Molyneux revels in the controversy over Milo, shares insights on project’s status

Early this year, Guardian columnist Charlie Brooker said that playing Peter Molyneux’s Milo may make adults ‘look and feel like a pedophile.’ The off-the-cuff remark cut to the heart of the opinion held by some that a game about an intimate relationship between a man and a young boy is kind of creepy. In a recent interview with USA Today, Molyneux indentified this general sense of unease as one of the biggest challenges that needs to be overcome in order for Milo to see a release.

When asked about whether he thought that consumers will eventually get to see Milo, Molyneux replied, “I think so, eventually. I do. There’s a lot of huge mountains to climb before that happens. The reason for that is it is enormously contentious for us to do a game, a story, an experience, about a boy. You are immediately appealing to all the dark thoughts of humanity.”

But Molyneux seems to revel in the controversy. “I actually love that, the idea of being so contentious that it makes people turn around and say, ‘You can’t do a story about a boy.’ But, for me, doing that in that way is absolutely right. After all, for me one of the best films I saw last year was about an old man and a Boy Scout. It was called Up (Pixar and Disney's Oscar-winning animated film). If I described for you this story, 'It's about an old man and a Boy Scout, strangers meeting and living together and going on adventures,' you'd say, 'You can't do that. It's out of the question.' What you look for in drama and story is uniqueness and you look for experiences that people haven't had before and I think it's good to get it on a contentious level.”

But don’t expect to jump into Milo anytime soon. “I don’t think of it as a released product at the moment. I still think this is a very, very big tech demo. I don’t think of it as something that would be a product on a shelf,” explained Molyneux when asked about a release date and how the game might be distributed.

Above: Peter Molyneux demos Milo at E3 2009

Last month, Peter Molyneux demonstrated Milo at the TED Global conference in the session on human systems.

Aug 4, 2010

Source: USA Today via CVG 


  • ProfessorBonk - August 7, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    This shit is Hey You Pikachu all over again.
  • Lurdanjo - August 7, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    DarkTone, he HAS admitted his faults, perhaps even a bit too much lately.
  • pollenski - August 5, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    Shit it's my mum's birthday.
  • DarkTone - August 5, 2010 11:30 p.m.

    I would have more respect for Molyneux if he wasn't so egotistical. Theres a difference between saying the competion has good games but ours is better, and saying thiers sucks,, buy ours! He's over-confidence will be his downfall. He won't even admit to his faults over the last few years. It's so hard to compliment a man who LITERALLY laughs at others downfalls but is quick to sweep his own mistakes under the rug, so true video game fans will rarely see any chincs in his precious armour! Admit you made a mistake and move on! DarkTone has spoken...
  • notthatgoodthanks - August 5, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    I agree with brownie....Molyneux is one of the true great minds of the games industry, everything he says is with such enthusiasm, even if it is bullshit at times. The guy has a passion, a creative passion for games, everytime he opens his mouth its clear to see. As for the hype, well he is always trying to further the games experience, I think its not so much ovver confidence, just a real determination to make something genuinely exciting.
  • reverandglass - August 5, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    I just don't see what the game is in Milo, so it allegedly shows off some clever tricks kinect can do but a game needs a plot or a goal and if Milo's is to get an imaginary child to do his homework then I think most people wouldn't be interested. Molyneux is just loving the attention especially as he has a REAL game coming out soon.
  • abbottfrizzell - August 5, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    "she's not acting." .. rubbish
  • IIBrownieII - August 5, 2010 7:35 p.m.

    I like Molyneux, I know alot of people don't but dudes love to jump on the hate wagon. I honestly think he is one of the true great minds of our industry, he just needs to learn not to over hype his games so much lol! I do believe that one day he will make the most amazing games, once he has the tech to back it up. :) reCAPTCHA: Sluggish Powers, what some folk think of molyneux's abilities?
  • superdude0905 - August 5, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    im a bit unsure, as much as it look real and like she is interacting with Milo, it could be scripted, pre planned, which, like db1331 said, will make it so that it will never release, BUT, if its not scripted (i dont know) and all that was pure interaction with the AI and Natal, then i believe, despite the controversial relationship with a young boy, it might get released, only time will tell
  • Felixthecat - August 5, 2010 6:54 p.m.

    So does playing Dead or Alive make me a pervert?
  • db1331 - August 5, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    Milo will never come out because that demo was a deeply scripted (and successful) ruse to hype up what natal was capable of, when in reality it will just be a cesspool of shovelware and party games.

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