News Site Update (and Debate) 5/22/14

Is Xbox Kinect the future of gaming?

  • Yes

    Votes: 6 20.7%
  • No

    Votes: 14 48.3%
  • K'nex were better

    Votes: 9 31.0%

  • Total voters
    29
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Comments

#2
I think the question posed in the debate is an interesting one. Do I think that gestures, voice commands, and all those other things are the future of gaming? Yes. But do I think that the 360's Kinnect or XBone's Kinnect 2.0 are going to revolutionise the way we game overnight? No. At least not given their current (limited) capabilities and Microsoft's marketing strategy.

The Kinnect represents the shift that I (and seemingly most Sci-Fi writers) believe that gaming and technology will see in future however I'm just not convinced that the Kinnect that we have now is the future, today.

Just my opinion.
 
#4
Neat! It's nice to see that you guys still have the spirit of putting effort into this site and trying to make things better for everyone!

:y:
 
#6
It makes me uncomfortable to sit and game naked now... Knowing there's a device watching me, uploading stuff to the interwebs, listening to me...
It all gets a bit creepy and soon enough it'll be sniffing you and touching you, offering your balls a free scratch with Xbox live gold.

It's all bad stuff :(
 
#7
I feel that for motion capture based gaming to work right the games are going to have to change in ways that we have not yet imagined. Our current types of games work very well with a controller or mouse, the two were designed side by side. I think it is going to be a while still before we start seeing games that really work well with that type of control scheme, potentially late into the life of the new Kinect.
 
#8
I feel that for motion capture based gaming to work right the games are going to have to change in ways that we have not yet imagined. Our current types of games work very well with a controller or mouse, the two were designed side by side. I think it is going to be a while still before we start seeing games that really work well with that type of control scheme, potentially late into the life of the new Kinect.
This. Turns out that the first game to fully use 3D free-look with a mouse was Bungie's Marathon in December of 1994; the mouse had been a concept since 1965 and became widely popularized with Apple's original Macintosh computer in 1984.

Point is that changing the way we think about things takes a long time, even once the hardware has become standard and popular. I believe Kinect is the right way to go, but it's going to be a while before we really see it become a natural feeling extension of our intentions, like the mouse has become.
 
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#9
YES!!!! KINECT IS THE FUTURE OF GAMING!!!

...unless Oculus Rift's virtual reality headsets come to the market first.
 
#10
it was just a fad and now its going away Oculus rift is the real future of gaming and probably some other industries