Tuesday, November 09, 2010

"Rider, meet horse. Horse, meet rider."

Recently, the guys at Giant Bomb recorded a number of Quick Looks for some of the new Kinect games released for the Xbox 360. I'm not a huge fan of the new motion technology; I'd very much rather stick to the traditional ways and get my hands on a controller. And I don't think I'm missing out on much right now. Just watch this (rather hilarious) Quick Look and you'll get what I mean.

How frustrating it must be for Ryan Davis to keep attempting to get that damned horse over those obstacles and continuously failing like that, and to have the game (and Jeff Gerstmann, quite humorously) repeating the same line over and over again to mock his failure. But what was he doing wrong? And what did he do differently during the times he actually succeeded? We don't know, and maybe we'll never know, and that's what makes it so wrong. Games such as this don't exactly require skill more so than knowing which awkward position you need to force yourself to be in just to actually "play the game right". It's not fun. There's no feeling of satisfaction and triumph when you beat your friend in a game like this, and people tend to get sick of games like this after playing through them a few times, unless they are always having new friends coming over to their place, excited to try out something they've never played before. And then there's the possibility of them running into moments like the ones Ryan Davis had.

That really takes away the purpose of owning a gaming console in the first place. I don't wanna own games that just make me look stupid and not enjoy myself. I don't know. Maybe some people actually dig this stuff, but for me, it's still in the experimental stage. The only Kinect games that I actually approve of are those exercise games like Your Shape: Fitness Evolved and The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout (there are Quick Looks on both those games as well, if you wanna watch how they are played), as they actually serve a good purpose other than to add to someone's collection of bad games with clunky controls. Maybe in a few years' time, when the rough edges of motion gaming technology have been buffed out, I'll get my hands on a Kinect device and my first Kinect game, and try out the new gaming experience that Microsoft has been so excited about.