Skip to main content

VIDEO: It's World of Warcraft Using Kinect

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.

  • codeman03xx
    OMFG WOW IS TOO MUCH LIKE A JOB
    Reply
  • christop
    Kinda cool but I can't see a gamer playing like this for 4 hours or so.
    Reply
  • kelfen
    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
    Reply
  • hakesterman
    I can't amagine playing any game for four HRS. with or without a Kinect. I must admit it is rather
    cool.
    Reply
  • jgiron
    WOW players can now do exercise!
    Reply
  • wiinippongamer
    look like a big fake to me
    Reply
  • kikireeki
    Interesting tech for motion capture, it could save hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    Reply
  • liveonc
    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... ;-)
    Reply
  • zoemayne
    never played WOW but if the controls are anything like starcraft its impractical.
    Reply
  • dauthus
    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.
    Reply