Two wrongs, they say, do not make a right. Sometimes however, it seems they can cancel each other out. Take, for instance, this video of a new Kinect hack from a chap named Demize2010. Using Kinect to control Max Payne, he strafes, runs, leaps in bullet-time, changes weapons and reloads, all utilising nothing more than leaning motions and (occacionally camp) hand gestures. Aiming and shooting? Those are achieved via a Wiimote. Sorry Microsoft, but we have been trying to tell you that "you are the controller" is not a complete solution.
But here you have it. Two of the hardcore's most derided things used in harmony to play one of the hardcore's most venerated games. Click and you shall see.
And in case you're thinking of calling falsehood, lies and deceit on this one (and presumably haven't watched the video right to the end), yes, he does use the nunchuck analogue to move for some of the video, but note that he does eventually demonstrate hands-free control as well. Though without any aiming or shooting. Sorry again, Microsoft, but we have been explaining the importance of buttons for a long time.
It seems that there's increasing evidence that Kinect is actually a pretty damn natty bit of kit. Just a shame then, that none of that evidence is coming from any official sources. Maybe MS should just cut Kinect loose and let the hackers take charge of the system from now on.
Jan 13th, 2011
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