Whether we like it or not the new Kinect full-body controller from Microsoft is actually going to be a hot ticket for Christmas and probably drive Xbox 360 sales for years to come. I'm not a big fan of the product, because I can see the miserable societal changes it will bring. It's not going to be pretty.
First of all, go look at some videos of people using Kinect. This is one of my a favorite videos. In it, a 12 year old comes home and for some unknown reason she starts waving her arms in front of the TV set and then notices that her avatar is moving with her. Her mouth is agape, and she begins jumping up and down giggling wildly.
The mom and dad in the video are amused by their daughter who has invited her brother and a friend to also jump up and down. Because of all the physical activity in the games, it's now possible that you can get a reasonable cardio workout using this new system, although I suspect that most of the time these workouts will end with, "Jennie, look out for that lamp! Lookout!! Oh, no!" I've said this before and I'll say it again: If you have a house with hardwood floors, this product will end up annoying everyone.
It's inventible that a great deal of physical damage will occur to a person's surroundings with this product. And I cannot even imagine all the hospital visits that will occur as kids accidentally poke out each other's eyes!
In most of the videos I've seen, the kids jumping up and down look uncoordinated and spastic. This means you can expect an ambulance showing up at the house within the first few days of ownership. There is no nosy neighbor in the world who will not call 911 if they witness people jerking all around like something bad is happening to them. "But Doris, I thought something was wrong! I had to call 911. I thought Jennie was having a seizure!"
Eventually, this jumping around will be seen as commonplace, just as people now figure that anyone walking down the street talking to themselves is simply someone on the cell phone when in fact they may be psychotic.
This means that you could have a home invasion robbery in progress, and when you get a chance to signal the neighbors that you are in trouble, all you'll get is them waving back, as one says, "Oh, look at Barry over there playing on the Xbox with that Kinect thingamajig." All the while, you are wildly gesturing for help.
Crime will run rampant because of this!
And let's not even bother to talk about apartment living with this technology. It will be impossible. Anyone who lives in an apartment will be driven insane by the incessant noise of kids or adults jumping up and down wildly, causing the entire building to shake like crazy. It will be a nightmare. People will flock from apartment dwellings and move to caves or anything solid.
This will cause real estate prices to plummet, exacerbating the current real estate downtrend and possibly sending the economy into a permanent downward spiral creating a great depression.
Thanks for nothing, Microsoft!
I'm sure it's gonna be EXACTLY like that.
I'm sexy, admit it.