If you've purchased Kinect Joy Ride, and you want to learn to totally max out your score, look no further than the video below. In it, Kinect creative director Kudo Tsunoda walks you through Joy Ride's stunt mode, showing you how to pull off amazing tricks for super high scores!

Kinect Joy Ride Tips - How To Get The Highest Score »


Video Kinect's Body Tracking & Video Shared Viewing

The Kinect's nearly flawless facial recognition system is a fun little way to sign in to your profile, but soon the device may start identifying what's happening in your living room and sending the information back to Microsoft's computers. Before you imagine a 1984 style conspiracy where your complaints about the government will be broadcast directly to the Ministry of Kicking Your Ass, Microsoft says they would use the information to target advertising.

Dennis Durkin, chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Microsoft’s Xbox video game business, told investors today that Kinect presents "business opportunities for targeted game marketing and advertising."

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Most Kinect games released thus far are very peaceful, whether you're petting a pretend tiger or jumping around to lose a little flab, but there's one big exception: Kinect Boxing! This sub-game of Kinect Sports allows you to pummel opponents into the ground. 

Surely, you'll want to get very, very good at this game to avoid embarrassment. If so, check out our Kinect Boxing guide, straight from Kinect creative director Kudo Tsunoda!


Kinect Sports Tips - How To Always Win In Boxing »


No one of the G4 staff has their finger on the pulse of the motion-based, animal simulators intended for kids community than our own Stephen “Pack Leader” Johnson. Is it any wonder then why we had Steve put together the following overview video to introduce you to the adorable and adventurous world of Kinectimals? Thought not.

How To Play Kinectimals Using Kinect »

Please, the internet, continue to make videos of yourself and your family playing Kinect. Kinect accidents make me so happy...as long as no one gets hurt, of course:


Star Wars Blu-Ray Details Revealed, Cut Scene Emerges

According to the BBC, a Star Wars game that uses the Microsoft Kinect controller is coming in 2011, so we may all finally get a decent motion-controlled lightsaber game! I know I've been waiting since the Wii was announced in 2006.

According to Kinect's creative director, Kudo Tsunoda:

"We have a Kinect Star Wars game coming out for next holiday [Christmas 2011]... I think you could just easily imagine being a Jedi and using Kinect to make you feel you're part of a Star Wars experience, building yourself up into a Jedi. I've seen a bunch of the game and it's super compelling."

I think a Kinect Star Wars game could totally work, but in my perfect world, the game would be controlled by a combination of the controller and the Kinect, and each would be used when appropriate. I don't want to fly an X-Wing using Kinect, but I do want to swing a Kinect lightsaber. Know what I mean?

Source: BBC

Video Kinect's Body Tracking & Video Shared Viewing

I don't know if it was the enthusiastic response around the office, the blush of new technology, or a successful marketing campaign, but I bought a Kinect yesterday. I happily hooked the device up to my 360, flawlessly set it up, calibrated it and played Kinect Adventures with my kid. In 20 minutes or so, we were both bored.

As our reviews have pointed out, the technology is amazing.  The thing works as advertised. But now what?

Rather than try to wring fun out of my new webcam, I went back to playing Call of Duty: Black Ops, using the Kinect instead of my headset. Dance Central is on its way, so hopefully that title will answer the question that keeps running through my head: "What am I going to do with this thing?"

G4's chief head-cracker Kevin Kelly is a big Sonic fan, so he was the natural choice to check out Sonic Free Riders. Check out the video below, where Kevin gives you the lowdown on the game -- how to play it and how to win it.

How To Play Sonic Free Riders On Kinect »


G4's Dana Vinson may seem like a mild-mannered video game reviews editor, but secretly, she just wants to dance! Luckily, the Kinect gives her (and everyone) the chance to live the dancing dream. Check out Dana's Dance Central tips and tricks in the video below:

How To Play Dance Central On Kinect »


Kinect Set-Up Guide

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Posted November 9, 2010 - By Stephen Johnson

If you're having trouble setting up Microsoft Kinect, we've got you covered. Below, please find a video guide to proper set-up of the Kinect, hosted by our own Dana Vinson.

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While Kinect is geared squarely at kids and soccer Moms, we know you're going to want to get high scores anyway, just as a point of gamer-pride.  We talked to Kinect creative director Kudo Tsunoda and got the inside word on how to get the highest score in Kinect Adventures.

Kinect Adventures Tips - How To Get The Highest Score »



Microsft Unveils Kinect, Formerly Project Natal

The Microsoft Kinect may be eavesdropping on you, listening to your most intimate, personal conversations without you even knowing about it. If you're not careful, Kinect will broadcast audio from your home to anyone who's playing video games with you.

Our editorial director Eric Eckstein was playing an online first-person shooter last night, and overheard both sides of a teammate's conversation with his wife. The guy was totally unaware that his conversation was being broadcast, and both he and his wife were clearly heard.

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Walmart Lists Kinect Bundle For $200

Last week, we reported that some early Kinect adopter have had problems with the device recognizing dark-skinned people, leading to speculations that Kinect is racist. This prompted Kanye West to proclaim that "Kinect doesn't care about black people." Hold up, everyone: Venerable product testing magazine Consumer Reports put Kinect to the test and found that the Kinect isn't racist.

CR took a darker and a lighter skinned gamer and put him/her in front of Kinect. Here's how CR described the results of their debunking experiments:

"The log-in problem is related to low-level lighting and not directly to players' skin color... the Kinect camera needs enough light and contrast to determine features in a person's face before it can perform software recognition and log someone into the game console automatically. Essentially, the Kinect recognized both players at light levels typically used in living rooms at night and failed to recognize both players when the lights were turned down lower. So far, we did not experience any instance where one player was recognized and the other wasn't under the same lighting conditions."

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We predicted a spate of Kinect injuries, and our prediction is coming true! In the Youtube clip below, a dad playing Kinect with his son throws out an elbow and clocks the youngster right in the face. Owwwww.

Enjoy the Kinect Injury Mayhem:

Gamescom 2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops Hands-On Preview

From Call of Duty: Black Ops to Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood to Comic Jumper, this was a big week for news from the video game music world.  We’ve got all that plus an interview with DJ Drunken Master about music he did for a Kinect launch title and a hook up for you on a killer deal for a killer game soundtrack.  Just press play, or rather, Read More.  It’s right there.  Press it!

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