Posted on: June 12th, 2009 Bleep, Bleep. Bloop, Bloop. Video Games.

For the week of June 7 – 13: Project Natal hates black people? Plus a hands on look at Activision’s DJ Hero, Valve’s Left 4 Dead 2 and a special peak behind the scenes of the Secret of Monkey Island.


BitMob got some great hands on impressions with Microsoft’s ambitious Project Natal and came away ‘extremely impressed’. But what I found most interesting about the write up was when former Newsweek writer N’Gai Croal gave Burnout Paradise a test drive. BitMob reports that the game had trouble reading his steering actions. The footwork (gas and brakes) worked fine, but Croal couldn’t steer his car at all.

There’s a journal over at SpringerLink about the Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) Project Natal uses. It reports that “near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is less effective on black skin as “melanin clearly interferes with the quality of the reflected NIRS signal”.”

Project Natal isn’t coming out anytime soon, but if the effectiveness of the camera depends on whether the subject is specifically absorbent in the near-infrared spectrum and melanin is causing some disruption, will Microsoft have to go back to the drawing board or make black people wear a special suit just to use the damn thing? Somehow I don’t see the former happening…  I’m interested in whether we’re going to see them fix the camera to see everyone, or if they’re going to make special ‘Natal gloves’ or reflective lotion. I’m guessing Michael Jackson is pretty stoked.

Fans of Burnout Paradise should take note that Criterion still, still, still has your back with the newest DLC release this week. Called Big Surf Island, the DLC will plop an island off the coast of Paradise City full of new races cars, challenges stunts and jumps.

Taking a look at the video trailer there looks to be a big emphasis on jumps and doing crazy things in your dune buggy.


A little spill over from last weeks E3. My BFF’s over at have posted a video of a little DJ Hero demo. I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical of the whole thing, but after seeing this, I’m sure I’ll be adding yet another plastic instrument to the ol’ repertoire.

Activision was able to round up a gaggle of DJ’s including DJ Shadow, DJ Z-Trip and DJ AM to remix and contribute to the game’s track list and if you’re looking for a little double player action or want to flirt with a little 3 way, the game allows another player to contribute by playing the guitar and/or get on da’ mic and be all like ‘Yeeeeaaaaaah, put cha hands up!’ So that’s pretty neat.

Remember the announcement of the Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition? Well, Lucas Arts was kind enough to put together a little making of video that goes over what they did for the new artwork and voice overs. Coolest part? With the push of a button, you’re able to toggle between the original and new graphics on the fly.

And finally, the guys over at Revision3’s CO-OP had a really good look this week at Left 4 Dead 2. The most I saw of this game during E3 was the game trailer so I’m pretty excited to get a chance to see some footage from the demo on the show floor.

There’s a group shlubs on the internet boycotting L4D2 because it’s been released too soon after the first game. I agree that this is pretty uncharacteristic of Valve but I think the amount of new content in L4D2 deserves its own proper sequel as well. I have a feeling once the game comes out they are going to have a hard time saying no. It looks way too fun to pass up.

Until Next Week.

Dale can also be found over at, looking at design, photography and old video game magazines.

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3 Responses to “Bleep, Bleep. Bloop, Bloop. Video Games.”

  1. Ryan Ferrier Says:
    June 12th, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Holy crow DJ Hero?! How did that sneak up on me??

    I know nothing of DJ’ing or spinning or wiki-wah’ing or whatever the hell it’s called… but that could be quite the clambake.

    Finally I can put together Limp Bizkit in my basement, via Guitar Hero!

  2. Dale Pidlisny Says:
    June 12th, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I know what you mean. JOHN OTTO!

  3. Richard Christensen Says:
    June 12th, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    DJ Hero LMAO!!!!!!

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