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one less excuse not to keep fit

This recent DS release caught my interest, not only because I feel I’ve been sitting on my ass too much lately, but also for its toned down notebook-like design, a nice change from the usual bright colours of other DS games.

What this little game does is to help you reach your ideal weight through daily activities and fun encouragement from its animated characters. Gym? Whut is zis “gym” you speek of?

On your first run through the game, it estimates your physical condition and how many calories you need to lose per month based on the answers you give in their introductory quiz. I was expecting some pretty bad news, but rather, it told me that based on my calculated BMI, I needed to gain weight to get to my ideal physical state. HAH! I shall record this for posterity to show them skeptics at work!

In truth, My Weight Loss Coach is less of a game than an electronic journal to keep tabs on your fitness regime. It gives suggestions on how to improve your health, gauges your healthiness by the food you eat daily, and sets healthy tasks for you to perform. The software actually comes bundled with a pedometer (meter for pedos hahhaha.) which you strap onto yourself to record the number of steps you take daily, after which you plug it into GBA slot of the DS to update the information of how active you’ve been.

There are a maximum of six challenges per day to choose from, ranging from physical exercises to simply establishing good eating habits. After you agree to take up each challenge, you’re free to go off and accomplish it, then return and mark it as done in the game. Of course you can always bluff, but who’re you planning to fool? Yourself ah?

For simple stick figures, their perpetually cheery characters are well-animated and incredibly adorable. The little squeals they emit with expressions are so cute that I feel all gooey whenever I hear them. (I can imagine that a certain colleague, upon seeing them, would declare them to be “Sickening”.) The background music is pretty good too – light, enjoyable, and not imposing.

D’OH!

Tinkering with it has been quite interesting so far for the past couple of days, so much so that getting the pedometer bundle has crossed my mind but nevah fear! Ah vill give it a couple of weeks of impulse buy leeway to see how it goes. Until then I will have to count steps myself in order to update my daily health schedule. 6000 steps? Pah! ‘Tis but a trifle quantity to note up to!

In the meantime, I shall eagerly await the Final Fantasy IV remake, which will be coming out in a week’s time. Oh Kain! How I long to see your depixellised features!

msn on the ds – hallelujah!

It’s taken quite a while but I’ve discovered the wonderful world of DS homebrew applications!

Beup, an MSN Messenger client for the DS. It’s a very simple port but it works beautifully. It’s come in very handy in my case as our wurk computers are woefully forbidden from internet access due to virus precautions. No longer shall I be estranged from the rest of the world by day!

DSOrganize, which turns the DS into a memo-keeping, contact-remembering PDA. There’s even a web browser included among its features, which dangit, seems to keep crashing on me. Personally, I prefer to use my phone for reminders but this works well for anyone who wants to multitask their DS between gaming and important work thingies.

ScummVM DS, which runs classic LucasArts adventure games from the 80s and early 90s. Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion on your DS! (But not at the same time.) The game resolutions are a bit cramped on the DS screens so the accuracy of the stylus is a little off sometimes, but otherwise most games run perfectly at full speed with sound. Just like you remembered it on your ol’ Amiga, which mum gave away when you moved out.

Ah, the limitless wonders of homemade software! Don’t brick your DS by mistake though.

In other news, one of these awesome smiley juice packets wanted to come home with me last week but its exorbitant price tag said no.