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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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