Bleszinski hits out at Kinect criticism: “If you don’t like it, don’t play it”

Tuesday, 7th June 2011 12:32 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Epic design boss Cliff Bleszinski has hit out at those criticising Kinect at an after-conference event from Microsoft at E3.

At the event, Bleszinski said it was simple: if it’s not your thing, don’t go for it.

“If there gamers out there that are weird about it, like, what’s the problem? If you don’t like it, don’t play it,” Bleszinski said at a behind closed doors developer session from Microsoft following its press conference last night (via EG).

“I had an interesting conversation where one of the PR people pulled me aside and was like, ‘It has come to our attention that you might not like Kinect.’ I’m like, ‘does anybody read my Twitter feed? I went to the fucking launch of it in New York.’ I love it.

Bleszisnki continued: “This is so strange. It’s Move that I dog on all the time. I don’t want to hold the two goofy-looking aeroplane-coming-in things, right? Less plastic on my coffee table as far as I’m concerned is a good thing.”

On the subject of Kinect integration for Gears 3, Bleszinski said that if it did end up adding something, it would be tacked on considering the development timetable.

“If we were to get around to doing something Kinect-based, we would want to dedicate something to it and really knock it out the park and make it a Kinect game.”

Bleszinski noted his love for Kinect Fun Labs during the same event, saying he loves the recently-announced tools.



  1. Freek

    People expected more games and more quality games. Stuff like Dance Central or Child of Eden. Games that play to the strenghts of the platform.
    Not shitty voice recognition or forced motion controlls into military shooters or mini game collections. We had all that terrible stuff on the Wii already, learn from that.

    Don’t try to deflect legitimate criticism with silly one liners. Build better games developers.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DirtEHarry

    We don’t complain about Kinect. We complain about the lack of controller-based 360-exklusives.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. LOLshock94

    @2 we get the best multiplatform games you selish douche seriously just face it microsoft are trying really hard to impress the hardcore and the core and tbh what we just seen was enough to make them impress both

    #3 4 years ago
  4. DuckOfDestiny

    Oh the hypocrisy, “It’s Move that I dog on all the time.”

    You know what they say Bleszinski , “If there gamers out there that are weird about it, like, what’s the problem? If you don’t like it, don’t play it.” In fact, I believe it was you who dropped that little pearl of wisdom.

    I like the guy, but he sure does need to listen to what he says sometimes.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Dralen

    I don’t play it. You’re right Cliff, it was really simple.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Saying “if you don’t like it, don’t play it” is fine – I don’t and I won’t. The trouble is, if you don’t and won’t, Microsoft are doing precious little for you these days unless you’re really into Halo.

    That’s the gripe – not that they shouldn’t be doing Kinect, but that they shouldn’t give up everything else in order to do Kinect.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Fin

    If I don’t like something, I won’t play it (or complain about it in the comment sections of websites).
    However, the problem people have with Kinect is quality developers (eg Lionhead) spending time making games that’re solely to push the hardware, rather than doing what they’re good at.

    Edit: @6 – you beat me to it!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    Pretty much what Blerk said; Saying that people ‘dont have to play it’ is cool, but MS are hardly leaving much choice.

    Effectively Cliffy, you may as well have said: “If you don’t like it, change system”

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Mike

    He’s got a point. Don’t like it, don’t play it. Don’t like 360, sell it, or don’t buy it.

    There’s plenty of other stuff to choose from.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. KAP

    I love the fact he has so much to say about the MOVE yet he comes out with a statement such as this?!

    I hate to say it but from what i saw all evening MOVE (for me) seems like the more attractive bet in terms of the titles coming for it.

    Move is a wii just more responsive and Kinect is an eyetoy just more…… ermmmm… funds for advertising i guess.

    If you put a gun to my knob, i’d choose a MOVE. It’d have to be a very big gun though.

    Edit @6 Good point dude, very good point. Halo 4, 5 and 6…. they are really getting desperate.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. frostquake

    All I really care about is that they don’t sacrifice core games for us Controller based gamers and turn all their focus on Kinect. So as long as they make great quality games for me as a Controller Gamer, then fine, I won’t complain, and so far they are doing fine.

    It’s when they come out with a Halo ? insert Number that is Kinect only or Gears insert number and it is Kinect only and they don’t give us Controller players an option that I will have a problem…but I really don’t see that happening.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DrDamn


    There is an argument that investment in Kinect brings in new users, uncovers a few gems which all users can enjoy and ensures future investment in all sorts of titles for Kinect or not. I do think they don’t have the balance right currently though and I’d like to see more diversity in their core exclusive boxed titles.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Blerk

    Indeed, Mike – you could choose Sony instead who now appear to only want to sell you Move, 3D and HD remakes. :-D

    #13 4 years ago
  14. KAP


    The reason they sell HD remakes because we asked for it.
    Ok, maybe not 3D or MOVE but Sony are the one company with the most exclusives out this year so give them ‘some slack.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Mike

    @13: Aye. Or you could DL all the great-looking XBLA titles, get Skyrim, Arkham and all the other great 3rd-party stuff and be content? :)

    Or wait for what Nintendo does in a couple of hours and buy that!

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Blerk

    @14, I’ve said lots of times that Sony’s first-party output is generally far stronger than Microsoft’s, that’s no secret. But their E3 show this year was pretty weak on the PS3 front once you got past the stuff you already knew about.

    @15, yeah – like THAT’S going to happen. :-D

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Mike

    @16: :)

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Christopher Jack

    What a hypocrite, he says “don’t like it, don’t play it” then he goes on to criticize the Move. No one’s complaining about the games themselves, they’re complaining about the shift from core to casual.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. ManuOtaku

    Well i not agree with him, if some people doesnt want to play it you need to convince them with good games first, like the wii did, in my eyes microsoft is starting to do that but they need to keep this rhythm post E-3, iam very interested in Ryse, minecraft, star wars kinect a the gunslinger marionette game, dance central 2 and kinect sports 2, but they need to keep offering good and interesting games thats all, in my eyes they are on the right track, but you dont want that attitude, dont patronize the consumers, convince them.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Espers

    Thanks we won’t buy it !! away my $$ GOES !!! :P

    #20 4 years ago
  21. alimokrane

    Well duh! stating the obious but that is not the problem! it’s being forced down our throats in games that we want to play with a controller but cant because they are playable only via Kinect! add to that the horrible first party support and you’ve got yourself a loosing console. Mattrick claims the console will outsell its rivals globaly next year – Dream on mate, it’s not going to happen.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. sg1974

    I won’t. Not until you make real games for real gamers

    BTW, he complains about Kinect moaners then moans about Move. LOL

    #22 4 years ago
  23. blackdreamhunk

    maybe he should that about the pc too.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. TheBlackHole

    Can’t argue wiv C-Blizzy. Fo shizzle.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. TheBlackHole


    perhaps you could this because the xbox also.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. minxamo

    I’m not pissed off that there are kinect games out there (well I am a bit, since it really kills the 360′s reputation) I’m pissed off about microsoft focusing on kinect stuff for 3 yr olds, instead of proper games for the majority of their fanbase.

    Kinect has sold less than 10 million copies, and there are 55 million xbox 360′s sold, yet the MS conference was 70% kinect stuff.

    Kinect also killed Fable, which i’m not happy about.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. onlineatron

    Alright, I won’t play it.

    Side note: What do I play on my 360 now ;P

    #27 4 years ago
  28. TheBlackHole


    Mass Effect,
    Modern Warfare,
    Assassin’s Creed,
    Tomb Raider,
    Deus Ex,
    Far Cry,

    …no, you’re right. I can’t think of anything to play on my 360.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. blackdreamhunk

    maybe he should have said that about the pc too.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Herlock

    Cliffy go work in MS!!!
    Boring PR!

    #30 4 years ago

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