Well, strangely enough, Consumer Reports of all places saw something wrong with GameSpot's story and decided to retest the Kinect using light and dark skinned people. Their findings, turn on a light:
Here's what we found: The log-in problem is related to low-level lighting and not directly to players' skin color. Like the HP webcam, the Kinect camera needs enough light and contrast to determine features in a person's face before it can perform software recognition and log someone into the game console automatically.So folks there you have it: it's just a matter of lighting, not skin tone. If you want, I'd suggest reading through the Consumer Reports article or you can watch their video below. Also let us know what you think or experience with the Kinect yourself in the comments section, we'd love to hear from you. I myself will be putting the Kinect and 6 of it's games through the wringer next week and will report back to you all my findings. Take Care & Have Fun, Lord Moon.
Essentially, the Kinect recognized both players at light levels typically used in living rooms at night and failed to recognize both players when the lights were turned down lower. So far, we did not experience any instance where one player was recognized and the other wasn't under the same lighting conditions.