Boy, Xbox 360 owners are getting so many goodies lately. Besides the future promise of homebrew XNA games, you can get, straight up, a free Xbox Live Arcade game next week. For the first two days, August 23-25 (6pm), Texas Hold ‘Em will be free, after that it’ll retail at its regular 800 Microsoft Points price. No one can resist this deal, I tells ya!
Besides that, Microsoft has announced a free Arcade game for the Xbox Live Vision Camera. The camera, which will drop around September 19 (according to reports) for $39.99, will include a game called Totemball, which is controlled entirely by pointing the camera at yourself and gesturing.
TotemBall is controlled almost entirely through gestures; that is, the game tracks a player’s arm movements to control a rickety, wheeled totem pole tower around each level, collecting items and trying to reach the exit within a time limit. Gesture-based gameplay is not foreign to Freeverse, who previously developed ToySight for the Macintosh, compatible with Apple’s iSight camera.
Here’s some game video: