By Stahlbrand 8 Comments
Okay, I've haven't been sold on Natal yet. I'm intrigued by the possibilities, but given what little we've heard, I am not optimistic overall.
One thing occurred to me today, looking at the image on the front page of a wii-mote SMG that looks like a CZ 75 machine pistol.... What if Natal could scan and track props? Is waving a plastic gun at the screen less lame than waving your fingers around? I would say; yes, by a hair.
But if the promo videos and demos they've shown are to be believed at face value, there is no reason that it couldn't. Perhaps the orange tip on plastic guns sold in North America could come to some good (besides, you know, not getting kids shot by trigger happy cops as often). Maybe a few small reflective stickers on any long object (metre stick, plastic sword, cardboard tube) could create a Natal-traceable sword.
If you think about that in the context of a game like Force Unleashed where hand gesturing for force lightning and waving around a cardboard tube (or Force FX over-priced plastic light sabre) could actually be kind of neat. Still not sure how you make a compelling game without traditional controller inputs for walking and jumping, but I'll hope the guys paid to solve such problems can come up with a solution.
Anyway, if they show something like this next week, I'm giving myself a hearty pat on the back.