You know, in the year that's passed since I was last on Feedback, a lot has changed. It's better looking, more professional, and the studio smells a whole heck of a lot better than ever before. You know what hasn't changed? Sitting and talking gaming with some of the best in the business is still a damn good time. This week, your humble narrator joined Adam "The Hammer" Sessler, Abbie "The Jackhammer" Heppe, and Dana "Hammertoe" Vinson for a discussion about Madden NFL 11, as well as a look back at the stifling heat of QuakeCon 2010.
Ubisoft today revealed a bunch of track for the Michael Jackson The Experiencee at Gamescom today. The all-singing, all-dancing vid game coming out for the Kinect, Wii and PlayStation Move will be out this fall.
I'm a big enough man to admit when I am wrong, and earlier this week, when I told you all that Microsoft's Kinect will understand sign language and be able to read lips, I was wrong... sort of. While a patent connected to Microsoft's device does specifically state that it can understand sign language, the retail device won't be able to. Here's the official statement from Microsoft:
"We are excited about the potential of Kinect and its potential to impact gaming and entertainment. Microsoft files lots of patent applications to protect our intellectual property, not all of which are brought to market right away. Kinect that is shipping this holiday will not support sign language."
While Microsoft's Kinect seems heavily geared toward families and other "casual" game players, the company is not ignoring the early adopter audience of more "serious" game players--a just-revealed Kinect bundle includes a 250GB harddrive, a headset, and some already-installed "games and demos."
The beefier Kinect 360 was spotted on the Australian box of the 4GB Kinect bundle, so there's no word on price or which game/games some in the bundle. We don't even know if this is an Australia-only SKU or not... but as soon as we hear more, we'll let you know.
What stands out to me here: Would it kill Microsoft to include an HDMI cable? What about you... are you planning on buying a Kinect? What do you think of the bundles that have been offered so far?
Today, we learned that a patent filed by Microsoft for Kinect's technology includes the ability to understand American Sign Language and read lips. The patent gives the example of a user being able to tell another player he's been "pwned" non-verbally, just by mouthing the word.
Reader Sam00's comment highlights the often vast gulf between the possibilities for a technology and what the technology actually delivers..
I can see this now:
Kinect: Your opponent would like to let you know that you have been ponied.
Player: No PWNED!
Okay, it probably won't work great... but a guy can dream, right?
According to a patent application recently uncovered, Microsoft's Kinect will recognize American Sign Language well enough that those who "speak" sign language will be able to navigate menus, enter text, and even participate in chats in real time.
Even more amazing, the device will apparently be finely tuned enough to recognize lip motions and recognize what is being "said" by those who can't speak. Here's the example from the patent:
MTV Games revealed a bunch of tracks coming to music game Rock Band 3, as well as some more of the music that will be featured in Kinect-powered movement game Dance Central. The Rock Band tracks run the stylistic gamut from Marilyn Manson's "Beautiful People" to Foreigner's "Cold as Ice," but seem heavy on the nostalgia....
As far as the Dance Central tracks, they are all excellent pop hip-hop. Just what you'd want in a silly dance game.
But hey, click the "Read More" and see for yourself.
By this time tomorrow, you’re going to be up to your elven cosplay ears in G4’s Comic-Con 2010 coverage, and while I would say I’m sorry, there isn’t really anything to be sorry about, since it just means you’ll have offensive amounts of Comic-Con info to consume at your leisure without the need to brave the interesting smelling crowds of the convention yourself. That’s our job, and we cherish it. But seeing as Comic-Con proper doesn’t kick off until tomorrow, we’ve decided to put together a very special pre-Comic-Con Feedback for you this week featuring the countess of comics herself Blair Butler chatting about all of the week’s biggest game news, and, of course, the big CC, with host Adam Sessler, Abbie Heppe, Matt Keil, and, for the first time, G4tv.com’s features editor Kevin Kelly.
Hulk might prefer to smash, but here on Feedback, we prefer to discuss...and then smash:
- Microsoft announced this week that Kinect will retail for $150, and will come bundled with Kinect Adventures. They also revealed a new 4GB Xbox 360 console, and Kinect bundle.
- Connecticut has joined 11 other states in support of legislation proposed by California to restrict sales of violent games to children. Needless to say, this whole situation disturbs us quite a bit.
- And speaking of things that disturb us, there continues to be chatter about Activision considering the idea of introducing a subscription model to future Call of Duty games. Despite what Treyarch says, the decision is ultimately Activision's, and that's definitely cause for concern.
Feedback: All of the heroic potential of the Fantastic Four, only we're sometimes more than four, and quite a bit less fantastic.
The AUDIO MP3 of this episode of FEEDBACK is available here: Right-click and Save.
Want to get your hands…I mean, no-hands on Microsoft’s Kinect before its November release to decide for yourself if it’s worth all the hype? Then you’ll definitely want to check out when/if the newly announced Microsoft Kinect Experience Mobile Demo Tour will be rolling into your town.
Fans eager to get their hands on Microsoft’s upcoming slate of games will be able to do so at the Xbox 360 booth; the booth will be open for the duration of Comic-Con. If Kinect has your interest piqued, then you’ll want to stop by Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Experience Room at the Hard Rock Hotel where you’ll be able to try out a number of Kinect titles including the E3 darling Dance Central and Kinect Sports.
Cheats and Walkthroughs
EA’s upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was listed as one of the Kinect launch games available as part of Walmart’s newly announced Kinect bundle. Funny thing is, EA hasn’t mentioned Kinect support for the game, and, in fact, they aren't planning to mention anything about it for the time being either.