Self-Defense Training Camp coming to Kinect

Of all the things I'd be happy learning from a video game, self-defense has to be pretty low on the list. You'll get to try for yourself when Ubisoft's Self-Defense Training Camp comes to Kinect in November.

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"I gotta warn you, man: I play a lot of video games," you tell the rapscallion who approaches you in the dark alley, demanding your pocket telephone. "And not that Call of Duty baby nonsense. I'm talking serious Kinect games." The ruffian hesitates but cockily passes his blade from hand to hand. "This is your last chance: I have every achievement in Self-Defense Training Camp." The knife clangs to the floor as the scoundrel turns tail and flees.

Maybe that's what'll happen after you play Self-Defense Training Camp, announced today for Kinect by Ubisoft.

While fitness games are a dime a dozen, including the macho-branded UFC Personal Trainer, Ubisoft says that Self-Defense Training Camp is "the first video game of its kind."

Ubi boldly claims that it will "help players develop the self-confidence they need to react more efficiently when facing troublesome situations, and allows players to discover ways of protecting themselves from various forms of physical assault."

Instruction comes through mini-games inspired by kickboxing and kickboxing and unspecified "martial arts," overseen by a virtual version of a real-life self-defense coach. Supposedly it'll all help hone your technique, stamina, composure and reflexes, and offer handy hints about things like being strangled.

Self-Defense Training Camp is headed to Kinect for Xbox 360 on November 8 in North America.

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    October 4, 2011 4:00 PM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Self-Defense Training Camp coming to Kinect.

    Of all the things I'd be happy learning from a video game, self-defense has to be pretty low on the list. You'll get to try for yourself when Ubisoft's Self-Defense Training Camp comes to Kinect in November.

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      October 4, 2011 4:43 PM

      Sorry, no matter how well done this title ends up being, I'd never trust self-defense lessons where there isn't an actual person there to make sure I've learned things correctly.

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        October 4, 2011 5:39 PM

        This game will surely come with a hefty disclaimer placed prominently.

        It does seem something of a bad idea.

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      October 4, 2011 4:44 PM

      I hope I can turn on gore for the "grab rapists scrotum and pull down hard" mini-game.

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      October 4, 2011 5:43 PM

      That'll work as well as when Daniel-san tried learning karate from a book

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      October 4, 2011 6:32 PM

      If you get all of the Achievements in this game, Ubisoft sends a hitman after you as a test.

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      October 4, 2011 6:58 PM

      dumbest idea ever

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      October 4, 2011 7:13 PM

      But will it show you how to defend yourself against anyone who attacks armed with a piece of fresh fruit?

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      October 4, 2011 7:24 PM

      FOOM FOOM FOOM = high score???

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      October 4, 2011 7:27 PM

      I love the Mild Sexual Themes in the rating. Makes you wonder whats really in there.....

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      October 4, 2011 7:42 PM

      Somebody call me when Bas Rutten's Self Defense Training Camp is available. 'Til then I'm not interested.

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      October 4, 2011 7:43 PM

      The final boss will be a pitbull