So it’s been a good amount of time since Sony and Microsoft released their motion controllers: Playstation Move and Kinect, respectively. This week’s topic stirs the pot in the new arena of motion-control devices where we are still in need of having something tangible in our hands (Move) or if we are content simply using our bodies to affect the action.
The Nintendo Wii (this will be the ONLY time it’s mentioned) was a must-own console in many gaming households due to its unique feature: the motion-control device and allowing players to ‘be active’ while playing a video game. All of us enjoyed Wii Sports (and, later on, Wii Sports Resort) because it allowed us to bowl, box, and play tennis or baseball without having to actually leave the comfort of our homes. Sony and Microsoft have seen this as a need and crafted motion controllers of their own. My opinion is that Nintendo’s console is now virtually obsolete. Only if you enjoy the Nintendo first-party franchises (e.g.: Super Mario Bros, Zelda, etc) will you feel the need to bother with that console.
At the moment, Kinect seems to be winning out in the motion-controller war, but the winner will truly be the platform that takes full advantage of the capabilities of the technology (see all of the Kinect hacks that are out there as the proverbial tip of the iceberg) and allow future games to utilize its functionality.
Being able to motion a grenade throw in a FPS that actually throws the grenade would be a fantastic start. Or maybe a certain motion in a future iteration of Dragon Age (for magic spells) and Mass Effect (for biotics) in order to use certain abilities. That would be absolutely amazing.
At any rate, the readers of STIR aren’t interested in just me. They want to know what the rest of the crew thinks. Here’s your weekly helping of P*N’s thoughts:
Oh, I knew this would happen. Finally I have to admit that I am the biggest hypocrite in the gaming world. So, in September of last year I posted a largely (read: entirely) negative article about how much Kinect would suck. Then I played it at a Best Buy for 20 minutes and became a turncoat. It’s just one of those things (I think the 3DS will have this effect for many, too) that you just can’t possibly get until you play it. My family and friends had a fantastic time acting the fool with it over the holidays, and I just recently maxed out my rank in Dance Central (my personal favorite). I am concerned about what is to come, because I really only know one retail game I’m interested in and that’s Child of Eden. But with recent announcements of games like The Gunstringer, my prediction of the peripheral being perfect for download only games seems to have been spot on. So I turned out to be completely and utterly wrong all those months ago. Well, Kinect makes me happy, and as a great and unfortunately named man once said, “I’d much rather be happy than right any day.”
I am definately leaning towards the Kinect. First off – I don’t have a PS3 (yet). Secondly – I think the Kinect will get more use in my household since we also have a Wii, Move just doesn’t feel like anything new.
I haven’t purchased a Kinect yet mainly because I’m waiting for more games of interest to support it.
I doubt that [Kinect hacking] will have any real impact on the gaming aspect of Kinect but it just goes to show the quality and potential of Kinect as a piece of hardware.
It does raise an interesting question, if you had the skill and ability to use Kinect in any fashion, what would you use it for and why? I would probably do something to automate my room. Imagine if you could open your window by waving your arm? Turn the TV on/off with a vocal command, switch lights on and off with a snap of your finger (oh wait you can already do that) Okay so not the best example but it could be the start of something big, either that or it’s the first step towards the world predicted in Wall-E.
I haven’t picked up either the Kinect or Move (it doesn’t help that I don’t have a PS3), and I don’t plan on doing so any time soon.
This is because I really don’t care about motion controls to begin with. I bought a Wii back in 07, and sold it not even a year later. Never touched it. Wii Sports was fun, and Mario Galaxy was a’ight (then again I don’t really like 3D Mario games to begin with), but other than that, I never got much use out of it.
Maybe this makes me a cranky old man, but I like what I like. And what I don’t like is putting any physical amount of effort into doing something that’s meant to be relaxing. I don’t want to dance. I don’t want to wave my arms around. I don’t want to simulate playing baseball. I just want to run around stabbing and shooting dudes in the face.
And you don’t need motion controls for that.
I would buy a Move controller – mainly because I have a PS3. Would I buy a Kinect controller if I had a 360? Probably as I like the fact it is hardware free for those playing the games.
I do think both are let down buy a lack of “must have” titles though. I’m not saying the Wii is any better off here but if it wasn’t for the fact my kids love Just Dance then I don’t think it would get used all that much.
Jim Magers | jimmagers
Anybody remember the Nintendo Power Pad? When I was little I used to dream about motion controls but now I’m older…fatter…and lazier… I honestly can’t handle it. Maybe I’m too “old school” but I really don’t like the idea of flinging my arms around. Put your hands up if you’re a coach potato like me!
**I’m with you, Jim.**
MY FINAL STIR
Most consumers that want motion controllers seem to lean to their preferred platform, obviously. Personally speaking, I probably would never buy Playstation Move even if (when??) I purchased a PS3.
I honestly want to know what the point of motion controls are if you STILL HAVE TO HOLD A CONTROLLER!! With the Wii (promise that’s the final time I’ll mention it), you had to hold the Wiimote which looks similar to the Move’s controller (aside from the colored tip, of course). You have to strap it to your wrist to make sure that you don’t throw it through the television.
It’s blatantly obvious that I prefer Kinect over Move. And that’s not because I prefer Microsoft to Sony. Not one bit. Well, maybe a little. Either way, true motion controls are only achievable using one’s body. That’s my final stir.
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Now, drop down into the comment box below and let us know which you prefer (Move or Kinect… none of that ‘other’ console business down there) and why. There’s a war going on out there! Who’s side are you on?!
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