I read this article today and thought it was a good read, the guy makes some good points.
What do you guys think?
So everyone on the Internwebs is mad the Halo CE 10th anniversary has Kinect support. Why?
It’s an optional feature that won’t change anything for those playing with the original controllers. Microsoft is not forcing anyone to play this game with Kinect. Why are people so mad about something that isn’t mandatory? Is it a fear of change? Or just another reason to just complain?
I attended Microsoft’s E3 press conference two weeks ago, and honestly, it wasn’t their greatest, but I think they did a great job of showing us what gamers demanded last year.
Remember a year ago, when Microsoft showed us demos of Kinect? Gamers were complaining there were “too many casual games, not enough for the hardcore.” A year later, they give us what we demanded, but people are once again mad about there being too many games for Kinect. Compare last year’s press conference to this year: Mass Effect 3, Ghost Recon, Forza 4, etc. All these games feature Kinect as “optional” and won’t change the original game experience. We still have gamers upset on something so small.
Just last week, Child Of Eden came out, and you have two ways to play the game: with Kinect or with the controller. Some people think this game was created for Kinect from scratch. But according to Q Entertainment, they started this project with the controller in mind. Microsoft traveled to Japan to show them Kinect to see if they could start working on games before they announce their new camera device to the world. But after playing Child Of Eden for more than a week now, I’ve got to say this game plays better with this camera device than the controller. Perhaps not every game will play better with Kinect, but I think Q Entertainment took their time to make this feel like it was meant for Kinect.
As an owner of Kinect, I’m happy to see better games coming out later this year. For some of these games, you’ll need Kinect; for others, you won’t. When this launched last year, the only two games I played the most were Dance Central and Kinect Sports. At least Microsoft hasn’t stopped making games for Kinect. Just imagine if they decided not to make any more games for this device. Would you also complain about that too? There are millions of Kinect owners out there that paid for this device. Some waited in line for it. And how about the new gamers that also came to the scene? All of them would want to see more support from Microsoft and other gaming companies instead of leaving them with nothing.
At the end of the day, gaming companies can’t make everyone happy. But, like I’ve said from the beginning, you have an option. If this isn’t mandatory, then why get so mad? Let others that are owners enjoy their Kinect experience.