would hit stores Nov. 4 with a slate of 15 games. This announcement followed an elaborate presentation on Sunday that portrayed Kinect as nothing less than a significant step forward in human evolution. Okay, but is it any fun? I got to try my hand at several of Kinect’s launch titles, including Kinect Adventures!, Kinect Joy Ride, Kinect Sports, and Your Shape, and yes, Kinect is certainly fun. But at the moment, the device comes off as merely a slightly upgraded version of the Nintendo Wii. There’s huge potential here, but Kinect still needs some tinkering. After the jump, a detailed report of each game: READ FULL STORYMicrosoft announced Monday that Kinect, its new motion-detection add-on for the Xbox 360 gaming system,
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Science says summer starts on the Solstice, June 21, but I say it starts when your favorite show airs its finale. Then, depression sets in. Lucky for us, the good people behind The Office recognize the void they’ve left in our hearts and — in the spirit of Michael Scott — thought of a time-wasting, fantastically entertaining way for us to fill our days.
Starting today, fans can sign up to help create an Office fanisode. It will work similar to the Star Wars Uncut project, where fans are asked to recreate a small portion of an episode — in this case season 6′s ”Murder” — and submit it for a chance to be included in the final product, which will be posted on NBC.com toward the end of summer. The 86 segments are up for grabs now at NBC’s page for the contest. Up to three people sign up for each segment, and you have two weeks to get your video in. Best one makes it into the final product, which will be posted on NBC.com toward the end of summer.
I’m still trying to decide exactly how I want to re-produce “Murder”‘s closing shootout scene between Andy, Dwight, and Michael, since claymation and animation require real talent. It’ll either be Twilight dolls (Bella-Edward-Jacob), Mad Men Barbies or EW staffers.
But what about you PopWatchers? Are you going to give it a try?
“sealing a deal” to host a new version of Pyramid, the game show Dick Clark used to host in the ’70s. (Apparently, Donny Osmond hosted a previous Pyramid reboot in 2002-04…. Must have missed that.)Conan O’Brien is headed for basic cable on TBS, but his old sidekick is likely keeping it old-school at CBS. The L.A. Times reports that Andy Richter is currently
According to the Times, Richter wasn’t exactly CBS’ first choice: “Last year, there were two pilots made, one with Dean Cain as host, the other with Tim Vincent, and neither got off the ground. An effort to land Howie Mandel fell short.” Ouch.
But you know what? I think this could be a good move for Richter. His goofy affability is just right for a game show host. And it’s not like his attempts to become a sitcom star have worked out. (Sorry, Andy Richter Controls the Universe and/or Andy Barker, P.I. fans.) Anyway, I know I’d rather watch a Richter-led Pyramid than another game show hosted by Howie Mandel. How about you?
In honor of Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary this week, Google is hosting the actual game. You think it’s just a cool image, but then it’s an actual game. You don’t even need to “Insert Coin” — the game will just start for you! And then you’ll switch to another one of your 37 open tabs and forget that it’s still going and someone will approach your door and say “HOW DO YOU LIVE LIKE THIS?” because without the visual context, you’re just sitting there willingly listening to ambulance sirens. Then you’ll realize you should start playing Pac-Man again, and there goes your afternoon. Sorry, your boss!
What’s your favorite Pac-Man snack? Mine is the strawberry, though I was always intrigued by the anomaly of root beer. I always appreciated that strawberry came second because I was terrible at Pac-Man. I used to believe the creators of Pac-Man had put my favorite two fruits in the beginning so that I’d be momentarily giddy and then not feel like that big of a loser when I lost. But then I grew up!
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Every tweenager’s dream of being a singing, dancing Disney star is inching one step closer to reality: Activision is releasing a three-song download for Band Hero and Guitar Hero of Miley Cyrus’ “7 Things,” Demi Lovato’s “Here We Go Again,” and Selena Gomez & The Scene’s “Falling Down.” The “track pack” will be available May 18 for the Wii and May 25 for Xbox and PS3. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
Toys and movies: Two great tastes that taste great together, right? Hollywood executives certainly seem to think so, as a recent episode of The Simpsons so nicely lampooned with this trailer for Tic Tac Toe: The Movie. Universal, which has a deal with Hasbro, already has films based on Battleship, Monopoly, Candy Land, Stretch Armstrong, Magic: The Gathering, and the Ouija board at various stages of development. Now comes news that Paramount — which hit the toy-to-movie jackpot with a little franchise called Transformers — has optioned the Magic 8-Ball as the basis for a potential live-action adventure film. Sure, we all played with Magic 8-Balls as kids, shaking up that little black fortune-telling sphere for answers to our most profound questions, like whether the girl we had a crush on in fifth grade liked us back (“Reply hazy, try again”) or whether we’d be rich and famous when we grew up (“Don’t count on it”). But can you picture an entire movie based on that? Concentrate and ask again.
What do you think? Does the idea of a big-screen Magic 8-Ball movie leave you thinking “Outlook good”? Or “Very doubtful”? While we’re at it, what game do you think Hollywood should set its sights on next? Hungry Hungry Hippos? Boggle? Jenga?
For the record, Sheldon, I totally dug the name “The Wesley Crushers” for your bowling team. But perhaps that’s because I have an affinity for pop culture-centric sports league team names. (Who doesn’t?) My bowling team, for one, is named “We Drink Your Milkshakes,” since we felt we could intimidate our competition by referencing a scene from There Will Be Blood involving milkshakes, bowling pins, and blunt force trauma. (Fun!) And I guess it’s working, because we’re headed to the playoffs tonight! (That is, after besting a SyFy-inspired team, “Imagine Gutter.”)
Have you been inspired à la Sheldon? What pop culture project/person/event inspired your sports league team name, PopWatchers?
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