Gnnnngh. Bloody internet.
I’ve been unable to get Wi-Fi in my room for some of the day, hence this post being both later and shorter than usual. Today was mostly a free day – after being given a bum steer on the location of a toy store by one of the hotel staff (andl I’d walked seven blocks to get there) I decided to go to the cinema to watch The A-Team, which was a big, dumb, loud mess of a film, but entertaining in a guilty-pleasure kind of way.
The evening, however, was absolutely batshit mental. The Cirque du Soleil Kinect (nee Natal) event saw the entire audience donning ponchos with giant shoulder pads which lit up at specific points in the performance. Kinect was posited as being one of the most important developments in the history of the world, and the subsequent display was by turns ludicrous, utterly pretentious, silly, funny and brilliant. It’s just a shame the game stuff was scripted, though a later go on Kinect at an exclusive event revealed why – it’s not always the most precise thing in the world.
That said, it’s also rather a lot of fun, and once you get used to its foibles, the problems are definitely reduced, or at least a little easier to avoid. There’s a terrific dancing game from Harmonix and the bowling in Kinect Sports seemed much more precise – and also fun – than almost anything else we tried.
Anyhoo, a good time was had by all, control issues notwithstanding. Price is going to be all important for Kinect, as is getting the product out there so families can see exactly what it’s all about. Microsoft is sitting on a potential goldmine here – it’s just whether it can realise the possibilities of its unique device, and indeed whether the expanded market thinks it’s really worth having.