I knew this day would come. I was looking forward to it. The day when my girls realized that they were good enough to take on their dad in a no-holds-barred game of Mario Kart on the Wii. There was a lot of screaming and whining but this time it was coming from me. I couldn’t figure out how they were able to maneuver so fast and quick around obstacles. Of course, like any good gamer will tell you; they practiced and learned the secrets of the game. I couldn’t come close. The best I can do was finish 5th. They were either first or second. I’m a proud Daddy Gamer.
This, I thought to myself, is what gaming is all about. It’s about having fun, being silly and competing. I just wished we could do this more often. I have a feeling that we will. Now, that they know that they can beat Daddy at video games. Of course, I will take a beating like this any day if it means I can spend a couple of hours being together and laughing with them.
I had to sit back and ponder what the entry of Ouya will bring in the video gaming scene. The old school gamer in me says, “Not another console, please!” Then, I started to dig more info about this $99-hack-away-open-system console. You know what. Looking at the specs; this could be good. But I’m not looking at the games. What’s intriguing to me is the potential adaptation of motion and gesture-sensing devices and having the Ouya give birth to a hybrid. According to the Ouya’s specs, it will have WiFi 802bgn, Bluetooth LE and a wireless game controllers. It’ll only be a matter of time when hardware hackers will modify existing motion controllers to this console.
The Kinect has proven to be a hacker-friendly device. So, this is almost a no-brainer adaptation. Wiimotes? Oh yeah. I’m assuming that LEAP, from Leap Motion will also be in the mix since it’s design with the PC in mind. The Playstation Move? I don’t know.
I have all the video consoles but I can squeeze this one in for $99 and that chance to tweak and modify games and hardware. Yes. I’m a geek. I know ; ) If you are interested in funding the Ouya kickstarter program and check out their Ouya video you can visit: