The Kinect Is Out This Week!

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kinect jerod harris The Kinect Is Out This Week!

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Kinect, the Xbox360 accessory that lets you play games without a handheld controller, finally hits stores this Thursday.  In addition to using your body in lieu of a controller, it accepts voice commands, uses facial recognition to distinguish between people, and even lets you control your DVDs and music just by pointing your finger.

“Kinect Adventures” is the game that comes bundled with the Kinect device.  It uses your Xbox avatar for each of its games, which include white water rafting, an obstacle course, and a racquetball-type game. 

A dozen Kinect titles will be released on the launch date.  They include everything from sports games to dance and fitness activities.  Many of them can also capture photos of your fun gaming moments which you can later upload to the Internet.

Here’s a list of some of the Kinect games coming out this week…

“Dance Central” – This is from the makers of “Rock Band” and the original “Guitar Hero”. 

“DanceMasters” – This one’s from the makers of “Dance Dance Revolution”.  Like “Dance Central”, it includes an easier mode to teach you how to dance. 

“The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout” – This features the cast and trainers from the TV show to guide you through your workout. It also includes 50 recipes from the “Biggest Loser Cookbook” to help monitor your caloric intake. 

“Sonic Free Riders” – A racing game featuring Sonic the Hedgehog on a hovering skateboard and you have to reach for rings with your hands. 

“Kinect Joy Ride” – A racing game in which you just grab the invisible steering wheel in front of you and drive as your Xbox avatar.

“Kinectimals” – This one lets your kids “adopt” a tiger cub that will respond to their voice commands as they train it and explore an island together. 

“Fighters Uncaged” – Illegal street fighting that lets you use your fists, knees, legs, elbows and even your head to take down your opponent. 

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