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Written by Lutzifer   
Sonntag, 25 Mai 2008

ImageAs a console agnostic i stumbled upon this awesome wii-mote stuff just a few days ago and i really love what Johnny Chung Lee is doing in his projects with and to the hardware of the wii. I loved the concept of the wii from the get-go and i'm still pondering about actually purchasing it, if only as respectful nod to the spirit of gaming-evolution. So, when i was reading about another approach to get the player even more into the game by doing full-body movement recognition via sensor-cameras, i'm actually less thrilled about the wii and more about what that could do to gaming in general. I know others have tried similar stuff and wil be coming out with commercial products soon or have been already, so only time costs for the cameras will tell how feasible it is for gamers worldwide to go with motion capturing at home.

 

Apart from the technical pleasentries that this week had to offer, i was also blown away by penny-arcade's venture into the realm of game-developer hell. Their first game "In the rainslick precipice of darkness - Episode 1" seems to make almost everything right and apart from a minor graphical glitch it is offering an awesome mixture of great tactical gameplay and strong & funny narrative. I was actually expecting more of a adventure-puzzle style kind of game like the also awesome Sam & Max episodes and after having finished the first episode i'm hooked for more and have an even higher respect for their regular gaming-criticism. It may not be the greatest game - and for some because of the shortness not even worth the 20$ they are asking for - but it sure kept me excited and entertained through the whole game. The outro-song by nerdcore's finest MC Frontalot really hit the mark as well. It is not the sheer awesomeness of portal and not even close to non-episodic full-lenght games, but hell, i'm excited like a 5-year old for the next installment :D




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My last blog-entry has been about a neural gaming device and now there is news of yet another one that was presented at GDC: www.emotiv.com/ It looks a bit more sophisticated as the last one, but might not be much better gameplay wise. Everything applies that i said about the other device and i'd still love to test one of those. Chances still are that it will only be another gimmick that will go the way of the 3d-glasses (too bulky, not efficient enough at what it tries to do, impeding the gaming experience). I see much more of a bright future gadget-wise in head-tracking, if it is done without bulky headgear, perhaps with a stereo-camera and face-geometry- /head-angle-recognition. From the looks of it, it would fit right into a dystopian sci-fi movie, so it gets my vote for looks in comparison to OCZ's headband =)