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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