Eric tells GFN a little about himself. “I’m a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb…wait, not really, just dancing among the architecture and listening to the music. Also I’m an Iron Man nerd. I’ve been in gaming for nearly 5 years and worked in production as well as marketing. I have a passion for video production and have made may TV spots, trailers, and gameplay videos over the years including a ton of work on BioShock and Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Currently I work for Capcom. I’m the Product Marketing Manager responsible for the Devil May Cry and Okami brands and I’ve worked on Monster Hunter Tri and other projects. Check out www.capcom-unity.com (Screen name: Vabor) as well as the brand hub for Okami at www.facebook.com/okami . [I currently own a] PS3, PSP, Wii, iPhone, and iPod Touch. My father’s love of Atari games really started it all but the main game that set me off personally was Ikari Warriors. I played the hell out of that game in co-op with my brother.”
GFN is a way to help fellow gamers connect and interact with a focus on health and fitness. Eric tells us about his workout regime, eating habits, opinion of Health and gaming, and advice to gamers. “I need to improve. I always need to improve. It’s a good attitude to have. I need to work out a ton more. My eating habits are pretty healthy but I’m bad with portion control. I love food. I always try to eat fresh. Try to get most of my food from local butchers or the local Farmer’s Market and I eat small portions, as best I can, eating little meals throughout the day. Food is fuel. [My advice to gamers struggling with weight issues is] Set goals to get healthy. Gaming is a very goal-oriented pursuit and knowing what you’re going for helps you achieve optimal health. If losing 10 lbs has to be renamed into “Killing Little Boss” so be it. Then when you lose those 10 lbs you can tell your friends you killed Little Boss and killing Big Boss is next… or whatever. J My goal is to lose the weight I gained moving to California now that I’m driving everywhere. I gained nearly 30 lbs out here after living and walking everywhere in New York. New York is a great city for healthy living if you embrace walking.”
“The gaming industry is pretty health conscious now but can do better. For too long gaming was looked at as a solitary and lonely hobby for kids who didn’t like the sun and wanted to hang out in their parent’s basement all day; that’s changed (and it really never was true), gaming is now more social, more active and more engaging than ever. There are steps that can be taken to make gaming more helpful in tackling health issues and the industry is trending that way. Charities like Child’s Play and games like Re-Mission, Just Dance, Wii Fit and EA Active really show how there’s a way to use games to help deal with health issues on all levels. Games like Little Big Planet can potentially help with learning and social issues as well. Those aspects of health — mental, emotional — need to be taken into consideration as well. I’m a huge fan of innovation and forward progress. Motion control is getting more accurate, more precise and more intuitive; it doesn’t work for every game but it can be used to make certain games more visceral and immediately felt. I appreciate the deeper explorations of the Z-Axis that are happening right now. PlayStation Move is amazing and the Kinect has the foundation to be very cool. The industry just needs to make the proper software for these tools of gestural input.”
GamerFitNation would like the Thank Eric Monacelli for taking the time out of his busy schedule to let us know a little bit more about him.
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