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Kinect - Faddish gimmick or valuable addition


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#1 OFFLINE   Codfishjoe

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Posted 08 September 2010 - 07:53 PM

So. Exactly what the title says. Anyone had a chance to personally use the Xbox 360 Kinect? Any thoughts or reviews/comments on it?
The previews response time to movement seems fairly solid, but I'm not so sure about the market for these types of games as well as what kind developers could effectively produce. It looks like it could be good for families and fun that way, however the pickings so far are an adventures game where you jump and lean in a raft or hit dodgeballs, or an animal game where you "pet" your animal. You pet thin air. eh?
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Posted 09 September 2010 - 01:53 PM

A friend is a beta tester for it. He's having fun with it so far. That's about all I know.

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 06:41 AM

I'm interested in it, because it appears to be a far greater leap in technology than what the Wii and Playstation will offer.

They'll combine it with games that use the regular controller as well...I'm excited about what developers will be able to do with it.

Though that magic game for the Playstation Move looked pretty darn impressive at E3 as well.
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#4 OFFLINE   Codfishjoe

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 09:45 AM

I've heard that the magic game was very impressive as well. I was not fortunate enough to see it, but apparently it's got a lot of good hype.
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Posted 04 November 2010 - 05:58 PM

I just bought the Kinect today. So far it's pretty cool, the voice commands/response it awesome! The wife and kids are playing the Kinectinamls game right now and are loving it, big smiles all around! I think this has some great potential, nice effort by Microsoft!

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 06:00 PM

Only time will tell.
All depends on how quickly the game catalog can build for it.
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Posted 05 November 2010 - 05:34 AM

I know one of the developers and he can not stop bragging about it. I think this could change the way we play video games but without a extensive game catalog, it will just be another gadget to sit on the shelf.

He also mentioned that Nintendo has plans to release something similar to it in the very near future.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:15 AM

Meh, I can't get excited about it. I have a Wii, that seems to keep the kids and me happy well enough. Mariokart Wii, Woohoo! :P
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Posted 05 November 2010 - 03:36 PM

I'm certainly tempted to get it.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 04:40 PM

I went ahead and ordered one via Amazon. I kept debating but overall reviews seemed pretty good. I think this may bring in more "Casusal" gamers to Xbox. I like that you stay more active in the game rather then sitting on a couch and playing.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:13 PM

Picked one up today. The launch games are weak but I thought that when the Wii came out. I have played Kinect Adventures for a couple hours now and I have certainly had fun. I think it will only get better once the game companies buy in.

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Posted 05 November 2010 - 11:21 PM

Earl said it. The games right now are crappy. If they can start implementing the tech in good games then I'll think about getting it.

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 06:25 AM

I received mine on release day. I works really well. So far My teen grandkids love it. It does take quite a bit of play room. Put sliders on the legs of the coffee table to move it out of the way. Only have the starter game pack so far but it is a winner. Kids love it and I will b getting the exercise game soon!
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Posted 06 November 2010 - 06:35 AM

I'm curious to see reviews from users. Conceptually, I love the idea there's no controller, but wonder how well that works for games like bowling, tennis, etc? I think holding something in your hands, like the Playstation wands might actually be better for those types of games.

We have a Wii, but I thought the controller could be improved. The PS3 controller does look like it might be a better design.

Or am I just thinking a controller is needed in hand because I "broke in" with a Wii? :scratchin
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Posted 06 November 2010 - 12:14 PM

Conceptually, I love the idea there's no controller, but wonder how well that works for games like bowling, tennis, etc? I think holding something in your hands, like the Playstation wands might actually be better for those types of games.


I was kind of wondering the same thing. Just running through some of the motions (Bowling, Tennis, Basketball, Golf, etc) it feels awkward not to have something in your hand.

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 02:05 PM

I was kind of wondering the same thing. Just running through some of the motions (Bowling, Tennis, Basketball, Golf, etc) it feels awkward not to have something in your hand.

I suppose we could hold "props" in our hands anyway, but I don't know if that would affect the accuracy of the camera tracking our hand movements.

Otherwise, I'm thinking the PS3 may be the way to go. Their baton seems to be an improvement over the Wii controller, and I'll bet they can track it extremely accurately, looking at how it's designed.
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Posted 06 November 2010 - 03:31 PM

I suppose we could hold "props" in our hands anyway, but I don't know if that would affect the accuracy of the camera tracking our hand movements.

Otherwise, I'm thinking the PS3 may be the way to go. Their baton seems to be an improvement over the Wii controller, and I'll bet they can track it extremely accurately, looking at how it's designed.


What is your opinion of the Wii controller with Wii motion?

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Posted 06 November 2010 - 03:57 PM

I've been hearing great things about how well its working out for families and getting everyone involved in the games. That is appealing, now I just need 150$. 200$ to get an extra game with it.

This brings me to my next point:

Does anyone have 200$ to send me?
I'll pretend I'm a millionaire in dubai that needs 200$ to give you millions if you'd like.
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Posted 06 November 2010 - 04:00 PM

What is your opinion of the Wii controller with Wii motion?

I haven't tried it. I knew that Kinect and Playstation Motion were coming out, so I wanted to wait until the dust settled before I invested more in the Wii, because I also like the higher resolution graphics of the other two platforms.
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Posted 07 November 2010 - 09:36 AM

Otherwise, I'm thinking the PS3 may be the way to go. Their baton seems to be an improvement over the Wii controller, and I'll bet they can track it extremely accurately, looking at how it's designed.


I've heard some exceptionally poor reviews of the PS Move. I've heard that the tracking is glitchy, the space needed is inconvinient, and most of the games out for it are poorly designed. Most of the games I've seen to to calibrate all the time for movement and even then it doesnt react very well to your moves.

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 10:34 AM

I've heard some exceptionally poor reviews of the PS Move. I've heard that the tracking is glitchy, the space needed is inconvinient, and most of the games out for it are poorly designed. Most of the games I've seen to to calibrate all the time for movement and even then it doesnt react very well to your moves.

I haven't tried it, but I read this review with interest. The reviewer mentioned that room size was important:

The definition of "too close" or "too far" changed on a game-by-game basis, too. One would say eight feet, another five and yet another 3.3 (one meter). Playing Move games in my den – a small room where I sit maybe four feet from the TV – was hit or miss.


But then added this:

This said, when I met the proper line-of-sight and distance needs of the hardware and software, the tracking and accuracy of the Move was astounding.


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Posted 11 November 2010 - 08:42 AM

The Kinect is a lot of fun. I own a Wii and the Move as well and while the experiences are similar, the Kinect's does differ. The Wii (with Wii motion plus) and the Move do a fantastic job with 1:1 motion tracking in your hand but there is something really cool about not needing to hold anything. Also, the way that the Kinect maps your head, both hands and feet add a new dimension to motion gaming. I have yet to hear one of my friends say anything short of, "this is awesome!" when playing Kinect Adventures or Sports.

It definitely does need a TON of room for it to be fully effective which is easily its biggest negative points. The casual games are a lot of fun and I love how they capture your friends and you playing them in either photos or video that can be uploaded to Facebook for lots of laughs.

I look forward to them adding support to the more hardcore games. Imagine playing a Rainbow Six game where you can give hand signals to your squad or leaning out to your side, as an example.
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Posted 11 November 2010 - 08:51 AM

I went ahead and ordered one via Amazon. I kept debating but overall reviews seemed pretty good. I think this may bring in more "Casusal" gamers to Xbox. I like that you stay more active in the game rather then sitting on a couch and playing.


I make "Casual" gamers look hard core in comparison. As part of my job I had a Kinect about a month before it came out. The first night it was pretty cool, my kid loved it and I enjoyed messing with it. By the third night it became just another thing to dust. My kid loves racing games and standing up while pretending to hold a steering wheel just doesn't cut it for him. As for me, by the second day I didn't even touch the xbox. So in my opinion it will appeal to casual gamers for a limited time, at best.

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 09:16 AM

[...] My kid loves racing games and standing up while pretending to hold a steering wheel just doesn't cut it for him.

I'm curious, if you hold a "prop" steering wheel in your hand, does that throw off the camera tracking?
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 07:39 AM

Tried it at Best Buy. I really wanted to like it, but I was very disappointed.




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