Apps, video games bring Olympics homeWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep up with Olympic events with several recent apps and have fun with related video games.
The free “London 2012 Official Results App” includes Olympic news, schedules and results in a single place, easily accessible from your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone or tablet. Users can also set reminders, add favorites and access detailed information about each sport. The companion app, “London 2012 Join In”, covers Olympic sports as well as many related on-site events. The BBC Olympics app will offer more than 5,000 hours of coverage for free on Android smartphones and iPhones.
Gamers can get a taste of some Olympic level sports training with the newly released “adidas miCoach”, which features more than 400 exercises. This game uses full body optical tracking via the PlayStation 3 with PlayStation Move (required) and Xbox 360 with Kinect (required). Players can also use related adidas sports training technology including the adidas miCoach smartphone app, miCoach Pacer or miCoach SPEED_CELL (sold separately). Players earn Fit Points and awards for each activity. Olympians Ana Ivanovic (tennis), Andrea Petkovic (tennis), Fernando Verdaso (tennis), Jessica Ennis (track & field) and Tyson Gay (track & field) are featured in the game.
The official “London 2012″ game from SEGA of America is available on Xbox 360 (with Kinect capabilities), PC and PlayStation 3 (with PlayStation Move capabilities). The visuals and overall presentation impresses plus the game works well for all age players who can “pick up and play” any time.
“Summer Stars 2012″ is available on PlayStation 3 (with PlayStation Move capabilities, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 (with Kinect capabilities). Play modes include career, free play (running, throwing, jumping, aquatics, archery, trampolining, mountain biking and foil fencing), and missions amid single and multiplayer (two to four players) with split screen option.
“Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics” is available on Nintendo Wii and Nintendo 3DS. This game features the familiar characters from the Nintendo and SEGA franchises and incorporates actual settings in the host city, London, England.
Players can go back even further with “Athens 2004″ available on PlayStation 2 and PC, which offers one to four player support with an optional dance pad option that reduces the hand stress of a standard controller.
In “New International Track & Field”, this Konami game series made its first appearance on the Nintendo DS as an exclusive title celebrating the 25th anniversary of the arcade game, which then moved to the Nintendo console, then Game Boy and Playstation. Be careful with the avatar choices — players who upload three inappropriate images lose their uploading privileges.