One of my buddies brought his Kinect over last weekend. I had never used it before, but was intrigued nonetheless after being inundated by Microsoft’s advertising. We had fun laughing at each other during Dance Central (the Teapot is the bane of my existence), racing down river in Kinect Adventures, and we even played fetch with a Black Panther in Kinectimals.
He left the Kinect at my place so he wouldn’t have to pack it up again. I fired it up on Monday thinking about all the fun I was about to have… then a sense of awkwardness swept over me. I tried to shake it off as I played a couple of minigames in Adventures. I thought playing fetch with my Black Panther would pick me up, but things got weird when he wanted to be rubbed. Dance Central? Forget about it–Doing the Club Monster in “Pokerface” made me look around to see if someone was watching.
I don’t feel that way when I play “normal” games, so why do I feel like this with the Kinect? All week, the Kinect camera has been staring at me from just below my TV. I’m starting to get the feeling that the Kinect is watching me and my life is going to turn into a Portal episode.
Have you played the Kinect by yourself? Do you get weirded out, or is it just me?