Watch: These kids have to use rowing machine if they want to play their video games


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/04/watch-these-kids-have-to-use.html


#2

Treadmills are a great artisan resource. People will pay you to get them out of their lives.


#3

It’s been some years: I recall some award/prize being given out to someone who designed a sort of playground roundabout (like you see on playgrounds) that – when used – would generate power. It was offered as a “solution” to remote villages in Africa without ready access to electricity. I couldn’t help then thinking about the workhouse treadmills that prisoners/children were once forced to walk.


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#5

At least they’re in the shade.

:wink:


#6

I rowed crew for a couple years in college. I always wanted to try rowing on a trireme. Though I don’t think they let you ram the other ships these days. :slightly_frowning_face:


#7

Keep rowing, Forty-one!!

(I hope that’s not too obscure.)


#8

Rings a bell, but can’t place it.


#9

That was Ben Hur’s assigned number when forced to row as a galley slave.

41!!


#10

Anyone else find it mildly ironic that the video game system in question is the Wii/WiiU which was sold specifically on it’s value of “non sedentary game play”?


#11

So, it’s still being used as intended. Not sure that’s what irony means.


#12

It is exactly ironic because the kids should be moving to play the game without the Acme company contraption powering it.


#13

Yup, that’s what we had to do if we wanted to eat, back in days of yore.


#14

Dibs on Jeremy for my apocalypse survival team.


#15

Having purchased one, it hurts to read this. The wait time between exercises defeated the purpose of the exercises.


#16

I’ve always wanted to hook up some trireme game to a rowing machine so you can go all Ben Hur on people in multiplayer.


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#18

If I were in the game making business, I’d make a game about Athenian life during the Classical Period, including their maritime empire. I don’t get people’s fascination with Sparta’s slave pyramid scheme. Athenian democracy was way more interesting.


#19

Back iin my younger days, I would daydream while working - about a keyboard with large stuffed keys that you had to punch, and a return bar that you would kick.


#20

Yeah, the Athenian rowers were free men who were paid, which was often an incentive to vote for war because it ensured everyone would get a job, most of which would be spent in port.