While video games used to earn a rep for breeding couch potatoes, many new games are encouraging players to get off their duffs. Sparking that trend is the motion-tracking technology first seen in the Nintendo Wii and seriously embellished this year by Sony with Move peripherals for the PlayStation 3, and by Microsoft with its Xbox 360 Kinect.

Exercise video games
Want to help someone fulfill an annual New Year's resolution to shape up? Encouraging coaches are ready to pump you up in a new crop of exercise-oriented video games.

"EA Sports Active 2"
Systems available: Xbox 360 with Kinect, PS3 and Wii

Fitness games to make you sweat
Want a body like a pop star but don’t have time to go to the gym? Stay at home and turn your workout into play.

"Get Fit With Mel B"
Systems available: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii

Dance video games
Need more entertainment value to get motor-vated? How about one of the new dance games designed to get you shaking that thang to pop, hip-hop and funk hits current and past? Here are a few for you.

"Dance Central"
System available: Xbox Kinect

Video games to make you sing
For those who yearn to move and sing simultaneously (look out, Beyoncé), here are a few games to get your skills up.

Def Jam RapStar
Systems available: PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

More games to make you sing
Let your inner rock star shine with these games.

"Rock Band 3"
System available: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii

Games for everyone
Still don’t know which games to get? We have you covered.

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