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A week ago Microsoft cleared up rumors regarding whether Kinect can be played in the seated position (gameinformer.com/b/news/archiv... ... inect.aspx), stating it's possible if the game is programmed with sitting in mind. Today another snag for Microsoft's body-scanning camera was brought to the surface : lying down.

You may be asking yourself why a gamer would care if Kinect can recognize a player lying down, but consider this: Lying down isn't just for lazy people or gamers who have passed out from having too much fun. Exercise titles such as Blitz Games' The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout could utilize a prone position for yoga or push-ups, and Joystiq (joystiq.com/2010/07/14/can-kin... is reporting that the developer is already running into problems. We had to consider, would [Kinect's] skeletal tracking ever realistically be able to work out that a player is laying on the floor, Blitz Games' CTO Andrew Oliver said. We asked believe me we asked and we were told it wasn't going to happen.

There is a way to battle this lying down problem with Kinect. Developers can write their own code to detect shapes, such as a body lying in a crumpled heap on the floor. However, this also means that such options won't be universally supported, and performance will vary based on the skills of the title's programmers.

It seems as though Kinect just keeps getting slammed as time goes along. They only have five months before it is released, hopefully they will bring good word to this new gaming experience.
 

Comments
Z4M0
Member
9 years ago
yeah, bash something that hasn't already hit the market... a good move from critics and such to drag attention and create fuzz. Create a non-minigame er... game for kinect and shine for what you did not for what you weren't able to do cause thech issues.

Now being prone is a must to videogaming experience, sure... more work, less talk.
SteinlageT
Member
9 years ago
When you are putting out a device that cost $150, with a horrible launch title set up, and probably going to price the games at $60. Then now they are saying you probably can't lay down, or in some games not sit down, or only two-player. I think a lot of people have a right to bash it.