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Game Controls Using Motions

  • Date: 03-03-2010 Views:

    KeyWords: motion control, Johnny Lim, Wii Controller, Sony PS3, Apple Ipad, Golive2, Left 4 Dead 2

  • Summary: After the smash hit, series of games of motion controls popped up most notably were geared toward music instruments like percussion and guitars. But when Nintendo Wii went on the market, motion control was the theme of this unique video gaming console. The remote control compliments it with the so called nunchuks are the devices that detect the motions of a player and Wii translates to its equivalent for a type game which rely on motions for control. If Wii did it, are PC games, particularly MMOs, far behind?

Johnny Lim

Game Controls Using Motions

By Johnny Lim
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Several years ago, Dance Revolution caught millions of gamers' eyes and game enthusiasts had embraced this pioneer of motion control for gaming. By actually doing the dance steps on a control pad that was laid down to the floor, players had more fun and generated and new kind of interactivity. After the smash hit, series of games of motion controls popped up most notably were geared toward music instruments like percussion and guitars. But when Nintendo Wii went on the market, motion control was the theme of this unique video gaming console. The remote control compliments it with the so called nunchuks are the devices that detect the motions of a player and Wii translates to its equivalent for a type game which rely on motions for control. If Wii did it, are PC games, particularly MMOs, far behind?

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The Nintendo Wii Controller pioneer in motion control gaming device.

The mouse and keyboard are the type of controlling devices we get used to. Sometimes it is very hard to do coordination using these devices for playing games. And worse of it is the way players get its position may result to physical injuries such as sprained wrist or stiffed neck. Alternatives such as touch screen emerged. Now with the upcoming Apple Ipad, controls and navigation are a little bit improved. But not much of an excitement as compare to motion controls, it can really generate the sense of fun and activeness toward the game.

Game Controls Using Motions
Stix by Golive2 is a motion controller for PC.

With Nintendo opening the door for motion control gaming system, hardware designs for it flooded the electronic world to satisfy the demands being brought up. Several samples of motion control hardwares are being lined up and can be discussed upon what are the purpose, usability, which part of the body can wear, platforms that support the hardware and most importantly the essence of it towards the gaming industry. First on the list is the device called Stix, its manufacturer is GoLive2. It is a wireless, motion-detecting controllers ready to redefine PC Gaming. It is compatible with many free online games (go to (http://Sphere.GoLive2.com). Stix Touch-Screen controllers bring active, motion-sensing experience to the PC. It is like a Wii remote that is hand held and has wireless remote sensor to detect motions from the players. Next in line is TrueMotion by Sixense. The company has developed the revolutionary motion controller, the first of its kind to use magnetic field to detect motions both position and rotation. The speed and reliability function of the device make it stands above the rest of available motion controllers out in the market. This is also a handheld device that supports multiple players gaming condition. It comes up with an SDK (software developer's kit) for gaming developers to experiment on their gaming experience and may adapt and make a motion controlled MMO games. It has a wide coverage of magnetic signals that take around 12 feet of playing area enough for full body motion. With the success of Nintendo Wii 's motion controller, rival Sony Playstation came up with its own motion control device. And in the following months games in Sony PS3 will have to be controlled in motion. Now the gaming industry will surely rack up revenues and be inspired to develop more revolutionized games such as motion controlled softwares.

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GoLive2 MMO racing game might be in for motion control technology.