05 November 2010

My experience with the Kinect so far...

Good news: I'm not sore and I burned quite a few calories!
Bad news: My apartment does not have air conditioning so while I was up until midnight playing Dance Central, I was sweating like a kune kune piggy. Not very sexy (or cute).
Even worse news: The Kinect takes very unflattering photos of you and you can actually share them. I plan to delete all of mine thankyouverymuch.

We've only played two games on the Kinect - Kinect Adventures and Dance Central - and both are awesome to boot. Since we live in a tiny apartment, we had to reconfigure the furniture placement and came to the conclusion that we have a lot of furniture. Everyone knows (or cares to know) that the Kinect requires at least 6 to 10 feet of space for ultimate playability, and the device needs to be at least 2 to 6 feet off the ground. Yeah our Kinect was about 1.88 feet off the ground in front of our TV, and we barely had 6 feet of play space, and that includes pushing the futon/couch up against the dining table, which in turn was pretty flushed up against the sliding glass doors. Can we say fire marshal no-no?

To work around this dilemma, we figured that the best way to maximize our play space without sacrificing all our furniture was to mount the Kinect on the wall about 2 feet above the TV. After testing this method out and recalibrating the device, we got an additional 2 feet of play space - perfect! The bad news here is that we have to wait until there are more Kinect wall mounts in stock from EVERYWHERE, or we're going to have to pony up the $3 for a small shelf from Ikea.

Stay 'tuned for a review of Dance Central - the game that makes you feel like a cheerleader in a strip club :) 


Jim said...

So now my Wii is totally obsolete, huh? Well, at least it streams Netflix.

Vickipedia said...

to-tal-ly! Unlike the Wii, your body serves as the controller; no physical remote is needed. The Xbox allows you to stream Netflix; the Wii just recently got on board with that