Project Natal is the Future We Didn't Ask For

Ripten's Dylan Duarte takes a look at Project Natal and compares it to other "future" alternative solutions for things that work just fine the way they are now.

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dizzleK3054d ago

soylent green is made of unsold natals!

Parapraxis3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

I find it somewhat amusing that many people think that complex hand gestures (with Natal) will be easy for people to quickly adapt to.

They couldn't be more wrong.

How many people here use mouse gestures in their applications?
A simple click of a button or slight movement of a mouse will always win until we have an interface so responsive that a twitch of a finger can open a context menu or highlight text.

darkmurder3054d ago

Motion controls is the future I didnt ask for.

villevalorox3054d ago

I could not agree more with you.

webeblazing3054d ago

the cheat code is the startrack sign it took me 10 yrs to learn

FrankDaTank3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

I'm sorry but what about this is complicated exactly?

xDaRkModEx3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

We didn't ask for dual analogues, looks where that got us too.

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Triella3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

I repost this very self explanatory video about Natal

kerrak3054d ago

By the looks of this video, the experience is fun for somthing as long as 3-5 minutes. Replay value FTW!
The only area where i see natal genuinely owning is dancing games.

wages of sin3054d ago

How does this trash get approved? Oh wait...

NYPunk883054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

christ can you imagine holding your arms in that position for several hours? bad idea.

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Nostradavis3054d ago

To be honest, I never got on the Wii bandwagon either. I just don't like playing games that way. Maybe I'm just old, but I prefer games played with a controller that doesn't force me to get up and shake my limbs like an idiot.

knight6263054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

To be Honest Wii and Natal are two different things...Wii uses controllers Natal doesnt. Do you get the picture now? but the only thing they have in common is u have to move ur limbs but at least Wii doesnt make you look like an idiot

@nostradavis iam not bashing the Wii iam just saying they are two different things but all iam saying is Wii might make u look like an idiot but at least u have a controller not like Natal that doesnt have a controller and u seen the videos of people looking dumb playing it

Nostradavis3054d ago

Knight, I understand that there are differences between Natal and Wii, and I am not knocking either one of them in terms of their appeal to others who want that sort of thing. I'm simply not interested in it.

To me, gaming involves your mastery of a controller or keyboard and mouse. It's just the way I grew up playing games. So until they are able to make games that completely submerge you in a VR world I'm going to stick with the old D-pad.

CYCLEGAMER3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

This article is wrong, from the beginning. Microsoft never said that Natal is here to take over for the controller. They have said many times that nothing will replace a controller in video games. It is simply a new way to play. Either you decide to be apart of it or not its your choice. No need to hate it.

Nostradavis3054d ago

It's an opinion piece MELMAN. And to think that companies who see a huge profit in the casual sector will not dump more money into it, thereby making it the hands-down future of gaming whether we like it or not is just silly. I just hope that when the day comes that a videogame involves flexing your nostrals I am long gone.

poopface13054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

Most of the people in the world think video games are dumb anyways.

Anyways, the stupidest looking videogame players will always be the people who make violent hand gestures while playing games with a regular controller.
you know youve seen em. Like when your friend used to thrust the controller into the air every time mario jumped.

I will always prefer a normal pad to ANY type of motion controls.

niceguywii603054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

Only Ps3 fanboys take this gripe at face value. Natal is its own future its not suppose take over traditional gaming. If you don't like it don't buy it no one is forcing you to buy Natal nor is Natal forcing Sony and PS3 fanboys to copy or buy it.

xDaRkModEx3054d ago

lmfao at 2.1.4 poopface1

I know people who play like that in fps games. xDD

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sickbird3054d ago

hahaha the 3 people who disagree must like waiving their limbs like idiots haha.

xxLuckyStrike3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

waving around a lit up dill rod that is simply a wii remote in desguise...good one guy ....if it was sony you guys would be all for but its many sony fanboys in denial...lmao

Parapraxis3054d ago

@ greeneagle, are you blissful in your ignorance?

I wanted to dismiss Move as a mere rip-off as well, but I couldn't, because it isn't.
You can have your smoke & mirrors though, I'll go with a new input format that will allow me to play games like SOCOM 4 and RE5 with as much if not more accuracy than a DS3.

Bigpappy3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

This will show the haters that not all the bloggers in the world are M$ fanboys.

M$ is going to draw casuals that Wii could not. Natal is more casual and has a greater "WOW" factor than the Wii.

The Move is more of a direct Wii competitor, as it looks and plays similar. My feeling with the Move though, is that it will need games that apeal more to the Wii crowd that the current Wii games, or it will end up just selling to current PS3 owners who what to play FPS in a different way. I don't believe that is what Sony is really hoping for, but that is what I am sensing will happen.

Natal on the other hand is completely new and approachable to the casuals. They just walk up to it and start doing magical stuff. I predict that this will be what people are trying to get for fun and keeping in shape this Holiday season. Casuals don't want to play for 10 hours at a time. A good fun 2 hr workout will be move that enough to make it worth the cash. Nothing to figure out, just buy it and use it. For Natal to fail M$ will have to screw this up in a major way.

strickers3054d ago

Completely new?Seems a bit like the old Eyetoy to me.It may be much,much better but it's not a new concept.Good luck playing for 2 hrs.You really never played eyetoy,did you?

CYCLEGAMER3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

ummm I understand that this is an opinion piece but the author is basing his opinion under false pretense. While feeding off the hits of ps3 fanboys (oops maybe I shouldn't have said that word), but everyone knows that anything anti-microsoft will get a whole lot of hits from this site.

Anyway get with the program, there will always be games that use buttons, if not then I agree with you, I will be long gone too, but for now I am enjoying all of my games on both consoles as well as the ones to come!!

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knight6263054d ago

i find that slogan stupid IMO "no controllers required for the future" a game is no fun without the controller is like imagine a tv without a controller have to move ur arms waving them to try and chance the channel...take more movement compare to a controller

Sandwich Bender3054d ago

Hahaha, I actually added the "for the future" part. But the fact that you thought it was part of the original slogan means I did a good job picking the font!

And I agree, "no controller required" is silly.

knight6263054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

i guess u got me there but i still think M$ wants this to be the future for gaming only reason i said its stupid

@MastermindPS360 you might be waiting for Natal but i know for sure Millions of poeple arent waiting for this its to costly that people might not buy it

MastermindPS3603054d ago


I agree.

but same goes for move. 4 more controllers and 4 nunchuck parts plus the pseye....(if you have a family) vs one camera that reads 4 ppl at once....move will be extremely more expensive than natal...thats just a fact.

Parapraxis3054d ago

Realists gonna...realize?

SOAD3054d ago (Edited 3054d ago )

It doesn't matter if by the end of this you are right.

The fact is that ever since Natal was announced a year or so ago, the PS3 fanboys were constantly bashing it and hating it.

It wasn't due to realism that they did this. Fanboys are irrational. This time, they may happen to be right in their assessment, but a broken clock is right twice a day, so it doesn't matter.

If I predicted that every product a company would introduce would fail, I would be right 50 percent of the time. Then I'd be like, "See, guys? I told you so. I'm not a hater, I'm just a realist."

MastermindPS3603054d ago

I look forward to natal and MILLIONS also....just some on n4g that hate but that .000000001 % will be unheard so meh

Nostradavis3054d ago

I think you are missing the point Mastermind (assuming you even read the article). This is not about hate, it's about an assumption that this is what we as gamers "need" or "want." I'm just not sure the majority (or even the minority for that matter) of gamers actually want this darn thing.

MastermindPS3603054d ago

i read the article..that was just to the haters on n4g man.

I just found out there was a new gow coming out on psp!!!!

seriously i hate the my wallet is coughing up dust for all theses games

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