A video of a family of earnest Project Natal players enjoying everything the new controller has to offer has prompted unflattering comparisons to “drunken dancing,” with some saying concerned at the whole experience being “hugely embarrassing” – something of a contrast to the beaming actors shown in Microsoft’s marketing materials…



Some might also wonder at the generous amount of space taken up by the play area.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    20:20 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We'll look at this after some years and laugh our asses of.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:13 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So yeah this is basically like the first PS2 eye-toy only slicker looking? I mean come on they're just flailing around randomly.
    I gotta admit I had plenty of fun with the first eye-toy though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:19 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    For gaming's future, I hope this doesn't become the next BIG thing. You see, the MOVE and WIIMOTE are still controllers. And controllers are vital for games. What type of games would we get if we didn't have controllers? I think I'll become very dizzy playing with NATAL.

    For fun though, imagine 30 minutes of monster hunter rolling and dodging stuff in your bedroom and then you fell down the stairs :))

    Or imagine GTA5 with real-life hotwire action. Hah, that will be the day...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or imagine still using a controller since Natal doesn't require you to hold it you can still play games normally while making use of Natal. For instance with mini games. I am sure some publishers can think of more creative uses as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:57 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:08 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lolfanboys. Why do people get so fanatical about consoles?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:23 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    because some people can't afford to own every game system and they need to justify their purchase

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    Comment by Actar
    20:08 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fatal flaw? People who are sick, elderly or physically disabled cannot play those physically intensive games. Brilliant.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:07 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Suddenly the xbox360 ceases to have a regular controller because Natal comes out. Brilliant

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:20 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's just as much of a fatal flaw for Natal as for Wii's motion controls and PS Move or even EyeToy.
    They're not the target of Microsoft's new overpriced peripheral. It would be a flaw if they actually wanted to sell it PARTICULARILY to disabled and sick people.

    While they indeed won't be able to use Natal, sick and disabled are a really small group compared to healthy children and their stupid parents who'll buy every piece of crap their child wants.

    Actually, since disabled people won't be able to play natal, they won't waste their money on it, so in the end it's a good thing. :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i hate this new era of motion controllers and touchscreen crap, all this shit is tacky and impractical, can't wait for the fad to die
    also, get off my lawn you kids

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:12 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't spend the money to furnish my apt living room anyways.

    something like this would go nice though for my projector XD

    have to get a 360 though >_<

    much rather just get the wii instead if that were the case - yay for rail shooters!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This game was shown a long time ago. The goal of the game is to hit the balls that come at you and break some blocks. It's like breakout. Sometimes, like in break out, a lot of balls are released at once. That is why they were moving around like that. Seriously though, Natal has a lot of potential. We'll see once it comes out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:21 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    OK OK! Why should I play with a virtual skateboard? When i have a real one?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:54 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would you play a shooter when you can own a gun. Why play any sports game when you can go outside. If you don't know the answer to that question then you are lamesome.

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    Comment by alex251
    22:57 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's for party games so it's about to look like a retard ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:47 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Has nobody realised that 99% of players on peripheral based games like dancing stage etc look totally moronic anyways? i doubt very much that looking slightly stupid is enough reason to write off the natal just yet.

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    Comment by Dia
    22:43 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That woman at the end of the first video sounds like very unrealistic, like a female AI in games.

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    Comment by shiroki
    22:44 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Imagine games like Mirrors Edge on this. Broken bones festival

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Despite the fact of their movements the game feels and looks prity awesome, and like some have said it gets your whole body to move

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    Comment by RogueLioness
    19:27 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    look spretty neet..untill someone walks infront of the damn tv! get out of the way! argh! you made me jump off a cliff!

    more kitten throwing moments? no?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:15 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It doesn't matter if others walk in front. The kid in the video moves in front of the man and it still detects him accurately.

    According to another article it uses the camera to recognize faces and the motion detector to match players.

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    Comment by Ringo
    17:39 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The thing is Natal won't success like the wii. The main point of casual wii game is to make childs in hospital or an old granny that can't walk anymore play... or at least use it... Also I can't imagine anyone 40+ casual (no gamer friendly) play to Natal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why not? Its easier to use than the wii and requires less motions? Not to mention granny can use voice commands to turn it on. Also they don't have to worry about batteries, ninchuks etc. You just turn the thing on and you're good to go.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:55 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    okay the karate one would be pretty cool actually. so much for paying 15 bucks a week at a pedo's dojo.

    skating one already looks better than tony hawk's ride. ZING!

    facial and vocal recognition? so much for dressing in drag with my avatar :/

    other than the shitty wii kid games, it has some potential. if it can operate the rest of the console, that would be sweet.

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    Comment by alex251
    18:13 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    1. they choose idiots to play the game - look at the woman she really looks like retarded when she plays it and why is the guy holding a notepad ?
    2. they choose a stupid game
    3. it's just motion recognition so only stupid games can be played with it :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are from parade magazine what do you expect. Motion recognition? That is the whole premise behind Wii sports and every one of its knock offs. Wow people on this site try to find any reason to complain.

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    Comment by kindless
    16:50 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't understand the point of this? I just want to sit down and relax with a controller when killing people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:49 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why does killing people have to be so embarrassing now? doushio..

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:28 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone that has been following this and not have seen this coming is a delusional fanboy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:54 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It looks pretty accurate, though, since I didn't ever see them reaching back to the same area twice in a row.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:31 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It wouldn't be suprising if a therapist comes in and diagnoses the family with schizophrenia

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just want animated gifs of the family video. Looked hilarious.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:38 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't imagine a single non-casual game use for this device. I mean, Wii and PS3 have that same problem with their motion contorls, but at least those ones have the functional purpose of being swords or guns or bad controls on vehicles. This just looks all kinds of silly like the bulk of Wii's game library, except without a hand held preipheral, thus leaving the player to mime their intentions (with humorous results).

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do people assume that they won't use the controller as well as the camera. Imagine playing a game normally like ME2 but when you are doing the mini games you can use your hands to do the motions of hacking or picking locks etc.

    Most people here might not be old enough to remember but back in Ataris day it was considered that all video games would just be cheesy games about gathering points with no story or real objectives. Look how far games with controllers have come.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:51 12/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know it's way late, but I just happened to be browsing through.
    "Why do people assume that they won't use the controller as well as the camera?" The answer: Microsoft hails it as a "CONTROLLER-LESS gaming system". Using a joypad in tandem defeats the entire purpose of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:51 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can anyone say "Big Brother"? Xbox with eyes? Really? REALLY???

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:36 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They see me swingin' They Hatin'

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    Comment by Krisantes
    20:45 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In America & Europe isn't problem the space. In Japan... you're so ... unlucky.

    At least, people is gonna move.

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    Comment by El Chaos
    08:54 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    To everyone saying that this is in any way more retarded than footage of non-gaming adults playing with a Wii remote or that this may bring better games than the Wii has: [ Olympics.jpg]

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 10/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I laughed at the eroge picture on the screen on the opening picture, especially with the family watching.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:08 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was probably more amusing than Move's video. But in move's video no one looked like they were glad to be there. At least in this one we have McLovin flailing his arms around while his epileptic wife fails at doing a tribal rain dance. MCLOVIN!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:38 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree it requires a ridiculous amount of space, so maybe use it outdoors? How good is the technology at distinguishing background clutter? Moving clutter like grass and trees at that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:36 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    EWWWWWW. Voice recognition fails. Sure it works fine and dandy when you have no accent, but if you have a even a small accent, they fail. God please bring back the old days with touchpad voice options when calling any tech support. I don't think I would ever be able to stand a video game telling me "I'm sorry I didn't get that, please say it again"

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:53 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    XD, i hope they are over acting, neverthless project natal looks good

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:27 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Natal = PS EYE "ages ago" technology . FAIL

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:11 09/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And Move is just an eyetoy with a controller. Or should I say it's what the eyetoy should've been.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:57 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    we gonna see some articles mocking ninty soon, or is there a fanboyism current in their favor...?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:32 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol The mother's movements in the 2nd video cracked me the fuck up. It was hilarious. Especially when she got on one leg and shook the other.

    Question though: in the first video, with the delicious flat chested "daughter" taking a penalty kick, how accurate is that going to be? Most people I know couldn't kick a free ball with any kind of accuracy in real life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:32 07/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    does it come with huge ass room with perfect light and no furniture in it? if not then I won't be playing it. damn I'm trying to think how many of my friends have such rooms and wtf I mostly play at night I work in the morning O.o

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