Now I Want a Kinect

A few days ago, I watched the Star Wars Kinect demonstration at E4 (?) on Spike TV. Someone had it on in the kitchen when I went to heat up my lunch, and the timing was perfect! Just the idea of being able to use your whole body to play a videogame seems like it would make it a more immersive experience (which is what you want when you’re a Star Wars nerd like me).

It seemed odd to me that the young man who was playing the game as a demonstration was using just his hand like a lightsaber. It would be awesome to use one of my reproduction hilts, so I could hold it and wield it as though it’s real. At one point in the demo, the young man was moving a ship using the force by holding up his hands as the Jedi would do in the films. Things I wonder: Do they have a character that can use a blaster? And how would you make it shoot? How does it know where you are standing and how you are moving? Would holding the lightsaber hilt (or a blaster) confuse the system? At once point the demonstrator was moving his feet side to side as though walking and the character was jogging.

This is definitely one of those cases where I’d like to try it out. Oh, if only I were one of those bloggers who had companies knocking down their doors. I would love for XBOX to send me a game system and the Star Wars game to review. They probably only send that type of thing to gaming experts, and I am terrible with videogames. Although, I was doing fairly well with my Star Wars lightsaber training TV game until I hit the ceiling fan with the lightsaber. Not a problem with the Kinect, though.

If you’re listening, Microsoft, I’m ready for action!

About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.
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