LOS ANGELES — Theoretically anyone can learn the cool new moves, according to Harmonix, which demonstrated its new “Dance Central” game for the Xbox Kinect during Microsoft’s press event today.
Players are taught dance moves and then compete in competitions, during which their avatars are displayed on the screen via Kinect, adding a new layer to the rhythm game genre.
“Dance Central” includes more than 600 dance moves plus 90 routines, including some from original music videos, along with a soundtrack of pop, hip hop and R&B music ranging from Lady Gaga to the Beastie Boys.
To demonstrate its educational value, Harmonix brought out one of its pasty developers to show how he learned to dance with the game. He’s at lower left by the podium and his avatar is on the big screen in this clip: