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The Kinect didn’t seem to want to recognise half of my gestures and had my on-screen avatar acting like it was having an epileptic fit. I was staring to get annoyed – feeling like I must have been duped by Microsoft, whose Kinect units always worked so well. My wife was getting frustrated and had turned from mildly interested to openly hostile to this new piece of technology I had welcomed into our home.

The kids seeing both parents getting frustrated and the Kinect so obviously not working soon figured out the hard truth: they wouldn’t be getting a turn.

With things having already gone to custard in a major way, I declared it was ice cream time and took the family out for a summer evening treat. It was whilst eating my frozen treat that it dawned on me. What if the direct sunlight on me was effecting the Kinect’s ability to track my movements?

On returning home I waited for the sun to settle past the neighbours roof, pushed the couch back to give us some more room, and fired up the XBox and Kinect for one final try. It was truly amazing. With the sunlight gone the Kinect instantly recognsied that there was someone ready to play, and just as it had in my previous media event experiences, worked like a dream, following my every move.

The kids instantly saw that it was working, and working so well that they ran off to get mum so that they could show her how cool itwas. It was working so well that she joined in and kept playing until she was too exhausted to carry on.

It seems like the Kinect’s only weakness is that it has the heart of a vampire and as such has an aversion to direct sunlight. This should have been apparent to me, as I hate sunlight when I’m playing games – it either gets in your eyes or creates nasty reflections on the TV screen.

But once we were up and running in the twilight, the Kinect proved it’s worth with the whole family quickly realising why I had been raving about it since my first play a few months earlier.

The Kinect really is an evolutionary jump in the area of family/party gaming.

In the next couple of weeks we’ll be playing a fair bit of Kinect. We’ve already got a few games to review, so we’ll keep you updated with how the Kinect expereince is going, and what’s worth playing and what isn’t.

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