I was looking through my computer for an Animal Crossing image and found this image entitled Animals_PlayDead.jpg. From June 2010, via the good people at Microsoft. I had to share, because, well, this picture is just great. Really sells how.... special... the Kinect is/was. Feel free to annotate it.
Once the poster lovable wild animals for Microsoft's motion-sensing Kinect peripheral, the Kinectimals now appear to be feline ambassadors of goodwill to the iPad and iPhone. How very odd.
You might think Microsoft's Kinectimals (actually developed by the guys who made Lostwinds), is for kids. It's all cuddles and sunshine. Nunh unh. It's a killer.
If you eagerly snatched up a Windows Phone 7 when they launched last year, dreaming of a mobile applications that allowed you to extend your Xbox 360 games beyond the television set, then this is the app for you, only it's Kinectimals.
Kinect launch title Kinectimals was a fine showcase for Microsoft's motion-sensing technology, but it was all about cat. They should have just called it Kinecticats. This problem, like many others, has been fixed via liberal application of bears.
This year, China is releasing a new controller-free gaming console. New for China, that is, as the world already played this when it was called Kinect.
This cake featuring a crashed Air Force One is based on a game David Braben's Frontier Developments is making. Their most recent work was the toss-frisbees-at-cute-tigers game Kinectimals. But could this be Braben's reminder of something thought lost, something cooler?
My cat has co-starred in a number of stories I've posted about Microsoft's Kinect in the past couple of weeks, mostly by accident. She likes prowling through our house, making cameo appearances in videos I shoot. Not with Kinectimals, though.
The Halo franchise has infiltrated a Kinect launch game. What kind of gesture-controlled Halo are we talking about? Video spoilers below.
The Xbox 360's Kinect launched today with more than a dozen games. We played through half a dozen of them.
Don't mistake Kinectimals for a Nintendogs clone. This is the closest the Kinect launch has to a traditional video game, one that eight year old girls are going to coo at.
Kotaku reader Ken was lucky enough to score an early, pre-launch copy of Kinectimals. Unfortunately, he put that copy of the Kinect cat game in his Xbox 360 to unhappy results. Learn from Ken's harrowing tale.
Many people played Kinectimals at Microsoft's gameplay day in Germany yesterday, but no one played it with as much skill or heart as our own Michael McWhertor.
If there comes a day when Kinectimals works, it will be better than Nintendogs. That day is not guaranteed.
So the Microsoft Kinect is official, and we've seen a list of exciting new titles making their way to the Xbox 360 motion control device, but where's the innovation? Is Kinect changing the game, or delivering more of the same?