I’m Spectra from the Frag Dolls, I’m a mom, a gamer and a goof-ball enthusiast who has occasional moments of brilliance. I am a member of a marketing and promotions team of passionate gamers employed by Ubisoft.
Gaming systems Owned: 3 Xbox 360’s, Kinect, Wii, PS3, iPad
The game that sparked your interest in Gaming: Halo 2 was the first video game I played that ignited a passion for gaming.
What keeps you gaming: The fact games keep getting better and better and the joy I get from spending time with my friends and family online.
Workout regimen and eating habits: I play dance and exercise games and chase after my 1yr old. I try and eat healthy, but it’s hard sometimes. But I have friends and family around me that help me stick to my diet.
Advice to gamers who are struggling with weight issues: Find a motion game that you really enjoy and set a time each day to play it. My favorites are the Just Dance and YourShape Fitness games.
When you are gaming skip the snacks (your controller and team mates will thank you for it). Instead take breaks to sit down and eat a small meal away from the T.V.
Health wise what are you goals: I had a lot of weight to lose after I had my son. I hate working out. I hate going to the gym. I knew there had to be a better way. I used the Xbox Kinect game YourShape Fitness Evolved to lose 40lbs in 5 months. I tried to play the game at least once a day for any amount of time. It still was hard work, but some how unlocking achievements was the kind of motivation I needed to keep going. I had a lot of fun. It was the first time I had ever stuck with a workout plan and seen results.
I maintain those results now with dance games like Just Dance 3 and Dance Central.
Opinion on Health and Gaming: Playing video games can be very healthy both mentally and physically. These days it can be very social, you learn to work as a team, solve problems, think outside the box, learn to persevere and not give up, you can get exercise and accomplish great things right from your living room. One of the most valuable things you can get from gaming is a sense of accomplishment and a place to be yourself.
Opinion on the current motion technology: I have not spent enough time playing with the PS Move to speak about it. I play mostly on Kinect or Wii. I prefer Kinect because I don’t need a controller but you need to have a lot of space to play and I see smaller children having a harder time with the motion controls. Wii offers a small play space and anyone can use it but you have to use a controller. But it doesn’t matter which one is better. It’s about personal preference because GOOD GAMES are good no matter what console you play on.
GamerFitNation would like to thank Spectra for letting us into her world. Welcome to the club.