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Kinect will be on Oprah and Ellen, set your Tivos

Here's something we don't really say that often: set your DVRs to record Oprah today. The #1 talk show host in the country will take a day off giving people makeovers or answering questions about sex. Instead, the queen of talk will help Microsoft peddle the upcoming Xbox 360 peripheral Kinect.

We don't really imagine Oprah's typical viewership as the standard gamer audience. But that's kind of the point, at least accordining to Microssoft. Its goal with Kinect is to reach out to a wider audience.


Above: Luckily, Tom Cruise will NOT be one of the guests trying out Kinect

In addition to appearing on the #1 talk show, Kinect's press tour will continue later this month on Ellen. So, apparently, Microsoft is really hoping to attract the stay-at-home mom crowd as well as the chronically unemployed.

You may recall that Microsoft has previously taken Kinect on the road to talk shows. At the time known as Project Natal, the live demos with celebrities who were not intimately familiar with the product, were something of a failure.


Above: Jimmy Fallon testing out Natal last year. It was fun to watch but showed just how confusing it was to play a game without a controller

Can Oprah jumping around to Kinect Sports really convince moms to buy the doodad for their family? We've seen O do more with less.

[ Source: The Tech Herald ]

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15 comments

  • gaseoussnake - October 21, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    Microsoft kinect where it belongs with the other things i hate oprah and ellen perfect
  • tacehtselrahc - October 20, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    There goes the credibility, I mean for Oprah not Kinect.
  • NeelEvil - October 20, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    @ noob What Kinect games? So far all I've seen is Skittles & the cancelled grooming simulator. I really can't see any genre that can be improved by removing controllers completely.
  • JayBeat - October 20, 2010 8:44 a.m.

    Preemptive facepalm initiate.
  • n00b - October 20, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    this is officially worse than nintendo. at nintendo showed off dokeykong country returns on jimmy fallon. whats more is that i heard that microsoft isn't even letting journalist review the thing before it come out, kinda like with final fantasy 14. hey gamesradar have you had a chance to get to review any knect games yet? source: http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2010/10/20/microsoft-no-reviews-of-kinect/
  • Radagast107 - October 19, 2010 11:57 p.m.

    Natal was cooler name. Just saying.
  • MyNameIsMyName - October 19, 2010 11:05 p.m.

    http://kotaku.com/5668180/oprah-audience-explodes-into-hysterics-over-free-xbox-kinects She pronounced Kinect wrong. Something tells me I should check Ebay now.
  • Camoxide - October 19, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    Lol new swarm of Kinect .GIFS coming our way.
  • nadrewod999 - October 19, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    Let's see: NO GAMER INTERACTION TO DATE (E3 was just plain freaky), talk show hosts have hilariously failed at playing, lower number of potential players per 360 with Kinect compared to Playstation with Move or Wii, terrible reviews for most Kinect launch games, and the fact that games have to be created SPECIFICALLY FOR Kinect while Move only requires an update/patch, all combine to equal "A MASSIVE FLOP EVEN BIGGER THAN 'E.T.:THE GAME'". After this horrible incident, I think Microsoft will no longer be able to "Kinect" with its fan base.
  • BigWillis - October 19, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    I can only see embarassing Youtube videos coming out of this.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - October 19, 2010 9:19 p.m.

    "ts goal with Kinect is to reach out to a wider audience." Sound familiar? *looks at nintendo*
  • IAmARobotWhoTurnsIntoATruckAndIFindNoLevityInThis - October 19, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    i will be expecting lots of misguided, bad videogame-related jokes that have nothing to do with kinect.
  • taco12324 - October 19, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    WHEEEEEERERERERE?! Where is the fallout new vegas review????!!!?!??!?! I'm gettin' angry!!!
  • db1331 - October 19, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    Well, they at least know their Target audience. I have to believe that anyone who would be excited about Kinect would also love watching Oprah and Ellen.
  • Ultimadrago - October 19, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    They, gotta get others to give a crap about it SOMEHOW. "Let's go for the housewife market" they say. "They are important to us now!" they say. Pssh. Good luck with that.

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