I’m with @feenwager on this one. I started out on a 2600 (so I’m not QUITE as old) and have, for the longest time, thought that the concept of controller+system+tv was a.o.k with me. You throw in a whole new concept of motion control, and it seems as though you’re taking away that which is the most basic and pure about games. I think, at the root of it, I’m just afraid of change. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to see things come into existence that I didn’t understand because I was getting too old for them. I don’t want that to happen to my precious games. If it gets to the point that I can no longer play a game because I have have to worry about slipping a disc or whether or not I’m going to be sore the next day, that creeps me out a bit. I have a Wii, and I thought it was great with the whole motion control concept. In reality, it fell short for a lot of games and the only ones I play now have a brief hint of waggle, and then I’m turning the controller right back to the NES style grip.
That’s borderline moot point, though, because I realize that I’m quickly approaching the cut-off for key demographics and that I’m going to have to accept that one day. Getting old sucks.
In all actuality, I think my major problem with Kinect and Move is that we’ve only thus far seen copycat games associated with the devices. I’m not going to quote the major news blogs, but I don’t think we’d disagree that we’re getting another batch of Wii Fits, Just Dances and Wii Sports Resorts. I got into an argument with someone one twitter (real mature, right?) about how I thought Kinect was going to sell like gangbusters right out of the gate and be collecting dust in 6-12 months without a triple A title to go along with it. The only thing we’ve seen so far is a mock-up of a lightsaber game (admittedly bad ass if it actually worked) that wasn’t even legitimate. He argued that I “just had to give it time” and I should stop hating on it. I strongly disagree with that. If you want me to accept change and welcome it with open arms, don’t give me a pee-trickle stream of games out of the gate and expect me to stick around and wait for the good stuff.
Those of you that know me, know I have strong negative emotions towards Apple devices,. However, companies could learn a few things from them, no matter what business they’re in. Apple devices work and make truckloads of money because they take the time to make sure they debut a new device with some bang-up software behind it. The iPhone’s success doesn’t ride entirely on the mobile device, because let’s be honest, it hasn’t changed much over iterations. It’s big seller is the plethora of apps and games and what-have-you that back it up (although the device isn’t THAT bad itself). If M$ could have got Clifford B to do something like @George said, and sneak in a few Kinect moments into Gears 3, I’d be the first in line for buying it, but I’m not paying $150 to jump a raft down a river and kick a soccer ball at some little kid. I can do that for free in the neighborhood park.
I can see where you’re coming from A.J., because your optimism with this device is astounding, but I can only drink the kool-aid so much before I start wondering if it’ll finally be the death of me.
I WANT Kinect to work. I want total immersion in my gaming experience. I just don’t want my gaming experience to be dancing to Lady Gaga while rafting down an imaginary river.