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After Thinking a little more on the topic I felt the slide show really missed some big steps in violence. Wolfenstein, Doom, Rise of the Triads, and how could they even think of leaving Soldier of Fortune off the list?!?! I understand every list is subject to opinion but there are just too many games that were left off the list that pushed the boundaries for their release times. I just thought of these games in a minute off the top of my head, so it really doesn't seem like a lot of thought went into this list.
Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe said the birds showed physical trauma, and she speculated that "the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail."
As this story is just unfolding there are several inconsistencies between articles. Some say its only blackbirds, while the article quoted in the summary says there were multiple species of birds involved, but the majority were blackbirds. I think once the birds are sent off for further testing (as the article states Monday) we'll get a more accurate picture of exactly what shape the birds were in, and maybe a single theory of what happened. If it turns out this article is correct and there was no trauma I think your theory could be accurate.
I went 3 days after launch expecting to find a ton of Kinects in store after the mixed reviews, but when I went to futureshop there was only a single unit left. I was shooting the shit with the guy in the game/movie section, and he said demand was far higher than they predicted. Interesting considering the device is far from perfect. In the end though, I have had a ton of fun so far. I just dont know when the novelty will wear off (like it did with the Wii) but this is just my 2 cents on the Kinect after a few days use. I really like it, but time and games will tell if it can be a Wii killer, just like the PS Move also hopes to be. At least sales wise I dont think initially this can be classified a failure, and use wise I also wouldn't call it a failure, just not a complete success. Solve the lag issues, get some longer lasting games, give a better menu system than holding your hand over a button (have you ever tried pausing with Kinect while playing?!?! you have to stand still for like 2 seconds) and extend the Kinect use to incorperate voice commands at all times, and it could be.
One thing the article did mention that I liked was that MS is considering doing away with points. I know I always have an odd number of points on my account because of so many different denominations of DLC prices. Thats one thing I like about my PS3, it charges my credit card directly OR I can chose to add a certain amount of money to my account. Not trying to incite a flamewar between PS3/360, I have both and love them both for different reasons.