With Kinect, you can play games without a controller! The question is, do you want to? The post-E3 answer – at least, for the kids Microsoft lured out to its van with promises of Halo and Gears of War – seems to be a resounding “no.”
Microsoft senior director of global marketing for Xbox 360 Albert Penello, however, says they’ll be singing a different tune soon enough.
“I mean the hardest part is really trying to make people understand the same group of people who built the stuff that they love now are working on this stuff, and it’s not about alienating, and it’s not about abandoning; it’s about expanding,” Penello told IndustryGamers.
“The first thing that comes to mind is the casual types of games, but I’d like to see what a first person shooter would be on Kinect someday. I don’t want to see Halo band-aided into Kinect, because Halo is a controller game, and I think that would be not what we’re trying to achieve. I want to see what a new type of experience would be. And you’re just seeing the first generation of stuff. So, this is really about doing an ‘and’ thing for us. Getting new types of genres, new types of customers, and then continuing to serve the core with great games.”
For now, though, Penello says Kinect is for “getting other people in the house.” Mom, grandpa, the disconcertingly tech-savvy cat, etc. And in the meantime, at least Nintendo has your back, core gamer. Yep. And Microsoft’s making a game about jump-roping cats. Now then, can someone call a repairman? We’re pretty sure reality’s broken.