Last Christmas it was the Wii that was in short supply. This year it seems we'll have a repeat performance with a shortage of Wii Fit packages.
However, there are alternative ways to work up a sweat and make a fool of yourself with a games console. For example, this weekend I've been playing You're in the Movies on Xbox 360, the game that, quite literally, puts you "in the movies". See what they've done there?
It's quite clever how it works. It uses the Xbox Live Vision webcam to superimpose you onto the game, rather like the blue-screen effects that made us believe Superman could fly, but in this case you don't need your own blue backdrop in your living room. Instead, you set up the webcam by the TV and then move out of shot. The game then has a good look at what it can see and remembers it. When you come back into shot, it cuts out everything that was there before, leaving you over the top of the game graphics. This all works in realtime video, and so long as your T-shirt doesn't match the sofa or the wallpaper, you'll see yourself "in the movies".
To be honest, it's more like "You're in the Game", because what follows is a string of mini games in which you interact with moving graphics on the screen. For example, you might have to bat a bouncing ball through a hole, keep a hula hoop spinning or run for your life.
A lot of these "family fun" games are cheesy nonsense, and this is too, but it's good cheesy nonsense. The multiplayer modes are where it shines, and if you're after something to keep the kids actively amused this Chrimble, You're in the Movies is just the job.