Microsoft's latest application for its motion sensing controller is called Avatar Kinect, and it allows players to use their avatars in a way other than the usual jumping and dodging of virtual obstacles: sitting (or standing) and talking with other Avatars, using your face to control your avatar's facial expressions and head movements, and even taking to the stage for a comedy or musical act. Unfortunately, the translation of your movements to your avatar is touchy, especially if the room's lighting is lacking.
We sat down with Avatar Kinect to try things out. The Avatar that represents you on the Xbox's dashboard can be placed in a number of settings when the update is applied: magical forest with mushroom chairs, Late-Night-TV-style stage, newsroom, or space. When the service is live, users will be able to invite friends or guests to the sets and speak to them, and even record and share the encounter. So how well did it work?