Natal Experience – What’s happening as it happens [UPDATE]

Monday, 14th June 2010 04:25 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Update: Pat is messaging us the goings on now.

Original: The Natal Event has started LA, and since no recording devices and the like are allowed, we’re going to describe the goings on that we’re hearing around the net best we can.

So, keep checking this for constant updates.

  • The line is massive.
  • Kojima and Itagaki are there. So is Cliffy B.
  • Everyone is being asked to don “interactive white ponchos”. Pat included.  They have massive shoulder pads in ‘em.
  • A mermaid is sitting on a rock.
  • There is a “forest” one has to climb into, a television as well.
  • A family is suspended in the air on a couch.
  • Michael Cera, Billy Crystal, Nadine Coyle (which Johnny is pissed about) and Raven-Symone are there.
  • Peter Moore is in the house.
  • It all looks very Heaven’s Gate-ish or maybe Logan’s Run. Can’t decide.
  • Acey Bongos just said: All the Cirque folk are dressed up like the blue bunch from Avatar. But not blue. All very natural and relaxing. There are pan pipes.
  • D’toids Nick Chester just tweeted that a  Cirque de Soleil performer wearing a sardine can on his ear was handing everyone tin cans on strings.  He also said that: “There’s some kind of electronic hardware hidden in the shoulder pads of these robes they made us wear. Weird”.
  • Christina Hendricks is there.
  • Pat just told me he was standing next to Itagaki.
  • BioWare’s Stephaie Bayer just said the ponchos made her fell likr she was at a Gallagher show.
  • Pics of the show floor here.
  • Here’s Itagaki in a Poncho. Per Johnny Minkley.
  • Cliffy too, per Cliffy.
  • Pat just said everyone is just listening to music right now.
  • Per Pat: “More music. Some screaming men. We’re going to be here until 9pm apparently.”
  • There’s a scene of Avatars up on the walls walking around in a forest. Over and over again. Forever (per Pat).
  • Matt Bertz from Game Informer just said it looked like KKK rally there.
  • Pat just said there is no music anymore. Everyone is just standing around.
  • A green rectangular screen just descended from the ceiling. Says “prologue” on it and is showing a video of people drumming.
  • Drumming getting faster. The couch is coming down from the ceiling.
  • The performers are circulating through the crowd.
  • The Avatars are no longer on the screens. A kid walks on stage. Then a green ball is being thrown around the crowd.
  • All the performers are going “mental” at the front of the stage.
  • Kid on stage
  • They3e throwing a green ball around in te crowd
  • All the actors going mental the front
  • They’re all up on stage now
  • Dancing ended, clapping
  • Voice talking about discoveries
  • Massive elephant walking through crowd (thanks, David)
  • Completely new horizon
  • Humans will be at the center and the machines will be the one that adapts
  • Illusion of folks walking on ceiling
  • Something  about to happen
  • Flying game on screen
  • Kid controlling it with his hand
  • Now a third person thing with cartoon action
  • Something that looks like Kameo
  • It’s Kameo
  • Massive xbox logo rising on stage
  • Kid’s standing on it
  • Kid’s avatar appearing on screen in front of him
  • He’s controlling it
  • With him arms obviously
  • Jumping
  • Kinect is the name
  • Clapping
  • Screen turns into door
  • Rotating
  • Door falls away to reveal living room and family
  • Kid rising up to walk into room
  • Pictures of rooms with tvs and kinects allover the walls
  • Just showed the logo
  • Green waves around the xbox globe
  • Family playing a driving game
  • The room’s upside down with all the people in it
  • Controlling avatars
  • Flickingthrough book with hand motions
  • Raft game
  • Racing down a river
  • Two of them playing it together
  • Jumping off things
  • Mine game. Mine cart. Like -Indiana Jones
  • Collecting balls
  • Ducking under things
  • Jumping over things
  • Two player mom and kid
  • Driving game
  • Kart style racer on a track
  • Four players
  • Boosting, ramps
  • Shortcuts
  • Stunts
  • Avatars driving
  • Car on halfpipe
  • Car flying through clouds
  • An avatar on each wing
  • Disney castle
  • Fairy flying round the screens
  • Fireworks
  • Star Wars game
  • With light saber
  • Force powers
  • Darth Vader YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Fighting Darth Vader, big cheers
  • Some kind of well being thing
  • Its yoga or tai chi
  • Elastic woman character matched by orange ghost Avatar
  • They’re making the crowd cheers for boys and girls
  • Sports game
  • Hurdles
  • Guy running and jumping to control it.Running on the spot
  • Replays
  • Now the girls doing the same
  • Javelin
  • Bowling
  • Beach Volleyball – two players at a time, and one on one over live.
  • Now there’s soccer
  • Goalie and striking movements
  • Running a race
  • Social stuff like twitter on screen
  • Showing movie selection
  • Game on an island
  • Girl stroking a tiger and playing with it like a cat and making it skip.
  • Four different cats, just like the USA Today piece said.Kinectimals.
  • Now on to the music game.
  • It’s a dancing game, like reported earlier and Pat says that you match the moves on the screen – three can play together.Kinect Dance
  • Now showing a video chat via the Dashboard control
  • You can also pick between apps by moving a white glowing ball
  • They’re showing people reach to grab photos in chat with hand movements
  • Screens are now being lifted up on on the walls to reveal dancing families behind them – real ones, apparently, in large rooms.
  • Dancing stopped.
  • CliffyB just said everyone in a poncho was glowing (?) Ok.
  • The kid is back and standing on the Xbox logo
  • Avatars flying through space on the screens
  • Everyone’s ponchos are turning green, and now purple
  • The performers are now all bowing and dancing out of the room
  • Per Pat: “GOD. They’re trying to make everyone dance. It’s over. Fuck me.
  • Signing off. More details at the press conference tomorrow.

So, there you have it. The games outed by USA Today, dancing people, ponchos that change color, an elephant, dancing, and kids.

Thanks for staying up with us.  We think Pat is scarred for life over this. And he didn’t even get to keep the poncho.



  1. onlineatron

    Confirmed: Ponchos needed to play Nata…Kinect.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Armitage Shanks

    Cera, Billy Crystal, Nadine Coyle and Raven-Symone.Why, just why.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. 52pickup


    I lol’d


    Isn’t Nadine Coyle the less famous one from Girls Aloud?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    Bunch more here:

    Batshit mental. Never seen anything like it.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. onlineatron

    The circus folk are now asking all attendees to drink from a large vat of ‘Kool Aid’…

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    The ponchos all have suicide devices just in case they resist:

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Stephany Nunneley

    @5 Thanks Psycho.

    @5 I told Pat NOT to drink it and to watch out for Marshall Applewhite while he was at it – just in case he’s like, not dead or something.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. onlineatron

    Number 6 is about to get consumed by a giant, white, rubber, bubble.

    Number 2 will not be pleased.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. 52pickup

    It must smell bad in there,look at the 2nd pic from the bottom,there’s a guy with a white gas mask thing on.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Psychotext

    Cliffy B already converted:

    Itagaki on the way:

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Stephany Nunneley

    already up pycho thanks :)

    #11 5 years ago
  12. onlineatron

    the young gentlemen so much into natal, will take a short but very meaningful journey into the Twilight Zone….

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Stephany Nunneley

    keep helping though. Twitter is a MADHOUSE!

    EDIT: I think they may be making folks turn their stuff off. Twitter is slowing down a bit.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Psychotext

    Dean Takahashi

    # Holding hands and shouting now to cirque music
    # Now we are playing a game of telephone

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Psychotext

    I should be in bed, but this is mental. lol

    #15 5 years ago
  16. onlineatron

    I’ve been sat at this computer for 3-4 hours now with the intention of watching Breaking Bad.

    But this Natal (i’ve forgotten the other name) madness has meant that I have only managed 2 episodes!


    I have to be awake at 6… :/

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Psychotext

    Arggh… it’s all gone quiet. They’ve gone to be with Xenu.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Stephany Nunneley

    @17 :D I laughed hard on that one! Awesome.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Psychotext

    On that note… bed. I’ll catch up with the batshit mental in the morning. :D

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Stephany Nunneley

    I wish they had not changed plans and were broadcasting this. :(

    #20 5 years ago
  21. LordCancer

    WOW… what a gd freak show.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. BaconMonkey

    This looks SHIT.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. AngieloRko

    OMG OMG OMG!! This will have a re-run?

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Stephany Nunneley

    Pat’s messaging me now the goings on

    Will keep updating every few seconds.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Bitchy

    Here, where I’m living is 5:22 am and I’m awake for about 2 hours. So pleease start with some action. I’m redactor and I want some exclusivs no some badass ponchos :)

    #25 5 years ago
  26. The Black Diamond

    ohhhh really i wanna watch this thing !!!

    #26 5 years ago
  27. rouken

    is it just kameo 1 with kinect?

    #27 5 years ago
  28. AngieloRko

    It’s just me or the info is gone!?!?

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Amored

    Did you stop updating? :(

    #29 5 years ago
  30. frostquake

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    #30 5 years ago
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    #31 5 years ago
  32. Stephany Nunneley

    Ok we are back. Sorry.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. AngieloRko


    #33 5 years ago
  34. frostquake

    Want to get my news here as I love this site, with all these fucking errors I keep getting, going to head to a website that can handle the traffic!!! upgrade the site PAT!!!

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    #34 5 years ago
  35. Johnny Cullen

    @3 yes. She’s the one that wants to have the popularity of Cheryl Cole, but can’t quite there.

    Also, fun fact: she lives in Derry. I live in Derry, innit.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Stephany Nunneley

    @34 We have been. We just moved servers. Still some kinks, sorry :(. We are also getting slammed with traffic right now.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. frostquake

    Maybe Moving Servers at E3 was BAD TIMING?????

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    #37 5 years ago
  38. Erthazus

    Moving servers at the E3 time was a fucking brilliant idea i must say.

    Soon site will nuke with news and you are not ready :(

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Erthazus

    “”"”"Per Pat: “GOD. They’re trying to make everyone dance. It’s over. Fuck me.”"”"”

    Hahahahaha :D


    #39 5 years ago
  40. Johnny Cullen

    Frost – We were just as frustrated as you were dude. All we can do is apologise for it.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Amored

    Great initiative, guys! :D

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Erthazus

    Pat, photos please of you dancing ;)

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Amored

    Is this the part where we all type “Pics, or it didn’t happen” ? :P

    #43 5 years ago
  44. mojo

    alright, someone explain me the purpose of those ponchos pls.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Gekidami

    I think the ponchos were just there to change colour and glow. Just a base for some visual effects.

    Top 20 press reactions of the event here:

    Funny read.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. theevilaires

    E3 has begun. Let the flames RAGE!

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Johnny Cullen

    Some of Nathan’s tweets is in that link from Gek. :D

    #47 5 years ago
  48. AHA-Lambda

    what the hell is up with the ponchos, I wake up and see all this guff O_o

    I thought that pic at the top was a joke

    EDIT: ok i’ve just read the entire post now and it is probably te silliest press conference EVER! I’m so glad this wsn’t live -_-

    this will get some right slagging on inevitable post e3 podcasts

    #48 5 years ago
  49. mojo

    ok, so the ponchos were just for the lulz?
    their not natal related?
    just to be sure, coz that would be epic lulz.

    #49 5 years ago
  50. mojo

    those 2 are just great:
    “11. @jeffcannata: You know what wod make this event better, Microsoft? Anything. ”
    lol, and best:
    “1. @GI_AndyMc: Now I know why Robbie Bach quit.”

    #50 5 years ago
  51. AHA-Lambda

    the thing its so funny to see jeff gerstmann’s and andy mcnamara’s reactions now compared to their “gametrailers bonus round” appearance like a day ago when they were cautiously optimistic XD

    would love to see geoff keighley’s reaction but he’s too commercialist to slag it openly

    #51 5 years ago
  52. Gekidami

    D’toids in-depth impressions of the event:

    #52 5 years ago
  53. AHA-Lambda

    Kevin Butler slags the event/space ponchos XD

    #53 5 years ago
  54. Blerk

    It all looks very Heaven’s Gate-ish or maybe Logan’s Run. Can’t decide.

    glol! :-D

    #54 5 years ago
  55. Gekidami

    More from D’toid who really arent happy with not only the show but the device itself.

    Also Jim Sterling is english, and a giant. I didnt know that.

    #55 5 years ago
  56. Blerk

    Jesus, you’re not kidding! :shock:

    #56 5 years ago
  57. Gekidami

    Some more impressions which teach us that the show had ‘canned applause played over speakers’ and everyone there got a “stuffed leopard cub”.

    #57 5 years ago
  58. zoopdeloop

    I’m sure those guys at Microsoft will redeem themselves tomorrow after this event-fiasco failed to impress most people (as Kinect failed to impress too sadly)

    #58 5 years ago

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