Hands-On: iPhone Hit “Fruit Ninja” Comes To Xbox 360 Via Kinect

Hands-On: iPhone Hit “Fruit Ninja” Comes To Xbox 360 Via Kinect (photo)

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With millions of potential customers for games on Apple’s App Store, the ones that become big hits create their own sign language. In some instances, you can get on a plane or train and scope out who’s playing a game like “Angry Birds” just by their gestures. Halfbrick’s “Fruit Ninja” is another one of those games, too. Lots of iOS titles have you furiously slashing at the screen to make things happen, but the particular stances for “Fruit Ninja” involve the player waiting out the bombs that pop up on screen.

And now Halfbrick, the Australian indie dev responsible for “Fruit Ninja,” will be releasing a giant-size version of the game for the Xbox 360. Most of the game stays the same, but the Kinect motion-sensing peripheral kind of turns your TV into a pseudo-touchscreen. Players will use the Kinect camera to project a silhouette of them on screen and will slice up the flying produce with razor-sharp hand swipes. In the video below, you can see me go at it for a quick round.

Halfbrick’s doing some clever things with the interface, too, that make “Fruit Ninja” a lot quicker to play. You won’t have to do the whole hand-wave-to-check-in thing; once you step in front of the camera and slash the options you want, you’re ready to play. I’ve been skeptical of much of the first wave of Kinect games but I played “Fruit Ninja” for a solid half-hour yesterday. They’ll also have co-op and competitive multiplayer options so that you can team up or challenge your friends in fruitricidal mayhem. “Fruit Ninja” will be part of the Xbox “Summer of Arcade” promotion, which highlight a series of downloadable games each year. Look for it sometime in July.

So, all you “Fruit Ninja” iPhone addicts, will you be getting the slice-and-dice game for the Xbox 360? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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