New Natal Minigame... and Molestation
Filmmaker James Gunn was recently treated to a tour of the "Microsoft Experience," an invite-only press event designed to showcase cutting edge MS tech to the media. A new Zune, touch-tablet and 3D laptops were on display- but let's face it, we can wait for Microsoft to announce those in it's own sweet time. We want to hear about Natal.
Gunn was granted some play time with a new Natal minigame: River Rush. Take it away, James.
"It’s a game where you stand side by side in a river raft, so it’s two people playing at once. To move right, you have to step right; to move left, you have to step left. As you rush down right rapids, you have to jump up and slap floating stars in the air..."
... you get the idea. River Rush is almost certainly part of a minigame collection or simple tech demo, but it sounds like it belongs in Wii Sports Resort rather than Natal's lineup. However, Gunn described it as being an "exhilarating" and "aerobically challenging"- and I suppose that watching your avatar mimic every body movement must be pretty exciting by itself.
Talking about body motions, Gunn has also perpetrated the first documented Natal molestation.
"I suddenly realized how awesome it would be for my avatar to molest Dave’s. As my avatar rubbed its crotch against Dave’s avatar’s ass the Microsoft folks started laughing and said that was the first time they had seen anyone do that."
Yeah, right. The potential for full-body teabagging can't be something that Microsoft's overlooked until now. Prepare yourself for a whole new way of getting abused by online strangers this holiday season! [James Gunn]
Rumour Mill: Marvel vs Capcom 3, Bionic Commando Sequel, New Castlevania on the way
We don't usually listen to specious rumours here at Dealspwn, but there have been a few tasty sequel rumours floating about lately. Note that these reports are part fact, part speculation and part anonymous sources. Don't blame us if it falls through!
- Reports from Capcom's Captivate Press Event in Hawaii suggest that a next-gen Marvel vs Capcom sequel is on the way. It's about time, too- considering that MvC2 still delivers some of the finest fighting action to date (not to mention that it sold like hot cakes on XBLA and PSN). Apparently it will run in 720P. [Planet Xbox360]
- Similar reports suggest that Capcom will also be releasing a sequel or franchise reboot for Bionic Commando.
- Finally, Konami has patented Harmony of Despair in the EU as "videogame software." Whilst not explicitly mentioned, this has to be a new Castlevania game (since it sticks to the classic something of something naming convention). [Joystiq]
Microsoft Investigates "Harsh" Factory Conditions
A Microsoft auditing team has been dispatched to a KYE Systems factory in Dongguan, China after allegations of extremely harsh working conditions. A National Labour Committee report accuses the factory of imposing military-style discipline, on-the-spot fining for mistakes and housing workers in dirty dorm rooms after working 15-hour shifts.
The factory, responsible for producing Xbox controllers, mice and keyboards, has apparently been audited every quarter with no detection of overly harsh working conditions. Brian Tobey, manufacturing head of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices unit, has expressed suprise at the NLC report.
"Over the past two years, we have required documentation and verification of worker age, and no incidence of child labor has been detected. Worker overtime has been significantly reduced, and worker compensation is in line with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition standards for the Dongguan area."