http://www.gamesetwatch.com/haka.jpg Yet again, we get all the top, breaking Maori motion-capture related news from New Zealand, as follows: "Game developer Sidhe Interactive and Ngāti Kimihia Hāpu (sub-tribe) of Ngāti Toa Rangatira announced today that Sidhe’s upcoming videogame title “Rugby League 2” for Xbox would feature the traditional Māori Haka known as Ka Mate."

As is explained: "The Haka is a warrior challenge, traditionally performed at the meeting of Maori tribes as a means to both show respect and intimidate opponents. Still used ceremonially today, Ka Mate has also been adopted by New Zealand sports teams and is performed before international sporting events..."

Thus: "Sidhe Interactive consulted with the Ngāti Toa Rangatira at length to ensure both the accuracy of Ka Mate within the game and obtain tribal approval. Ignite Studios acted as advisor to the collaboration and produced the haka component - traditionally trained specialists were sourced to record the vocals and perform motion captured actions. In the game, Ka Mate is performed by computer animated representations of the New Zealand national rugby league team, the Kiwis, before international matches. Ngāti Toa Rangatira elders reviewed and approved the final result." Is this the point where we ask whether Prey did something similar with depressed Native Americans hanging out in seedy reservation bars?