Useless Kinect demos appear on Xbox Live

In one of its cleverer moves, Microsoft has published two demos on the Xbox Live Marketplace which require the Kinect controller. Great, so you can try out the games before you decide to plop down the money for Microsoft's motion-sensing peripheral! Oh, wait... something doesn't add up here, does it?

The demos, which are for Kinect-only games Dance Central and Joyride, were posted on the Xbox Live Marketplace earlier today. Of course, Kinect doesn't come out for another three months, but you can still download the demos and launch them... for no reason.

Above: Here, have a 2.4 GB block of worthlessness which looks for a non-existent update for a non-existent peripheral [via Kotaku]

Earlier this year, Microsoft accidentally posted a downloadable pack to Modern Warfare 2 before it released the game patch that could accept the download. As a result, thousands of gamers were locked out of the game until a fix was found. Is this just another Microsoft error?

Kind of. This instance is a little different, but just as dumb. It turns out that these downloads are geared for users with access to a special Kinect beta program, but they still show up for everyone with an Xbox 360. Lamezors!

Meanwhile, we're still trying to figure out the mystery of why Microsoft chose Macy's - Macy's?! - of all places to set up its flagship Kinect demo stations.

Above: If you want your Kinect gaming fix early, you're gonna have to stand awkwardly in the middle of parents and teens shopping for back-to-school clothes 

[Source: Kotaku]

Aug 16, 2010

Sexy ladies can't disguise embarrassing Kinect demo fail
Demonstration of Microsoft's controller-free technology goes a bit ass


Is Kinect shooting itself in its invisible foot?
Making something nobody asked for to appeal to a demographic that isn't listening - are you sure, Microsoft?

Kinect - a DO and DO NOT guide of how to play
With so many restrictions on what you can and can't do, clarification is needed


  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - February 3, 2012 7:48 p.m.

    Aaaaah hindsight.
  • lovinmyps3 - August 17, 2010 9 p.m.

  • JohnnyMaverik - August 17, 2010 3:14 a.m.

    "If you want your Kinect gaming fix early, you're gonna have to stand awkwardly in the middle of parents and teens shopping for back-to-school clothes" Maybe because it's aimed at parents and teens who go shopping for back-to-school clothes?
  • dphoenix192 - August 17, 2010 3 a.m.

    Microsoft probably chose Macy's because they didn't want any people who actually care about games to try it out, and find out its a piece of shit.
  • Defguru7777 - August 17, 2010 2:45 a.m.

    It's like Microsoft is intentionally sabotaging Kinect. Macy's!?
  • Helios - August 17, 2010 2:28 a.m.

    Heh. The way most articles on game sites are talking about Kinect, it would seem "Kinect" and "useless" are pretty much synonymous. (I'm not saying I think that. I shall reserve my judgment for its release.)
  • FETALJUICE - August 17, 2010 1:17 a.m.

    lol Macy's.
  • HawtKakez - August 17, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    Well, they certainly though outside the box, I'll give them that. I'm not sure if that was a pun or not.
  • kissmeimgreek - August 17, 2010 12:55 a.m.

    probably for the people who are getting ready for that kinect beta so the y have something to donwload.
  • kriscotw9 - August 17, 2010 12:55 a.m.

  • tailsjacks - August 17, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    in the 90s you can find alot of weird places to buy ther stuff
  • oufour - August 17, 2010 12:52 a.m.

    ...AH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • solace357 - August 17, 2010 12:39 a.m.

    maybe related to the beta invites they sent out for it.
  • JADENkOTOR - August 17, 2010 12:39 a.m.

    This article was Lamezors...
  • saya-MON - August 17, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    Oh yeah, I definitely need to trek up to Macy's. NOT!

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