Bacteria Antidepressant: Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and health

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Microsoft finally launched its new motion-sensing device for its Xbox 360 games console – the Kinect will take gaming to a whole new level. It is no secret that gaming has evolved over the years, with the Nintendo Wii starting this evolution off. For years we have been stuck on the sofa so that we can play a certain game – but health worries and the boredom factor have played a huge part in the creation of these devices.

The Nintendo Wii was released on November 19, 2006 and from the moment it was made available the device started selling in their millions. The idea of being able to have fun while getting fit seemed to go down well with the public – although there were some health experts who did not think that the Wii and the Wii Fit had any health benefits.

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Microsoft has seen how popular the Wii has been and wanted to go one step further – the Kinect for the Xbox 360 is just that. You as the player can get involved into the game much more than before and gets us adults and children off the couch.

I remember when I was younger; we had no games consoles – well just an Atari. Most of my spare time was spent outside playing with my friends. I can still remember my mother moaning at me for playing in the dirt, but I wish I knew what I know now.

It seems that there is a health benefit to playing in the dirt, as there is bacteria in the soil that has brain-boosting effects. Read Brian Nearing’s article on Houmatoday for more details on the science behind the claim.

It does deem that children are stuck in their homes more – why go out when they have all what they need at home, PS3, Xbox 360, PSP, iPad, Computers, iPod Touch and so much more. These items are fun but they do not get you outside in that fresh air – a place for you to build up your immune system.

Do you think that we should stop our children being so dependent on these items and allow them to play outside in the dirt more?