I have been ultra impressed with the new Microsoft Kinect in the limited time I have had to experiment with the system. So much so that what seemed like a for sure thing in purchasing the kids a Nintendo Wii for Christmas the decision has all but changed to grabbing a Xbox Kinect System. I look forward to playing all the games that are currently out with the kids, emphasis on the kids as most, not all, the games are somewhat “cartooish” and geared towards the tween demographic.
These facts started me fantasizing about what the games for the Kinect will look like in the near future and practically became giddy. Just keep in mind while you continue reading that I am a big sports guy hence those are the games I have enjoyed playing in the past.
Imagine playing Madden on the Kinect, offensively and defensively this would be awesome, and I just hope Microsoft and EA Sports figure this out quickly. With the Kinect it could be so much more than it is now as you could simulate being under center, hike the ball and carry out the play. Here is where it could get really cool, because the Kinect is also voice activated users can put their Peyton Manning audible skills to the test. Walk up to the line when you have a running play called, but see the defense lined up in a run blitz, yell out some commands and switch the play to a pass play. Heck, the actual handing off of the ball and passing would be the easy part to implement. Defensive audible would also be able to be called to change defensive alignment and just imagine the tackling. The most fun would be after touchdowns being able to actually do your own touchdown dance and humiliate the best friend you are playing against.
These types of implementations can crossover to practically all sports: baseball, golf, basketball, hockey, bowling, as well as non-traditional sports like polo, skydiving or even deep sea fishing. I’m not talking these kiddie cartoon looking games but the high realistic looking athletes.
First person shooter games and role playing games such as Zelda are no brainers but what other games do you see being exponentially awesome going from traditional controllers to the Kinect System? I look forward to your responses.