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Man plays Max Payne with impressively hacked Kinect. Needs controller regardless

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

20 comments

  • RazorRaptor9 - January 13, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    That. Is awesome
  • NeelEvil - January 13, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    Any excuse to photoshop Skittles into anything, eh?
  • EnragedTortoise1 - January 13, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    Ohmygod, I spent a good five minutes cackling at that Skittles picture.
  • Gahmah - January 13, 2011 1:19 p.m.

    SOMEONE HIRE THIS MAN FOR SOMETHING, I don't even own and xbox, but I still want see what this guy could do with a production behind him
  • SonicX_89 - January 13, 2011 1:20 p.m.

    Skittles is one of the greatest things to happen to GamesRadar.
  • chrisbarker1980 - January 13, 2011 1:29 p.m.

    lol, oO, suit you sir!. You would want to make sure you dwar the curtains before doing some of those hand gestures tho. Probably the best display of kinect being used so far. Still easier with a mouse keyboard/joypad. Interesting question. Do you think Microsoft are allowing developers to use the joypad in conjunction with kinect? I get the feeling they have given a "no controller" order to developers.
  • JMAN1156 - January 13, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    I agree, give up microsoft and let the hackers rule it!
  • infernox - January 13, 2011 1:59 p.m.

    he moves with the wii nunchuck not the kinect. the kinect is just for a few gestures to activate bullet time etc. still would be alot easier to just map them onto a button though.
  • GR_DavidHoughton - January 13, 2011 2:04 p.m.

    infernox: As I said, watch the end of the video. He does some hands-free movement then. Still needs a 'mote for shooting though.
  • RicePuddingUK - January 13, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    I'm not too sure this is genuine, at the start he does a motion to pull the handgun out, But that's a cutscene.
  • red069 - January 13, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    looks like it isnt fun... honestly
  • ShaneCedt - January 13, 2011 2:33 p.m.

    Max Payne 3 plz scrue speling rite
  • Kirol - January 13, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    Damnit, employ him somebody.
  • Darkhawk - January 13, 2011 4:19 p.m.

    Obviously, full-body motion control is the stuff dreams are made on. You can go way further back than Minority Report for proof of that. So Why the F haven't any game developers figured out what to do with it yet? These are the people paid to be the creative thinkers in the game industry, yet it's all the hackers (working illegally, I might add) who've generated the most interesting content.
  • rabidpotatochip - January 13, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    @Darkhawk Full-body motion control sounds awesome but I know people who get winded playing on a Wii. The argument against Minority Report style interaction is something called "gorilla arm", where the lack of ergonomics make your arm(s) feel ridiculously thick from holding it up so long. But whatever, I'm still in my "holy crap this is awesome" happy place after watching that. lol
  • Sleepingdragon - January 13, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    if the ps move is more accurate than the wiimote wouldnt a bastard child between kinect and move be better than a wiinect hybrid?
  • Markstone - January 13, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    Skittles is one badass motherf*cker
  • Skykid - January 13, 2011 10:04 p.m.

    YAAAAWN. Is it done being stupid. Polygon games bore me.
  • CancerMan - January 14, 2011 12:17 a.m.

    And this is why I still have a shred of hope for future Kinect games.
  • VaneTrago - January 29, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    I've been wonder what Rider Strong has been up to since learning how to swear in Cabin Fever... Turns out, he IS a genius! Because the hacker looks like Shawn Hunter.

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