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Natal Experience - What's happening as it happens [UPDATE]

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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.

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