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USA Today talks Kinect, mentions games [UPDATE]

Monday, 14th June 2010 01:38 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Update: Looks like USA Today has pulled the post. We thought it read a little too “past tense”, honestly. Put up too early perhaps.

Original: USA Today is reporting that Project Natal is now indeed called Kinect.

The article even mentions some of the game titles that will be controller-free, something which creative director Kudo Tsunoda feels caused a barrier.

“For lots of people, that controller is a barrier,” he said. “We set out to make a new control paradigm where anybody can get in and play, without having to read the instructions or learn a complicated set of controls”.

Here’s some of the games the post mentions:

  • Kinectimals: It lets you train and play with 20 different virtual cats, including a lion, cheetah and tiger (oh my! -ed)
  • Joyride: Which was shown at E3 last year, and allows you to pull your hands toward you and push back out for an acceleration boost — and their bodies to execute jumps and tricks.
  • Kinect Sports: Six sports activities – boxing, bowling, beach volleyball, track and field, soccer and table tennis.
  • Kinect Adventures: This is the one with the river rafting game that includes a time trial and obstacle course, playable by up to four players. On the raft, playing as a duo, you and a partner must lean one way or another to steer. Jumping helps the raft reach special areas for extra points.
  • New games being developed from Lucasarts and Disney featuring Star Wars characters and iconic Disney favorites.

Microsoft’s Marc Whitten credits Nintendo with getting the motion control ball moving:

“They have done some amazing things and brought new people to the category. This is fundamentally different. It’s (about) my body being the controller (and) being able to communicate with just my voice to the system.”

So, there ya go.

The event is happening in less than a couple of hours, hopefully we’ll know more then.

Thanks, Lupine.

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7 Comments

  1. Redh3lix

    No Kinetic COD. I am disappoint.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. onlineatron

    I’m kind of interested in Joy Ride… but i’m still not convinced that holding my hands in a steering wheel position will rival tactile feedback.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. ExclusivesMostly

    keep it comming VG247 :)

    #3 5 years ago
  4. 52pickup

    So far I see:

    EyePet

    Modnation Racers

    Wii Sports

    Wii Sports Resort

    Just Dance

    Quite frankly i’m not impressed. There better be some hardcore games,I was thinking 2 or 3 at launch,my hopes are slightly dwindling.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. onlineatron

    I’d be sucking some sour grapes if the Star Wars game turned out to be lightsaber centric.

    Gamers everywhere have waited years to have motion controlled lightsaber came, and I doubt I could stomach if that game ended up using a control scheme without and hilt to grip.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. The_Red

    I’d be beyond happy if the Disney game turned out to be Epic Mickey.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Those games sound fantastic! No, wait… I mean ‘shit’. :-D

    #7 5 years ago

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