Originally Posted by barrelbelly
BTW...as follow up to the above thought on Kinect as an audio/visual keyboard and mouse...I think MS and the game devs need to go all the way with it in NexGen. Make all of the games for NEXtyBox utilize the technology that way...period
. And not worry about compatibility with the XBox 360 command structure. Instead make it more competitive with PC/Windows gaming. And start converging the XBox Live and Windows Live command and competition functionality. After all...MS is releasing a Windows Live version of Kinect anyway. So they might as well go all out with the controller aspects of it.
Horrible idea, for an absurd number of reasons:
First, you've shut down a great number of gaming purists that love controllers. Sorry, but the Kinect in its current state is fine for kiddie-games and silly dance moves for tweens, but I can't see myself ever preferring it to a controller.
Someone also mentioned having voice commands for buttons. Worst. Idea. EVER. Let's take this simple, one line sentence used in a conversation between a buddy and myself over Live or the phone (I multitask) while playing multiplayer versus BF3 and see what happens:
"Why (game thinks I said "Y") is your ex (game reads "X") wife going to be(game initiates "B" button) in a (game performs "A" manuever) dress?"
With this one simple sentence, this "marvel of technology" has performed four things (changed weapons, attempted to reload, attempted to arm an M-COM, and jumped) that I didn't intend for it to do at all. Now, I can't communicate with my party/team anymore? This is good? This is the future?
Um, thanks but no thanks.
Sure, you could get around this by implementing someone say, "B BUTTON" instead of just "B" but now you're taking infinitely longer to say it than just hit the damn button. Weak sauce.
Additionallly, there are lots of people out there that game at odd hours. ALOT of guys will put on headphones and play after the wifey and little ones have went to bed. If you're forced to be yelling at the screen, this option is dead. Again, no thanks.
Maybe I reach for my drink, the game interprets this as me attempting to pick up some lame-ass weapon kit on the ground. Now, I've got some noob's pea-shooter rather than my WMDs. Lame.
While the Kinect might
be somewhat effective in single-player games for the controller-impaired, making it a mandatory way to play would be a console killer for me and a great number of others. It's a fairly effective gimmick that impresses toddlers and pre-teens for a few moments, but I've seen that even they see the gimmickery and get bored with it over time. I don't see it "controlling" the game world as some would hope.