New School & Old School: Full Body Pong, Arkanoid AND Asteroids!

In the world of gaming, we have transitioned from traditional gaming controllers to full-body controllers (like the SEGA Activator; ugh), then back to game controllers and then back to full-body and motion controllers (Wii-mote, PS Move & Kinect), and back once again to traditional game controllers.  It’s fair to say that motion-related gaming has had some difficulty gaining traction, but it’s also fair to say that people are still trying to improve on the technology.  At this years JAEPO arcade game expo, a very creative game called e Sports Ground was shown off.  The game has you use your body as the controller (YOU ARE THE CONTROLLER) alongside a series of motion tracking cameras and projectors that transforms the floor into the game screen.  

e Sports Ground is essentially a collection of retro games from the early years of one of my favorite hobbies, but with the nice twist of you actually being “in the game,” sorta-kinda-maybe-so. Your body becomes the paddle in classic games such as Pong and Arkanoid, while a co-op game resembling Asteroid has one player dodging the asteroids while the other player becomes the shield to protect the first player from the incoming asteroids.  e Sports Ground was released on November 11, 2011, however representatives are unsure of an possibility for the game’s international release.

[Thanks Kotaku and TrendHunter Tech]

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