Weekend tech reading: Microsoft targets overweight gamers with new patent

By on December 20, 2009, 1:46 AM
Microsoft targets overweight gamers with new patent A newly disclosed Microsoft patent application -- Avatar Individualized by Physical Characteristic -- takes aim at fat people, proposing to generate fat avatars in gaming environments for individuals whose health records indicate they're overweight, limiting their game play, and even banning them. Slashdot

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Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

You hear that fat gamers? Put the fork and the controller down and go for a jog or Microsoft will ban you. ::rolls eyes::

Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

I can see the discrimination law suits now if Microsoft implements this.

Puiu Puiu said:

Actually, you americans really need to be forced to loose some weight. No more hamburgers and games for you!

BTW i suspect that only those that truly are sick (very very very fat) will be restricted.

Guest said:

Ban overweight gamers. Doesn't seem to be a sound marketing plan...

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Steam also has Torchlight for sale for $9.99, which IMO is more interesting than TF2.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Good for WP.

Nice deal for TF.

Fat players are one thing, I know I'm not thin but then there are those who go to a health issue point, some can't walk more than 20 minutes because they start cramping or having leg issues (Extreme ones). I find this intriguing, for one part this promotes healthy gamers and for the others this will become discrimination to something most people consider a sickness.

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Maybe i am biased, but in 99% of cases, being overweight in a choice not a sickness. I know - I have been there. I think it is an interesting idea to have Avitars actually based on your physical appearance - if it helps people get healthy I am all for it.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

You guys don't think this is going to be voluntary? Come on. Blind people are suing WOW for discrimination. Say what you will about MS, they're pretty good business people.

But I think that starting with the Wii, and moving towards natal and others, gaming is going to start integrating greater and greater amounts of physical interaction. It will no longer help you just to have quick hands and fingers, you're going to have to be quicker and stronger in other areas.

Hopefully the next generation of kids who grow up on gaming consoles will turn out to be a generation for whom playing games means breaking a sweat and getting tired, not sitting in front of a TV breathing through your mouth.

Guest said:

Nice to see Microsoft has access to our health records. What's next, our library checkout information? I guess if I check out anything related to Apple or Steve Jobs I'll be on Microsoft's black list.

treeski treeski said:

I don't see how the fat application would be possible, because Microsoft CAN'T have access to our personal health information without our explicit consent...

BlindObject said:

I feel this tingly sensation for Microsoft, I think I love them now. =D

Guest said:

Overweight fat guys with receding hairlines will pose as horny teenage girls on X-Box Live

Guest said:

What about the HIPAA. In Microsoft's world you play less when your fat. When we socialize medicine fat people in the government database will pay more. What if your health care records show you suffer from depression. Will microsoft find you a cliff to jump off of? If your medical records show you abuse alcohol you might just be dumb drunk in there virtual world.

JudaZ said:

cant you just sell diat software for the banned MS avatars then? ..could be a gold mine. ... and nice to .. you can exercise your avatar, so you yourself dont have to .

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

From Slashdot - "Microsoft also proposes shaping gaming experiences by using 'psychological and demographic information such as education level, geographic location, age, sex, intelligence quotient, socioeconomic class, occupation, marital/relationship status, religious belief, political affiliation, etc.' "

It isn't just the overweight people. They're bringing politics, religion and IQ into gaming as well. I think someone at M$ is drinking too much kool-aid.

yangly18 yangly18 said:

Imagine playing a FPS game where you can't run because your character is fat like you.....xD

They are right to at least try to make these pigs get out and do a little bit of a workout. Being in the military it comes with the job, so I have no problems there

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Wendig0 said:

From Slashdot - "Microsoft also proposes shaping gaming experiences by using 'psychological and demographic information such as education level, geographic location, age, sex, intelligence quotient, socioeconomic class, occupation, marital/relationship status, religious belief, political affiliation, etc.' "

It isn't just the overweight people. They're bringing politics, religion and IQ into gaming as well. I think someone at M$ is drinking too much kool-aid.

Sweet deal...so if you're fat, from the south,14-60 years of age and unmarried you're avatar is Jabba the Hutt wearing a wifebeater undershirt and a mullet "hairstyle", while parked up outside a welfare office in a rusting Trans-Am (with NASCAR decals liberally applied) with your mother hopped up on meth in the backseat...sounds like one damn fine (and busy) avatar to me...I'll order two....can I get fries with that?

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

yangly18 said:

They are right to at least try to make these pigs get out and do a little bit of a workout. Being in the military it comes with the job, so I have no problems there

I don't know if playing Modern Warfare 2 online counts as "Being in the military" !

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

From Slashdot - "Microsoft also proposes shaping gaming experiences by using 'psychological and demographic information such as education level, geographic location, age, sex, intelligence quotient, socioeconomic class, occupation, marital/relationship status, religious belief, political affiliation, etc.' "

It isn't just the overweight people. They're bringing politics, religion and IQ into gaming as well. I think someone at M$ is drinking too much kool-aid.

It must have a lot of goodies, among customization not only in looks but in stats, how cool is that? To have bonuses and penalties from region to region, IQ, sex, etc etc.

Grow over the limitants.

JudaZ said:

wonder if ones sisters avatar will be married to yours in the game as well *Lol*

yangly18 yangly18 said:

I don't know if playing Modern Warfare 2 online counts as "Being in the military" !

I really am in the military <_< no joke meant there buddy

Guest said:

So what is you MOS and Grade? I'm a 31B30, E6.

yangly18 yangly18 said:

I'm AF 2E153, well..now a 3D153...E3

that's ground radio, now known as Transmission Tech since they have merged satcom, radio and such careers.

Guest said:

Another M$ strategy.... to gain market share on SONY by any means possible. Ban the fat guys and gals that helped you (M$), the they will have to re-buy X-Boxes to play online again, as with the 1 mil they banned prior to MW2 release then post #s about how many consoles were bought. This is the only way possible for M$ to move consoles as they have nothing over SONY'S PS3.

M$ doesn't care about their fan-base, it's all about moving consoles and making money @ all cost.

Guest said:

Making fun of FAT PEOPLE is not cool... it's discriminating!!!!!!!! There are many reasons why people are fat or gain weight. It's not for M$ to decide who is fat, who isn't and what not....

They need to concentrate on games which they currently lacking and not our weight.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

well....if the implement this I guess it means that we should all run out (literally) and get a Wii ?

tengeta tengeta said:

Interesting... are we going to have to step on a scale to turn on TV's in the future? Fat people will just keep a skinny friend around to fake it for them.

This isn't how you deal with overweight issues, it won't change a freakin thing.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

tengeta said:

Interesting... are we going to have to step on a scale to turn on TV's in the future? Fat people will just keep a skinny friend around to fake it for them.

This isn't how you deal with overweight issues, it won't change a freakin thing.

My gf is a size 00, 5'1", and weighs about 90lbs. soaking wet. She's not even heavy enough to activate the airbag sensor in my car when she sits on the passenger side. She is very fit, eats like a horse, and has a wicked sweet tooth, yet doesn't gain any weight. I wonder if M$ would penalize her for being underweight?

Guest said:

Prior Art - Wii Fit already customizes your Wii Fit Mii (based on you created Mii) with your weight after it weighs you.

JudaZ said:

Guest said:

Making fun of FAT PEOPLE is not cool... it's discriminating!!!!!!!! There are many reasons why people are fat or gain weight. It's not for M$ to decide who is fat, who isn't and what not....

They need to concentrate on games which they currently lacking and not our weight.

Why? What are they gonna do, run after you?

"There are many reasons why people are fat or gain weight",

well thats true

Two mayor ones are , playing computer/video games alal day instead of moving thweir fat ass .... and cheetos + soda.

doubt having a fat avatar will help though.

Better Microsoft do some sports games with their new "Project Natal".

Will actually work, instead of wii that is alla talk and no action.

...example, you dont have to stand up or move your arm to play tennis on the wii, flick your wrist a bit...job done.... no fun and masturbation gives more exercise then that.

BlindObject said:

Making fun of fat people is a low, what you talking about? Them slow lards deserve it.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

...example, you dont have to stand up or move your arm to play tennis on the wii, flick your wrist a bit...job done.... no fun and masturbation gives more exercise then that.
......now then....where are those cheetos?

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