[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 was coming to Minneapolis, GI's Dan Ryckert called their management to set it up and, perhaps not surprisingly, Dave was game for it. It's very typical of GWAR, taking time out of their busy day to do a silly dance video for free with a bunch of game journalists they didn't know. That's the type of performers they were; I saw them twice and never saw Dave give less than 100 percent.
Rest in peace, Dave Brockie. You will be missed. - Matt Helgeson
GWAR has been touring the world for 25 years, leaving concertgoers with clothing soaked in blood and other bodily fluids (fake, of course). They murder monsters onstage, sacrifice celebrities and politicians, and encourage their fans to beat the holy hell out of each other. That's all well and good, but what really concerned me as a gaming journalist was whether or not they'd ever be able to experience Kinect for Xbox 360. Considering that they are alien creatures that are constantly adorned with spikes, gladiator gear, and codpieces made out of alien sea creatures (yes, that's what that thing is), I wasn't sure if Kinect's technology would be able to sense them. There was only one way to find out, so I invited them to our office.
To the horror of pretty much everyone else that works at Game Informer, lead singer Oderus Urungus and bassist Beefcake the Mighty wasted no time in accepting my invitation. In an effort to answer my question, I placed them in front of Kinect to see if they could enjoy a game of Dance Central like the rest of us.
Check out the video below to see the Kinect test as well as an impromptu office tour/invasion.
Thanks to David Schulte from CTV for his help shooting this video. Our video pro Ben Hanson was out of town and Dave stepped up to help make this happen.
WARNING: This is GWAR we're talking about. They are offensive, rude, immature, and pretty damn gross. You've been warned. Not intended for viewers under the age of 18.