Talkabouts: Xbox Kinect

Posted: November 5, 2010
Talkabouts: Xbox Kinect
Abbie Heppe and Xbox Kinect expert Dana Vinson talk about the technology behind Kinect and discuss whether or not the Kinect games are actually fun.

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  • crackbomber

    Go to ign for an honest review 7.2

    They're not trying to sale it like the g4 pitch women. Maybe direct tv will let their kinect infomercial air every morning.lol....


    Posted: November 7, 2010 8:50 AM
  • ZCube

    I'll try and say what many can't really articulate. Show like these (talkabouts/ feedback) are solely opinion based, so no one should get pissed off if Dana really likes Kinect. I really like JRPG's and portable gaming, there are many people out there who like Cooking Mama. My point is stop the bashing if someone doesn't agree with the overall consensus. These shows are a gift and a curse. They are able to describe games in a better light than just another typical review, however, at the same time, personal bias' are easier to be seen. This nature creates a journalistic conflict when it comes to reviewing games (hence, the crazy accusations of Microsoft paying off G4). If shows like this were more prevalent in other gaming sites (which it seems its starting to get that way) the forums would be flaming much like G4's have been lately.

    As for the Direct TV shots...those are some real low blows. If they don't have TV outlets anymore than a lot of people will lose there jobs. Saying that, I think G4TV should focus solely online. I don't care to watch reviews and previews of games I don't like. I'm pretty most will agree with that too.

    I love the online G4 shows they have, wish they'd throw some more good stuff at us especially portable gaming, cause that section is lacking...

    Posted: November 7, 2010 7:39 AM
  • Snork34

    So many people keep saying how Kinect is skewed for younger audiences and family oriented. We hav no idea what future generation Kinect games are being made. The reason the initial games are family oriented is purely a marketing ploy. One of the draw backs on the kinect that isnt mentioned is the price tag. $150 is a pretty hefty price tag for a console peripheral. So to really be able to sell them they have to initially market it to as many people as possible. I.E. Kids AND the parents that are buying them.

    If say Gears of War 3 was part of the initial kinect release lineup, there probably would have been a good number of parents that would have stepped back from it. But Microsoft and game publishers are all about making the bling. I can assure you that game publishers are taking close notice of the Kinect sales and are just lining up dev teams to pump out games for Kinect. Games for all audiences.

    Posted: November 7, 2010 7:10 AM
  • autofaux

    A Kinect expert? Perhaps.. a Kinexpert? Ohhhhh!

    Posted: November 7, 2010 6:57 AM
  • emiru69

    I really don't understand why so many people are so focus on PS Move vs. Kinect. They are not that similar, Move is more precise (especially on wrist movements like in Table Tennis) but it lacks the full body detection that Kinect has. I don't see the negative comments regarding Move and the camera, I think you guys just tried Sports and that Party game and that's it. I played MAG lying down in the sofa and I had no problem with the range of the camera. Kinect is fun and easy to use but the set up is a pain (especially for the soccer mom/dad who doesn't know anything about consoles), there is also a delay on quick movements of the body. Also the voice recognition can give you troubles depending on where do you have the Kinect and the 5.1. It is normal that X-Play supports Kinect just check how many advertisements MS has in each X-Play episode. I usually dislike the "conspiracy" theory but it is strange that any of you mentioned an obvious fact: Kinect has a delay on quick movements and you will need a lot of space, nothing terrible but it is there. Even "Xbox the official Magazine" mentioned these facts so don't lecture me about fanboys.

    Posted: November 7, 2010 2:33 AM
  • tdogg06051991

    I don't know sorry I just feel like I went to far by saying I think Dana is horrible but anyway the fact that I wanted them to critique this as a Hardcore product. Like could I use this for a awesome FPS with no problems. I see nothing great coming to those people. Hey this a great product for people who don't play games but it is not a good one that has perfect accuracy or even good lag time. This product is just yuk and doesn't do the gaming industry that I want to be in any favors. If companies just have to make casual games to make money they will. Personally I don't want to see that happen but it will. 20 years from now I can't see companies caring about me because there is little money in it for all the time spent making it.

    Posted: November 7, 2010 2:33 AM
  • Bowmanganie

    Yep the Kinect is for kids and women. If it gets more hot blondes frequenting the local Gamestop to get Dance Central or pick something up for their kids, I am all for it. The PS3 fanboys can keep holding on to their glowing dildo's, I'll get KINECTED...

    Posted: November 6, 2010 8:21 PM
  • mark82234

    wheres milo

    Posted: November 6, 2010 7:50 PM
  • akafighter408

    got my kinect and it works great the only thing that pissed me off is that they said you would be able to watch netflix on it and when i went to the kinect hub it was not there. I called xbox and they said that netflix is not supporting that tech right now they might have a update later down the road. thats bull when they promoted having it on there and im not getting a zune account

    Posted: November 6, 2010 7:34 PM
  • toothofymir

    Wow, I cannot believe the amount of misogynistic crap that some people post on this site.

    Posted: November 6, 2010 4:15 PM
  • jonnysniper_

    OK, first of all Screw Dana Vinson she seems to be riding Kinects nutsack too much. Full of crap saying how Move doesnt work. The setup is not difficult at all and it works very well with various games. with that said I will be getting Kinect and cant wait it does catch my attention and i hope that it is as innovating as the reviews i am reading about. I really think they should have had someone else review Kinect not a MS fangilr or Sony fanboy just someone who could be more or less an all around gamer and doesnt have any resentment towards any other system . Hopefully i can find it its sold out everywhere


    ps screw you Dana kthxbye

    Posted: November 6, 2010 3:50 PM
  • Thakker

    Ok.. so theyve proven it now. Girls can play games. Thanks. Now wheres the real male reviewers?

    Posted: November 6, 2010 2:51 PM
  • magozel

    It is amazing how Nintendo changed the entire video game industry...

    Posted: November 6, 2010 1:51 PM
  • thefallenenigma

    Ok, I can get with what they were saying. In my opinion the Move has the ability to play games that have more depth like Killzone 3 but the Kinect is simply a more impressive piece of tech, that is really more family oriented instead of hardcore gamer oriented. They're different, and they preferred the Kinect over the Move, but the more important question is was it worth the new terrible dashboard.

    Posted: November 6, 2010 1:10 PM
  • FaroDemon

    Does anyone else wonder why there are two women reviewing kinect? I know I'm not.

    Posted: November 6, 2010 12:14 PM
  • AngelsandDemons


    Posted: November 6, 2010 11:22 AM
  • AngelsandDemons

    @JustTheBeginning....I here you. I give G4 credit for being my first online source for gaming news. But, over the years, the other big three give much more objective critiques of software and the women of G4 definitely review with their emotions. In this current review, they basically slammed SONY's Move and failed to address any of the critiques (i.e lag) of the the Kinect. G4 reviews are becoming less journalist and more opinion/editorial. Aside from Sess, who will at least address criticism and support his claims with some logic, the rest of these reviews could have been written by high school students...amateur time.

    Posted: November 6, 2010 11:20 AM
  • lucidity

    It's over:

    The reviews are done and averaged on Metacritic.

    The scores sit higher than Move scores.

    The tech works..and

    John Q Public has already cast his vote using the one thing that matters most, his wallet. Sony shipped 1.5m to the US and has a 50% sell-through, Kinect is selling out.

    Haters still linger all bitter about their defeat.

    Suck it up Princess, is there really nothing happening on PS3 sites?

    Posted: November 6, 2010 11:16 AM
  • crackbomber

    didn't know you'd go all technical on me.lol...

    all i know is kinect=eyetoy

    if sony had g4 pitching their stuff sure they'd sale more as well.

    Posted: November 6, 2010 10:56 AM
  • lucidity

    Someone's confused, let me help

    Xbox live Vision camera = eyetoy = PSeye

    Why, because none of these devices by themselves can see in 3D space. By adding glowing snowcone the Pseye gets 0ne 3D reference. Kinect sees everything in 3D by itself.

    But hay, you keep telling yourself that, problem is no seems to believe you based on sell-out sales.

    Posted: November 6, 2010 10:42 AM