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Scott’s Toy Box: Connect A Kinect To Your Xbox

Scott’s Toy Box: Connect A Kinect To Your Xbox

 

I enjoy playing video games. My favorites are the ones that have puzzles to solve as you advance through the game. I feel like they give my brain a workout in problem solving. Unfortunately, while working out my brain, I usually don’t work out much of anything else. This Christmas I bought a Kinect for my Xbox 360, and just about every game that I’ve played with it has given me such a physical workout that I’ve even had to turn my ceiling fan on in winter.

The Kinect is a device that sits either above or below your TV. It has a camera in it that tracks your motions, causing you to essentially become the controller. You wave your hand and a cursor appears on the screen that begins to follow where your hand moves. There is also a microphone that allows you to tell your Xbox what to start up. You can be in your kitchen fixing lunch while telling your Xbox to start up Netflix in the next room. Sometimes it may not hear you correctly, and you’ll find yourself having to repeat words more clearly and slowly. You also have to use certain buzzwords the right way, or the Kinect may stop your movie while you were just trying to get your roommate to stop annoying you.

When I bought my Kinect, it came with a few games, two of which were Fruit Ninja and Gun Stringer. In Fruit Ninja, fruit isflung into the air as you try to slice and dice it with your karate moves. There are many different modes: One mixes in bombs that you must avoid, while another won’t allow you to miss any fruit. Both of these cause a game over. You can also unlock (or purchase) some customization from your shadow to the background. My only gripe is that the menu for the customization part requires you to swipe your hand to scroll though the menu, and it doesn’t always land where you want it. I would rather use my Xbox controller to do this.essentially become the controller. You wave your hand and a cursor appears on the screen that begins to follow where your hand moves. There is also a microphone that allows you to tell your Xbox what to start up. You can be in your kitchen fixing lunch while telling your Xbox to start up Netflix in the next room. Sometimes it may not hear you correctly, and you’ll find yourself having to repeat words more clearly and slowly. You also have to use certain buzzwords the right way, or the Kinect may stop your movie while you were just trying to get your roommate to stop annoying you.

In Gun Stringer, you control the marionette skeleton of a cowboy. This cowboy is looking for vengeance, and, with your help, he runs through the west shooting the varmints that put him in the ground. The game is very silly. The first varmint you have to defeat is an inflatable tube guy, and the game’s setting is a puppet show, so it’s not gory. Your left hand holds the cowboy’s strings, and moving it up and down causes him to jump. Your right hand is your finger gun, and you shoot it just like you do when you play cops and robbers (feel free to shout “bang bang”).

Currently the Kinect with the two games mentioned plus a third game is a little less than $130 on Amazon.com. If you don’t have an Xbox, you can get one with the Kinect for a little less than $280. It’s definitely something that is worth saving up for.

 

About the Author: M. Scott Anderson lives in Jackson and also got Just Dance 3 for his Kinect that he will review some time in the future, as soon as he catches his breath.

 

 

About The Author

M Scott Anderson

M. Scott Anderson grew up in Hattiesburg and now currently lives in Jackson. He went to college at USM and got a degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Creative Writing. He has always loved to be a storyteller. Friends from childhood would tell him of stories he would say he’s writing that included them in it. He enjoys comic books and superheroes and loves having friends over to play both table top games and video games.

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