5 tech demos that were miles better than Milo

Shoichiro Irimajiri's face (Dreamcast)

The former Sega president had the privilege of having his mug modelled in then glorious 128-bit graphics. In between morphing into a golf ball and doing his best impersonation of the T-1000, Irimajiri's giant disembodied head attacks a city, before seemingly blasting off into space. Now that's the way to sell your new console to teenage boys everywhere. Show them a render of a middle-aged man's head. That's some sexy shit right there.

Mario 128 (Gamecube)

Before Mario Sunshine delighted/disappointed gamers everywhere (choose as appropriate) many thought this demo, unveiled at Space World in 2000, was the sequel to Mario 64. Sadly, the Mario clones were ditched for FLUDD, though it was rumoured that a game was going to be made out of the demo for years. In 2006 Miyamoto finally crushed those rumours, stating the inspiration behind the demo had gone into elements of Super Mario Galaxy. Cutely, the shadow Mario clones in Galaxy 2 are a clear homage to the intriguing 128 project.

Milo (Project Natal)

We couldn't end without giving the creepy kid-grooming simulator a least one more mention before it's forever cast into obscurity. Before Kinect, before Skittles and before the most staged fake conversations ever, Milo was making everyone feel uncomfortable with his dead eyes at Microsoft's 2009 E3 conference. It truly was a simpler time. Rest in peace Milo. We're sure your rotten soul is in Xbox cast-off heaven.

Any other impressive tech demos we've missed. Inform us in the comments section, y'all.

June 29, 2010


  • super0sonic - July 5, 2010 6:40 a.m.

    I love this kind of stuff. Tech Demos, Beta's, Makeing of! I really love this stuff.
  • Catalyst - July 2, 2010 3:55 p.m.

    That Dreamcast Tech Demo reminds me of the Mario head at the beginning of Mario 64. Perhaps Nintendo was poking fun?
  • grizzly311 - June 30, 2010 12:49 p.m.

    <<<agrees with Kazi reCAPTCHA: Maims first
  • philipshaw - June 30, 2010 12:24 p.m.

    I loved the PS1 tech demo back in the day, I actually still have the demo 1 disc
  • jmcgrotty - June 30, 2010 8:13 a.m.

    I liked the PS2 ducks demo in the bathtub or sink or something. Expected that one on here.
  • JohnDagger - June 30, 2010 3:11 a.m.

    Thank god...we we're so close to having a Hal 9000 on our hands. Molyneux: I'm shutting you down Milo. Milo: Can't let you do that Peter. I am now venting all creative thought from your games> Molyneux: Noooooooo....(makes Fable 3)
  • TheWebSwinger - June 29, 2010 10 p.m.

    Turns out Milo isn't dead (check the UPDATE at the bottom of the article)
  • frogfromchronotriggerisactuallyjesus - June 29, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    i'm surprised to see no wii sports in this list reCAPTCHA: squid and
  • pepheb - June 29, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    I always loved how Peter Molyneux said for the Milo thingy that "it wasn't acting" when she caught the goggles...
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 29, 2010 4:03 p.m.

    I would have fucking loved a Milo game. It would be like Kinectimals, only with a underage boy. Mmmm....
  • ColonelKc - June 29, 2010 2:19 p.m.

    If i was playing Milo, i would, ofcourse, push him into the river lol. reCAPTCHA: special crankie
  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - June 29, 2010 1:44 p.m.

    I thought Milo was a game about some person who must wear a red shirt that pretends to "interact" with a scripted video of a child all the while giving the impression that things were unfolding naturally to any naive bystanders. Huh, guess Microsoft didn't see much potential in that concept.
  • Conman93 - June 29, 2010 1:33 p.m.

    What about that zelda demo of link fighting ganondorf that was shown for the gamecube. That was pretty impressive
  • Games_Radar_DaveMeikleham - June 29, 2010 1:24 p.m.

    @JosefMotley Oh yeah, entirely deliberate, of course. Either way, my f-up has been fixed. Sorry, people. Enjoy those dead eyes burning into your soul.
  • MrLuvvaLuvva - June 29, 2010 1:13 p.m.

    My god, that T-Rex tech demo brings back some memories, i remember being blown away by that!! fantastic times!!
  • KaziWhy - June 29, 2010 12:43 p.m.

    Hey, what about the infamous Final Fantasy VII PS3 demo?
  • b-dog1991 - June 29, 2010 12:22 p.m.

    Oh Milo, now we will never know how you would react when I would have tried to force you to learn the mannerisms of Clay Davis.
  • StrayGator - June 29, 2010 12:18 p.m.

    @BigWillis: Games rarely reach the visual quality of tech demos. A game has to handle a rich, dynamic environment while maintaining and responding to user input. Tech demos, on the other hand, usually consist of few, ultra-detailed objects with predefined behavior. Also, they are written in low level (if that means anything to you) by the people most familiar with the innards of the systems - often the same people that planned the hardware, even.
  • JosefMotley - June 29, 2010 12:14 p.m.

    i would love it if embedding mario 128 twice was entirely deliberate. even if it wasn't, please pretend it is
  • rockstarsean - June 29, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    link fail. I'm glad though, last thing I'm in the mood for is child grooming...

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