Tired of sitting on your big juicy ass playing a video game? Wouldn’t you rather walk in one place? STEPL might be just what you’re looking for.
New STEPL mobile app translates your real life steps into video game steps, so the days of having to take a break from your game to go for a walk are over. Now you don’t even have to think about the miserable outdoor life, what a relief!
STEPL is currently only available on PC, and the companion app is only available for Android devices on the Google Play Store. As described by GameMe, the process is simple.
You download the Windows app and then you download the Android app. You link them together, open a game on your PC and then just start walking with your phone in your pocket. The phone app then converts your gesture to pressing the ‘W’ key on your PC.
The developers of STEPL have gone ahead and posted a video showing how it all works, which you can watch below.
This is a 1.0 version of the app, which means they will likely continue to work in it and may update the app to allow for more types of movement.
Until now, stomping up and down only allowed you to move forward, meaning you still have to use your controller to move left, right, and back, as well as all other types of actions.
The app also works on a one-time payment or subscription basis, meaning you can either pay $4.99 ($AU7.99) once to use it forever, or you can subscribe for $1.00 ($AU1.59) per month.
Andy, the app’s creator, explains that STEPL motivates him to “work out every day, even if only for 15 minutes.” This is an admirable achievement, because exercise is good for you and important for your health. That’s why exercise games exist, right?
On the other hand, I can see how things like this can eventually get a little gimmicky. Sometimes, very occasionally, going outside and taking a walk is actually pretty cool. You could meet a frog outside, or maybe even someone’s father.
Don’t want to meet someone’s father?