“By taking the controller out of the equation, Microsoft has solved a problem that didn’t exist.”
Tom Chick, Fidgit
One question nags at me about the-technology-formerly-known-as-Natal: what’s it for?
Have people really been hanging out for a breakthrough in motion-controlled gameplay? I don’t think so. I think core gamers and the wider market alike are politely disinterested – in the legal sense, of “not having the mind or feelings engaged”. They may yet be convinced, but they’re not clamouring for this.
So what, right? Nobody knew they wanted a Wii until Nintendo told them. And this is, pretty clearly, an attempt to improve on the Wii. Microsoft is doing what Microsoft has always done best: take someone else’s successful idea and build on it. Continue reading →