Not too long ago we reported about a child psychiatrist that recommended rating on how much activity go into certain games. The non-profit health advocacy group that started is called ‘The Exergame Network‘ and they have released their first group of ratings.
The worry was that they would be looking at conventional games which have no real activity at all, but it looks like they are going after games that are or perceived to be active. The Exergaming Experience Rating System is based on how the game is played how much activity it takes to play in addition to seven criteria which are customization, accessibility, biometric feedback, intervention capability, socialization, sustainability and safety.
The rating is the product of the two separate scores merged together like so the scoring of DDR is like this:
DDR came out on top (scoring 17 out of a possible 21), a position it held onto when factoring in the other seven attributes (where it received a score of 27 out of a possible 49) as well. Overall DDR achieved a score of 63 percent (44 out of a possible 70 when merging the two sections)
Besides the rating system that takes getting used to I think this is heading in the right direction for parents or health minded individuals. Ten plans on releasing 40 review over 40 games in the next year.
TEN Releases First Exergame Ratings [Game Politics]