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Everybody's favourite -- or secretly favourite -- Kinect game, Dance Central, just got its second sequel. The third game in the series sees players taken back in time, dancing to tracks from the '70s right through to the present day.

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Recently my friend, who for this article we'll call "Dan", was over at my apartment for beers and video games. We'd gone through most of the big recent releases -- I showed him some craziness from Saints Row: The Third, got across the gist of Catherine and played some (shockingly fun) split-screen Modern Warfare 3 spec-ops. The Kinect had gotten a go as well, and we'd laughed our way through several levels of Gunstringer and gotten our arses kicked by the surprisingly difficult Child of Eden.

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The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at the October NPD numbers, which show that dancing games like Just Dance 3 and Dance Central 2 have grown in sales 326 per cent over last year. That far outpaces the next nearest fastest-growing genre, fighting games, which grew just 33 per cent over the same period of time.

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A couple of weeks ago, Dance Central and Rock Band studio Harmonix was being advised--by someone from the company that sold it off--to make "the world's first immersive shoot-'em-up," using Kinect. Today, the firm reported it is doing juuuuust fine by sticking to the rhythm genre.

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There may be some debate about what the best Kinect game is. Some may say Fruit Ninja Kinect, others will cast votes for Child of Eden and Twisted Pixel's The Gunstringer made a strong debut on the motion-sensing camera a few months ago.

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Fast Company, the business magazine read by movers and/or shakers, uncorked some outside-the-box advice for companies stuck in a rut. Harmonix Music Systems is on the list, it seems, because of stagnation in the music gaming genre, not necessarily because it's spinning its wheels, but whatever. They are being advised to make, wait for it, a shooter.

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I've never totally gotten the appeal of Wii dancing games, though clearly there are a whole ton of Just Dance fans out there who disagree. This new ad for Harmonix's just-released Dance Central 2 takes a humorous dig at Wii games and their obsolescence in the face of full motion-tracking.

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Last year, the people who made Guitar Hero and Rock Band made the best game for the Xbox 360's Kinect sensor, the hands-free dancing game Dance Central. We danced in front of it, one at a time, as it tracked and scored our moves. We loved it. A year later, we have a sequel that primarily adds simultaneous multiplayer. Worth buying?