As someone in the gaming industry, one of the most commonly asked questions is to which console I am loyal to. The concept of a ‘fanboy’ is somewhat lost on me – I have a Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, and PSP, and I use each of them for different reasons. However this post is dedicated to Microsoft, and more specifically to Kinect.
Last month at GAMES 10, Microsoft demoed Kinect to the region. The feedback was great and it was wonderful to see kids and adults alike immerse themselves in the games on show without ever picking up a controller or remembering any buttons. But one image stayed in my head, and it is of a little girl in a light purple dress, who couldn’t have been more than four years old. She was patiently waiting in line with her mum at the Kinect Joy Ride booth, shyly observing how the other kids were playing the game. When it was her turn, she stepped in front of the system and readied herself to play. But when she raised her arms to start playing the game, I noticed something different about her – she had no left hand. Or rather all that was at the end of her left arm was a tiny thumb – the rest of her fingers were fused together and covered by her skin. If this was any other game or console, she might not have been too successful in steering around the track. But with her arms stretched defiantly in front of her, she nimbly steered around the track, and placed 4th in the end.
I wish I had taken a photo of her at the time as it was purely spellbinding to see this girl play the game so confidently without a care in the world. Microsoft may employ a huge marketing campaign when the Kinect officially launches, but that little girl was enough for me to realize just how much potential Kinect holds for future gamers.
Microsoft, I’ve just got two words for you – Thank You.