If you thought it is fun to play games on the Nintendo Wii using the system's Wiimote control system, you should see the following YouTube videos to get an impression of what many will probably consider even more fun.
Developers have started to create applications to use the Wii's gesture based controller on PCs. We have previously seen support for basic applications like Google Earth which you were able to control with the Wiimote to a certain degree.
Now, developers have started to add game support so that you can start to play games on the PC using the Wiimote. What you need is a Wiimote, a PC with Bluetooth, at least one supported game and of course the software GlovePie that makes all of this possible.
This may sound like lots of work but take a look at some of the videos that I collected to see how well this works.
Some of the games that developers got to work with the system are Half-life 2, House of the Dead III, Panzer Dragoon and Rez.
It looks good, plays fine and could be an option for PC game makers as well. Why not add Wiimote support to games?
While it is certainly fun to play games using Nintendo's Wiimote, it is not the ideal controller for most games as you need to hold the controller in hand at all times.
Microsoft's Kinect on the other hand is another system that came out after Nintendo's Wii. The main advantage of Microsoft's system is that it uses cameras to monitor the player's movement which means that you do not have to hold anything in your hands to play games with your body movement.
Controls are sometimes a little bit off though which is probably the biggest issue right now. It simply takes longer to send the data to the gaming system and interpret it and you may experience light lag when you use the system. It is likely however that Microsoft will improve the Kinect when its next generation gaming system comes out.
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