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Early Adopter Breaks TV Using Kinect

Just one day after its release in North America, Microsoft's new Kinect motion sensing device for the Xbox 360 is already wreaking havoc in living rooms nationwide--or at least, in the living room of one Phil Villarreal. According to his blog posted on Friday, Kinect has claimed its first TV kill thanks to the thrashing of a self-proclaimed "moron."

What a way to make your mark in history.

"A public service announcement," he addressed in his blog. "Do not under any circumstances play Kinect Sports Volleyball at 1:30am while standing under a ceiling fan with a dangling chain for a light switch. You could conceivably spike it into your year-old amazing TV, causing it to die with a rainbow LCD teardrop dripping down from the impact wound."

"Plus you'll lose the match by forfeit," he added.

The incident is reminiscent of the early days of the Nintendo Wii. Gamers lost control of the Wii Remote and threw it out the window, into TV sets, and at other gamers. Nintendo helped reduce the problem by providing a stronger strap and the Wii Remote Jacket, but the efforts didn't completely eradicate black eyes and damaged appliances caused by hard-headed, overzealous gamers.

But with the release of Microsoft's controller-free Kinect, we assumed we could sleep well at night knowing flying Wii Remotes would not be a part of the big picture. Honestly, flying ceiling fan chains weren't even a part of the equation. Who knew?

  • dapneym
    I knew we would see stories like this soon after Kinect launched. I'll pass on it anyway. I'll take my mouse and keyboard, or controller if I'm playing a console.
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  • rpgplayer
    next one will be someone karate kicking through their flat screen
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  • Maxor127
    I think it will end up being one of the worst gimmicks in gaming history. A lot of gamers seem to be under the delusion that you can play "real" games on it instead of mini games and dance games and other crap. I like to laugh at the people who talk about how cool it will be when they can play Halo with Kinect. Not going to happen unless they come out with peripherals. Then those same idiots argue that you could just use a regular 360 controller. Yeah, I'd like to see people trying to hold that while they flail around like idiots. That's sure to cause more TV damage.
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  • spectrewind
    Well, positive to be gained from this: it is an Insignia TV.
    (This is Best Buy's "value" (read: cheap/unreliable) brand TV.)

    Time for an upgrade.
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  • the_krasno
    Someone will fall down some windows. It's bound to happen.

    Eh, windows. Get it? Windows.


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  • quotas47
    Emo TV is sad :* (

    I'm so glad we can control games with our movements now, but I'm still waiting for those USB ports that support keyboards so I can type messages to punks on Live to also allow mice. Microsoft mice even. It charges my iPod, Blackberry, and Tilt2 already, it reads my Sony W90 as a mass storage device, it connects to my Windows 7 computer.
    Yet, I still can't play Call of Duty with a mouse and keyboard.
    I have a computer, but there's no point in buying the game a second time. Trading off games with friends, it's easier to pass a controller than a computer.

    The simplest improvement in control has not been enabled, and while motion control is still jittery, a 1200dpi laser mouse isn't. Am I the only one who thinks this small, preference based feature has been omitted?
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  • abswindows7
    He probably forgot his wrist strap xD
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  • megamanx00
    BWa ha ha
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  • rohitbaran
    The title should be :
    Early Adopter Breaks TV while Using Kinect
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  • cdirtydevil
    rainbow LCD teardrop dripping down from the impact

    some how I bet that wasnt the only tear drop in the room :(
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