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Today's Bridge: I got to explore a few more locations that appear to be there for no other reason than to pad the game a bit, which isn't a bad thing, and made two more types of tea. Only one left! Also, some guy actually still wanted tea after I served him the wrong kind. Usually, they stop wanting tea before I can even ask them about it.

Today's Work: I had to fill out a very small version of some huge tables I'll have to fill out in the next few weeks. Yay. Also, lots of questions and things to review.

Got some video work to do - I think I can manage to clean up audio, at least for a first pass, while watching House. It's all about staring at the waveform and silencing anything that isn't obviously speech.


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Nov. 9th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
Nov. 9th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Will you be staying in RI over a month?
Nov. 9th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
And who DID you think I was?
Nov. 9th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
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Nov. 9th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
Nov. 9th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
I have no personal opinion about the Kinect as I have not seen it but the reviews from <lj user="theferrett" seem quite positive. What do you not like about it? (I'm genuinely curious 'cause I've only seen video/news clips of the silly thing.)
Nov. 9th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
I've just been seeing negative reviews and the flaws are pretty apparent. There are control issues that I think will permanently separate the Kinect from being able to support anything but gimmick games, unlike the Wii, which manages to have some traditional games and only really lacks in hardware power. Maybe people who like flailing around, or as I'm told they call it these days, "dancing" will enjoy the Kinect as it is now, but I see it as a niche accessory that will need an upgrade before it's worth anything to most gamers.
Nov. 10th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
That makes sense to me. It definitely seems to not be a hardcore gamer thing. I don't even know how they'd manage an FPS on there, for example.

Thanks for explaining your viewpoint!
Nov. 9th, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
The intro paragraph from my not-yet-posted review:

"If the concept of the Kinect has somehow passed you by over the last several months, you should know that it is a motion control system for the Xbox 360, the last of the major consoles to receive this treatment. It uses IR projection, camera-based object tracking, and voice support with noise cancellation (aided by four microphones) in a package that resembles a miniature speaker bar, complete with a motorized base. The game library is meager and, with rare exception, nothing you haven't seen elsewhere. It is expensive and at times still reeks of a first generation product. You will also own one eventually. This is the future of gaming and that is not an understatement."

Also, I am not being paid by Microsoft.
Nov. 9th, 2010 11:28 am (UTC)
I remain convinced that Kinect is definitely not the present of gaming, and probably not the near future of gaming. I don't think modern technology was up to the task, but maybe it was good enough for a concept demo. Still seems expensive to me for a concept demo, though. But you're probably right. It IS a Microsoft product, and they own us.
Nov. 9th, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
At least Gates gives back via charity. LOL
I must admit that Kinect is of no interest to me, even if I had an XBox360. The Wii does the same thing and costs a lot less with a huge library. Why is XBox trying to compete this late in the game? Did I miss something?
Nov. 9th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
It's a competition. Anyone who doesn't compete, can't win. I just don't see the average gamer running out to get yet another piece of gimmick hardware, especially when reviews are so mixed. Maybe Microsoft is making enough money on it to afford to improve it. Curt's mentioned some great ideas for games using the technology, but I don't think motion alone will ever be sufficient for mainstream gaming. I think there's always going to need to be some device with buttons on it.
Nov. 9th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
"always going to need to be some device with buttons on it.

Agreed. Even Wii had enough sense to give people something to hold while playing that has buttons.
If Microsoft wanted to compete with Wii, they needed to have a massive library at launch.
Nov. 9th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
Well, the Wii didn't exactly have a huge launch library either. People have just come to trust Nintendo to have good games (eventually) with interesting control features, such as the DS. And even Nintendo's track record isn't exactly pristine. Look up info on the Virtual Boy if you don't remember it and want a good laugh. The Angry Video Game Nerd reviewed almost every game for it in a single video.
Nov. 9th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
The Wii has a few inherent flaws. One of the first is that part of the motion control requires line of sight between the IR sensor bar and the front of the Wii Remote. It has some buttons, but only half that of competing game controllers. It ended up supplementing their Remote with add-ons and eventually full controllers (ones that lacked any support for motion control). Sony removed certain function from even their Move+Navigation controller combination, but at least their solution has a more sophisticated tracking mechanic. Kinect doesn't actually replace the controller out of necessity. The fact that the current lineup doesn't use buttons is not a limitation of the system, rather a decision by the developers. There is absolutely nothing stopping a game using a combination of the well-liked 360 controller AND the Kinect's motion tracking. I'm certain it is only a matter of time until someone perfects that balance in a way that we never expected.
Nov. 9th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
I shall be interested to see how this plays out. But to be honest, I doubt it would sway me to replace my Wii, even if my Wii dies.
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