Ever since the computer was invented, life has become easier. It enabled everyone to do things that were thought of as impossible in earlier times. People can now communicate with their loved ones who are abroad through chat and even see their loved ones through the camera. Student’s lives were also made easier because they can now do painless research through the World Wide Web. Not only are computers used in business and in schools, they are now also used for numerous recreational activities like gaming and exercise. In conjunction with this, a variety of gaming consoles and devices have been created by different companies. Kinect is one of these and Kinect games are quickly becoming a very popular choice for fun.
What is Kinect?
Kinect is made to be used with a gaming console, the very popular Xbox 360. Kinect can be likened to Nintendo’s creation, Wii. Kinect has just been launched in North America on November 4, 2010. The release dates in Japan, Australia, Singapore and Europe came at a later date.
The Kinect sensor is quite small. The sensor is in a bar shaped horizontally which connects to a small base that has a motorized pivot. The Kinect sensor comes with a camera, a sensor and microphone. It is designed to be capable of 3D motion capture, voice recognition and facial recognition. For now, the voice recognition capability of the device is only available in the United States, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom. It will be available in 2011 in other areas.
Kinect Dance Games
Just like the Nintendo Wii and the Sony PlayStation 3, the Kinect is also a treasure box of games. One of its highlights is the Kinect dance games. Since the Kinect has just been released, Kinect games are still limited compared to the other established names in the industry. Dance Central is just one of the few games available right now. This is a dance game where you can dance to your heart’s content, regardless if you are a dancer or not.
This has been marketed as one of the best party games ever. The game’s goal is to follow a set of dance moves correctly. You will be scored based on the way you dance and the accuracy of your dance steps. This is different from other dance games that only require you to move your arms and your feet. You will get a lot of exercise with this game; it requires full-body dancing. Right now, there are only about 30 songs that you can dance to, but do not worry; the list of songs will be expanded sometime soon.
The game has different difficulty levels. You have to be able to pass the easier levels before you can unlock the hard level. Thankfully, the game comes with modes that are like tutorials for people who have just begun dancing. Players have the opportunity to look at the moves closely by opting to slow down the dance moves. Aside from the dancers you see doing the steps on the screen; you will also hear a voice that will guide you through the steps by telling you what to do next.
Dance Central has been reviewed by the masses and by numerous independent companies and so far it has earned nothing but great reviews. In fact, in a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 as the highest score, it has never fallen below 8. Impressive, isn’t it?
If you want dance routines that are realistic enough for an average dancer to achieve, or if you want a whole body workout, want to work on your dance moves, get a Kinect and dance to Dance Central now!