A young child at a Microsoft store in Washington was caught on camera playing ‘Dance Central’ earlier in the month and has so far generated over a quarter million hits. He’s playing the Rihanna song “Disturbia” (2007) on the hard difficulty setting.
The couple filming the video repeatedly remark how great the boy is, at one point saying: ‘He’s playing on hard. How ridiculous.’ Passing customers stop to look at the boy as he continues to strut his funky stuff totally oblivious to the gawking onlookers.
‘Dance Central’ is a game that takes advantage of the Xbox 360’s Kinect motion detecting camera. The game was developed by Harmonix, creators of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, and is a launch title for Kinect. At E3 2011, a sequel titled Dance Central 2 was officially pre-announced, to be released later in 2011.
Gameplay involves the player performing given dance moves which are tracked by Kinect and represented on the screen by one of eight in-game avatars. The game features over 650 different dance moves spanning over 90 dance routines.
Kinect for Xbox 360, or simply Kinect (originally known by the code name Project Natal) is a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 video game console. Based around a webcam-style add-on peripheral for the Xbox 360 console, it enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller, through a natural user interface using gestures and spoken commands.
The project is aimed at broadening the Xbox 360’s audience beyond its typical gamer base. Kinect competes with the Wii Remote Plus and PlayStation Move with PlayStation Eye motion controllers for the Wii and PlayStation 3 home consoles, respectively. [via The Huff Post and Asylum (UK)]