As Silly as a Cat on an Invisible Bike?
Microsoft announced several new games at E3 this week for the Kinect, its wildly popular Xbox 360 motion controller. Screenshots are nice, but they don't tell the whole tale--namely, that while your in-game avatar might be looking good on screen, you'll be capering and cavorting in front of your TV like this LOLCat with an Invisible Bike.
Click on to see exactly how silly we'll all look playing our new Kinect games. Also, don't forget to read our hands-on impressions of the new Kinect games.
Kinect Disney Adventures
Use your Kinect to navigate the Happiest Place on Earth from the comfort of your living room, including getting virtual signatures in your virtual book from a virtual Cinderella. You can even give those virtual Disney characters a virtual hug, though since you're just hugging the air in front of you, you'll probably just feel terribly lonely. No word on whether you'll have to wait in a virtual line or spend Xbox Live Points on virtual overpriced lemonades.
Forza Motorsport 4
You remember when you'd pretend to drive a race car as a little kid, and you'd hold your hands up like a steering wheel and make the engine noise yourself? Just buy Forza Motorsport 4 and you won't have to pretend any more--though you'll still have to hold your hands up. Don't forget: Drivers Ed recommends that you hold your hands in the 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock position.
Kinect Sports: Season 2
Golf is one of the sports coming in Kinect Sports: Season 2. Work on your swing, and it might help you get some valuable range time with your boss's boss--once you get used to holding an actual club, anyway. At least you don't have to worry about holding an actual controller (and accidentally throwing it at your TV).
Gunstringer is a Western-themed Kinect action game that looks like all kinds of fun, but I could probably do without the invisible horse-riding segments. Include a coconut, however, and it'd be great for Kinect Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Dance Central 2
Dance Central 2 is probably the only game in the Kinect lineup that has to make us look silly, because, well, we're dancing in front of our TV. Does it include the Macarena? We might be able to handle something like that.
Kinect Star Wars
No Star Wars game would be complete without a segment where you use the Force (or your Kinect) to move a large obstruction. The fact that it makes you look like a mime trapped in an invisible telephone booth is simply an added bonus. This isn't the Star Wars game you're looking for.