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Womanhood can be a contortion act. Prospering is often a matter of stretching, compressing and jaggedly code-switching like artists' jointed wood mannequins — the kind girls buy in middle school when a Cosmopolitan quiz augurs the life of a painter. Perfect Woman, a Kinect game released last Wednesday, is about those contortions and uses physical posturing to comment on its societal equivalent.

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When Microsoft unbundled Kinect from the Xbox One in 2014, it was the beginning of the end. Unfortunately for the developers of Fru, the game they were building required Kinect. They were more than two years away from shipping. "We were shattered," designer Mattia Traverso told me.

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In a home filled with technological marvels of all shapes and sizes, one piece of oft-derided hardware gets more love from my family and I than any other. Kinect, tell the nice people how much I cherish you.

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Microsoft came out with all guns blazing at this year's E3, delivering one of the best press conferences in recent memory. In dizzyingly fast succession, the euphoric audience was hit with one huge announcement after another — from backwards compatibility for Xbox One to the potentially game-changing HoloLens in action. One thing that wasn't announced was anything to do with Kinect. As in, literally zero mentions in any context.

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Even though Microsoft appears to have given up on Kinect as a serious gaming platform, the motion device still has some tricks up its sleeve. Programmer Paul DeCarlo found a way to play Mike Tyson's Punch-Out by waving his fists around, and it seems to work pretty darn well!

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We're currently in the third week of our Shape Up Xbox One Challenge and things are starting to heat up. Last night, Chris and Mark took some time out from the Quest Mode to battle each other in the game's grueling push-up challenge. Here is the video.

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Ubisoft‘s Shape Up is a new fitness game for Xbox One that promises to take the "work" out of workouts (it says here). It uses the Kinect motion-sensor to accurately track your movements as you jump, squat and flail your way through assorted exercise challenges. Over the next four weeks, Kotaku's Mark Serrels and Lifehacker's Chris Jager will be taking on the game and each other in a bid to get fighting fit for summer. This is going to get painful, isn't it?

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In June, Microsoft started selling the Xbox One without Kinect. In October, you'll be able to buy the Kinect on its own — but it will cost $US150 in the US. We're waiting on Australian pricing and availability. Update: Australians will pay $169.95.