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Old Dec 13, 2011, 12:41 PM   #1
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Microsoft Tackles iOS Gaming with 'Kinectimals'







Microsoft today took a major step onto the iOS gaming platform with the release of Kinectimals. The game, which is aimed at children and involves interacting with virtual animals, debuted last year as an Xbox 360 game taking advantage of the Kinect motion-sensing control system.
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This irresistible mobile experience gives you the chance to use your phone to visit the island of Lemuria and play with, care for and fall in love with your very own cub. Bring your pet with you wherever you go! If you've already experienced Kinectimals on Kinect for Xbox 360, your phone becomes the key to unlocking five new cubs on your console.
The release marks an interesting move for Microsoft, which has an established gaming brand with the Xbox/Kinect line and has been thought to be looking to use that leverage to promote its own Windows Phone platform. But Microsoft has been making a significant push into iOS gaming tie-ins over the past week, beginning with the My Xbox LIVE profile management app and Halo Waypoint companion app for the popular gaming franchise.

Beyond those new offerings, today's addition of Kinectimals signals an even more substantial investment in iOS by Microsoft, which has now proven willing to branch out from its own platforms to support games running directly on iOS devices.

Kinectimals is a universal iOS application for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and is priced at $2.99 [App Store].

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Old Dec 13, 2011, 12:43 PM   #2
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Let's see of this game is worth it. I'm going to download it right away.
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 12:47 PM   #3
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I have this game. My mates daughter loves playing on it. Its great casual fun
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 12:48 PM   #4
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Good to see MS getting in on the action! Thanks for the XBOX app. Bring on Office!
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 12:50 PM   #5
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This is actually a dream come true for me.

This is one of my favourite Kinect games.
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 12:50 PM   #6
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First it's Kinectimals, then it's Windows and Office. Won't someone think of the children?
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 12:52 PM   #7
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HNNNGGGG My heart. The Sesame Street Kinect game was so cute too.
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 12:54 PM   #8
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i hope they keep making games for ios
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 12:56 PM   #9
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Even if they sell 10 million copies of this at $3 each this is pocket change for Microsoft. Clearly, I think their goal is not to make money. I think maybe they want to train their staff ad this just covers the cost. They did this for some reason and it was not to make money.
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 12:57 PM   #10
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Come on microsoft.... we want Office !!
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Microsoft is a software company. They've spent the last 30 years confusing themselves into thinking they're a 'platform company.'

That's nice and all, but it's not the only way. I sure hope this is a sign to come. I'd like to see Microsoft succeed and I think it will happen like this...by becoming the dominant software provider on OTHER platforms. They've been allergic to that in the past because they wanted to protect Windows, but those days are over. I'd love to see them branch out more.
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Get iOS users to start liking Microsoft again

Launch Windows 8 with tablet form factors and xbox live integrated
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Wean iOS users off apple and into Microsoft ecosystem
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 01:03 PM   #14
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I hope they release Age of Empires series also!
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Old Dec 13, 2011, 01:08 PM   #15
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It is possible Microsoft decided if they can't beat iOS to make a many apps fro it as they can and possibly win some customers back. I think it is a smart move and the development of the Kinect and releasing the SDK for it is even smarter.
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It could look like a strategic move, but then again why would you switch from iOS to Windows Phone if they offer the same apps on both. Yes, they could make you "like" Microsoft again but that's not enough to switch your whole ecosystem if there is no true reason of switching.

It would make more sense to keep the Windows Phone games exclusive and come up while lots of mobile versions of Xbox games, like Halo, Gears of War, Forza, Fable etc. that could compensate by their quality for the small number of games/apps on Windows Phone compared to iOS and Android. That could make a gamer choose a Windows Phone, especially with Xbox Live integration.
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It's likely an acknowledgement that many XBox gamers are also iOS users. Microsoft could either ignore them or embrace them. XBox tie-ins are a way to do the latter.
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Even if they sell 10 million copies of this at $3 each this is pocket change for Microsoft. Clearly, I think their goal is not to make money. I think maybe they want to train their staff ad this just covers the cost. They did this for some reason and it was not to make money.
I think any company would still be happy with a fairly simple port making 30mill. Bet this cost them about 100K max to make -

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Wean iOS users off apple and into Microsoft ecosystem
With this and the xbox companion app on iOS, this is more of a driver to XBox thatn
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I hope they release Age of Empires series also!
That would be so sweet to have it on the iPad .... used to be one of my favorite games and I wasted endless nights playing it. My son recently discovered my old DVD with Age of Empires III and now he is addicted to it ... Would be cool to play it against each other on the iPads.
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Microsoft also released Skydrive for iOS and wp7 today!

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_live/b/windowslive/

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They also released "My XBOX Live" recently which while giving Xbox users a way to view their Xbox Live Profile, gives you a taste of their "Metro" interface, which I have to admit is kinda nice looking at least.
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Microsoft will probably make more money from the release of this game on iOS than they ever did from the Zune.
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i hope they keep making games for ios
Me too. But I'm also hoping (probably fruitlessly) that maybe this will get them making games for Mac again (or at least a game, MS Flight Sim. It's the one reason I went to a PC for a while but now I'm back. Of course the mac I have is totally not suited for that kind of game so I'd probably fire up my PC anyways. But be nice to have my Mac do everything).

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Microsoft is a software company. They've spent the last 30 years confusing themselves into thinking they're a 'platform company.'

That's nice and all, but it's not the only way. I sure hope this is a sign to come. I'd like to see Microsoft succeed and I think it will happen like this...by becoming the dominant software provider on OTHER platforms. They've been allergic to that in the past because they wanted to protect Windows, but those days are over. I'd love to see them branch out more.
I wish I could up vote this more. I do like some of their software (not all, but Excel and Flight sim for sure and I begrudgingly use Word though honestly, I'm really starting to think I could probably get away with some other text editor that isn't so damn quirky and really the only thing I need compatibiity for is resumes which I could just use PDF format which will definitely keep the formatting amongst different computers). I certainly wouldn't object to buying MS software, I just prefer Apple's OS over their's.
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