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Self-Defense Training Camp for Kinect tries to turn you into a lethal weapon

Ubisoft's Self-Defense Training Camp for the Xbox 360 uses the Kinect to help teach you self-defense.

Self-Defense Training Camp
Self-Defense Training Camp

Ever thought the best way to learn self-defense was to shadow-choke invisible assailants in the safety of your own living room? Neither have we, but Ubisoft thinks otherwise with Self-Defense Training Camp for Kinect on the Xbox 360 — though it may be setting some troubling expectations. Fitness and workout games have been common since the Nintendo Wii debuted, and while Ubisoft claims it's breaking new ground here, the mix of cardio fitness workouts, reflex games, and self-defense drills won't look unfamiliar to players of other motion-based titles like The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout and UFC Personal Trainer.

Given the way Ubisoft is selling it — a promotional video features a female black belt discussing reaction times when being strangled, and the company's press release promises gamers will "discover ways of protecting themselves" — it does raise the question of whether players should really expect to develop real-world fighting skills from a video game. But if dropping a knee to the head of a virtual attacker is your kind of workout, you won't have long to wait: the title lands November 8th. Check out video of the game in action below.