Bogost’s chapter on Exercise in How to do Things with Videogames made me realize how much exercise I’ve done while participating in videogames. It also made me realize how wrong people are when they suggest that videogames are some sort of “lazy” activity. Personally, I’ve gotten some great workouts while playing Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, and Wii Sports, but the best part is that you’re likely playing these games with other people. Bogost proves that videogames can be a great way to get up and exercise, while also spending quality time with your friends and/or family. Bogost points out that “exergames” can benefit many people simultaneously. Bogost says, “To incite long-lasting, highly motivated physical activity, exergames do more than issue demands for repetitive physical gestures that produce latent exercise. In addition, they both simulate and create the social rituals that make us want to be physically active, whether through computers or portable devices, and whether alone or with others.” (Bogost, 116).
Videogames offer so much more when it comes to exercise than a lonely trip to the gym. The best forms of exercise are usually the ones that don’t feel forced, but rather, fun. Videogames also offer the convenience of never having to leave your home; exercising can be done right in the comfort of your home. My favorite benefit is the fact that you can do it with your friends and family and it can be fun!