This month, Western-meets-Samurai Anime game "Red Steel 2" takes a giant leap forward in translating players' movements into epic on-screen swordfights. Creative director Jason Vandenberghe gives us an inside look at the making of an action game with detailed motion controls and shares his enthusiasm for PlayStation Move and Microsoft's Project Natal.
Microsoft continues to push the social networking and entertainment capabilities of the Xbox 360--games on demand and group movie viewing are two such features due in the next system update (due in August). We asked Shane Kim, Microsoft's VP of Strategy and Business Development for Interactive Entertainment, about the evolution of Xbox Live and what the launch of Project Natal means for the business.
Nintendo Wii's role as king of motion gaming consoles is at risk. Sony and Microsoft have both previewed motion control systems at the E3 video game expo, and both systems knock Wii clean off the throne--even though neither has announced when their controllers will become available to the public.