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Molyneux defends Milo and Kate: "all that technology does work"

Lionhead boss denies project is a tech demo; admits Redmond team has questions about direction

Peter Molyneux, head of Microsoft Game Studios, has confirmed that little-seen Kinect title Milo and Kate is "a full product", but admits that it has at times proven difficult to convince Microsoft about the project.

Opening the second day of the GameHorizon conference in Gateshead, he said "Milo has been a really hard thing to do and a really hard thing to describe. I have real sympathy for the [Microsoft] people over in Redmond, because they understandably have some questions.

"The biggest challenge for us is convincing people what we're doing is actually going to work, is going to reach a new audience, is going to be an idea that people love. That for me is a massive challenge. Convincing people what you're doing is something that can change the world."

Responding to GamesIndustry.biz's query about the project's status following yesterday's comments (later retracted) by Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg that it was still a "tech demo," he was adamant that it was not in any danger.

"Poor Aaron Greenberg - he's on the PR team, he hasn't seen it since last year, so he came up with this stock answer that Milo is alive and well and living in Guildford but it's still a tech demo.

"I feel sorry for him, he hasn't seen the game since last year. If I had spent time with him and showed him the game recently, he'd know what was going on."

"All that technology that we showed at E3 last year actually does work," he promised. Added GameHorizon chair Ian Livingstone OBE, "I've seen it. It works, Peter. Honestly."

Molyneux also revealed that he would be finally unveiling Milo's current form at the TEDGlobal conference in two weeks.

"This is a full product that we're working on. It's not going to be released this year for sure, it's not part of the launch line-up - I think it would be inappropriate to be so, it's using Kinect in a very different way which is very sensitive. It is going to be somewhat premiered at this TED talk on Tuesday in two weeks time."

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Latest comments (9)

Michael Tegos Editor, Official PlayStation Magazine Greece, Attica Media6 years ago
They would do well to get their stories straight in the future, but maybe this shows the freedom Microsoft has granted Lionhead and Molyneux in the development of their projects.

Regardless, I'll be keeping an eye on the TED talk -- tech demo or not, horribly overhyped or not, this is still, in my opinion, the most interesting of the Kinect applications so far.
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Heinz Schuller Art Director / Artist 6 years ago
"I have real sympathy for the [Microsoft] people over in Redmond"
"Poor Aaron Greenberg"
"I feel sorry for him"

Some interesting messaging taking place here. :)
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Jack Loftus Contributing Editor, Gizmodo6 years ago
Did that pretentious prick just throw Greenberg under a bus or what?

Silver lining: Milo is crap, Microsoft knows it's crap, and it's never going to see a retail shelf.

Bonus: All the crazy crap he said about Fable 3 in another GamesIndustry article on the front page today. Does this guy ever tell the truth and/or not chronically exaggerate?
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Private Industry 6 years ago
Of course it`s a challenge to convince people that something works if it is never shown and the only hands on time media got was controlled by Peter telling the people what they have to say to Milo. And I especially don`t believe that Milo works as it was praised by MS and Molyneux last year that it would react fully real to everything because then it would not be finished before the next Xbox comes out.

A boy version of tamagotchi that reacts to specific movements and sentences? Yes. Intelligent and living AI that learns and reacts to everything? No.

If Molyneux wants to show of that Milo works, he should pick random people and get them up on stage and let them interact in any kind of way with Milo they want. Showing a Video again or only one guy presentating it and follow his script is not profe that it works.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
"All that technology that we showed at E3 last year actually does work," he promised.

Do they know something the greatest minds in A.I., voice recognition, Intel, IBM, nVidia and ATi don't know?

Because even with some of the most powerful dedicated hardware on the planet and best software we have written, you do not get what they showed at E3 last year.
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Gert-Jan Brok CEO, Fantazm6 years ago
I think it is entirely possible. Because it's about suggestion. The suggestion that you can do anything. And yes they do incorporate some fancy recognition techniques from Microsofts labs and third parties. I have my calendar marked on the 13th of July.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
Gert, the E3 2009 demo displayed emotional status recognition based on inflection, intonation, delays, grammar, slang and speech rate.

That's light years beyond even the most advanced software/hardware combination we have today.

You won't see the same demo being played out at TED unless they fabricate it again (and they admitted to fabricating the E3 2009 presentation).

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jim Webb on 30th June 2010 8:25pm

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Jack Loftus Contributing Editor, Gizmodo6 years ago
I have my calendar marked too, but only because I want to see the crater this dud makes when it lands.
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Luis Morales Public relations, Med Mercs6 years ago
Milo and Lynch, Milo N' Kate...... Who cares
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