Sunday, June 13, 2010

E3 2010: It’s Now Called Microsoft Kinect?

KINECT TO ME That’s right.  Natal, that Microsoft thing we’ve been talking and conjecturing about for a year now, is now called Kinect.  Well, that’s what a number of blogs reported after USA Today originally leaked the story. 

The fun part is how (as of this writing) the USA Today article now reads like the biography of a CIA operative.  I wonder if that’s Microsoft’s doing or just the Internet getting all a-twitter.

A Italian flash ad also cropped up, marketing both Kinect and a new 360 slim (surprise!).  Giantbomb easily cracks Microsoft’s Sicilian code to reveal that the new Xbox will ship with a 250GB hard drive and built-in Wi-Fi.  Color me impressed.

Further complicating things is that a Microsoft Kinect event – in which I believe Cirque du Soleil is taking part – is taking place, oh….right now

So while we wait for more news to trickle (or leak, as it were) down from the top of the blogosphere, let’s reflect on the new name.  Kinect.  It’s a portmanteau of kinetic and connect.  Microsoft wants me to meld my body with their fancy new machine.  I get it.  That doesn’t mean I like it.  Maybe Pokémon ruined portmanteaus for me or something.  Plus, there are reports that there will be (among other camera-based minigame clones) a pet training game called Kinectimals

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.