Microsoft destroys beloved Star Wars franchise’s last shred of dignity

“The Special Editions couldn’t do it. The Ewoks coudn’t do it,” Mike Schuster reports for Minyanville. “And while he may have come close, even Jar Jar couldn’t do it. But with LucasArts’ latest game for the Xbox 360, the beloved franchise spanning 35 years has finally been stripped of its last shred of dignity.”

“Employing Kinect’s motion-capture controller, Kinect Star Wars allows players to use their whole body to control characters within a land far, far away,” Schuster reports. “Whether it’s wielding a lightsaber or piloting an X-Wing, the Xbox game is the closest Star Wars fans have to living within George Lucas’ imaginative universe.”

Schuster reports. “And apparently, that includes dance-offs. Yes, along with Jedi training and podracing, players control Han Solo and Princess Leia in a dance competition that’s even more absurd than basing an entire prequel around galactic trade disputes. And rather than spinning boring old hits, DJ Lobot — yeah, Cloud City’s got some turntables — plays songs with a Star Wars twist, like ‘I’m Han Solo’ to the tune of Jason Derulo’s ‘Ridin’ Solo’ and ‘Hologram Girl’ based on Gwen Stefani’s ‘Hollaback Girl.’ Incidentally, you haven’t lived until you hear Slave Leia coo ‘Oooh, that’s my ship, that’s my ship.'”

Read more, and see the screenshots, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Don’t blame Microsoft. They never had any taste. Blame Lucas, who lost his a long time ago…

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JayinDC” for the heads up.]


  1. To my mind, George Lucas has only three positives in his legacy, the last inadvertent: 1) “In Search of the Lost Ark”, for which he shares credit with Spielberg; 2) “Young Indiana Jones”; and starting a small computer graphics shop that Jobs bought and turned into Pixar.

    Others no doubt feel differently.

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