The Kinect Is Not Racist For Crying Out Loud

Posted Nov 5, 2010

GameSpot posted a review about the Microsoft Kinect and they pulled the race card. “[Our] testing suggests facial recognition features of Microsoft’s motion-sensing camera system might not work properly for some gamers… In testing the Kinect, two dark-skinned GameSpot employees had problems getting the system’s facial recognition features to work.” Consumer Reports did a similar test and debunked the GameSpot hypothesis.

Consumer Reports did not have the same issue when they tested it so they tried using the controller at different levels of light. The log-in problem of the Kinect is related to low levels of lighting and not directly to the skin color of a player. This issue is similar to the HP webcam issue that took place in December 2009.

When the living room was lit up, the controller was able to detect both the light-skin player and the dark-skin player. But when the lights were turned down, neither player was recognized. GameSpot FAIL!

[Consumer Reports Blog]