Kinect is not for you

Recently there has been a lot of discussion around the launch titles for Kinect, mainly around the fact that there are no hardcore or core games being released and the video footage that we are seeing isn’t filling anyone with much confidence about the device.

But here’s the thing, Kinect is not being designed for you. If you are reading this you are a core gamer, you spend part of your free time playing games or reading about games and you are not the target market for Kinect.

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Wizziokid3014d ago

i think i can decide on my own what is for me and what isn't thanks...

GavinMannion3014d ago

Did you read it? The point is that Kinect is being marketed and targeted towards casual gamers for now so complaining about how it doesn't enhance the core experience isn't going to get you anywhere.

This isn't an anti or pro Kinect rant it's merely an opinion

0mega43013d ago (Edited 3013d ago )

as it points out that kinect is targeted towards the casual cash cow

as microsoft just wants a piece of the pie

even if in the process they've forget about the core audience and fail to secure exclusives

inveni03013d ago

I was at my in-law's house for dinner tonight, and we played Wii Bowling. My wife, my 5-year old son, my 11-year old nephew and my mother-in-law's 70-something mother. The Grandma was using the Wiimote for the first time, and it showed. But she was having fun. I told her about the soon-to-release Kinect, and she thought that it sounded really cool. Not having to worry about buttons really appealed to her. I told her that I didn't know for sure if it would work as good as they wanted it to, but she still sounded interested.

And it makes sense. No buttons works for that audience. It just doesn't work for me.

I like buttons.

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Immortal3213013d ago (Edited 3013d ago )

I thought casual gamers play games casually, not turn on a game system and get sweaty, or "move around."

most parents that want an active child don't buy games, they put them sports.

what boy wants to play with an virtual animal that don't kill? +

well at least MS is doing one thing I appreciate. when the kinect sells millions, I will know how many stupid parents are out there.

inveni03012d ago

The reason my in-laws have a Wii is because my nephew is fat.

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Newtype3014d ago

some people need info before deciding for themselves. You only go based on what Microsoft shows you? The fake demos from e3?

Wizziokid3014d ago

i never said anything about my thought's on kinect, I said I will decide for myself if I want it or not which currently I don't I would rather have a personal hands on with the tech before making my final call.

Anon19743013d ago

The author isn't trying to decide what's best for you to buy. He's offering his opinion and experiences. How is sharing that his 5 year old daughter is hyped about Kinectimals somehow telling you how to spend your money?

There's no doubt that Kinect is being marketed towards the casual gamer. If you think that notion is flamebait somehow, I don't know what to tell you.

JsonHenry3013d ago

I had no intention of buying this. Until my 3 year old daughter saw that "Kinectimals" demo with the tiger...

Now I have been informed by my wife that I must buy (waste my cash) on this device.

My original goal was to boycott ALL the motion devices until an actual hardcore game came out that I wanted to play.

skrug3013d ago

get the pseye with eyepet it would be cheaper xD

callahan093013d ago (Edited 3013d ago )

@inveni0: I hear what you're saying, but at your grandmother and anybody else out there who thinks similarly, I mean, come on... surely they've operated a television before. THAT requires more buttons than Wii Bowling! And you have to operate a TV to operate a Wii or Kinect or any other console application. If they can turn on the power, change the channel and adjust the volume, I don't see how pressing A to confirm selections and using the B button to simulate holding onto and letting go of the bowling ball could possibly be too much to handle.

Persistantthug3013d ago (Edited 3013d ago )

When a Wii is already on the market.

People have had 4 years to buy a Wii, and the casuals who would want such an item, most of them already have it.

Kinect is an add on device.
Major Add on devices never sell more than 10 to 20 percent of its total install base.....never, never ever.

Because of history, I'm not convinced this is going to be "home run, hit it out of the park" add on device Microsoft seems to want it to be.

Couple that with the fact that it also doesn't seem to work very well....but we should save that for another time

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EVILDEAD3603013d ago

The author of the article is right..Kinectimals is going sell Kinect alone for all the families who own the 360 and have young ones in the house..

Everyone is complaing that Microsoft went after the casuals..but look at ALL the MOVE games released in 2010 and they are all casual too. The fact that you can use Move as an alternate control device for Heavy Rain doesnt make it a Move title..

It's all about the Wii Sports copies and supplying thwe casual market for both peripherals..

We will all see how it truns out for Microsoft and Sony by the end of the year..


aceofspades3013d ago (Edited 3013d ago )

but move is actually good and fun, thats the difference. ok off to work bye

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GamerEdie3013d ago

I have to agree with Darkride. This is clearly an opinion piece from a mother of a five-year-old who, quite correctly, points out that the ambivalence that Kinect has received from core gamers isn't reflected in the mom-and-dad set.

I'm not sure why people think this is flamebait. There's no baiting here. She's quite clearly saying "This peripheral is not made to be popular with core gamers... but casuals and family gamers are already salivating."

If you're complaining about the provocative lede or first graph, then maybe... I don't know... you're a bit sensitive?

aceofspades3013d ago (Edited 3013d ago )

man ps eye is the shiz, getting eyepet E D I T

DJMarty3013d ago

I like my tech to actually work.

MOVE all the way.

cereal_killa3013d ago (Edited 3013d ago )

Right now no it's not, the games are crap and childish if this is they way M$ is planning on going with Kinect I will never purchase it. With them not giving any support to any of there hardcore market (Halo and Gears) and maybe the possible support for Fable 3 but we will see what happens. I had high hopes for Kinect when it was 1st announced this is what the Wii should have done in the first place but time and time again kinect is proving to be another rushed product by M$ (massive lag, smoke n mirrors demos) just like the 360 maybe they should really take there time with this and make sure it works right in stead of using the same old slogan "who cares if it works right the Muppet's will still buy it over and over again".

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