Well over a year after its release on the market, the Kinect motion device is really growing into its own for Xbox 360 users, not only with a few family-related efforts (Kinect Sports, Dance Central) but also a decent amount of games dedicated to the "hardcore" crowd (Child of Eden, Rise of Nightmares).  But there's not too much of a market for downloadable Kinect games as of yet, though Fruit Ninja Kinect is doing fairly well.  Maybe that'll change once people see how good the haunted house adventure game Haunt is.  Maybe.


Another week is upon us and another batch of new content has arrived on Xbox Live. If you were a fan of Rockstar's L.A Noire. Then you will happy to see that all the DLC for the game is at a low price. If you were holding out on getting the DLC for the game then now is your chance. As personal recomendation, I would get the Nicholson Electroplating case and skip out on Reefer Madness. 


When UTV Ignition introduced Quarrel to the App Store a few months back, it brought a successful -- and somewhat addictive -- mix of Risk and Scrabble, with folks putting together words in a limited amount of time and dominating pieces of a map to eventually overcome their opponent.  Pleased with how the game turned out, they then opted to introduce it to a different market, this time on Xbox Live Marketplace.  And the war of words continues to play out as expected, despite some hitches.


It's inevitable.  The game industry likes to thrive with new technology, whether it's a new handheld like the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita, or a new hardware system that introduces an innovative new way to play.  With the Wii U ramping up for release this year, both Microsoft and Sony are thinking hard about their next systems, and today we've run across rumors of what the big "M" will have in mind for its hardware.  Our only concern is that they might be rushing things...


At the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, Microsoft revealed the four titles that are coming to this year's House Party line-up, and even gave us the opportunity to go hands-on with them at their booth.  Now, the company has officially given details as to when the games will be available, and how many Microsoft points they'll be going for.  And as a bonus, it's throwing in an incentive to those people who purchase all four games...


Shmups -- or shoot-em-ups as they're better known by -- have come back to the surface as of late, between downloadable releases on consoles (Radiant Silvergun, for instance) and a thriving iPad market filled with returning favorites and new releases.  Among the bigger ones of 2012 is Sine Mora, the latest from Suda 51's Grasshopper Manufacture studio, which is being published by Microsoft Studios this year.


For its final appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (for the forseeable future, anyway), Microsoft is really going all out with its exhibit, showing off a number of mobile and Xbox 360 games, as well as forthcoming technology.  Among this technology is plenty of stuff for Kinect, including various stations where users can get into their gaming experiences.  And one example of this that stands out is Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure.


LAS VEGAS -- Major product launches from more than 3,100 exhibitors and keynotes from the leaders of Qualcomm, Mercedes and Intel launched the 2012 International CES on Tuesday. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), CES 2012, the world's largest tradeshow for consumer technology, runs through Friday, January 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gaming was also prevalent with Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft all showing content. NVIDIA continues to push portable gaming and tablet pricing with Tegra as seen in the video below.


Microsoft is front and center at this year's Consumer Electronics Show -- mainly because it's bidding adieu next year -- but it's definitely bringing the goods between its Windows stuff and the Xbox 360.  Among the 360 offerings are plenty of Kinect games, including Dance Central 2 and Kinect Sports Season 2.  But perhaps the one that's gaining the most interest in the oft-delayed Kinect Star Wars, mainly because Microsoft introduced a new component for the game at the show -- 3D.


Playing through game demos and unlocking content for the full game isn't a new practice, as developers have been doing it for months.  However, offering new content for other games is kind of new, as it entices players to try out something other than the product they're demoing.  Microsoft has announced that two upcoming Xbox Live demos will do just that, giving the players ample rewards for other games merely by going through the main demos.


Microsoft's Kinect device has already done a serviceable job connecting kids with their favorite characters.  Just look at the success of Once Upon a Monster from Tim Schafer and his team at Double Fine Productions.  But it looks like that's just the beginning of the team-up between Microsoft and Sesame Street, as the company introduced a whole new level of interactive programming for kids last night during its CES keynote.

Yesterday marked the final CES keynote for Microsoft, and the company certainly went out with a bang, in some folks' eyes. Company chief Steve Ballmer revealed an official release date for the Windows PC version of Kinect, which is set to hit stores at the beginning of next month.