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Natal struggles to see Black people?

nib95

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Hughtendo posted this on IGN. Quite a humorous find. haven't seen it posted here so brace yourselves...


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http://bitmob.com/index.php/mobfeed...eet-Arms-Legs-Torso-Heads-On-Impressions.html

Above impressions show that N'Gai Croal was not able to use Natal.

"When game consultant and former Newsweek writer N'Gai Croal gave Paradise a test drive, however, the game had trouble reading his steering actions. The footwork (gas and brakes) worked fine, but Croal couldn't steer his car at all."

http://www.springerlink.com/content/p75x879k24k36185/

Above shows a journal which reports that near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is less effective on black skin as "melanin clearly interferes with the quality of the reflected NIRS signal".

As I understand, Natal uses near-infrared.



Hughtendo said:
Please tell me someone on the Natal team has thought of this, or this could be the most epic failure in the history of video games.

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Original link.

http://boards.ign.com/xbox_360_general_board/b8266/181186938/p1/?37
 

Tenks

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Just when I thought as a society we were getting past race the wave of the future, the robots, suddenly become racists. Damn you skynet, will you never learn?
 
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I'm dark-skinned. This sucks. (Was I even going to buy NATAL?)

In before "Microsoft is racist!".

v (Wow. Mere seconds.)
 

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RubxQub

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There is zero percent chance that MS isn't aware of this and are working on mitigating solutions...

...right?
 

Nakazato

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Well thanks MS now you cant have my money ; ;
Edit: at least we know this now before us darker skinned people went out and bought it
 

soco

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it's a shame it's already out of beta and will be releasing in a few weeks!
 

Xater

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Did no one at Microsoft test this with someone who is black? Wow this is hilarious. :lol
 

soco

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Second said:
Does it have issues with black clothing too, or just black skin?

the eurogamer Milo test recognized that the reporter was wearing black and milo even commented on it.
 

Alx

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I really doubt the reflecting properties of different skin types are big enough to disturb a depth measurement system... I don't know about "Near-infrared spectroscopy" which sounds like a more subtle measurement, but only detecting bouncing IR should be feasible on all kind of people.
Actually I think that hairy hands would be more a problem than dark skin, since it could scatter the light. :p
 

Brobzoid

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SHOTEH FOCK OP said:
And you thought the "hard disc drive required" logo on game boxes was bad.
daaaaaaaamn. :lol

This is great, such an hilarious oversight if it is true.