Digital sport: merging gaming with sports to enhance physical activities such as jogging

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Recent advances in computing technology have contributed to a new trend that merges digital gaming with physical sports activities and combines the advantages of both; such as contributing a health benefit and supporting distributed participants. This chapter describes prominent examples, and their underlying theoretical concepts and perspectives. In particular, it presents a design prototype, "Jogging over a Distance," which offers social joggers the opportunity to run together, although being in two different locations. This approach demonstrates the potential for the merging of computer gaming technology with sports activities, to offer combined effects that have traditionally been limited to each respective domain. Future work on enhancing existing sports and gaming activities will support novel experiences previously not possible. This exciting new field has the potential to enhance users' lives by making positive health contributions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Sport for Performance Enhancement and Competitive Evolution
Subtitle of host publicationIntelligent Gaming Technologies
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781605664064
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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