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Have You Seen This? Rock climbing for gamers
The classic game Pong becomes exciting and fresh again when paired with rock climbing. - photo by Martha Ostergar
THE WALL A Finnish company has taken rock climbing to new virtual heights.

Augmented Climbing Wall decided exergames dont need to involve a TV, so they created the worlds first global gaming platform for climbing walls, according to its website.

This technical explanation may sound a bit boring, but once you see the games in action, you may wonder why anybody would do regular old nongaming rock climbing again. You know, aside from the adrenaline and endorphins that come from exercise and the thrill of experiencing great views in nature or whatever.

In this video, youll see a very Pong-like game called Climball where players hands and feet become the paddles. As the ball moves each player must quickly problem solve on the wall to get to the ball before it heads out of bounds. Not only does it foster a fun competitive spirit, but it becomes a game of endurance a huge training plus in climbing.

But thats not the only game available for this now virtually enhanced sport. Theres Splat the Bat, which is a bit like the arcade classic Whack-A-Mole; Sparks, which is all about staying inside an electric border; and the more practical Augmented Problems, which helps climbers plan out routes while receiving virtual feedback.

While the company only appears to be operating in Finland, its website states that all you need is a climbing wall to use with its projecting equipment to start playing. This means these games have potential to appear at an indoor climbing wall near you.

Until then, you'll just have to dust off your old Atari and play a rousing game of Pong.

Visit Augmented Climbing Walls website or Facebook page to learn more and to watch how all the games are played.
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