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  • Blog Post: NBA 2K16's Face-Scanning Feature Is Still Not Great

    Last year, NBA 2K15 implemented a way to scan your face into the game in hopes of enabling you to create ultra-realistic-looking versions of 2K players in the game. Unfortunately, the potential of this feature was greatly overshadowed by the shortcomings, as monsters created by the game began popping... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – I Like The Kinect Because It Enables Me To Be Lazy

    It’s a controversial opinion to share, but it's one I can’t pretend about anymore – I like Kinect. I live in a house of interruptions thanks to my miniature human roommate, and as a result, the Kinect has become invaluable. It’s not its many advertised exercise functions and... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Project Spark

    We're still working on our Project Spark review , but in the meantime, you can take a look at some of our own creations and the creations of others. Join myself and Andrew Reiner as I show off my shallow attempt at recreating a Crash Bandicoot level and we take a look at what is happening in Project... More
  • Blog Post: 10 Ways The Kinect Failed Out Of Our Living Rooms

    Microsoft had such high hopes for Kinect. Jumping into the giant wake created by Nintendo's smash hit Wii, the Kinect first debuted as the Xbox 360's response to motion- controlled gaming in 2010. A huge marketing push drove early adoption of the peripheral, with sales topping 10 million in just... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Microsoft, Kinect, And The Wisdom of Flip-Flopping

    Following the recent announcement that Microsoft will be selling a $399 version of the Xbox One that doesn't include the Kinect, many are citing this as another example of Microsoft "flip-flopping," as it did when it dropped the Xbox One's always-on DRM features. They're absolutely... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Does Kinect Work If You Are GWAR?

    Update: Today brought the sad news that Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus, the mastermind behind the gross-out metal legends GWAR, has died at the age of 50. In tribute, we're reposting this video of GWAR in the Game Informer offices playing Harmonix's Dance Central. After seeing that GWAR... More
  • Blog Post: Griefing The Xbox One And The New Kinect

    The fateful day of the Xbox One and the new Kinect is upon us, and rather than spend the day playing new video games, Dan Ryckert and myself decided to grief and haze the console and the new Kinect camera to see how much we could confuse it. Standing the console up Microsoft does not recommend standing... More
  • Blog Post: Five Games That Did Motion Control Right

    After the immediate success of the Nintendo Wii, the industry was seemingly obsessed with motion control for a few brief years. Sony immediately shoehorned motion control into the Sixaxis, and later introduced the Move controller. Microsoft introduced their own version of motion control in the form of... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Demonstrates The Value Of Kinect And Entertainment Apps

    In the early days of the marketing for Xbox One, many gamers were turned off by the publisher’s insistence on showing off UI and entertainment features more than actual games. Months passed and Microsoft tuned down the multimedia hype, focusing instead on satisfying gamers after a disastrous E3... More
  • Blog Post: One Tiny Leap For Mankind: Testing Out The Leap Motion Tech

    It's a good time to be a tech-lover. With the Kinect 2.0 launching with the Xbox One this fall and the Ouya releasing last month , there are plenty of new gadgets to go around. The Leap Motion attempts to make a mark in the industry as a relatively inexpensive device that precisely tracks the positions... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Heads Up!

    If you've glanced at the iOS App Store lately, then you've probably noticed a new game called Heads Up! dominating the charts. Do you know that game where somebody holds a word on a piece of paper to their forehead and has to guess what it says based on the clues from their friends? Imagine your... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Why I'm Still Not Sold On Xbox One

    After enduring no end of criticism during E3 for its always-online and used-game restrictions , Microsoft reversed course last week , adopting the offline-friendly policies Sony has planned for the PlayStation 4. While Microsoft's change of heart eliminates a key advantage of its rival, the Xbox... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Of The Kinect

    On the eve of what’s coming next for Microsoft and the Xbox on Tuesday, May 21 , we reflect on one of 360’s experiments: the Kinect. It’s debatable whether it was a successful or not. Finding items for this list wasn’t easy once you got past the few greatest hits, but it currently... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Hits and Misses With The Xbox 360 Hardware

    With Microsoft revealing its next system on Tuesday , the time is ripe to explore what Microsoft did right with the Xbox 360 and where it could have improved. Whether or not the new console carries on the legacies of its predecessor, it's fun to reminisce about these hits and misses as Microsoft... More
  • Blog Post: TV Shows That Deserve Better Video Games

    It’s easy to write off a video game based on a TV show as a company’s way to cash in on the property. While not all of the games in the list below do that, most of them do. That’s a shame. Multiple video games exist for the five shows below – but we think they can do better. A... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Top Hand Rodeo

    Whenever a stupid peripheral or Kinect game comes in, I'm always a fan of joining up with my arch-nemesis Joe Juba and filming our experience with it. Top Hand Rodeo came in recently, and we decided to pop it in to see how we'd fare as motion control cowboys. Watch below to see Andrew Reiner... More
  • Blog Post: Red Bull: Crashed Ice – Exposing People To A New Sport Via Kinect

    Ice is unpredictable. For as long as I can remember, any sport that used ice skating as its backbone has fascinated me. Every time a competitor steps on it, not only do they have to navigate the ice’s own obstacles, but they’re usually adding on stunts. Whether it’s landing a triple... More
  • Blog Post: In The Box: If You Want Gamers To Use It, Include It

    Often, seemingly small decisions have a profound impact. This is true in life, and doubly true for companies that manufacture video game consoles. Since the beginning of this generation, tech experts and journalists have spent thousands of words breaking down the difference between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation... More
  • Blog Post: Nike+ Kinect Training Impressions Part Two — Fuel For Thought

    And I’m back. It’s been a few weeks since I first started writing about my experiences with Nike+ Kinect Training, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped using it. I’ve done my best to carve out time for workouts, even when I’d much rather be doing…just about... More
  • Blog Post: Nike+ Kinect Training Impressions – Starting Out

    I've dabbled in exercise-based games since Your Shape Fitness hit the original Xbox (No, I don’t count the Nintendo Power Pad.) In my latest foray into the genre, I'm running (and squatting, and lunging) through one of Nike + Kinect’s four-week training programs. In the first installment... More
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