You now have a gameplay excuse to shout at your Xbox.
Bethesda let loose a little press release saying that the Kinect support for 2011's Game of the Year was set to go live today. You won't have to jump around like an idiot, waving your hands to swing your battleaxe or cast a fireball on some mudcrabs (mmm, grilled crab). That would be silly. No, with a Kinect attached to your Xbox 360, you'll be able to use voice commands to help with a large number of menu commands and inventory sorting. Also, you can bellow your dragon shouts, and your Dragonborn will shout them in the game. Neat.
The programmers and designers at Bethesda have been hard at work for the last six months - basically since Skyrim launched back in November - to make sure this stuff works, but I'm sure there will be some glitches. I can't wait to hear a story of how a wife, husband or dog made a sound and the Kinect interpreted it as Quick Load. Or "Erase All Save Games". I mean, why is that even an option?
Actually, it's not. We know this because Bethesda was smart and kind enough to furnish us with a PDF listing all of the voice commands available in Skyrim. You'll have to hold the RB shoulder button to shout in draconic, but it might be more reliable to just say the English name of the Shout. More language support - French, Italian, German, and Spanish were the ones named - and should be coming forthwith.
Try out the Kinect support with Skyrim and let us know what you think. Or, watch this video to learn more about it.
Or, you know, download the ThuuMic mod and try it out on your PC. Without havign to buy a $150 peripheral.