Kinect So Good Microsoft Has To Pay People To Play It


Microsoft’s Japanese launch of Kinect appears to be having trouble capturing public interest, despite the Xbox 360’s new-found family friendliness.

The scene in big electronics stores (the Yurakucho and Shinjuku branches of Bic Camera):




Meanwhile, in both stores the PS3 corner is showing some activity thanks to the appearance of GT5:



Interestingly, prior to the appearance of these photographs several anonymous 2ch posters were busy enthusing about how “packed” the stores were thanks to Kinect and how “amazing” the controller was – after being confronted with the photos they prevaricated, saying “you just missed THE BOOM” and “you had to wait 15 minutes to have a go,” and most interestingly of all, “there were loads of people, bringing their families too and such.”

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    Avatar of Elc
    Comment by Elc
    16:39 15/11/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    sigh... we can also thank MS for introducing the phenomenon of the 10-year-old kids trash talking on xbox live... oh how much i wish i could reach my hand through the screen and punch those spoiled brats in the face. though in this fashion at least you can punch their avatars...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Or, in the case of COD, blow their brains out, shove a knife into their skull, or just blow them away with a rocket, mine, or grenade.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Wow. That's kinda...harsh. They're just kids man.

    Comment by 666
    17:27 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    You're damn right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:25 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Because of your avatar, I imagine you say everything with a smirk and deep, sexy voice. Damn.

    Comment by 666
    17:14 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Little monsters. Oh, I was just like them. So nostalgic.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    21:10 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You know, some guys probably fap to you right now. ^_^

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    21:44 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks to Gofu...

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    Comment by Button
    16:29 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    So when is Microsoft going to admit that the Kinect was a waste of development money?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:55 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    It wasn't.

    Only took a couple of hours to produce.

    However, the rest of the money went to advertising


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    Comment by makkun
    18:18 15/11/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    It wasn't a waste. Kinect, at least to me, is a good stepping stone and lessons for other companies so that they won't fuck up like Microsoft did when they try to create another motion sensing controllers. and other stuffs.

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    Comment by Majineko
    15:37 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    a first a complement, then you shit all over it. i didnt see it coming. lol nice

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    Comment by Aliaus
    17:34 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hmmm the title seem to suggest that MS is paying people to play kinect, but there is no mention of anything like that in the article. its once thing to make double entendres like "Uncensored naked pussy" and show a gallery of kittens but this time its just misleading.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:49 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    i think the people werent playing it is due to the fact that you look like an utter retard whilst doing it

    the wii is mainly accepted by...'normal' people so thus the move isnt that much of a leap but the kinect really is something that you'd play in your own living room....

    ....with the curtains shut and doors closed

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    Comment by Crim
    19:04 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Owning a 360 in Japan is like having a dildo

    You keep it hidden under your bed and only pull it out to entertain yourself

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    Comment by Artefact

    Did you notice most of the players were demo staff?

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    Comment by Rethardus
    21:44 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Who says the pictures really represent for what the situation really was?

    It's easy for a PS3 fanboy to take pictures on a tranquil time. I'm not saying that Kinect is a great product or that the Move sucks, I'm just saying news articles can be manipulated easily.

    You guys know that well, yet you fall for it each time.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    01:00 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not even a giant mechanical elephant, dancers and paid actors are going to save you from the truth of your product, Microsoft...

    Enough with the ridiculous charade and get serious if you wanna sell...

    Pop out some uber-ecchi anime games, you fool!!!

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    Comment by Quack!
    00:44 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @20:49 Yeah, this is something I don't get. People who say "Kinect makes you look stupid" clearly haven't seen anyone play on the Wii. You look just as stupid there.

    @Rethardus: I know, I balance it out by going to other sites too. It wouldn't surprise me if I could find another article which shows GT5 completely empty and Kinect bustling.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    20:51 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Forging is quite the hype in Asia.

    China is forging idol groups.
    Famicon is forging sales numbers.
    Microsoft is forging Kinect reports.

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    Comment by Public
    19:13 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Artefact

    That doesn't mean their paying people to play it, they have people there who are demonstrating it.

    That and the fact the pictures show 1 person and 1 demo staff playing with it, so your most idea = 1:1.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:48 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    top pic has staff playing, 1 pic shows a random playing, the other also staff. so 2:1 is indeed most

    21:35 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm forging timber i'll just go drop it off in the toilet. :3

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    Comment by Schrobby
    20:53 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like predicted, Kinect sells about as good in Japan as "We love China!" posters.

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    00:39 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    According to prediction,there'll be a brainless person saying that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:14 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As predicted, Schrobby talks without using his brain!

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    Comment by alidan
    17:55 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    well, we dont know yet.

    there is a chance that most of its problems are software or firmware, and that can be patched, im giving it a year for shit to come out and maybe take advantage of it in a way that is fun for a core gamer, beside being able to flip people off in game.

    or decent pc software. immagine being able to brows porn from a distance with gestures mapped to the left hand, and fapping. just for that hilarity alone i would buy it, but if its also a decent web cam... i have been in the market for one.

    Avatar of Schrobby
    Comment by Schrobby
    21:04 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Very dangerous. Kinect would probably do all sorts of shit based on your fapping "gestures", maybe including formating the HD. ^_^

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    Comment by dantman
    21:42 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Heh... or... perhaps the Webcam will instead publish photos of you fapping online.

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    22:29 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    that could suck, but only if they don't publish it, email you the photos, and have the video of you fapping, and a screenshot of that you are fapping to.

    than they would extort money from you, to not release teh videos or photos.

    but a cumshot cam. that could be funny, you know roller coasters have those "O SHIT WE ARE HITTING THE MOST EXCITING PART" cameras? yea, it reads you fap hand movements, and than when you go from really fast to really slow, it takes a series of 6 or 7 photos as fast as it can, with the distance sensor it reads what where and how you are sitting, and than it makes a 3d image as best it can of you and your cumshot.

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    21:41 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    that would be a fucking hilarious virus.

    i believe that the kenect is capable of making a wire frame, BASIC one, but wire frame none the less of your movements. you sellect which hand you fap with and that half of the wire frame doesn't move shit on the screen, it only pays attention to your hand movements.

    the virus would hide it self, and at the 100-300 stroke per minute mark it would execute, just as most people would cum, it would format the harddrive

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    Comment by Schrobby
    22:36 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The cum cam. ^_^

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    Comment by alidan
    11:02 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    it may be stupid, but if there was a cum cam, i would so get kenect just to see if it worked, because thats how my sense of humor works.

    Comment by Anonymous

    how very stupid

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    Comment by Risui
    17:47 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    To my modest collection of wakizashi and katanas, having a game with Kinect, packed with zombies/ninjas/samurais/yakuza and the likes to prove my slashing skills(if i have any XD) is a matter that keeps me from bashing this system, so until such a game appears, I'll pretend M$ is paying my mouth shut on the topic.
    Of course, I will find some friends home to check it out, i dont wanna mess my room if i get carried away =P

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    Comment by dantman
    21:45 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Playing a sword based game using the kinect and a real katana? Heh, can we up the level of kinect from Wiimote's and Move's "may cause property damage and light bruising" to "may cause death and dismemberment"?

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    Comment by TheBeast
    04:08 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ ashura

    the day they "admit" making any mistakes, is the day after they sell out to sony or nintendo.... or a long shot, sega. lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually kinect is not a waste of development. It's found a new home in robotics. It may suck for games but hackers are developing drivers for people to use it in the robotics engineering and other fields that require sensors that can sense depth of field and other stuff the kinect can do. I don't know the exact specifics as I'm not into those fields but there have been numerous news articles about how amazing it is for those hobbies and research outlets. But as a gaming device it's a flop. But gaming isn't the only hobby in the world. So by far it's not wasted, it just had a hidden potential market that microsoft may not be to happy about.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    10:41 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    MS might recoup their losses by releasing windows embedded drivers and selling it as such.

    Not sure if they'll release the specs but I do suspect they will back down from the open source developers as I doubt they're selling it at a loss.
    The parts probably cost at most $50 to $80 including labor so the rest is going to be profit.

    I certainly look forward to getting these at liquidation on ebay after they bomb.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 25/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kinect is extremely popular in the the U.S. and U.K.

    Not to sure where you live, but unless its Soviet Russia your sales rates really don't count when I'm targeting a specific social market.

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    00:44 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    said the Red Comet Char

    Comment by Dark Mage
    10:36 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I say a few more months see what happened with Vista.

    They already produced the units and would like to get suckers to buy their turkey.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:52 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad japan is a small market for console games..when you compare it to the U.S and the UK.

    Waste of money? yeah probably waste of money to do that shit in Japan, but for westerners..probably not. Why do they even bother staying in japan..are they even breaking even?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:35 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan (population 120 million) is a larger market for consoles than the whole of Europe (700 million), never mind just the UK (~60 million). It's just that the Xbox and Xbox 360 flopped there pretty bad, and wouldn't have sold at all if games like Tales of Vesperia had come out on the PS3 at the same time.

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    Comment by Renzo
    18:19 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Microsoft is going to admit it after milking some money first :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:25 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0) | seems fine to me...

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:03 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kinect obviously needs to improve on the lag and bring more hardcore games but it has potential as does every major console motion controls.

    Salesewise, I think casual gamers will likely eat them up. Move did very well and Wii did very well obviously. I guess casuals just loves these kinds of things.

    That said, the lack of MS's popularity doesn't surprise me. It's been described as the 'otaku's console' in Japan due to all the shmups and dating sims and visual novel types of games.

    Maybe come next gen, they can try to make a more serious push, because Sony has the whole nationalistic twinge to it all since the Japanese consumers are comfortable buying a Japanese gaming console.

    Either way, it's kind of amazing and cool that the PSP seems to be the reigning king in Japan nowadays. PSP2 could be come GIGANTIC over there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:29 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It is going to fail (and not because of the lag issue) and it is going to fail because of all of the restrictions on the ability for people to use it. Most people won't have enough room to be the distance away they need to be and also don't have adjustable lights. One example is my house in which it would be impossible to be the required length away and also the only room that can get close to that probably would be too dark for using the Kinect.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    20:57 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Kinect has so many flaws, you can call it a flaw in itself.

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    Comment by Mercure
    19:44 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Quite correct. I have a pretty big room for Japanese standards, and every Japanese guy/girl who sees it tells me how big it is. And yet, it is still too small to properly use the Kinect.

    Hell, even in my parent's home in Europe we'd have had too little space to let it work properly. UNLESS, of course, we moved a table, 2 couches and some other stuff out of the way. >_>

    The Kinect has a tremendously large number of flaws, but the largest is that they have focussed some of their system specs on American housing standards. I can't help but think that their attempts to be bigger cheapskates and sell a device inferior even to the original designs is just going to ruin their chances completely.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:44 17/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know its the cool thing on the net to talk bad about things that are popular but you should actually try it first. Some games on it might suck but DC is great fun and better than DDR ever was, the fitness game and kinect sports also are great casual games.

    Oh and if you are disappointed that Kinect is too casual then you should have pulled your head out of your ass a long time ago cause they never hid that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They do this ALL THE TIME. This site is sooo far up sony's @S$ I'm surprised they can still see light!

    And this really isn't even news to be honest with you. GT 5 has been in the works for what?? like 10 years right? Its obvious it will get more attention than a peripheral that just came out which has been talked about for about 5 months now.

    To be honest with all the readers, I don't come here for gaming info anymore since these people are MEGA bias. I usually go to engadget for this stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Thank You. This whole page is just a bunch of sony's trolls (and that doesn't mean I hate sony or their products). But Kinect is awesome and Dance Central is killer fun, cept because the sensors aren't shaped like giant boobs and I have to wait a few years before my hands-free loli tentical rape game comes out, means I won't make any sales. Kinda sad. And no you idiots there's no lag I play it all the time.

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    Comment by Marine-RX179
    18:01 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yea, the lag issue has gotta be resolved. I saw someone playing on the Kinect at the local PC World store, and the delay in responding to the player (or controller as MS put it) was like bloody 1-2 seconds delay!

    Also, this Kinect would fail epically in Japan, if we take into the accounts of the size of the average houses/apartments that people live in vs the amount of space required for it.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    20:55 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    M$ seems to not realize they killed off Xbox in Japan thanks to the ero ban.

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    Comment by Castian
    05:20 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i second that!
    ero games were the strong arm in japan sales
    now those are banned so they banned main source of japanese support
    dumbass hahahaha

    Comment by Anonymous

    anything sex, sells well in japan, nihon the land of the perverted

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:31 16/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Out of the games i have , Dance central, fitness and adventures there is no noticeable lag. Stop basing all your thoughts off of a few bad games. Not like the Move and Wii are free of shovel ware.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:48 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Show your patriotism. Buy Hummers and Fords.

    Or you could buy Toyotas and ...

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    Comment by Crim
    19:07 15/11/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    German cars run better than both anyways *drives off in my Mazda*

    ... what?

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    19:01 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What if I happen to be a Japanese American?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:17 15/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    at the same time that guy who invested 60.000$ in a maid is gonna admit that she's not dating him

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