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Kinect Breaks Records... But Where Are The Games?

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So apparently the Kinect has been awarded "Fastest Selling Consumer Electronics Device" by the Guinness World Records for selling an average of 133,333 units a day for a total of 8 million units in the first 60 days it was on sale. Now, that sounds like the typical press release-speak where they tout sales figures, but they also mention that this bests the sales figures for both the iPhone and iPad for their equivalent launch periods. So that's a little impressive, I suppose.


"The sales figures here speak for themselves," said Gaz Deaves, Gaming Editor for Guinness World Records. "After extensive research, we can confirm that no other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day time span, an incredible achievement considering the strength of the sector."

That's all well and good, but where are the games? For something that's so successful, there aren't very many games to play on it. And I haven't heard of too many in the pipeline. Perhaps it's just a case of developers not wanting to take too much of a risk on an untested product, and now they'll all be scrambling to get games out for the Kinect. But will people still care after the lull with no games? Probably. I know I will, because I still use mine all the time. Mostly for Your Shape: Fitness Evolved and Dance Central, but Kinect Sports and Kinectimals are still entertaining, too. But I'd like to see more games, because I'd like to see what more creative developers can pull off with the technology. So here's hoping these sales figures inspire developers not to ignore the Xbox add-on!

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Don't hate me, Woot, as I love Nintendo's 1st party products, but this "symptom" is just a repeat of Wii sales. The new game play mechanic is quirky enough to appeal to the casual gamer.

Thankfully Child of Eden and The Gunstringer are attempting to make games for Kinect.

But are these two Kinect games it? Does anyone else know any hot Kinect games coming? (aside from Octodad haha)

Ray said:

The just-before-Christmas release window had everything to do with these sales numbers. Also, Kinect is available in almost any store supplying electronics. Had the iPad or new iPhone been released at a similar time, and been as easily available, I'm sure it would have easily surpassed this sales number.
This is, however, a great accomplishment for Microsoft and gaming in general. I really hope they continue to provide quality games that use the Kinect.

InfoMofo said:

Ha- those are the two titles I play too!

I bought the whole system just for Dance Central, really, so the YSFE is just a bonus.

I am skeptical that they can expand this system to a lot of other genres, but who knows.

Jim said:

Same here, I got the Kinect for Dance Central and YSFE too. I love both of them, Dance Central in particular (I can't believe that after 35 years I can finally move my feet when I'm dancing!).

I think it's intresting that there are a few Kinect games out there, but many seem to be pale imitations of Dance Central or YSFE.

I'd like to see something more.

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