HeedMag Geekswagg Podcast Episode 21 – Missing Makeda: The Kinect-less Effect
BJ “Bunneh3000” and Jason “DirtyHelmet” are forced to hold down the fort once again as casa del Makeda “The Grim Phreaker” gets back online. This episode gives the original Geekzillas the opportunity to sound off on Microsoft’s Kinect-less X1 announcement amongst other pre-E3 reveals!
It’s clear that Microsoft is feeling the wrath of the gaming community despite the modest sales numbers for the X1. The Geekswagg crew has plenty of opinions on what was done and what Microsoft really SHOULD have done. While Bunneh3000 and Dirty both like the X1 experience, they both are still puzzled why the ease of use WITH A CONTROLLER was sacrificed for the voice recognition.
Then the crew jumps into what they expect/desire from this year’s E3 conference from all three console makers.
It’s amazing to see Microsoft drop the new Kinect as quickly as they did. Honestly, a big-time Kinect exclusive was necessary to get this X1 ball rolling. After seeing some of the industry reaction (especially from Harmonix), it is quite clear that we probably won’t see an innovative new Kinect exclusive anytime soon. Many have already deemed the small market an indie-only experience going forward and even that is still a big question mark on the Xbox One nowadays. So does this move truly mark the ‘end’ of the Kinect? Is it doomed to forever become the Just Dance-Fitness item that no one cares for?
Personally, I hope not. I’d love to see the return of gun games (as evidenced by the Kinect Sports Rivals minigame) or something of that nature that has just enough depth to pull in more casual fans than the dancing market. Heck, I STILL think the next best evolution of the Rock Band experience would be to have the ability to scan yourself into the game (as is done in Kinect Sports Rivals) and then have real music video performances? Then you could have power moves (aside from just lifting the guitar) that could boost the crowd’s love of your performance. Trust me, Bunneh3000, has ideas for DAYS on one of his most favorite games of all time.
Come and listen and sound off. What do YOU think of Microsoft’s new decision and direction?
(blazin’ intro music: “Valley Of Doom” by Random from TeacherRapperHero Vol. 2: Two Weeks Notice (mixed by DJ DN³), released 14 June 2011 produced by DN3. contains elements of “Valley Of Doom” by Bear McCreary (DarkVoid)
For more Bunneh3000, visit www.bjbrownjr.com and follow him on twitter @Bunneh3000
For more Grim Phreaker, visit www.zgameronline.com and follow her on twitter @ZGOTweets
For more DirtyHelmet, follow him on twitter @DirtyHelmet1