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Kinect and dance games

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Kinect and dance games

I always thought systems like Kinect were cool in concept and reality, whether it was for dance games or exercise. I realize it never worked perfectly and it often just guessed, but it adds an interesting element. I had an xbox 360 + kinect for a while, and enjoyed the dance and sports games. Then I got an xbox one and hated it, the gear was so bulky in my spartan apartment and the console itself went way overboard in every aspect for a casual user. I just want to press a button and be playing a game, without wading through garish screens or a setup like I'm playing to win the world championships. But the larger factor for me rejecting it was Kinect died. I'd speculate it's because Microsoft went too far with it, trying to force everyone to use it for everything and it just never worked that well, along with the privacy invasion for such an intimate device, but rather than scaling it back they abandoned it.

Something else happened in Rock Band type games, for a while they were huge, but by now they've disappeared.

Fast forward to today, I want to get a simple game system for the cottage using a projector, something that supports physical games, not shooters (I can watch the news for that). I notice that the newest dance games eschew Kinect systems and even consoles like xbox, instead having people wave their handsets around and connecting on a web browser. That just doesn't seem as good to me for multiple reasons (must be good for handset sales, though). So my current plan is to find a used xbox 360 with kinect, ideally with some dance and band games.

So, my question is, considering I'm a very casual gamer with the above preferences. am I missing something amazing in the new style of consoles or handset based games? Are there breakthroughs in physical games (dance, sports, exercise, musical jamming) that I should know about (besides VR, which isn't a group experience and has a way to go)? Or should I just find that used 360?

Thanks!
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davidm wrote: I always thought systems like Kinect were cool in concept and reality, whether it was for dance games or exercise. I realize it never worked perfectly and it often just guessed, but it adds an interesting element. I had an xbox 360 + kinect for a while, and enjoyed the dance and sports games. Then I got an xbox one and hated it, the gear was so bulky in my spartan apartment and the console itself went way overboard in every aspect for a casual user. I just want to press a button and be playing a game, without wading through garish screens or a setup like I'm playing to win the world championships. But the larger factor for me rejecting it was Kinect died. I'd speculate it's because Microsoft went too far with it, trying to force everyone to use it for everything and it just never worked that well, along with the privacy invasion for such an intimate device, but rather than scaling it back they abandoned it.

Something else happened in Rock Band type games, for a while they were huge, but by now they've disappeared.

Fast forward to today, I want to get a simple game system for the cottage using a projector, something that supports physical games, not shooters (I can watch the news for that). I notice that the newest dance games eschew Kinect systems and even consoles like xbox, instead having people wave their handsets around and connecting on a web browser. That just doesn't seem as good to me for multiple reasons (must be good for handset sales, though). So my current plan is to find a used xbox 360 with kinect, ideally with some dance and band games.

So, my question is, considering I'm a very casual gamer with the above preferences. am I missing something amazing in the new style of consoles or handset based games? Are there breakthroughs in physical games (dance, sports, exercise, musical jamming) that I should know about (besides VR, which isn't a group experience and has a way to go)? Or should I just find that used 360?

Thanks!
I honestly think that's the way to go... Between Dance Central and Just Dance games, plus Rock Band, you're probably set and it won't set u back as much $. You might also want to grab Scene It with the 4 buzz in controllers so u can play trivia games when everyone is too tired from dancing/jamming
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Aug 26, 2008
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Montreal
M1GOmigs wrote: I honestly think that's the way to go... Between Dance Central and Just Dance games, plus Rock Band, you're probably set and it won't set u back as much $. You might also want to grab Scene It with the 4 buzz in controllers so u can play trivia games when everyone is too tired from dancing/jamming
Thanks, that makes the decision easier.

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