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E3: Project Natal's "Milo" Is the Future of Video Games

E3 2009 may not have officially kicked off yet, but it's already been a show to remember. After all, it's not every day you get to see the likes of James Cameron, Paul McCartney and Pele chatting about videogames. Nor is it every day you get to have a conversation with a virtual 10 year-old or play Burnout with an imaginary steering wheel.

But today is one of those days, because today Microsoft is revealing Project Natal to the world. Fresh from the E3 conference, we dropped by their posh hotel to go hands-on - or rather, hands-off - with the new technology.

Milo & Kate
First up is Peter Molyneux's new baby. As you'll know if you followed our live text, Milo is the name of the new AI character in development at Lionhead Studios. And as you'll know if you read our interview with Peter Molyneux, or could have predicted if you know anything about Peter Molyneux, Kate is the name of a dog.

But the dog's not on show today - instead we're presented with Milo on his own, sitting on a swing by a river. Molyneux invites me to try interacting with him by standing in front of the screen and moving around the room.

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Added: Jun-5-2009 
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  • the project natal thing seems very interesting if they can get it to work properly. I doubt the Milo project will be as realistic to realize.

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  • Very cool. I see it as a novelty for gaming, but will became a staple in most homes as a virtual secretary, or companion for some lonely types.

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  • The perfect gift for a paedophile!

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  • I see no point in this. Maybe this technology could be used for conversations in role playing games or the mission briefings, apart from that, people will always want a controller to walk and shoot, not jumping around a mat and waving sticks in the air.

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    • Not so.Im a gamer myself and not having to deal with a phisical interface,like mouse,keyboard and such would be a great leap.I just hope the technology will be refined enough in my lifetime to provide comparably enjoyable or better experience,not just for gaming,but for all computer related activities.

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  • The boys movements are clearly motion captured leading me to believe the whole thing is scripted.

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  • Bullshit that scripted to hell and back. plus wtf is that for? Pedobox 360?

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  • Natal = novelty and with the coming of OnLive, if successful (its already heavily backed by most large publishers).

    Consoles will only have 5 to 10 years before they are obsolete. Regardless if they have fancy interactive trinkets or not.

    Sure WiiFit sold tons of units, and I'd wager 98% of those units are collecting dust in closets. What says this Natal trinket will have any different fate?

    As for "Milo"... total BS. If "Milo" was real and we had software AI that advanced More..

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  • This will make women video game nerds... there will never be a virgin on earth if this comes about haha

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  • 60 year old virgin?

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  • 0:48-0:49.....Shodan shows her wicked face.

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  • why not just make real friends? it astounds me how people think they can have more fun with an electronic faux character than real person..

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