Weekend tech reading: Microsoft targets overweight gamers with new patent

By Matthew ยท 33 replies
Dec 20, 2009
  1. 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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  2. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

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

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

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

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,657   +1,095

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

    BTW i suspect that only those that truly are sick (very very very fat) will be restricted.
  5. Ban overweight gamers. Doesn't seem to be a sound marketing plan...
  6. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +168

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

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    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.
  8. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    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.
  9. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    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.
  10. 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.
  11. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    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...
  12. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    I feel this tingly sensation for Microsoft, I think I love them now. =D
  13. Overweight fat guys with receding hairlines will pose as horny teenage girls on X-Box Live
  14. 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.
  15. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    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 .
  16. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    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.
  17. yangly18

    yangly18 TS Rookie Posts: 217

    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 :D
  18. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    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?
  19. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

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

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    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.
  21. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    wonder if ones sisters avatar will be married to yours in the game as well *Lol*
  22. yangly18

    yangly18 TS Rookie Posts: 217

    I really am in the military <_< no joke meant there buddy
  23. So what is you MOS and Grade? I'm a 31B30, E6.
  24. yangly18

    yangly18 TS Rookie Posts: 217

    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.
  25. 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.
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