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Windows 7: Microsoft Seeks Patent On Shaming Fat Gamers

18 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 
Microsoft Seeks Patent On Shaming Fat Gamers

"A newly disclosed Microsoft patent application — Avatar Individualized by Physical Characteristic — takes aim at fat people, proposing to generate fat avatars in gaming environments for individuals whose health records indicate they're overweight, limiting their game play, and even banning them. From the patent application: 'An undesirable body weight could be reflected in an overweight or underweight appearance for the avatar.

Only requisite health levels are allowed to compete in a certain competition level. A dedicated gamer could exercise for a period of time until his health indicator gadget shows a sufficiently high health/health credit in order to allow reentering the avatar environment.' Linking one's gaming avatar to one's physique, explains Microsoft, will produce healthy and virtuous behaviors in individuals.

Microsoft also proposes shaping gaming experiences by using 'psychological and demographic information such as education level, geographic location, age, sex, intelligence quotient, socioeconomic class, occupation, marital/relationship status, religious belief, political affiliation, etc.'"

Source:Slashdot Games Story | Microsoft Seeks Patent On Shaming Fat Gamers
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18 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

I suddenly have an urge for a bucket of KFC.
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18 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Is it too late to order out?
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18 Dec 2009   #4

 
 

What are the odds that the 'genius' behind this little gem is a health freak?


I want to play games but the
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18 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
What are the odds that the 'genius' behind this little gem is a health freak?


I want to play games but the
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Cindy???
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19 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

I was going to voice a lot of stuff about this, but it's the last paragraph posted that ticks me off. Seems like just another way to collect personal information to me.Fabe
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19 Dec 2009   #7

 
 

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Cindy???
lol, no it's Carol in this case
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19 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

lol, yikes.
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19 Dec 2009   #9

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
Cindy???
lol, no it's Carol in this case
HAhahaha!
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19 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

That's hilarious!!
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