Over the last two days of E3 I have had the chance to spend several hours watching gamers, journalists and people in the industry play with Microsoft's new Kinect. All of them have been impressed. They compliment its accuracy, its amazing ability to identify multiple people and the sheer “cool factor” of a controller-free system.
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But none of them talk about the games.
That's because we've seen all of these titles before. Sure, Wii games require a little remote, but the fact that you can play tennis without a controller and dance without a pad doesn't make any of these things more enjoyable.
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In the end, Kinect's main allure lies in its implications for home entertainment. There are tons of cool games you could design around such a system, but none of them exist yet. All we are seeing at E3 (from Microsoft and Sony) are clones of games the Wii (or someone else) did first. There's nothing new under Kinect's sun, and that's a real shame.