Kinect and Play
Physiotherapy Jobsare going to be all the rage when hospitals receive the latest casualties from one of gaming’s great inventions. I am of course talking about the X-Box Kinect which since its release has become the fastest selling piece of hardware in gaming history. The only problem with Kinect is that you do need a large living space in order to play it properly.
I tried one out for the first time the other week. I started with Kinect Sports, a seemingly simple yet colourful range of mini games designed to test your whole body reflexes and cause grave injury if anyone is unfortunate enough to get in your way. I enjoyed the football game and it really served to demonstrate just how sensitive and clever the Kinect system is. It tracks your whole body movement and the delay between you moving your hand and the avatar doing the same is less then half a second on a bad day. I really was quite surprised at just how easy the system was to use.
Being a hardcore controller gamer I remember being initially reticent to use Nintendo’s new Wii system back in 2006. Now though I can’t imagine not owning a Wii as whilst some of the games were clearly rushed to take advantage of the new control system, most of the games are clever, intuitive and most of all fun! Microsoft were watching closely and have followed the idea through to its logical conclusion. Now if only Sony could step up their game a bit, we’d see some real competition!
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