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EA Boss: Motion Sensing Technology "Will Be A Great Benefit"

Ever since E3, when both Sony and Microsoft unveiled their new motion sensing technologies, the gaming world has been a-buzz with the idea: is motion sensing the future of the industry? Is it keeping us back? Will it not have any significant effect at all? Quantic Dream's David Cage doesn't like the idea, but there are always two sides to every issue.

Take EA UK boss Keith Ramsdale, for instance. In speaking to VideoGamer at the recent Shine Week in London, Ramsdale said the new technology in question most certainly shouldn't be viewed as a threat. In fact, he warned that old-school gamers need to stop looking back and embrace the future. He also believes it to be "a logical step" for Sony and Microsoft to dive into the motion sensing world, and while it might not "work particularly well" with certain genres, Ramsdale still thinks it'll be a "great benefit to the industry." In response to the hardcore who say motion sensing is hampering gaming, he added:

"People look back too much instead of looking forward. What these devices and mechanics bring, a lot of stuff we haven’t even figured out yet. We’re going to be doing that over the next few years. The opportunities are much greater by having numerous interfaces between the player and the content. Your opportunities become so much greater.

Is there a threat to the industry? No, not in any way, shape or form. Complete the opposite. This allows us to go into an area of entertainment that isn’t thought of."

This will likely be an ongoing argument for quite some time; for our part, we haven't taken sides just yet. We really have to see how the two new motion sensing technologies come out, although we really don't think it'll somehow take over the industry and we'll only be able to play games with motion-sensing technology. The tech would have to be both stupendous and bordering on virtual reality for this to happen, in our humble opinion.

7/17/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

Alienange
Friday, July 17, 2009 @ 9:57:31 PM
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I'm already sweating bullets with the controller in my hand. If they throw me into a virtual world where I'm literally surrounded and need quick reflexes to keep playing... well... I suppose Gatorade will be sponsoring my matches.

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BikerSaint
Friday, July 17, 2009 @ 10:06:05 PM
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Well, this ole timer certainly wouldn't think of taking Miss Sonymote to bed,

but I definitely will be embracing the hell out of her every time I take her out on a date.

(sorry, dinner & a show is "not included")

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kevinater321
Friday, July 17, 2009 @ 10:51:16 PM
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i refuse to take a side untill a play a working game from both of these fancy new divices. but i think sony's will work better from a video game perspective.:P

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 17, 2009 @ 11:24:16 PM
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Actually I think MS and Sony came late to the pary and motion controls are already on the downward spiral. (Ninty sales are way down) This stuff is no threat and is not the future.

And you, Ramsdale, I have no problem with peripherals having a go at it but looking back to the old days when games did things right is not a flaw. I'll embrace future changes when they make sense, but for now there should only be action controls in ACTION RPGs. That's right I'm gonna start a group the B.B.T.B.B.
or "Bring Back Turn Based Battles" movement.

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sunspider13
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 12:59:23 AM

Can I join?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 1:38:09 PM

yes you may.

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Alienange
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 3:29:34 PM

Sign me up too.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, July 19, 2009 @ 6:16:47 PM

Don't make me actually create a force in the forums.

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Phoelix
Friday, July 17, 2009 @ 11:24:56 PM
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Not to be a fanboy, but Sony's presentation was an actual tech demo and not a commercial. That means that Sony is confident enough in it to risk showing it off like that.
Microsoft's video could have been in a highly controlled environment and thus would be a safer bet for its unveiling. And Natal doesn't have buttons. How do you shoot?

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Qwarktast1c
Friday, July 17, 2009 @ 11:30:29 PM

i wonder if natal can recognize trigger finger movements....

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 12:35:45 AM

Ever see a commercial that was completely honest? or a reality show that was real? Nawwwww.

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 7/18/2009 12:36:06 AM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 3:13:21 PM

they did and it kinda failed.

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slayerkillemall
Friday, July 17, 2009 @ 11:57:16 PM
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of course motion sensing is not a threat to hardcore gamers!,we will continue playing with "controllers" while the casual will eat up all this motion sensing,so for them it is the future!...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 12:38:21 AM
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The more interesting question is, what if we lost controllers? As orsome as a holodeck would be, reality would be a thing of the past, just watch the horrible awful movie "Mindwarp" with my favorite actor Bruce Campbell.

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Kangasfwa
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 12:57:38 AM
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"We've already done hands-free control with EyeToy, and what we found in that phase was that buttons ended up becoming necessary." Dr. Richard Marks, creator of the EyeToy.

My excitement has been legitimized.

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dveisalive
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 1:46:55 AM
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Motion sensing is the future!

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Xbox_Killer
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 1:55:36 AM
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This guy sounds like a real D-Bag.

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___________
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 2:23:04 AM
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know what would be cool.
if they implemented this into FPS like time crysis 4 and the guncon.
i heard that sonys motion controller comes in 2 parts the one they showed at E3, and another piece which connects to it.
so if you want to play as normal like a DS3 you can.
hope thats true that way you dont need to have 2 types of controllers lying arround

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Radiitz
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 7:43:28 AM
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I like this new motion sensing idea. I also like the fact that you are not forced to use it on most games like Wii. I think Sony tok the right path though. How the hell is Natal going to work? Seriously. 360 fan bitches are saying that it will own PS3 motion but all they will be able to do is play nothing but Mini games on the Natal and speak to Milo. While the PS3 motion (ownage) will have a variety to do and if the fat ass gamers don't like it, then you can go play something else because:

1. You don't have to use motion.
2. You could always dance around in rfont of your TV like a retard (Natal).
3. I can guarentee they will like it anyway.

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Alienange
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 3:44:33 PM
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"People look back too much instead of looking forward."

He is wrong. People love looking forward. The problem lies in companies coming up with nonsense motion controls and then marketing the thing as future tech hoping the masses will agree. When the masses buy into it (because they look forward) hoping it's going to be that future tech they were promised and it turns out to simply be a fad, you can't turn around and say "people look back."

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BTNwarrior
Saturday, July 18, 2009 @ 7:53:54 PM
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Well at least it's not as bad as the original bannana controller they were going to give ps3.

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