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VIDEO: It's World of Warcraft Using Kinect

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A group at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies has developed Kinect middleware for off-the-shelf PC games.

Recently we reported that a Korean game developer plans to include Kinect support in its MMORPG Divine Souls. And as we've seen with a crop of hacks that have surfaced since the motion sensing device hit the market, unofficial Kinect support will eventually be available for all of our favorite PC titles-- even World of Warcraft.

As seen in the video below, Evan Suma and his team at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies has developed middleware for off-the-shelf PC games that enables the use of Microsoft's Kinect. Called Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST), the "software framework" simulates virtual keyboard events based on body gestures.

"FAAST can be configured with a variety of body-based controlled mechanisms depending on the specific game," he says in the video.

In the sample shown below, the player is using Kinect to control his character in World of Warcraft. To move the character forwards and backwards, the player simply leans in the corresponding direction. To turn the camera, the user moves the left hand from side to side. The left hand can also be used to target an enemy by moving forward in a grabbing motion while the right hand can be moved to trigger different attack spells.

To download FAAST for Windows, head here. To learn more, check out the full 4-minute video as seen below.

World of Warcraft using Kinect

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    codeman03xx , December 31, 2010 8:39 PM
    OMFG WOW IS TOO MUCH LIKE A JOB
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    christop , December 31, 2010 9:27 PM
    Kinda cool but I can't see a gamer playing like this for 4 hours or so.
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    kelfen , December 31, 2010 9:39 PM
    christopKinda cool but I can't see a gamer playing like this for 4 hours or so.

    well that is a good thing don't you think. balance in all things jajjaja
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    hakesterman , December 31, 2010 9:55 PM
    I can't amagine playing any game for four HRS. with or without a Kinect. I must admit it is rather
    cool.
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    jgiron , December 31, 2010 10:24 PM
    WOW players can now do exercise!
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    wiinippongamer , December 31, 2010 10:42 PM
    look like a big fake to me
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    kikireeki , December 31, 2010 10:48 PM
    Interesting tech for motion capture, it could save hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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    liveonc , December 31, 2010 10:57 PM
    christopKinda cool but I can't see a gamer playing like this for 4 hours or so.

    Now fatty can lose some weight & nerd can finally look like a man... ;-)
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    zoemayne , December 31, 2010 11:14 PM
    never played WOW but if the controls are anything like starcraft its impractical.
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    dauthus , December 31, 2010 11:28 PM
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    Now fatty can lose some weight & nerd can finally look like a man... ;-)


    I play WoW for countless hours some days. I also bench press twice my own weight. Stereotyping WoW players to raise your own self esteem is fail.
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    alchemy69 , December 31, 2010 11:31 PM
    In order to ride a mount one must jump up and done while knocking two coconut halves together.

    "..Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin."
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    ScoobyJooby-Jew , December 31, 2010 11:51 PM
    Hey Shat, how do I hurl bolts of lightning?
    Easy dawg, get WoW and Kinect.
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    stm1185 , December 31, 2010 11:56 PM
    Instead of playing WoW you should get healthy by sitting at a bar for hours drinking alcohol. DUH.
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    FloKid , January 1, 2011 1:51 AM
    get pwnd nubs.
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    liveonc , January 1, 2011 3:44 AM
    dauthusI play WoW for countless hours some days. I also bench press twice my own weight. Stereotyping WoW players to raise your own self esteem is fail.

    You don't like humor? I bet you could bench press much more with a kinect! ;-)
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    Kelavarus , January 1, 2011 7:16 AM
    dauthusI play WoW for countless hours some days. I also bench press twice my own weight. Stereotyping WoW players to raise your own self esteem is fail.


    You play WoW for countless hours a day? You can't count to 24?
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    ddragoonss , January 1, 2011 10:54 AM
    KelavarusYou play WoW for countless hours a day? You can't count to 24?


    You can't be smart and a muscle man at the same time, it's one or another.
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    mlopinto2k1 , January 1, 2011 12:54 PM
    KelavarusYou play WoW for countless hours a day? You can't count to 24?
    Sorry, that was pretty funny right there.
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    liveonc , January 1, 2011 1:59 PM
    dauthusI play WoW for countless hours some days. I also bench press twice my own weight. Stereotyping WoW players to raise your own self esteem is fail.


    I've known people who also work out. Getting repetitive strain injury playing Counter Strike. Ergonomic keyboard & mice didn't help, neither did joints, coke, coffee, & fags. Maybe this can help muscleman regain use of his wrists. BTW, I can also bench press twice my weight, & I don't play WoW OR work out... ;-)
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    SR-71 Blackbird , January 1, 2011 5:37 PM
    It's a good way for gamers to get some cardio!
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