2. You Like Your Living Room Furniture
If you want the Kinect to be an integral part of your video gaming life, you'll have to make a few adjustments. And just like with marriage, the first thing you'll have to do when you bring Kinect home is redecorate your house. That snazzy coffee table in the middle of your living room? Can't have that...Kinect needs between six and eight feet of space to see you clearly. Those snazzy shelves and posters on your wall? Too much visual distraction. Kinect doesn't like it, so they'll have to go. If you don't want to overhaul your living room, Kinect is definitely something you should stay away from.
1. Playing with Others Is Important to You
Though the Wii's quality library deteriorated over time, there's one thing that kept people playing the console (besides the aforementioned Mario and Zelda games): multiplayer. Playing games like Boom Blox with up to four people just doesn't get old, and even though you might whack a couple of people in the face, it's still fairly fun. However, multiplayer on the Kinect is not so fun. If you have a small living room, multiplayer may not even be possible. To play with two people, you need at least eight feet of distance between you and the Kinect. While those of us with mansions may not have this problem, if you live in a small condo or apartment, this is a big deal. But let's even say you have the space to play with friends. The Kinect only supports two players. So if you want to take a Kinect Adventure with four people, you'll have to take turns. Considering all three major consoles support up to four players, this is pretty disappointing, and makes Kinect less of a "party" console than the Wii. And realistically, who wants to play mini-games by themselves?
When it was released, the Kinect was touted as the next big thing in gaming. And to its credit, it has become the fastest-selling electronic device in history, moving more than 1 million units in ten days. However, the Kinect is not as revolutionary as the hype might have you believe, and there are plenty of reasons why you shouldn't purchase a Kinect. Of course, Sony's attempt at motion controls isn't the hottest thing ever made either. Next week, check out five reasons why you shouldn't buy: the PlayStation Move.
By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*