Kinect Will React to Swearing at Dead Space 3

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Kinect Will React to Swearing at Dead Space 3

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Profuse cursing could become a practical tool.

We've all been there: it's late at night, you're sitting in the dark playing a terrifying horror game, and suddenly something startles you. You need to act fast! It's fight or flight! But for some reason, you're paralyzed - except for the part of your brain that stores swear words. Instead of taking some reasonable action, you spout off a stream of obscenities in a panic.

If the game you were playing was Dead Space 3, your potty mouth may have just saved your life.

Executive producer Steve Papoutsis explains that the new Dead Space will use Kinect integration to listen for vocal reactions from players, and use that feedback to trigger some actions. "We actually have some commands that people will need to figure out," said Papoutsis. "But there are commands where you might be in a certain situation and you might yell a specific expletive and it might behave in a way that you want it to."

The Dead Space series has always tried to minimize intrusive menus, so Kinect integration was a logical next step. "Being able to do certain things without changing the grip on your controller is really advantageous. Add in co-op and now you can do things with simple voice commands like give your partner ammo or items - things that would normally take a couple of extra clicks on the sticks."

It's currently unknown whether players can combine these functions to grief their co-op buddy in-game by swearing at them in real life. Papoutsis did hint that the Kinect could be used to grief your friends, though the specific methods involved will likely be something that you'll have to discover on your own.

The Kinect features may not be major selling points for the game, but it seems like the voice commands will provide some nice surprises for players who already own the device. Let's just hope that this particular feature doesn't find its way to competitive multiplayer games; Xbox Live really doesn't need the encouragement.

Source: CVG

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Strangely, i can get behind this. Whenever i've used the Kinect for srs gaming (Glaring at Steel Battalion here) I always ended up swearing like a dock worker impaled by a spike.

I've haven't actually sworn out loud when being startled before. I never got that. I do think there's comedy factor to the idea of players getting random or set unfavorable effects stacked on them for swearing out loud in multiplayer.

Whatever, they're free to keep trying and testing ways to make Kinect at least serve some purpose for those who bought into it, the gimmick that it is.

I still find it funny how people first invent new controls and THEN try to find a use for it.

I think it would have been more fun if swearing out loud brought out more enemies.

And that they told no one about this.

cool idea, will fail/suck because it's kinect and the system just doesn't work(unless you are dancing)

however what i want is swearing in games to replace whatever you need to do to pass a QTE, i suck at smashing buttons and wiggling sticks but i can curse with the best of them.

it would be more fun if the people would have to yell commands in ye old english or be as polite as possible...

"would you kindly keep your distance and discontinue your attacks on me, please?"

Cognimancer:
Let's just hope that this particular feature doesn't find its way to competitive multiplayer games; Xbox Live really doesn't need the encouragement.

What the fuck are you talking about you fucking arsehole? You wanna give me shit, you little twat, and I'm gonna come over there and shove your fucking controller up your n00b faggot arse!

*Signs out of Xbox Live*

I'm not entirely sure I follow you, old chap. If we have a disagreement, perhaps some form of conflict resolution can be achieved to our mutual satisfaction?

Sorry, couldn't resist! :D

I heard rumors about the next Xbox (720, NeXt or whatever they're calling it) having Kinect built in, and being a straight up requirement for most activities. Meaning it will be on at all times.

Yea, that's cool. Why not have a Video Camera and Microphone powered on at all times in your family's living room, connected to the internet. What could go wrong.

maybe it will be like cartman at the end of south park bigger longer and uncut.. nice

it sounds to me like yelling (Probably not JUST swearing) will result in an action like ducking, diving, or some other similar action that involves instinctual reaction. And short cutting the players instinctual reaction of swearing as a command to PERFORM that action, making the experience actually more immersive, and removing one step between the player and the game. This...this is actually very clever.

Too bad its the first good thing Ive heard about the game.

So. who else opened this story thinking that it would be the exact opposite. you know actually punishing players for swearing at their games/other players, but no.

this game is rewarding people for swearing, and by nature reinforcing that it is ok, and I can just see it when even the less conservative media gets a hold of this. "games might not cause violence, but they do reward swearing" granted I can see where the game is already rated M, but seriously.

Reacting to swearing? Well this easily becomes a fun Xbox game...

If EA markets this well and if Dead Space 3 sells because of this, I will eat my old GPU.

Good luck EA, it's not gonna get you guys your 5 million. But it'll be entertaining seeing you try.

gardian06:
So. who else opened this story thinking that it would be the exact opposite. you know actually punishing players for swearing at their games/other players, but no.

this game is rewarding people for swearing, and by nature reinforcing that it is ok, and I can just see it when even the less conservative media gets a hold of this. "games might not cause violence, but they do reward swearing" granted I can see where the game is already rated M, but seriously.

Who cares? The people who will jump on this will always find things to bitch about and this actually sounds amusing enough for me to want to borrow my sisters kinect for a bit and see what it's like (disconnecting from xbox live first though, creepy shit in that agreement).

Lets not pander to the people who won't be happy with the game unless you remove all traces of violence and bad language from it please.

I wonder what happens when you say "fuck this shitty game". Does the game freeze until you apologize to it?

Malfy:
I wonder what happens when you say "fuck this shitty game". Does the game freeze until you apologize to it?

Or maybe it bans you for talking shit about EA?

gigastar:
I think it would have been more fun if swearing out loud brought out more enemies.

And that they told no one about this.

Out of game startles cause in game rush? Totally appropriate. And I see the marketing guys behind the Dante's Inferno stunts have found a way to get their ideas incorporated as gameplay now. Excellent.

So if I told the necromorphs to fuck off and die... cue the porn music and the barf bags.

Aaron Sylvester:

I still find it funny how people first invent new controls and THEN try to find a use for it.

I find it even funnier when people invent controls and then release them despite the fact that they don't actually work, in other words, all motion controls ever.

BehattedWanderer:

gigastar:
I think it would have been more fun if swearing out loud brought out more enemies.

And that they told no one about this.

Out of game startles cause in game rush? Totally appropriate. And I see the marketing guys behind the Dante's Inferno stunts have found a way to get their ideas incorporated as gameplay now. Excellent.

Or that could already be the case and Visceral is misleading us on purpose?

Its fun to think about theese things.

gardian06:
So. who else opened this story thinking that it would be the exact opposite. you know actually punishing players for swearing at their games/other players, but no.

this game is rewarding people for swearing, and by nature reinforcing that it is ok, and I can just see it when even the less conservative media gets a hold of this. "games might not cause violence, but they do reward swearing" granted I can see where the game is already rated M, but seriously.

I'm right there with you, I thought this article was gonna talk about the game punishing you for swearing. I think this kind of concept could be awesome if done differently. Like in a survival horror setting you actually have to be quiet and not make loud movements or else you will be f*cked. In fact...that's how dead space should be, wouldn't it be a good idea to be quiet? Noise would surely draw in the necromorphs kind of like it does zombies. I'm disappointed, they could've done something very cool and immersing instead of rewarding potty mouths.

Inb4 people use this game that is in no way for kids to say that it encourages kids to use profanity.

Grouchy Imp:

Cognimancer:
Let's just hope that this particular feature doesn't find its way to competitive multiplayer games; Xbox Live really doesn't need the encouragement.

What the fuck are you talking about you fucking arsehole? You wanna give me shit, you little twat, and I'm gonna come over there and shove your fucking controller up your n00b faggot arse!

*Signs out of Xbox Live*

I'm not entirely sure I follow you, old chap. If we have a disagreement, perhaps some form of conflict resolution can be achieved to our mutual satisfaction?

Sorry, couldn't resist! :D

that would be BRILLIANT!

Have the Kinect as part of an auto report system, if it detects you yelling obscenities more than three times while playing a game online while the mic is transmitting, it auto bans the player!

I approve of this idea.

And with this, I've all, but completely lost interest in the Dead Space franchise. Which is a shame seeing as how I loved the first game and enjoyed the second game.

Next on CNN:
Many high school kids are now being forced to see a psychologist by their parents when they were overheard swearing repeatedly at their Kinect. Next up is a panel discussion between myself, a leading expert on violence and videogames, and a priest.

See I've never played a dead space, but the way I read this, if I say "oh crap" or its less family friendly equivalent, then the monsters will begin flinging fecal matter at me.

Dropping an F bomb will result in a big nasty attempting to mate with my face.

This might not be the innovation we want, but the one some of us deserve.

gardian06:
So. who else opened this story thinking that it would be the exact opposite. you know actually punishing players for swearing at their games/other players, but no.

this game is rewarding people for swearing, and by nature reinforcing that it is ok, and I can just see it when even the less conservative media gets a hold of this. "games might not cause violence, but they do reward swearing" granted I can see where the game is already rated M, but seriously.

Yes, cussing is clearly the worst thing in Dead Space. Everything else is sunshine and rainbows compared to the game incidentally reacting to the player saying the word 'shit'. Wasn't there a necromorph that could kill you by barfing into your mouth which caused you to puke your guts out and die?

Dead Space has never struck me as a particularly circumspect and subtle franchise, at least they're using the kinect for something interesting.

Aaron Sylvester:
Whatever, they're free to keep trying and testing ways to make Kinect at least serve some purpose for those who bought into it, the gimmick that it is.

I still find it funny how people first invent new controls and THEN try to find a use for it.

Metal Gear Solid did it with the rumble function in the PS2 controller. Hey lets use a function designed to increase immersion to break the 4th wall by having the psychic villain deliberately vibrate the controller!

What you've described is basically how a lot of innovation and scientific progress works. You have Maxwell Clark writing some equations for some strange phenomena he's observing which turns out to be electromagnetism, then you wait a while and boom someone else has made a device for wireless communication. Imagine how hard, expensive and time consuming it would have been to work back from the idea of a radio or television back to that basic physics.

I guess the same can be said for touch devices like Iphones and Androids, though I daresay touch capability was a more flexible field for innovation than voice commands when it comes to video games.

For once, I kind of like this idea. Swearing aside, the whole use of voice to interact with partners instead of controls. It seems like a really cool idea, that is, if it works properly. Also, I am dying of laughter of the possibilties of the use of swear words in the actual game... Oh dear lord it will be hilarity at its finest.

First this,

Now swearing at the screen as part of the game. Goody.

Seriously, I really liked the first game. A lot. Now the creators and marketing department are just wallowing around in extra chromosomes.

I don't see how this is a good thing. It's not like this is a big deal or anything, but the idea of a game reading my swear words and using them to perform actions is just kinda...stupid. As if they couldn't have made it do anything else using any other commands.
I liked Dead Space 1 and found a lot of enjoyment in the second one to, but it's like everything I hear about the third just makes it seem so...off putting...like it was made for a different crowd.

Then again, the Dead Space 2 commercial above is practically yelling that I should've seen this coming.

Why the fuck does this feature need a fucking Kinect? I'm fucking sick as shit from games pushing that sodding thing on gamers just for the functionality of a fucking microphone!
I was swearing in order to get into the spirit of the game, but I think my point still stands.

It says things will "behave in a way that you want it to."
In those situations I yell "Come on!"
I hope that has the same effect.
Anyway.
I don't know how to feel about this.
I guess it kind of fits for the Dead Space universe but it just seems... I don't know, wrong, to make swearing a functionality part of a game.
But then again, I'm sure they know that not every Xbox owner has a Kinect, it's probably not going to be a big part of the game.

really? swearing at my game? i suppose my mom will hate this game too, now. EA and visceral, you need to get your fucking act together. this weird shit is NOT helping the gaming community be accepted by other people and i have no doubt that this feature will be brought up in a discussion about video games leading to violent behavior.

so thank you for that, you fucking dumb-asses

gardian06:
So. who else opened this story thinking that it would be the exact opposite. you know actually punishing players for swearing at their games/other players, but no.

this game is rewarding people for swearing, and by nature reinforcing that it is ok, and I can just see it when even the less conservative media gets a hold of this. "games might not cause violence, but they do reward swearing" granted I can see where the game is already rated M, but seriously.

I concur. If this was the kinda thing that was done in Dead Space 1, or a real survival horror, then I think it could have been very effective, y'know, if you make noise, it attracts the attention of your enemies. But no, this sounds a lot more like the same level of maturity of that 'your mother will hate this game' advertising campaign.

Dont get me wrong, I've done my fair share of swearing at games, but to integrate real world reactions into a game sounds lame. And a total immersion breaker. Games are losing enough immersion as it is.

I really enjoyed the original Dead Space. It was a genuine sleeper hit. Then Dead Space 2 happened. Sad to say, but I'm glad the franchise is going to end with 3. Because I'm done with it.

Considering I tend to use creative explicitves (mostly refrences to the Norse Gods, "In Odins name!", "By the Allfather!" "Fangs of Fenrir!" "Sweet Lady of Grace/By the Goddess of War, Freyja" I doubt I would get much use out of it. Still I like the idea.

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