect a degree of health of the real person can be linked to rewards of capabilities of a gaming avatar, an amount of time budgeted to play, or a visible indication. Thereby, people are encouraged to exercise.

Essentially, if you’re fat, this will make you’re avatar fat and give you limited abilities compared to someone who is in shape.  While this might encourage some to get to the gym, I can see it offending quite a few people out there.  Remember the 12 yr old Wii Fit called fat?  I’m sure instances of this might happen again with something like this.

While there is no indication if this patent is for something on the Xbox 360, one would think that this is going to be for Xbox 360 avatars and more than likely involve project Natal.  While we have no evidence of that, it makes a degree of sense considering Natal is out next year.

I’m sure if Microsoft was asked if this is linked to Natal in any way, they would give the old, “we don’t take part in rumors or speculation.”  We’ll just have to keep on the look out for more on this over the next few months.  If anything should come up, we will let you know.

Avatars Individualized By Physical Characteristic [Us Patent and Trademark Office via 1up]

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20 Comments on "Microsoft To Help Fat People Exercise?"

  1. rmakulate December 19, 2009 at 17:55 - Reply

    cut back to diet soda and junk food, play some ddr eat some more veggies and fruit and your set.

  2. KR3W619 December 19, 2009 at 15:32 - Reply

    You turn on your xbox and a huge message that says “You are too fat to play this game,Please go buy a Wii and Wii Fit you fatty”

  3. Eronios December 19, 2009 at 14:48 - Reply

    Bad idea unless they have up-to-date full-body photos. If you go only on a few parameters, you’re bound to get a lot of people’s avatars wrong.

  4. PartyPat December 19, 2009 at 13:25 - Reply

    Lol. TOo funny. Isn’t the point of the virtual world so people can be the opposite of what they are in real life? hahahah

  5. MrTastyDDR December 19, 2009 at 12:58 - Reply

    this looks an alright program for obese people, *cough* the heavy *cough*

  6. cynicalbrit December 19, 2009 at 12:52 - Reply

    This is OK. I know how to play videogames while running on a treadmill anyway.

  7. Froodge December 19, 2009 at 12:21 - Reply

    Well eventually someone is going to complain about it. But it kinda makes me LOL because microsoft is doing something like this.

  8. DeadStretch December 19, 2009 at 12:15 - Reply

    haha, I imagine with this fat jokes will come back ten fold.

    “Your avatar can’t even fit into the Halo Suit you fatass!” lol

  9. Rocker2791 December 19, 2009 at 11:52 - Reply

    lol, you know what they could do if they wanted it to sell well? Just put Halo in the title. “Halo Fitness” “Get in shape using our custom build program inspired by Master Chief’s personal work out plan.”

    • Kreyg December 19, 2009 at 11:53 - Reply

      dude could you imagine they started saying “you are too fat to play this game, please go work out before playing”

  10. xReaper29 December 19, 2009 at 11:33 - Reply

    Wow, i’m interested.

  11. dragonquestking December 19, 2009 at 10:41 - Reply

    *prays to playstation to not have something like wii fit*

  12. Tovan December 19, 2009 at 09:58 - Reply

    This is going to bring about a lot of backlash I’m willing to bet. Just look at what happened with that whole Wii Fit fiasco.

  13. SpudFella December 19, 2009 at 09:51 - Reply

    Damn you Nintendo! See what you have started! *shakes fist*

    I can easily see them doing a Wii Fit style game involving Natal and thus spreading the infection of casual gaming. >_>

    • Kreyg December 19, 2009 at 10:04 - Reply

      @Tovan and @ Spudfella Yeah, I can see it telling this girl shes overweight or making her avatar fat and her getting really pissed off. It’ll be amusing but somehow get blown out of proportion