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« on: January 07, 2011, 08:03:25 PM »

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pokeie/5334202059/

3 years old.
Took about 5 minutes to get the hang of it.
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2011, 05:35:25 AM »

Well, this video sums up my thoughts about Kinect http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWbLOFGSEDo&feature=player_embedded No wonder the kid wins...
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2011, 08:12:10 AM »

That game is comedy. That is the demo track, and I assume they made it "more fun" so people would buy the game. I do not own the game, but having played the demo, it is sort of fun, but too simple, so I don't own it. I found the same thing, though not that extreme. It helps you too much. Youre not the controller, your the observer.

The sonic game on theotherhand, I couldn't get any rings whether I was trying or not. That game is made to frustrate.

The kinect itself is accurate, but software devs can fuck that up.

The bowling game is fairly precise in my experiments with it.

The big thing is the fun and ease. My mom and dad played wii a couple weeks ago at their friends house. It took them about an hour to feel like they were in control. Plus they said it felt awkward to them and never really got "into it". The kinect took about 5 minutes before they were jumping up yelling at the previous player to "get out of the way it's my turn"
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2011, 11:25:02 AM »

I'd like to hope that beyond just a monetized gaming platform, the Kinect is also a broad beta program for the format edge of no-touch gestural interfaces. Apple has proven itself to be really good at this - making the paying public perform detailed beta testing for years at times.

Watching people play with the Kinect in the mall in front of the M$ store is so telling. I have high hopes.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2011, 02:40:40 PM »

It is. The devs were on NPR were speaking of wider research being done with it. So was a university researcher. O top of it, it is actually capable of 4x tracking resolution, but had to be gimped for the time being due to an issue with performance of additional USB peripherals while the kinect is in use. The fact that they made the API publicly accessible and open, also points to it.

I think the future is multiple interfaces, depending on what you need to do.
Like I said in anotherr thread. I want a full touch desktop, a real keyboard, a virtual keyboard, a touch monitor, and 3d space tracking. I want my computer to tell me I am slouching and getting too tired...
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2011, 03:12:32 PM »

Kinda connects with perks other post with the porn bot Smiley
If the device could feed back "sensation" I could see a lot of appeal for that.
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2011, 06:50:44 PM »

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/010611-ipad-who-microsoft-talks-8.html

8 million sold in just two months?   Shocked   Much like the iPad, it kicks ass simply because it's so wildly popular imo.  I think gaming of this nature is totally lame, probably since I've grown up on buttons, joysticks, etc.  If I wanted the real-deal bowling experience I'd probably head to the lanes and have more fun.  A controller allows you to play a game while getting drunk and fat, which is the goal isn't it?
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2011, 07:38:17 PM »

I had the same opinion until I tried it.
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2011, 07:56:40 PM »

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/010611-ipad-who-microsoft-talks-8.html
I think gaming of this nature is totally lame, probably since I've grown up on buttons, joysticks, etc.  If I wanted the real-deal bowling experience I'd probably head to the lanes and have more fun.  A controller allows you to play a game while getting drunk and fat, which is the goal isn't it?
I would normally say that. But in fairness it is pretty impressive for $150.
My friend was playing tennis with it on a ceramic tile floor. With rubber soled shoes you get good traction.
You get a pretty good workout.
But maybe he was drunk and decided to play barefoot, and he had spilled some of his beer Smiley.
He slipped and fell messing up his ankle pretty bad Smiley

If M$ couples something like the controller with perks porn bot he saw at the expo .....

Unlike the ipad, which is evolution on a laptop/PDA the Kinect is like the invention of a joystick or mouse, it will change gaming. If it was coupled with a 3d head set, even games like chess would be interesting since you could actually "pickup" the pieces.
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2011, 08:23:12 PM »

The river rafting adventure game and the obstacle course are pretty effective workouts. I'm sure the is a way to cheat, but to have fun while working out it's a good option.

Like the wii, which helped to bring people back together in the living room, the kinect does that, but in a more interactive way. And with the avatar kinect, which shows they can track your mouth and eyes, the detail of control you will eventually have is tremendous. My concern would be making it too accurate and taking the fun out of it.
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2011, 08:53:34 PM »

Again like the iPad, much of the world is as-yet unprepared for the interface. developers will have to really grok it and then allow the natural fermentation process time to create new games/apps/metaphors for the device that will blow the original developers away.

I'm actually really loving watching all the threads right now, because there are lots and lots of companies/people that are really putting some cool sh!t out there. Sort of a Rennaisance compared to the last decade. More explosive growth and ideas, less incremental.

Much more fun.
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