I’ve heard some people talking about the latest technology in control schemes for video games. Obviously the Wii’s controllers were a huge success, and I think Wii MotionPlus will make it even better. But lately there’s been a lot of hype for Microsoft’s new full-body control called Natal and Sony’s new Motion Controller. There’s a lot of potential for these new systems, and right now the hype is abounding.
But before everyone gets too excited about full-body motion controls, I want to remind you this has been tried before. There was a product called Sega Activator for the Sega Genesis game console. With it, your body was the controller. Here’s the instructional video for it:
It’s fairly obvious why that didn’t catch on. Now it looks generic. But consider that this was revolutionary and cutting-edge at the time. Obviously the company thought it was a great idea and worth the money required to release it.
But all that aside, that doesn’t mean Natal will or won’t work well — it just means we’ll have to wait and see. I’m hoping they can pull this off, and that the next generation of gaming will be even more immersive and more awesome.