Should You Buy A Kinect Tonight At Midnight?

Posted: Nov 3 2010, 12:37pm CDT | by , in Shopping | Gaming


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Should You Buy a Kinect Tonight at Midnight?
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Only if you feel lucky.

I know what you're thinking. "The Kinect goes on sale at midnight. Should I buy one, or should I wait until a game I actually want launches first?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this motion capture gaming excitement, I'm kind of conflicted myself. But being this is the first controller-free gaming system, and that it can't deal with a dirty room, you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?"

Well, do ya, punks?

Because buying a Kinect at launch like this is a bit of a gamble. These are the games available at launch. Some of them, like Dance Central, are pretty nifty. But unless you're way into Harry Potter or some bog-standard fighting games, there's not enough meat here to satisfy many gamers.

The Kinect is also kind of temperamental. I tried it out a few times at E3, and in each situation the 'gaming area' had been set up in an ideal fashion ahead of time. Even so, the system didn't perform perfectly and not all gamers will have enough space to really make it worthwhile.

I understand the urge to get your hands on the latest gaming tech as soon as it becomes available- really, I do. But while a console at launch is also light on games, you can at least rest safe in the knowledge that a steady stream of new content will be headed your way, some of which is bound to be amazing. We don't have the same guarantee with the Kinect yet.

Microsoft has managed to make something unique and undeniably cool, but what they HAVEN'T done is found the best way to use this new tech to make great games. Developers and studios are just starting to get their feet wet with hands-free gaming. It's going to take time, maybe even another year, before Kinect gaming really comes into its own.

Of course, the Kinect has other uses, more focused around home-entertainment. That's worth considering, but is it worth standing in line at midnight in the (location depending) freezing rain? If so, I'll see you there.

In my capacity as a journalist, of course. Unless Dance Central proves too tempting. I'm not made of stone.

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