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  • Monkey 4:03 pm on June 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , sesamestreet, xbox   

    It’s interactive TV – y’know, for kids…* 

    Kinect Sesame Street TVMicrosoft recently invited me to a preview of one of their new Xbox 360 games – Kinect Sesame Street TV – that really does seem to bridge the gap between linear television and console gaming in a seamless way – using, of course, the Kinect in some surprising ways.

    There are eight “episodes” of Sesame Street on the disc, with another 8 available online via Xbox Live – as well as 4000+ vintage Sesame Street clips, which should keep most “adults” entertained for a few minutes …

    It kicks off with an introduction from a new Muppet who invites you to stand in front of the “mirror” on the TV screen – quite a nifty feature this, as the Muppet then changes clothes to wear a T-shirt the same colour as the clothes you’re wearing.

    Then follows a various selection of features with the Muppets – some with Elmo, some with new characters, some with people filmed on the bustling streets of New York – where they invite you to do the action of the day, whether it’s “throwing” at the TV, or jumping. As an adult, it feels a bit weird to be throwing nothing at the TV screen, but who knows, maybe the kids of today will take to it like a duck to water. And fortunately, if your kid is feeling like a couch potato and doesn’t want to interact, the system will accept that after a while and carry on as if nothing had happened.

    There are also similar counting games with lovable Grover – although it’s odd to see him with legs! – and letter games with the Cookie Monster, possibly the only Muppet to contribute a phrase to the Internet lexicon.

    Overall, it seems to be an interesting edutainment twist on your standard Xbox 360 game and I look forward to testing it out with my son to see how he takes to it. Maybe he’ll actually learn a number…

    (* a hearty slap on the back if you can spot the movie quote)

  • Monkey 1:17 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gamesconsole, , xbox   

    Tell HyperHam we need an XBox 360! 

    Our household currently has a Playstation 3 and a Wii – both game consoles acquired before the arrival of the baby. Oddly enough, aside from the odd spurt of gaming (mostly Portal 2, Wii Fit, Goldeneye and Crysis 2), the game consoles have mostly sat in the corner unplayed, due to the lack of time available. Who knew that dealing with a baby was a time-sucking vortex?

    Now we have the opportunity to buy a brand-new XBox 360 with Kinect at a relatively cheap price. I’m very tempted, and justifying it by saying we could play Dance Central (my wife tends to prefer the active dancey-type games) and control the TV using our voice – something that would undoubtedly come in handy since Monkey has taken to playing with the TV remote control at all times.

    What other arguments can I deploy to persuade my wife that we simply must have all three game consoles? 🙂

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