GGUK enjoy a movie one the Xbox360
Being an ambassador for the new entertainment functions of Xbox Live comes with some heady responsibilities. For example, this week has been dubbed movie week and as such I had to watch a movie – from start to finish. It’s okay, save your pity, I have already recovered.
Being someone who watches far too many movies already, it was impressive how easily I became accustomed to this task. Turning on the Xbox, my fingers twitched as I almost started playing a game. Sweat beaded on my brow, the temptation was…tempting. But I resisted and considered my options for which service to use for my movie viewing pleasure.
At the time, my choices were limited to LOVEFiLM or SKY, both of which I have a subscription for (I told you I watch too many movies – my third love after video games and TV shows), and the Zune Marketplace. But since then the options have expanded to include BlinkBox, a movie and TV show rental and purchasing service.
Anyway, I wasn’t going to spend any extra pennies, because I am tight, so I decided to check out the offerings on SKY and LOVEFiLM. SKY I was already very familiar with – they have quite a decent selection of movies on demand for anyone who has included movie channels with their SKY subscription package. But the reality was that I had already watched most of the films on offer and I had a hankering for something new.
Over to LOVEFiLM then. My subscription is for streaming only, none of these DVDs through the post business, which suited my purposes admirably. Again, there is quite a selection of movies to choose from, both old and new, and I soon found a film that I had not watched.
Mr. Nice, starring the excellent Rhys Ifans, is based on the life of Howard Marks who came from a small Welsh town and went on to become a massive drug dealer. The movie itself was pretty good, but I wasn’t here to enjoy the movie. I was here to try out the Kinect functionality. As I sat on the sofa, shouting at my TV, I realised how stupid I must have looked. Firstly, I was talking to the telly – surely a sign of madness. “Xbox – Pause”, “Xbox – Play”, “Xbox – Why did he do that?”, “Xbox – get me a cup of Coffee”. Some of my more detailed requests were ignored altogether, but otherwise it all performed exactly as it should.
The other reason for my looking stupid was because I am having trouble getting past the “Mobile Phone” syndrome when it comes to Kinect. I don’t just talk in a normal manner, I shout. This is no fault of Kinect itself, the microphone is quite sensitive and would easily pick up my voice even with the movie playing at high volume. The fault is, in fact, with my brain which, for some reason, thinks that I have to shout at Kinect. I didn’t get any complaints from the neighbours this time around, but I should imagine that they think I have completely lost the plot.
Despite leaving me, and others, questioning my sanity, my movie experience was impressive. The options on Xbox Live when it comes to movies are already fairly comprehensive and there are still more services to come. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the whole situation was not having to use a remote control. No more losing the remote, no more arguing over who holds it – and that is before you even consider what you are going to do with a spare hand. The possibilities are endless.