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

Tuesday, 7 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.

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30 Comments

  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

    @4
    +1

    @General
    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

    @13

    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

    @23

    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

    @27

    Halo,
    Gears,
    Mass Effect,
    Forza,
    Battlefield,
    Modern Warfare,
    Assassin’s Creed,
    Tomb Raider,
    Portal,
    MGS,
    Deus Ex,
    Skyrim,
    Bioshock,
    Rage,
    Far Cry,
    Doom…

    …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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    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out in just two weeks, and if you want to know more about Geralt’s latest adventure, CD Projekt is hosting a live Q&A now on Twitch. There’s also a new developer diary below which focuses on monster in the game. The Witcher 3 is out on May 19. Huzzah! […]

  • Forza Horizon 2′s Alpinestars Car Pack has five cars and is ready for download

    The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 is out now on Xbox One and its the only way you will ever be able to afford a 1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport. Unless, of course, you win the lottery or are left in some rich person’s will. In that case, I’ll take the ’53 Corvette, […]

  • Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition is now available in North America

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition has been released in North America. It will be made available in the Europe on May 7 and in the UK May 8 for £49.99 on consoles and £34.99 on PC. As previously announced, this edition contains all previously released DLC content as well as […]

  • Two GAME exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians now available for pre-order

    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]