Posts Tagged ‘kinect’

If you don’t know who Tim Schafer is, or the games he’s made, I suppose that’s acceptable. However, if you don’t know what Sesame Street is, that’s sad.  You have clearly missed out on a fantastic childhood filled with Oscar, Elmo, Big Bird, and the rest of the crew.
That aside, Tim Schafer, the genius behind the Monkey Island series, Grim Fandango, and Psychonauts, has announced that he will develop a Sesame Street video game for the Xbox 360.
Currently known as Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, the game will feature classic characters such as Elmo and Cookie Monster.  In addition, Tim Schafer plans to utilize the Kinect technology to help create an interactive “storybook” style gameplay.
I may be a little biased here, but I think that everything that’s come out of the mind of Tim Schafer is genius.  Despite that, some of his games have had some mature content, so I’m a little worried about what Tim might bring to the table here (see Grim Fandango and Brutal Legend).  But based on his past successes though, I am confident that Tim Schafer will hit home rather than scare kids and their families.
Depending on how the game looks, I may decide to give it a shot to re-live my childhood and experience another Tim Schafer game.  Expect Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster to hit the shelves in the fourth quarter of this year (IGN).

– Mike Thal

Gears of War 3 out September

Gears of War, the popular, and ever so gory, third -person shooter series now has an official release date for its third and final installment. Gears of War 3, which was originally set to be released sometime this spring, now has an official release date of September 20, 2011 (IGN).  IGN also states that there is some speculation as to whether the game will use Kinect, Microsoft’s new motion sensor technology for the Xbox 360.
I’m sorry, but what?  Motion sensors for a shooting game?  Don’t get me wrong, I think Kinect is a really cool concept.  Motion sensing technology without a controller is a fantastic idea.  But how that could possibly be efficient in shooter?  Imagine, when you have to go into cover, you dive behind your couch.  Or maybe baseball pitch motion could activate a grenade toss.  Either way, it just sounds ridiculous in concept, and I’m pretty sure that most people playing Gears of War are not avid Kinect gamers.

And that, my friends, is what really grinds my gears of war.

– Michael Thal