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Molyneux's virtual child, Milo, finally reappears... is still creepy [VIDEO]

Peter Molyneux debuted his virtual boy, Milo, a couple of E3s ago when Kinect was called Natal, and though he's talked about it, he's never shown us more... until now. We were starting to wonder - it wouldn't be the first time Molyneux has over-hyped an idea he later abandoned.

To prove us wrong, Molyneux held a TED presentation on the subject last month. He cited a "huge row online" over the legitimacy of his E3 presentation as the reason he's waited until now to give a new demo - this time of the "real tech." And it does look like an actual game now, with points 'n everything. And now Milo has a problem: his parents are dickholes...

   

Cool... I guess. The tech is nice, for sure, but why would I want to play invisible magic therapist to a virtual kid? Following him around everywhere, observing his life and growth... it's creepily voyeuristic. And that has nothing to do with Guardian columnist Charlie Brooker's pedophilia comment - I don't think that's ever the implication, and I hate the assumption that men can't interact with children without being pedophiles. It's weird on an entirely different level.

The Sims contains iconic representations of humans, so we don't feel like we're intruding on anything real, but this is a little kid who adjusts to our posture and has a functioning blush reaction. That's weird. And personally, I feel awkward when interacting with real kids. This looks even more painful.

It's good that Molyneux recognizes that this is a big challenge to overcome, but I don't see it happening. What do you think?

Aug 18, 2010

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38 comments

  • AGENTJORRRG - August 23, 2010 3:08 a.m.

    soo gaming is evolving so that instead of, say, being a super powered Agent of brutal and explosive justice, we can meet a little wanker who makes you tidy his room.
  • lukel127 - August 20, 2010 1:44 a.m.

    Say something to cheer milo up: You should kill your parents. Youre better then them. Here use this drawing of a gun.
  • lovinmyps3 - August 19, 2010 8:16 p.m.

    Yes, definitely creepy.
  • abbottfrizzell - August 19, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    I wonder what milo will think if u walk in front of the screen naked..
  • Noggin-Puncher - August 19, 2010 6:29 p.m.

    "Your parents don't love you, Milo. There's a knife in the kitchen. Do it Milo. Do it."
  • Teaspoon - August 19, 2010 4:23 p.m.

    @ninjadevbear Paedophilia is never good, not even if the kid is just 1s and 0s. I suppose it does come up slightly above abusing a real child... but still.
  • Teaspoon - August 19, 2010 3:37 p.m.

    I think Sony and Microsoft have completely misfired with Kinect and Move... 'Revolutionary' technology like this was over-hyped with the Wii, and look at it now - it's a pathetic joke of a console. The games are terrible FFS! Dance Dance Revolution? It's a LOL-o-thon! Kinect and Move are GUARANTEED to have the same type of games - as in, the games that aren't actually games. Such as this one - interacting with a child. Why do you need a $100-ish motion-capture camera to talk to a kid? It's creepy and pointless. The whole concept of computer games is that the gamers can do things that would normally be dangerous or could not be done in real life. This is not the future of gaming, simply because it is not gaming. End of discussion.
  • richgell23 - August 19, 2010 3:13 p.m.

    Gladriel Kinect-test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTYOZLP_tDQ
  • OriginalJonty - August 19, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    Isn't Milo also said to be constantly learning? Do you know what also constantly learnt? Skynet. Therefore, Milo is Skynet and Molyneux needs to be stopped.
  • drewbian - August 19, 2010 11:32 a.m.

    maybe kinect will be overwhelmed with parents who cant have children buying milo or some shit liek that, seems to be the demographic theyre appealing too. hey if lifelike dolls can be sold for £2000 each having your own interactive doll is just as good...maybe
  • ChrisMacDee - August 19, 2010 10:06 a.m.

    I think this one of the few Kinect games that has the potential to be genuinely immersive which is basically the main idea behind Kinect itself. However the Milo getting smarter business may be a bit of a problem, as it probably not be worth playing until about 6 months into the games release. @TheBoz: It is in essence exactly that, but he hasn't just got the house and garden. At the end Molyneux said he'd have adventures, some of which are 'very dark'. It's not exactly an adventure if he's in the same place every day :P . This leads me to believe Milo will run from home or explore a forest at night or something like that.
  • TheBoz - August 19, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    The is just a virtual pet game, nothing more. How long will it take for everyone to mistreat their pet and try and kill it. I have done so in every one from Dogz to The Sims, to Black and White. The problem for me with such a game is it's longevity, you see, there is only the house and the garden to explore, at least with the Sims 3 there was a town, even then it got boring quite quickly, even more so without the thousands of add ons. I do welcome such games as AI needs to develop, but I do not think this is a game for me at all. I will wait for a review as I am interested to see how it pulls off the AI.
  • Blacky71385 - August 19, 2010 8:37 a.m.

    So, are you god or something in this, and who wants to talk to a kid, its boring!and $100 says that this will definitely be used by pedophiles. Microsoft, it can be as revolutionary as you want it to be its still creepy.
  • elpurplemonkey - August 19, 2010 8:36 a.m.

    I'm not so much creeped out as I am bored out of my mind. Though the tech looks like it could be applied to something like Heavy Rain (not too fast paced, focus on immersion, etc.) And while what they've done is commendable, it looks painfully dull to play for most gamers. If Team Ninja ever got its hands on this tech though, then oh boy. Hold on to your butts.
  • PhantomDave - August 19, 2010 7:04 a.m.

    All I can say is.....Yahtzee's gonna have a field day with this crap. LOL
  • bryanthelion - August 19, 2010 6:28 a.m.

    This is what I consider a really cool game.It seems like you play a psychologist for this kid, I think that is tight as balls.
  • DabWolf - August 19, 2010 5:42 a.m.

    Why does he remind me of the kids from Heavy Rain :(? Perhaps it's the hair? Or the shirt...
  • GioAllDay - August 19, 2010 4:04 a.m.

    i would be a A****** to him and see in he becomes a serial killer
  • montyburns - August 19, 2010 3:41 a.m.

    I do recognize the fact that Molyneaux did a great job with the technology he had at his hands, but he makes it seem so revolutionary... Actually, I think this is just BORING!!!
  • bkoz117 - August 19, 2010 3:25 a.m.

    If it came with kinect... and I was buying a kinect for some reason, then I'd give it a try. It's seems interesting.

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