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Submitted by philpee2 1150d ago | opinion piece

E3 2011: The Kinect Disconnect

This year at E3, Microsoft’s focus was clearly on Kinect. Be it Kinect integration with controller-based games or a slew of new Kinect games, the wildly successful controller-free peripheral had a massive showing. Unfortunately, it failed to impress. (Casual games, E3, Fable: The Journey, Kinect, Kinect Star Wars, Mass Effect 3, Microsoft, Ryse: Son of Rome, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Xbox 360)

Just_The_Truth  +   1150d ago
I don't own a Xbox or kinect but watching that conference made me sad. The coolest things shown were the 3rd party games. Everyone defended MS and believed in them and this is what they get. I'm not even glad i can throw this in the faces of the people that constantly defended kinect, no now i'm just feeling sorry honestly.
MariaHelFutura  +   1150d ago
The coolest thing shown was a weapon customization screen......let`s be honest.
SilentNegotiator  +   1150d ago
It was children's games, games on rails, and some voice implementation that could be done using any cheap microphone (the implementations shown don't REALLY take advantage of Kinect).
The Great Melon  +   1150d ago
Arghh... the rails. Sure there may be more games now, but everything is on rails!
Pedobear Rocks  +   1150d ago
How many developers does MS own? Of course most of their games are going to be 3rd Party (and thus this gen almost all multiplat to boot)
cheetorb  +   1150d ago
So long MS, it's been fun playing with you.
live2play  +   1150d ago
ok yes i honestly think that 8 year olds will have a blast with kinect, its great for them
but e3 is no place to impress kids and casuals.. they are not watching
YOUR AUDIENCE IS A BUNCH OF GAMERS
Mr Tretton  +   1150d ago
A big part of the E3 audience is also investors and publishers.

Not defending MS or anything, just saying, E3 is not all about gamers. E3 used to be something we couldn't even watch in the past.
SilentNegotiator  +   1150d ago
True. The original Playstation was announced pretty much with a powerpoint.
darthv72  +   1150d ago
we have becomed spoiled...
expecting flashy stuff on stage and substance in the games that are shown. But if we let our own personal hype get the best of us we will never really see what is being shown.

Sometimes it isnt about what you see now, its about the potential in how something is made and giving ideas on how to take it one step further.
Cajun Chicken  +   1150d ago
Kinect became a microphone today.
darren_poolies  +   1150d ago
haha this made me laugh, bubble for you!
LOLconsoles  +   1150d ago
Plenty of material for images at least.

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PSjesus  +   1150d ago
M$ is a company looking for profit only and don't care about
fans.
ForROME  +   1150d ago
Welcome to what we call a "business" wallet first, no matter what company we are talking about, dont sound narrow
Kyur4ThePain  +   1150d ago
Unfortunately, most of the demonstrations looked downright retarded.
Everyone looked so smug with chests pushed out into next week and yet they were hardly interacting with the onscreen images.
ForROME  +   1150d ago
awww Im sure you said the samething last E3 when you thought it would be a flop, to bad you looked "retarded" once the dust settled

LOL anyone who uses the word retarded, is retarded LOL
Kyur4ThePain  +   1150d ago
You're equating sales to quality. If you think that "playing" unresponsive on-rails games is a good idea, knock yourself out. I think it looks and plays stupid.
jamstorr86  +   1150d ago
Star Wars was the biggest dissapointment of the lot. So much potential thrown away just to make use of the kinect. Scrap kinect and you would have had a nice game there.
KratosGod3  +   1150d ago
Unfortunately I think the next xbox name will be... Kinect720, for sure.
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Umb  +   1150d ago
MS is company...
It reason for being now is to make a profit for the shareholders, anything else is secondary or third.

MS sees the potential of the causal especially with the children demographic as a gold field prompted by Nintendo's Wii success this gen.

MS also may feel that with so little internal studios, the numbers of exclusive they have can not match Sony's, since 3rd party are now all heading multiplat anyway and MS is not about to dish out the same amount of money at the beginning of this gen to secure 3rd party exclusives.

Kinect games are also cheaper and faster to produces over a traditional AAA titles, and the same level of production values is not required. Children will be just as excited about the colours and character on screen to worry about FPS, pop-ins or screen tearing.

Its about the economics of the business and MS has decided to head down this particular road for the potential profits to be made. Sony may also feel the same and may also directing resources for the children/casual audience, since now a days parents tend to give in to their children and buy things for them.
philpee2  +   1150d ago
First of all, every company is interested in profit, not just MS. Second, Microsoft may not have a lot of exclusives, but I guarantee you Gears of War 3 and Halo Anniversary will sell more copies than every Sony exclusive combined. They don't need a lot of big exclusives, because the few they have are so damn successful.

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