Totem Ball is Microsoft's free venture into the world of the new Xbox Live Vision Camera. It's a smart little idea. Like Katamari, you control a free-moving rolling creature that progresses across a simple landscape collecting "totems." Each totem you collect adds a musical instrument to the soundtrack, building a full more rocking beat. The more you collect, the better the music and the more doors you open up to progress. Seems like a decent little concept in theory. Too bad it works so poorly you'll actually want your money back. Only it's free.
Although both high-definition consoles currently have camera peripherals out on the market, it seems Sony and Microsoft have two rather different strategies regarding the integration of cameras into the console entertainment experience. Join The Exploding Barrel as we compare the cameras' features, the roles they play for the two consoles, and the the variety of applications that take advantage of these ocular add-ons.