Review: Michael Jackson The Experience

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The game looks pretty meh (Rhythm games of any kind bore me) but I like getting to see the Escapist office dancing. Dance, monkeys, dance!

I might just get this...

Straying Bullet:
Oh it's for the Wii? Lol. Completly forgot.

Dance Central on the Kinect sounds like the only game that's worth the purchase of the devise, it's going to be 50-50 with me and my dad and just dance/work-out at the same time. Sounds like fun, the rest is shovelware.

This game probably should have been made for Kinect as well. I'd rather dance to Michael Jackson than Lady Gaga any day.

Ms Arendt - loving the moves :p

Since I'm not a fan of Michael Jackson nor dancing games, I'm not quite sure why I clicked on this review, but I'm really glad I did: that Thriller scene at the end of the video is one of the funniest things I've seen all year.

I love this site's staff. Every single one of you. Cookies all 'round, yo.

Explorator Vimes:
This may sound silly, but I really like that the Escapist video reviews show what they look like while they're using the various motion controls. It just adds a layer of amusement for me to watch them more than the game sometimes, and lets me see how responsive the game reacts to whatever flail they do IRL.

isn't the whole point of motion controls to a)create a source of amusement for everyone in the room not playing the game and b) supply content for youtube

so doing those reviews without showing people using the controls would be like doing a Halo review without shooting

Not a good review, Greg. Men like you need to stop thinking that all games are just for men/men-children. You went on and on as if every single person who will ever buy this game will be male. A little confusing since it appeared it was just you and women playing. You need to get over the fact that women play games too. This isn't an exclusive boys club. This review is definitely a step back in video game as a whole.

Susan Arendt:

Monshroud:
OMG was that Susan rockin' out to Thriller?!?! I demand the video of The Escapist crew dancing! Post it!

With it being a Wii game though, can't you basically just swing your arm around in various ways and still nail it? Not like the Wii can tell where your feet are.. This may have been a better Kinect title all things considered.

Kinect and Move versions are both coming.

Also, I will rarely resist the chance to get my groove on. I love dancing and have little problem making a fool out of myself in public.

Susan : Dancing :: Funk : Singing?

ZelosRaine:
I'd just like to throw out there that this reviewer is a misogynistic, homophobic pig who can go screw off. I stopped the video after the first 20 something seconds.

Somewhat of an extreme view don't you think? I myself am bisexual and although I disagree with most of the things he said about the game (I hate Wii games, could never stand Micheal Jackson, and hate dance games) Calling him a misogynistic, homophobic pig when the man was obviously just having a bit of a joke is uncalled for.

OT: After playing Just Dance, i don't think I'll be playing another wii dance game, let alone this one, since it looks almost identical.

A little extreme but this...

docbox1567:
Not a good review, Greg. Men like you need to stop thinking that all games are just for men/men-children. You went on and on as if every single person who will ever buy this game will be male. A little confusing since it appeared it was just you and women playing. You need to get over the fact that women play games too. This isn't an exclusive boys club. This review is definitely a step back in video game as a whole.

and this.

ZelosRaine:
I'd just like to throw out there that this reviewer is a misogynistic, homophobic pig who can go screw off. I stopped the video after the first 20 something seconds.

Ephraim J. Witchwood:
A little extreme but this...

docbox1567:
Not a good review, Greg. Men like you need to stop thinking that all games are just for men/men-children. You went on and on as if every single person who will ever buy this game will be male. A little confusing since it appeared it was just you and women playing. You need to get over the fact that women play games too. This isn't an exclusive boys club. This review is definitely a step back in video game as a whole.

and this.

ZelosRaine:
I'd just like to throw out there that this reviewer is a misogynistic, homophobic pig who can go screw off. I stopped the video after the first 20 something seconds.

Quoted this stuff since I am agreeing. I know the parts of the review basically intended to be jokes, but it just comes off as really dumb and childish. You alienate audiences completely and lose credibility when you throw crap like that out there.

On the topic of the actual game, I'm really looking forward to playing it since I'm a lifelong MJ fan and used to be a dancer who replicated his techniques. Might be hard getting my girlfriend into it though xD

On Angry Joe's review, he found some rare Kinect footage of this game that shows singing portions.

Yeahhh, I'm probably just going to avoid this one. Having said that, the full motion tracking looked pretty cool on it, and it was interesting to see a 3D version of yourself in the game instead of that ultra-creepy MJ avatar.

Not what I expect for something that is suppose to be Michael Jackson experience. Where is the child molestation sim? Or the court room defendance scenario? Man I had so much hopes up.

josh797:

Susan Arendt:

Monshroud:
OMG was that Susan rockin' out to Thriller?!?! I demand the video of The Escapist crew dancing! Post it!

With it being a Wii game though, can't you basically just swing your arm around in various ways and still nail it? Not like the Wii can tell where your feet are.. This may have been a better Kinect title all things considered.

Kinect and Move versions are both coming.

Also, I will rarely resist the chance to get my groove on. I love dancing and have little problem making a fool out of myself in public.

thats right susan. we love watching you and all the staff make fools of yourselves. there needs to be more kinect, move, and wii videos on this site. i cant stop watching people look hilarious trying to do those motion games

also, was that steve rockin out as p2?

Here's a proposal for The Escapist: Make a web series about YOURSELVES. Shoot it fly-on-the-wall style like The Office. I can totally see Russ being like Michael Scott... Sorry Russ :P

You know, MJ is really being a sore loser about the whole death thing.

Straying Bullet:
Oh it's for the Wii? Lol. Completly forgot.

Dance Central on the Kinect sounds like the only game that's worth the purchase of the devise, it's going to be 50-50 with me and my dad and just dance/work-out at the same time. Sounds like fun, the rest is shovelware.

After seeing a glimpse of the Kinect version, I'm not to impressed.

pluizig:
I know that the avarage Escapister is young, male and heterosexual, but I can't help but feel this review dismisses a significant part of its audience.

Agreed. The parts of the video supplement talking about cute girls in homeroom were uncomfortable to listen to. Otherwise, a fine review.

Ok one minute in and I'm offended. That's REALLY hard to do. It accidentally discriminates gays and women. No sir, I don't like it.

Edit: Finished watching it, wanted to puke at the end. Thanks -_-

Im seriously going to have to rent this and invite all the loose bitches ERRRR.....
beautiful african amarican women with questionable sexual practices over to play with my Wii remote Errrr...... penis.

No wait, i had that one right the first time. Man im Bad.

I think the ONLY appropriate way to play this game is the way is was presented at NYCC:
On a stage, in front of a crowd, with a smoke-covered stage, multi-colored flashing lights, large screens...and a crew of 5 other people being fools with you.

"You need to hold the remote in your right hand." In the meantime your video shows everyone holding the remote in their left hand.

Saw some Kinect footage of this. The kareoke is very offputting if it's mandatory, as i'd prefer to see my family dancing like idiots rather than singing like the deaf.

Looks like a fun Wii game for the holiday period though.

John Funk:

Susan Arendt:

Monshroud:
OMG was that Susan rockin' out to Thriller?!?! I demand the video of The Escapist crew dancing! Post it!

With it being a Wii game though, can't you basically just swing your arm around in various ways and still nail it? Not like the Wii can tell where your feet are.. This may have been a better Kinect title all things considered.

Kinect and Move versions are both coming.

Also, I will rarely resist the chance to get my groove on. I love dancing and have little problem making a fool out of myself in public.

Susan : Dancing :: Funk : Singing?

I would say that would probably be a fair analogy, yep.

Woem:
"You need to hold the remote in your right hand." In the meantime your video shows everyone holding the remote in their left hand.

The video is actually reversed. The way you play is by facing the screen and mirroring the moves you see. But if we showed you that in the video, it would look like we were do the moves backwards - so we reversed the video image instead.

While it does look fun, and it'd help me get laid, I'd rather have a game that'd teach me swing dancing.

Frank_Sinatra_:
While it does look fun, and it'd help me get laid, I'd rather have a game that'd teach me swing dancing.

Dude, I would totally play that game.

Susan Arendt:

Frank_Sinatra_:
While it does look fun, and it'd help me get laid, I'd rather have a game that'd teach me swing dancing.

Dude, I would totally play that game.

I could see it working really well with Kinect considering some of the complex moves that swing dancing calls for, but damn that'd be fun.

Hold on, I'll go call Microsoft.

Frank_Sinatra_:

Susan Arendt:

Frank_Sinatra_:
While it does look fun, and it'd help me get laid, I'd rather have a game that'd teach me swing dancing.

Dude, I would totally play that game.

I could see it working really well with Kinect considering some of the complex moves that swing dancing calls for, but damn that'd be fun.

Hold on, I'll go call Microsoft.

Well, they wannabe starting something. They gotta be starting something.

So how precise is it?
How does it work (obviously) only registering the movement of 1 hand?
Can it hold a candle to dance central which actually tracks your full body at all?

9_6:
So how precise is it?
How does it work (obviously) only registering the movement of 1 hand?
Can it hold a candle to dance central which actually tracks your full body at all?

Well, from a strictly technological point of view....no. You could, if you wanted to, just move your one arm and still get "perfect" ratings. Hell, you could probably play this game sitting on the couch if you tried hard enough. It defeats the entire purpose, of course, but you could do it. The tracking of the controller is precise - you definitely have to match it up well in order to get a good score - but the rest of your body is irrelevant.

It looks like a lot of fun was had reviewing this game, i don't care a squat about the game but it's always good to know what's out.

pluizig:
I know that the avarage Escapister is young, male and heterosexual, but I can't help but feel this review dismisses a significant part of its audience.

I thought that too at first, until I realized that the young male heterosexual demographic needs extra convincing to get over their silly hangups.* The rest of us who don't have them, just need to know: can we dance just like MJ?

*I'm talking generally. Obviously I'm not talking about you.

docbox1567:
Not a good review, Greg. Men like you need to stop thinking that all games are just for men/men-children. You went on and on as if every single person who will ever buy this game will be male. A little confusing since it appeared it was just you and women playing. You need to get over the fact that women play games too. This isn't an exclusive boys club. This review is definitely a step back in video game as a whole.

I took a little artistic license with the review, that much is true. But I think you missed the point. Women do in fact play games, that can't be denied as they participated in the video. I wanted the review to speak to that demographic that would easily dismiss this game. Which is exactly what I said.

Also, Steve Butts cut quite a rug, as did Mr. John Funk. So it wasn't just me and the ladies. Although, would that be such a bad thing? Get off your high horse, sir, and learn to love.

Falseprophet:

pluizig:
I know that the avarage Escapister is young, male and heterosexual, but I can't help but feel this review dismisses a significant part of its audience.

I thought that too at first, until I realized that the young male heterosexual demographic needs extra convincing to get over their silly hangups.* The rest of us who don't have them, just need to know: can we dance just like MJ?

*I'm talking generally. Obviously I'm not talking about you.

Exactly. Take a look at the comments for our Kinect roundup, and you'll unfortunately see more than a few "I don't play dancing games because they make me look gay"-style comments. I don't presume to speak for Greg, but I think he was poking fun at them and their silly hang-ups with his review.

docbox1567:
Not a good review, Greg. Men like you need to stop thinking that all games are just for men/men-children. You went on and on as if every

Greg Tito:
[quote="docbox1567" post="6.248054.9141358"]Not a good review, Greg. Men like you need to stop thinking that all games are just for men/men-children. You went on and on as if every single person who will ever buy this game will be male. A little confusing since it appeared it was just you and women playing. You need to get over the fact that women play games too. This isn't an exclusive boys club. This review is definitely a step back in video game as a whole.

I took a little artistic license with the review, that much is true. But I think you missed the point. Women do in fact play games, that can't be denied as they participated in the video. I wanted the review to speak to that demographic that would easily dismiss this game. Which is exactly what I said.

Also, Steve Butts cut quite a rug, as did Mr. John Funk. So it wasn't just me and the ladies. Although, would that be such a bad thing? Get off your high horse, sir, and learn to love.

Greg, you should really look up what artistic license means. Artistic license is a distortion of the truth to achieve a certain effect. Like I would take an artistic license if I made a game about the America revolutionary war with laser beams instead of flint rifles. So what you've said is that you distorted the truth that guys want girls to like them to get them to play this game. If you did that, that would be an artistic license.

"Women do in fact play games, that can't be denied..." Funny, Greg, because you're review does a good job at denying it. Because you specifically direct your narrative towards guys you've completely dismissed a woman's point of view and what you're recommendation of this game would be. To you, their opinion doesn't matter and you bring it out through their omission to your review. What better time to address your female audience than during a game you think that they will love?

Getting the hardcore gamer motivated to dance. Greg, it is completely asinine and insulting to tell your audience who you believe to be hopeless shut-ins with no social skills that they will get girls if they choose to dance. Girls like guys that dance, but what they like even more are guys with confidence and advising that they play this game in an attempt to win the female's approval isn't going to get them girls. It just makes them look desperate.

A good review would explain why dancing would benefit guys; and telling them that they might get some from girls is never a good idea. You might as well rename your review, "A Good Way To Get Some From the Ladies". You could mention that professional basketball and football players take ballet because it improves their skills on the court and field. Let them know how fun it was for you, a guy, to dance. It's jaw dropingly shallow to try and convince your male audience to be shallow as well. It also suggests that the only way to get women is to become someone else and not yourself. Do it because it's fun, which is what a game should be.

"Get off your high horse, sir, and learn to love." Get off your low horse, sir, and learn to understand that words have a meaning, whether it's in what you say or what you don't. Was it supposed to be funny to treat all your audience, men and women, that they are hopeless males who can't get women? You've limited your audience and thereby limiting yourself. No one who watches your video is going to buy this game in hopes of attracting women. They don't do it for any other game, why should they start now?

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