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YOU ARE THE CONTROLLER!
Microsoft’s upcoming Project Natal isn’t the first product to offer the capability of using your entire body as the game controller. Believe it or not, Sega attempted this way back in the Genesis/Mega Drive days… with the Sega Activator.
The Activator was an octagonal ring that assembled on the floor around your body, and shot lasers straight up towards the ceiling. Break the beam, and your onscreen character would react accordingly. Punch high, and your character would punch high. Kick, and your character would kick.
Of course, it was only compatible with a handful of games, barely worked the way it claimed to, and carried an $80 price tag. It was an epic failure. Will history repeat itself when Natal hits the market, or have we come a long way, baby?
Check out this 90s-tastic “training video” to see what it was all about, and also to realize that you would never, ever buy one of these things.