Kinect: What’s Next?

I have had my Kinect for a little under a week now and I am loving it. It is a really powerful piece of hardware, but you have to ask yourself: What’s next when is comes to software. Of Course there are games like Kinect Sports and Dance Central that will tide gamers over for a while, but how long will these games keep us quiet. We have heard critics speak about how Kinect is not geared toward the hardcore gamer. With it’s current line up of games, this is completely true. The Playstation Move has been integrated into games already in the PS3′s library and all I see in the current Xbox library is Harry Potter (which had horrible reviews). With this being said, I am still extremely optimistic about what is to come with the Kinect. For now I am satisfied with my experience. What about you? How has your experience been with Microsoft’s entry into the motion gaming race?

Call of Duty: Black Ops Midnight Launch

Monday night a few of the Digital DPad/STL Gamer Crew made it out to the Black Ops launch event at GameStop. The paring lot was filled with nerds, energy drinks, marines, and excitement. While we were anxiously waiting for midnight Smoov LT shared what he is looking forward to the most in this new installment in the Call of Duty Series. ( I just noticed how weird I sound on camera )

I’m sure that there are many gamers that are happy to know that both juggernaut and stopping power are gone from the multi-player. This is going to really level the playing field. I ( JMichael88/J Deisel ) have not purchased the game as of yet but I am excited to play this weekend.

Does your wife or girlfriend hate it when you game??

Hello all, I wrote this in 2007 but the facts remain the same today.

When you and the fellas get going on some Gears of War, NBA Live, Madden. . . people just need to understand, WE NEED THIS.
Ladies we love you but sometimes we need to sit back and be men… so understand we need our time.

In Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls” Gabriel Union’s character says she’s looking for “a black man with good credit, who speaks grammatical English and who doesn’t play video games.”

Ok, wow….What’s the problem? That’s like saying I’m looking for a black woman who doesn’t like shopping and/or fashion. Don’t get me wrong I know it can get bad… fellas if you want to play XBOX360, PS3 or Wii more than you want to be with your lady then you need to take a look at your life and get your priorities together. A form of affection should be higher priority than beating the Heat on your NBA Live Season. Please ladies AND men give your loved ones just a few hours to get some gamage in . . .

Yes, ladies game too.

The average age for a video game player is about 30, a number slowly increasing as people that were kids playing the first arcade, console and home computer games continue playing now on current systems. The gender distribution of gamers is reaching equilibrium, according to a 2003 study showing that 57% of gamers are male and 43% female. (ESA report on the sales, demographics and usage data of the industry)

Wow 43 percent, that’s a lot of women. If you’re out there reading this ladies… Will You Marry Me? Haha, I’m just kidding I’m married,  but seriously its just a sign of the times… 20 years ago men got together and had poker night. Now . . . we game. It’s not just another night of the week… it is the very fabric that keeps man sane… the comraderie and competition mends all wounds of the world and act as catalysts to propell the patrons of gamage toward a better mood… a better state of mind so we can deal with the weight of life, work and relationship.

To all my gamers out there, men and women alike, keep gaming. . . Maybe I’ll see u out there on XBOX|Live

TheImpetuousOne

TheImpetuousOne tries XBOX360 Kinect

So I’m sure you all have been following the tour for Xbox360 Kinect. If you haven’t you can check it out here.  The XBOX360 team and the Kinect team were out in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA this past weekend and I got the opportunity to try out Kinect.

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TheImpetuousOne w/ Guest Pass

I’ll start with the good.   First of all the controller-less action is just as new and exciting as that first strike you got playing Wii Sports bowling.  The extent of detail that Kinect tracks is amazing; not perfect but impressive. It followed my every move, if I lifted my arm slightly, the character on the screen did the same.  I was captivated just at the loading screen that prompted me to lift my hand and move a zipper from left to right (iPhone slide to unlock style) to start the game.  I think Kinect will get much more of a response than Playstation Move has received.  I mean has PS Move even launched?????  Talk about under the radar!  But lets face it Sony, Nintendo did the remote ( Wii-mote) thing already, it’s a bit too late.

My wife and I chose to play ‘River Raft,’  part of Kinect Adventures. The X360 Kinect team explained that this would be one of the games that came with Kinect out of the box.  We were able to play the game together, another advantage over Playstation Move. With no need for an extra remote we were both loaded into the game and ready to go.   I applaud any game that can get my wife to play Xbox360, so needless to say, I’m looking forward to having this in our home.
The art festival was great and all but naturally the Kinect tour was a big hit here. The lines moved fast and the demo area, once inside, was air-conditioned.  On a hot summer day in the ATL, AC was like dry land in Waterworld (  excuse the nerd moment ).

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We got there early so the lines you see here were pretty short but by midday and once others were seen walking around the park with their xbox360 guest passes around their necks the lines grew within minutes.

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Left: Kinect Adventures Right: Dance Central

What we didn’t get to try was “Dance Central” in the other Kinect demo room.  It was the more popular of the two, however only one person could play at a time.  Your friends were welcomed to come in as back up dancers. I’m not sure my wife would have wanted to be my back up dancer so we skipped it.

Then there are the cons.  I really like this product and its hard to find many things wrong with it. However, controller-less gameplay seems pretty cool but it does present somewhat of a limitation in game types. Can you imagine playing a shooter and having to stand the entire time pretending to hold a gun?  Or how do you control a 3D environment?  I hope Microsoft has given this some significant thought.

The other issues I can foresee include glitchy responses. We’ve all seen it with the Nintendo Wii launch title Red Steel the first time you died because the Wii-mote didn’t respond quickly enough you considered throwing your Wii out of the window. SENSE THAT MOTION NINTENDO!!!!!!   But seriously folks, the Kinect will open up a new world with Wii like (if not better) controls and HD/Next-Gen graphics.  To the casual gamer anything is acceptable but to those Halo or Gears of War players who count on split second accuracy, the Kinect will have a lot to live up to.

Another cool feature of the demo rooms was that they recorded you playing during your session.  The guest pass included a personal number to enter at  http://www.kinect.me to watch later and you’re able to leave a message to show on the guest book if you chose to do so.  I was so excited to share the video of me and my wife playing kinect here but sadly Its been 3 days and the code still does not work.  Microsoft, you lose a few cool points on this one.  Why offer something and give away guest passes that may or may not work??  Quality control anyone?? I can see if this was an isolated incident but I’ve seen on other blogs that I am not the only one to be disappointed and greeted with this screen:

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FAIL

Overall I’m EXTREMELY excited about Kinect and the potential it has to take gaming to a completely new level. It’s innovation like this that makes me dream about what our grandchildren and their children will be playing in 2102. I hope you get to try Kinect in a city near you. Keep gaming and maybe I’ll see you out there on XBOX | Live!

Gamertag: TheImpetuousOne