Microsoft Kinect has been advertised as a gaming device suitable for the whole family. We see ads showing family members playing Kinect games together, feeding their Kinectimals, and scrolling through movie menus with gestures. The Kinect is a casual gaming apparatus built for casual gamers. At least that's what we've seen it being used as.
Those from the open source community, modders who tweak their Kinect devices and use their PCs to monitor the movement data of the system, have found other uses for the devices beyond what Microsoft has offered to us so far. The ease in modifying the Kinect has allowed many open-source games and programs to be created as well as giving traditional games new motion controls.
The latest mods have given first person shooters motion controls that could potentially give this genre a more realistic feel. The video after the jump shows a modder use the Kinect to play an FPS and control his character's movements as well as shooting controls with just his hand. As you can see, he has to stand and hold his hand in the air so the Kinect's camera can see what he's doing.
Another video also shows someone playing Left 4 Dead 2 with the Kinect and the same applies here too. A little bit of lag, but a lot of possibility.
Of course, these are user-created mods implemented into games that aren't meant to have motion controls. But they do open up a window of possibilities for future games. I'm sure Microsoft is developing some FPS game with Kinect controls. But I wonder how it will play like.
I understand the urge to give FPS full body motion controls, but how close to reality do we really want to take games with the power of motion controls? Nintendo seems to have done a good job with its FPS titles as they have implemented a joystick for movement and the Wii remote for aiming. Lacking any controller, can the Kinect ever give us a good FPS? Or will we have to get arm sores holding our arms like these modders?