April 11th, 2007, 23:35 Posted By: wraggster
OK, we were on board when the whole Brain Training fad hit. We even tolerated it when the inevitable wave of knock offs were rushed to market. But now Nintendo is trying to sell us on the idea of an eye training game and we say enough is enough.
Yes, we know video games have been recently clinically shown to improve eyesight, but do we really need a game that specifically focuses on this largely intrinsic benefit of the medium? According to an IGN preview, Miru Chikara wo Jissen de Kitearu: DS Ganriki Training (roughly: "Strengthen Your Visual Power through Practice: DS Visual Training") will include tests focusing on "fast moving objects, field of vision, and eye-hand coordination." You know what other game tests these things quite well? Every action game ever made.
We suppose if Brain Age is the only game you have for the DS, you might need another, faster-moving game to keep your eyes as limber as your brain. For most gamers, though, buying this game would be like getting a gym membership when you already have a full set of free weights, an elliptical machine, and a full size racquetball court in your house.
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