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I'm a gamer who has a very annoying disability when it comes to the world of 3D. I only have 1 working eye. Yes, thats right, I'm half blind. So how then am I able to use any of this awesome 3D technology then? I remember back in the day of the red and blue lenses and I saw the entire movie with the lines as if I wasn't wearing the glasses because it couldn't filter out both colours. And now they come up with these strange glasses that by my best bet would require a 2nd perspective as is generally required for a 3rd dimension point of view, but without the 2nd eye, I don't get that perspective.
Most of this rant comes from the idea that you need 2 cameras next to each other to take a 3D photo, but I don't even have the 2 eyes to see them.
As the Don Mattrick wrapped up the conference, with an amazing amount of information about the releases and then even released the information about the XBOX360 SLIM!! 250gb hard-drive, and Wi-Fi 802.11n comes all built in as standard with this puppy and anyone that was lucky enough to go to the conference got one for free.
Now for all you Australians out there, Football in this blog is in reference to American Football and the Kinect gets released anywhere between November 4th and Christmas. And is priced at $120 so get ready for this amazing extravaganza as more information hits the blog as the conferences continue.
Soon after, Kudo Tsunoda, the Creative Director for Kinect, came to the stage to discuss more about the games for the Kinect. First that came up was Kinectimals, which is generally a game for kids. It allows them to adopt any one of 40 of their favourite animals and then play with them in 30 different activities. This was all demonstrated for us by a little girl playing with her tiger pet.
Now we step once again into the world of sports with Kinect Sports. During this demo we had Jen and Shin show us hurdles which again looks alot better than what we got from the Wii because this is the hardware that shows us as we are not where the remote is. And mind you, it was a very close game of hurdles. But its not all track and field with many more events like soccer, bowling, table tennis and many more.
Now we go to a kart driving game with Kinect Joy Ride. This was demo'd with 2 short laps of a desert racetrack and I've gotta admit the speed you can pull and then drift with sharp turns and everything else because the system is tracking your hands, its a lot of skill and amazing technology implemented for something like this. And this also includes the ability to pull stunts that you would never be able to pull in any other car game in stunt mode or in any normal race.
Now we go to a more jump, duck and weave type of game with Kinect Adventures! This game shows a heap of different experiences from river rafting avoiding obstacles to riding a train cart and avoiding obstacles. This game really is quite interesting because of the action photos that get taken periodically and you see some pretty wacky stuff.
After these generic games, we have games from other publishers designed specifically for the Kinect. One of these such games is Your Shape by Ubisoft. This is the Wii Fit without the balance board and feedback if your doing your workout wrong since the Wii Fit couldn't tell if your knee was high enough or whatever since it could only tell how much weight was on each pad or how you were standing. This can do so much more. So as Felicia Williams comes out to show us what its capable of doing, we get prepared for some more amazing details. This comes with things that let you tailor the experience to whatever your personal fitness goal is, take classes like Kung-Fu and Yoga and even do fun gym activities.
Next we have a dance game for the Kinect called Dance Central and since I can't pronounce or spell, so I'm not even going to try. But in any case, we have Harmonix showcasing it for us. And its just amazing as it shows you so many dance moves that you have seen before in the music videos and so much more. The showcase was done by the lead producer, whose name I can't spell (sorry), but still shows very promising results for those who want to learn how to dance but don't know how as you can now learn really easily. Now this was a game that Harmonix was looking for the technology to do for a while since using a controller doesn't give you the same emersion that you should be able to have. This also comes with some very easy tutorials that show you how to dance before you have to place it into an entire dance routine.
But surely one of the best games for the Kinect that I saw was the Star Wars game. There is no title but there is some gameplay of the game and it makes for a really interesting experience where you can swing a lightsaber around and feel like your actually fighting the clones and Darth Vader. So this is going to be one of the best games on the Kinect when more information is released.
Now the last game on this massive line up has to be a Forza game, revealed by Bill Giese and Dan Greenawalt. This game really lets you feel like your in the game as you can drive like never before. It allows you to have an experience like never before when looking at a really nice car. As you could never touch the car or get too close. And now with the Kinect you can get closer than ever before and even inside the car to look at the interior like you always wanted.
Wrap up in another post.
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