nothing for years. well, nothing very memorable.
not until the power pad's descendant the dance mat made an appearance in the US in 1998, coupled with the wildly popular series dance dance revolution series. that game was lots of fun, for anyone from a skinny cheerleader to lanky white guys to tall lumberjacks to large indians. at least that was the make up in our particular living room in pittsburgh circa 2002. coupled with the ps2's eye toy, it seemed that motion gaming was going to be around for a while.
well... it didn't quite turn out that way. again, another lull in motion gaming. not nearly as long as the the time between the power pad and dance dance revolution, but also nothing but rehashes of the DDR franchise, and really not a whole lot with the eye toy. there still wasn't anything to capture the gaming audience and provide something more than a simple diversion.
now i've played games on the wii extensively. it's pretty damn cool. i've also played with the move. also pretty damn cool. i haven't used the kinect yet, but mainly because i write this thing for free, and can't really justify just tossing money around on gaming peripherals. so why don't you get off my back about it, eh? until the peripheral is a full size robot, i'll stick with what i've got to work with. then i'm down. but after reading the reviews and watching the videos on the kinect, it looks like we may be at the point where motion gaming isn't just going to be another wave followed by another lull. this could be the push that makes motion a mainstream mainstay. so why now? why are we willing to accept it this time?
|sony's playstation move|
but that doesn't mean that's all motion can do. while it's tremendous for casual gaming right now, given these three formats of motion play, the potential for gamers of a more hardcore variety are huge. the playstation move, for example, tracks motion with a camera, capturing movement in 3d space. the kinect integrates voice control. sounds like a great starting platform for virtual reality. motion gaming is here to stay, and this is only the beginning.