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Anchors aweigh for Game Boat Kinect peripheral

Raft peripheral is made for the whitewater slalom game in Kinect Adventures that gets bundled with the starter pack, but we're feeling a bit deflated about it.

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Just when we figured third-party game accessory makers wouldn't get any love with the controller-free Microsoft Kinect, it seems Atomic Accessories isn't about to jettison any opportunities. So it's anchors aweigh as it ships out its Game Boat raft peripheral, made for the whitewater slalom game in Kinect Adventures that gets bundled with the starter pack.

Juniper and Amelia
Yours truly with Microsoft's Amelia Agrawal (left) racing each other on a platform in Kinect Adventures. Microsoft

Considering the game involved a lot of furious hopping on the spot when we saw it trialed at a media event recently, I'm loathed to make the gameplay even more challenging by flapping around in an inflatable dinghy that's going nowhere.

And since the Kinect has a multiplayer mode, that means packing several sizable skiffs into what's already very squashed living room space in many urban flats. Just too bad this is one accessory might be deflated before you can put the included pump to use.

(Source: Crave Asia via Joystiq)