Yeah that's right - If your an Xbox Kinect owner, I strongly feel that you wasted your money on a bad product idea, or what is commonly know as a Gimmick.
Wow hold on - before you get out the pitchforks and rip me a new....anything, there is a few valid points I'd like to make first as to WHY I think that.
The First thing that sucks about the Kinect is: YOU are the controller.
What the ...???
I am the controller? No, I am the Player, i.e. Gamer - you know, the person that is playing the game the Kinect was made to run with. If I have to stand or sit a certain way just to play a game, Its not worth my time.
For serious, how hard is it to make a handheld controller? All you have to do is put buttons in places that aren't hard to reach, and feels comfortable in my hands. Does that sound hard? NO.
Does Microsoft make it hard to do that? In this case, YES.
You know that Madden game that is out? It uses both the Kinect AND Xbox Controller together.
The Mic in the Kinect allows the player to issue calls by voice command to the teams, and the controller allows you to control your character. But check this: You can call those same commands with your controller. Your Handheld controller. THE CONTROLLER IN YOUR HANDS.
That is the major issue I have with the Kinect - It's very limited to what it's for. And not every game made to use the Kinect is a slam dunk like Madden is (btw, that's ONE of TWO games I think it's good for), there are other games that don't use it well at all.
Four Words: Steel. Battalion: Heavy. Armor.
To help quickly prove my point I've posted a link to the review of the Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor game from XPlay. Yes, that's the show got cancelled on G4, just like G4 got cancelled from my list of channels to watch on my TV - Yeah, I went there.
And to make sure there is no confusion (and just in case the G4 website goes poof from the internets), here is a snapshot of the written review of the game from the website itself:
Now there is a understandable, and barely acceptable usage for the Kinect I can accept - Just Dance 4.
I will admit, that people do like to dance, myself included and it's nice to be able to do so, without dealing with all the crap and BS you would find in a Nightclub, and I guess you could say its a good idea to get up off your lazy butt and get moving.
So, why to I barely accept this? That Question brings me to the second reason the XBox Kinect is a waste of money:
People get hurt!
We've seen the video on youtube - this is a thing:
It is very easy to get hurt using the Kinect - and not a lot of people will follow the directions on how to use the Kinect to avoid this, so 9 times out of 10 - things like this will happen:
Do you know how many times this would happen with a regular controller? Never. Zero. None. Nada. If you give me a number higher than zero, you will be officially declared the worst liar in gaming history.
And I didn't want to go there with this, but I am trying to make a point:
For those of you who have never seen that clip before, the kid was fine. She is OK.
But we can't ignore the fact that this kind of crap never happened with a handheld controller. I've never knocked anyone out with a controller, and I've been gaming for 3 decades.
And I don't feel old saying that either.
My Final thought - man, I just don't see a real big need to own a Kinect, and even though the technology behind it is cool, the application for it....not so much.
It's just another gimmick you don't need, taking up space that could be put to more important use - like keeping your porn dvd's, or a bowl of condoms. Yeah, that kind of stuff.
And if you lol'd at that poor kid getting smacked in the face by accident - for shame. What is wrong with you? Call Dr. Phil.
In my last blog post, which in the blogosphere is still warm, I talk briefly about the chipin web service going bye bye.
Today however, As I was wondering how to place a paypal link on my twitch page, I went thru my twitter page, and saw that I got a tweet from a user named @ImRaising:
Curious, I told them I'd give them a follow, to which received a reply:
Knowing that a there is a website now, I shot over to ImRaising.com, and was this very welcome intro to the service:
If you can't read the text in the image, I'll paste it here:
[center][i]A New Movement
Friends, For three months, we've worked tirelessly on I'm Raising. For three months, we've kept everything a secret. But now, as you're well aware, the secret is out: I'm Raising, the ChipIn alternative, is coming, and it's coming fast. We've announced I'm Raising abruptly, and understandably, it's worried some of you. I'm here to hopefully alleviate some of that concern. Let me start by making something clear: We had no intention of announcing I'm Raising so quickly. We wanted to send I'm Raising off with a pat on its head, but instead, we were forced to send it off with a jet pack. You see, once we heard that ChipIn was closing on March 7, 2013, we had to move, and we had to move fast. So, here we are. This is us moving. You're reading this letter, and we're building our site, bit by bit. We probably won't sleep tonight, we probably won't eat tonight, but come tomorrow, you'll understand everything, and I mean everything. I'm Raising marks a new movement in internet fundraising—one that's personal, one that's powerful. It's time for a new service, and ours is three months in the making. Friends, it's time for I'm Raising. Our demo goes live on February 6, 2013 at 6 pm PST (-8 GMT)! All we ask is that you give us a chance. Thank you, Ethan Smith, Media Coordinator In the mean time, please check out our Release Schedule and Features.[/i] [/center]
The Live Demo goes live TONIGHT at 9pm PST, which is less than a couple of hours away.
Jump over there and lets see what this service has to offer.
Not long ago (40 Minutes as of this posting), I found out that the chipin.com website is closing it's doors for good. On March 7, 2013, chipin is hanging it up. It's blowing the set. It's laying down. CLOSING.
Here is a statement from the main site:
[b][i]Thanks For All The ChipIns
February 4, 2013
InMobi will continue to own and hold on to the ChipIn brand, domain, and technology.
As of the date of this notice it will no longer be possible to create new accounts or ChipIns. Those with existing accounts will still be able to log in, copy and export data, manage ChipIns, update ChipIn pages, and accept contributions until the End Date. Chipin.com was started in 2005 as an easy way for individuals to raise money collectively and was one of the pioneers in this field. In six years Chipin.com helped thousands of users raise millions from contributors for wide-ranging purposes, including heart surgeries, pet adoptions, college graduation, disaster funds and much more.
Thank you for being part of the ChipIn community! It is gratifying to know that it has made a positive difference for many.
Now for some twitch users, chipin was an easy way to drum up cash for projects and donations people were supporting and working on.
I, was for a brief time, a Chipin user. I just came up with some chipins - two of them. The First was for Getting money to buy Steam games (I'm a broke bastard man), and the other was to get a couple of graphics cards for my Dell Optiplex 745 PC.
Games + Graphics cards = More Games to play on Twitch. Nice Idea right?
But now, after reading this statement from Chipin, which I really don't think was up and running Feb. 4th, but may have been (I don't pay Attention to that kind of stuff anyways), I can't help but feel pissed off over this.
I JUST STARTED USING THE SERVICE[i]
It was all setup on my Twitch page, and it looked really good for the few days I was using it.
I know this isn't a big deal, and there is a fix for this (PayPal), It just really sucks that I have to work on my twitch page some more.
Today marks 1 week and 1 day the beloved program ,“Attack of the Show” went off the air for good. I have been experiencing What I like to call “Aots Withdrwal” since the show went bye bye.
I will admit, and I really don’t care if I sound sappy or nuts, but I feel so empty right now. I have been trying to fill in the void with healthy alternatives, like watching Porn, Drinking various beverages, imagining women naked, fapping, and even playing Video Games – all to no avail.
I would try drugs – But that is a slippery slope…plus, I have no idea where and how to score weed, and with my luck, I would fail tremendously.
So…I thought I would give talking about something really cool I got in the mail in the latter half of November 2012…..
During the last LIVE episode of “Attack of The Show”, several devoted fans who tweeted in to that show, got a “AOTS” Swag bag. Many got one of these grand packages, including yours truly.
I took pictures of the contents (and no there are no naked women):
The Contents are (clockwise from lower left): 2 Paper Notebooks with hard plastic covers, both bearing the G4 logo and the front– 2 “Attack of the Show” Pens, A G4 Tote Bag, A G4 Cap (ALWAYS WANTED ONE OF THESE), a HUGE G4 Sticker, and a LCD Screen cleaner (Center).
OH! And A G4 Pin! :
It’s on the Tote Bag. Not bad yes?
However, and yes I am Boasting about this. My Swag bag has something none of the others have (as far as I know). Rick Damigella (Social Media TV expert and veteran TV production professional and Music aficionado), had tweeted me some DM’s Thanking me for watching the Show for all those years (Watched it for 7 years, and missed only 7 Episodes live). He decided to include something extra in a my bag of goodies.
You know those signs they put on doors for celebrities? I forget what they are called, but they help indicating whose dressing rooms are for guests they are going to interview..
I want to say “Door Signs” – yeah, that sounds right. Anyway, I got quite a number of them, as you can see:
And as you can also see – every one of them is autographed. How epic is that? Don’t be hatin’ now.
And to answer the question buzzing around in some of your heads – I’m not selling them.
Big Shoutout to Rick Damigella for the extras goodies. You can follow him on Twitter @LinerNotes. Tell him PlayBoyMan sent ya.
The two shows that put G4TV on the map (And were mainly the only two shows that anyone watched on the network), are airing their final episodes this week. Attack of the Show, which has been on for 8 years and has given us TONS of lols, OMG, OMFG, and BOOBIES! moments, is going to air it's final 3 episodes this week, starting Monday, with the last episode airing this Wednesday.
Also airing Wednesday will be the final episode of X-Play, a tried and true classic - THE go to for the vast majority of all my game buys, for the last 10 years (in YOUR face, IGN!).
Even after hearing the news a few months ago, I still don't understand why these shows are getting the chop. And what really sucks is the fact that I won't have anything to watch from 6-8pm, Monday-Friday....except for Tabloid TV shows.
Oh ye gamer gods...what have we done to offend thee?
Anyway...I'm gonna watch and record the final episodes of these wonderful shows, and I suggest that you all tune in and enjoy all the awesomeness these two shows have given us over the years.
And because I love to wax poetic about the cool stuff, I'll end this short blog post with this clip From Attack of the Show, uploaded 3 years ago to Youtube. There is a very cool moment at 1:12 of the video.
By the Way, in case you forgotten my name: I'm PlayBoyMan. Just saying.
Lots of <3 to everyone who worked on Attack and X-Play. I'd buy you all a drink, but I don't wanna.
Note: This was originally posted on my other blogs, which are NSFW. I have edited this entry, so has not to upset any users who are/might be offended by strong language.
I am Pro-Gun. I do feel its alright for me to have access to a gun for protection. I LOVE guns. I enjoy playing Games and watching movies that have guns in them (Rambo, Grand Theft Auto, The Expendables 1 & 2, and even 3 when it comes out).
But I do NOT feel like I should have the same guns the Army has, i.e. Assault Rifles, unless I join the fracking Army.
It only takes one Bullet aimed in the right place on a person to stop or kill them. A Shotgun and or a Handgun can do the same thing - stop someone in their tracks.
I don’t want or need an assault rifle – it’s what we common sense folk like to call “Overkill”.
The Ownership of Assault Rifles, and the mad need to buy them all up is based on fear, mistrust, and crazy morons that don’t like common sense, like the NRA, and any Right Wing nutjob who thinks we are getting rid of all guns (we aren’t btw).
Gun Control is not the ultimate solution, and too many people think that is the case. It’s not. It’s Part of the solution. There are many issues that must be resolved, and Gun Control is one of them.