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Monday, February 16, 2009

Padres reliever Heath Bell credits Wii Fit for helping him lose weight

That’ll teach him for buying Nintenchilidogs…

San Diego Padres reliever Heath Bell was initially bothered by comments from, of all things, a video game console.

But now the heir apparent to Trevor Hoffman credits his Nintendo Wii Fit game for helping him lose 25 pounds. Bell, who has been given the first crack at taking over the closing role vacated by Hoffman, reported to camp at a svelte 245 pounds.

The opportunity to take over for Hoffman, who is baseball’s all-time saves leader, was more than enough motivation for Bell. But Bell, who was 6-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 74 games last season, received an extra boost when he began playing video games with his children this off-season. At the time, Bell weighed 270 pounds.

“It said I was obese,” Bell said. “If you’re obese, it makes (your character on screen) obese. I was disappointed that I was that big. I literally took the game to heart. I did the work but I kind of credit the Wii Fit.”

Repoz Posted: February 16, 2009 at 01:51 AM | 25 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Roger Cedeno's Spleen Posted: February 16, 2009 at 02:04 AM (#3077864)
I'm going to have to edit the wizard now:

It looks like you're trying to write an "athlete in the best shape of his life" article. Would you like help?

"After
[] gaining
[] losing
____ pounds during a grueling
[] summer
[] winter
of (choose one or more)
[] dieting
[] weight training
[] aerobics
[] yoga
[] Pilates
[] Wii Fit
[] farm labor
[] lumberjacking
[] triathlon training
[] mixed martial arts
[] rodeo clowning
[] Navy SEAL BUD/S training
[] no-holds-barred pit fighting
[] experimental North Korean steroids
[] Other (please specify ________________)
,(Athlete Name _____________) is in the best shape of his life."
   2. Gamingboy Posted: February 16, 2009 at 02:09 AM (#3077866)
What about fighting bears? I mean, dude, how can you forget bear-fighting!?!?!
   3. Juan V Posted: February 16, 2009 at 03:21 AM (#3077902)
I blame Wii Fit!
   4. slothinator Posted: February 16, 2009 at 04:20 AM (#3077942)
Elizabeth Hasselbeck is going to be very upset when she finds out the Wii called Heath Bell obese.
   5. CraigK Posted: February 16, 2009 at 06:30 AM (#3077964)
Video game thread!

I just bought Mega Man 9, and ####### is MM harder than I remember.
   6. Exploring Leftist Conservatism since 2008 (ark..) Posted: February 16, 2009 at 09:43 AM (#3077980)
I'm thinking of picking up BioShock as my annual video game. It says I can play it with a 6600GT video card, but I'm skeptical of coming in at the low end of the minimum system requirements. Can anyone comment on the game graphics?
   7. Leroy Kincaid Posted: February 16, 2009 at 02:54 PM (#3078030)
These new-fangled games are just too darn hard. I'll stick with my NES emulator, thanks.
   8. The Good Face Posted: February 16, 2009 at 03:15 PM (#3078045)
I'm thinking of picking up BioShock as my annual video game. It says I can play it with a 6600GT video card, but I'm skeptical of coming in at the low end of the minimum system requirements. Can anyone comment on the game graphics?


I wouldn't recommend it with that video card. It would probably run at minimized settings, but it wouldn't look good and your framerate would probably be choppy at best. There are some very good deals available on 8x or even 9x cards nowadays... I'd upgrade if your motherboard/power supply supports it.

Upgrade your system and get Fallout 3... it's a better game. You can't beat gunning down hordes of mutants and ghouls while wearing Abraham Lincoln's hat. Stylish!
   9. Greg K Posted: February 16, 2009 at 03:28 PM (#3078056)
Stupid emulator question...

How hard is it to find Sega CD or Sega Saturn ROMs? I was looking to finally play all the instalments in the Shining Force catalogue, but the workable CD and Saturn versions are very hard to come by.

PS
Was there ever a cooler video game character than Domingo?
   10. Mike Hampton's #1 Fan Posted: February 16, 2009 at 03:39 PM (#3078065)
It's impossible to recommend video games without a good knowledge of what sort of thing you enjoy. If you;

1) enjoy blowing the hell out of things,
2) are not yet sick of seeing Ayn Rand's philosophy pilloried,
3) don't get sick when playing first-person shooters,

... then you'll probably enjoy BioShock.

FWIW, it was widely acclaimed as one of the most beautiful games, graphics design wise, of the year when it was released, and I'd go along with that, but if you have to turn the detail and resolution way down you might as well not bother. What resolution were you planning to play at? And is your video card slot AGP or PCI-E?
   11. JoeHova Posted: February 16, 2009 at 03:55 PM (#3078082)
These new-fangled games are just too darn hard.


I don't think it's that they're real hard, just that they are more complicated. If you can only play on the weekends, for example, you're likely to have forgotten what you were supposed to be doing in the game by the time the next weekend comes. Or at least that's true for me with some of the more elaborate games.
   12. rfloh Posted: February 16, 2009 at 04:24 PM (#3078106)
There are some very good deals available on 8x or even 9x cards nowadays... I'd upgrade if your motherboard/power supply supports it.


Yeah, if your motherboard / power supply allows it, I'd seriously consider getting say, a 9600GT. You can get a basic one, 512 MB DDR3 Ram, for slightly over $100.
   13. Tike Redman's Shattered Dreams Posted: February 16, 2009 at 04:33 PM (#3078117)
I really loved Bioshock, and not just for the reasons #10 mentioned. The best part was how immersive it was; the voice acting is great, and there are a ton of well-crafted little details (so much so that I collected all the audio diaries, which I usually wouldn't do).

I do think the Zero Punctuation review is fair, though, so if you're playing the PC version there may be better choices out there. (I only have a console.)
   14. Frisco Cali Posted: February 16, 2009 at 04:40 PM (#3078121)
Bell didn't know he was fat?
   15. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 16, 2009 at 04:54 PM (#3078141)
"What about fighting bears? I mean, dude, how can you forget bear-fighting!?!?!"

A video game about Masutatsu ?yama would be pretty sweet. I can imagine the bull-punching minigame right now...
   16. Alex_Lewis Posted: February 16, 2009 at 04:59 PM (#3078149)
#9

It isn't that hard. The trick is in the implementation. Basically, you need a combination of cd images AND roms. If you've got an old version of the game in hand, things become quite simple. I played Lunar 1 & 2 with ease.

And yes, there is a cooler character than Domingo. His name is Tiberon.

Each name is Spanish. The first is Sunday and the second is shark? Standards were pretty low for translated video game names, weren't they?

I'm not much into the console RPG scene these days. Anyone know if things have improved?
   17. Alex_Lewis Posted: February 16, 2009 at 05:01 PM (#3078152)
Oh! Mega Man 1 is the hardest of the Mega Men, I think. Four was also rough.
   18. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 16, 2009 at 05:03 PM (#3078154)
I think my favorite "best shape of his life" article is about Bruce Aven's offseason regimen of alligator wrestling.
   19. Shredder Posted: February 16, 2009 at 05:16 PM (#3078172)
That's why I stick to Mario Kart. No judgment.
   20. Alex_Lewis Posted: February 16, 2009 at 05:29 PM (#3078190)
Mario Kart is the greatest game of all time. If I could design my life to be productive while being based entirely around the struggle between one go kart and another, I would.
   21. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: February 16, 2009 at 05:34 PM (#3078194)
All I remember about Bruce Aven is that the Pirates trading Brant Brown for him seemed like a very savvy move, and then he did end up playing a lot better than Brant Brown, but not really all that great, and then the Pirates traded him for nothing. It turned out that that trade was totally insignificant.

Also, he was bald. "Wow, that guy has a huge bald head", I thought to myself the one time I saw him in a Pirates uniform.
   22. yb125 Posted: February 16, 2009 at 05:54 PM (#3078215)
Yes Bioshock is really good, Fallout 3 is better save for story and art direction. If you're in to that sort of game upgrading my be a good investment. Also Left for Dead if you have friends who game is great fun.

Mario Super Sluggers on the Game cube (I haven;t played the Wii version) was a painful game for me to play, it was awesome except for a couple major errors (biggest being the base running) that kept it from being my favorite arcade baseball game of all time.
   23. Exploring Leftist Conservatism since 2008 (ark..) Posted: February 17, 2009 at 06:35 AM (#3078777)
Thanks for the advice on Bioshock, everyone. I built my computer at the end of 2004 and I was pleasantly surprised that it could play just about everything released through 2007. It just barely handled Stalker though, and some areas were irritating because of the slow frame rates. TGF, I'll take a look at those cards, though I don't know offhand if my Gigabyte GA-K8NF supports the cards you mentioned.

... then you'll probably enjoy BioShock.
Sold. Sounds very very appealing. I've got a PCI-e slot, and 1024 x 768 is about as low as I'd want to go. Story is more important to me than whether I can AA at 8

Yeah, if your motherboard / power supply allows it, I'd seriously consider getting say, a 9600GT. You can get a basic one, 512 MB DDR3 Ram, for slightly over $100.
A new graphics card for a hundred bucks? Joy! Though I'll guess trying that on my 350W power supply will be asking for trouble.

I do think the Zero Punctuation review is fair, though, so if you're playing the PC version there may be better choices out there. (I only have a console.)
Thanks for the link.

Thanks, yb. Y'all have persuaded me it's Time to Upgrade!
   24. Random Transaction Generator Posted: February 17, 2009 at 06:53 AM (#3078778)
Bioshock is the only adventure game I've ever finished. It had its rough moments, but the visuals and the story kept it going for me.
The ending, however, was just way too "console" for me.

If you do upgrade your system, also take a look at Left4Dead (multiplayer zombie apocalypse) and Sins Of A Solar Empire (real time strategy game...never played it, but friends and magazines recommend it).

Do NOT get Spore. The most disappointing game I've ever purchased. With all the hype and videos I saw before hand, I was expecting a masterpiece.
Instead, it has some amazing features wrapped around some god-awful game play. The first 3 hours are repetitive and dull, while the remaining game (in space) is repetitive and excruciatingly tedious. I played it for 6 hours the first time I fired it up. My civilization was in a state of no-win (constant alien invasion), so I started up a new race. I got to the space part again in my second play at the game, stopped for lunch, and never fired it back up again.
I spent more time on the creature creator demo than I did the final game.
   25. Exploring Leftist Conservatism since 2008 (ark..) Posted: February 17, 2009 at 07:46 AM (#3078786)
I've heard that about Spore, RTG. It seemed to find an almost infinite number of way to disappoint everybody. Left4Dead sounds like my kind of game--does it have a singleplayer? If there was a fusion between Deus Ex and Night of the Living Dead, that would be my perfect video game. What does "way too 'console'" mean, btw?

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