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Kinect game line-up confirmed

Kinect game line-up confirmed

Microsoft has announced the launch portfolio for Kinect, listing the seventeen titles which will be available at the motion-controller's launch.  The games - the full list of which you can see after the cut - represent the first wave of controller-free titles, and include Kinectimals, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Fighters Uncaged.

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Kinect patent detailed; American Sign Language supported

Kinect patent detailed; American Sign Language supported

The patent for Microsoft's Kinect console has been unearthed, describing the "gesture keyboarding" system that's tracked by the special PrimeSense-developed depth camera.  Kinect builds a dynamic wireframe representation - or "skeletal mapping" - of the player's body, and then tracks that to recognize various gestures and movements; these can be as minimal as raising up on your toes.

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Stop Twiddling Your Thumbs and Stand Up

Stop Twiddling Your Thumbs and Stand Up

Originally, I wanted to title this story "Why Women Hate Consoles," but I'm sure there are many women who would take exception to that complaint. I'm not married to one of those women. My wife hates console gaming. She doesn't just hate playing games on my Xbox or Playstation, she hates when I play them, too. For a while, I couldn't figure out why.

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