Heavy Rain Creator Shows Off New Game Engine With Short Film

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Someone should tell them Wii U comes out this year.

It was pretty creepy when Man Voice kept calling her 'baby'.

Volf:
what is the name of the Japanese song?

Sakura, old traditional japanese song about cherry blossoms. Sang it in grade school in Mississippi for the choir class I was forced to do. Kinda had to skip over that part of the video cause I hated that grade school and the song brought up memories.

Okay what the fuck are these guys doing making games when their true, and I mean this in an amazed and honest way, calling is making animated films. They could make amazing, impacting films that would change the west's opinion on adult (not porn) themed animated films. Seriously I would watch any film made by these people.

I do hope that they fix the teeth eventually though, they look kind of derpy.

The tec in this demo does not impress me at all and honestly I don't know if it is really worth the trouble considering the PS3 will sooner than later be obsolete.
The content is interesting however it is just another cut scene. Now tell this tale thru game play without any QTEs and I may be impressed. Otherwise I stick to iRobot or Ghost in the Shell.

the engine is still somewhere in the uncanny valley, but it seems like it is on that upward slope exiting the valley

Okay... so he realizes that there is something wrong with the android, attempts to disassemble it in order to figure out what went wrong, but then discovers that the android has human emotions. So, rather than, I don't know, setting her aside to discover why this particular android can feel, he puts her on the production line with the rest of them, to let her out into the world, completely aware of her sentience?
I want to speak with the manager of this Android Production facility about the quality of his employees. The last thing we need is another Cyberdyne Systems, foolishly playing about with the infinite power of Artificial Intelligence.
Have we learned nothing from Skynet? SHODAN? AM?

Ah, David Cage. Never misses an opportunity to put naked women on the screen.

Quiet Stranger:
My god! I'm having feelings I thought I could never have before!

Well robot girls that say "I'm entirely at your disposal as a sexual partner" do have that special sort of charm, because no live one will ever utter those words.

OT: Well it's the ye olde ghost in the shell setup but the presentation is extremely well done, the sort of presentation games desperately need.
But it is the Heavy Rain guys so this will all just be QTE till your anus bleeds.

Damn, when he asked her to sing a song in Japanese I was hoping she'd sing a JAM Project song.

As much as the piece was nicely done in a dramatic performance way, I couldn't help but think of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Measure of a Man" and indeed, after reading through the comments here, Westworld.

HO-LY SHIT...the narrative potential. It's off the charts. Fuck ME3, I want Kara.

ph0b0s123:
And a good engine demo. Another example of the 'we don't need to improve graphics / engines' argument being shown up. That's good progress even on current hardware.

I hope something like this makes those people realize that graphical improvement is about a lot more than just upping the polygon count. Animations and lighting are way more important to create believable characters and immersive ingame environments.

It pleases me that, as of late, more game developers seem to understand the importance of those things. Just look at Battlefield 3, Max Payne 3 and RAGE (despite that game's flaws).

This trailer is a nice addition to that list, even though it's not even a game. Though I would like to see a broader range of motions in the facial areas. Us humans can really make some crazy faces.

Manji187:
HO-LY SHIT...the narrative potential. It's off the charts. Fuck ME3, I want Kara.

What about ME3 with this engine? Or any RPG with this engine.

Amazing. Beautiful. Haunting.

Graphics have never really QD's weakness though.

Gameplay, storytelling, and voice acting has.

I don't really see that changing with this tech demo.

Hammeroj:

VMK:

Hammeroj:
Disturbing? No, realistic. If someone said to me that the driving force behind android development was the human (mostly male) sex drive, I would believe it without a second's hesitation.

That would be laziness, actually. The driving force of scientifical progress.

Perhaps I employed a little bit of hyperbole there.

Still, let's keep it real, there would be a huge market for fembots on that aspect alone.

To answer simply: that is quite correct.

Cowabungaa:

ph0b0s123:
And a good engine demo. Another example of the 'we don't need to improve graphics / engines' argument being shown up. That's good progress even on current hardware.

I hope something like this makes those people realize that graphical improvement is about a lot more than just upping the polygon count. Animations and lighting are way more important to create believable characters and immersive ingame environments.

It pleases me that, as of late, more game developers seem to understand the importance of those things. Just look at Battlefield 3, Max Payne 3 and RAGE (despite that game's flaws).

This trailer is a nice addition to that list, even though it's not even a game. Though I would like to see a broader range of motions in the facial areas. Us humans can really make some crazy faces.

Manji187:
HO-LY SHIT...the narrative potential. It's off the charts. Fuck ME3, I want Kara.

What about ME3 with this engine? Or any RPG with this engine.

It's my terminology then as lighting, animation etc were to me what came under the term graphics, as in what you see on screen

That was beautiful.
I must be having an emotionally unstable day, because when she said she was scared, I burst into tears.
Take my money Quantic Dream, take all of my money ;_;

that was amazing. just wow. if this comes out for the pc, i will get it. impressive work there. hats off.

Got to admit all this fancy tech made me go


for a minute though it showed just one character in a blurry room.

However, I'm curious, if this idea got scrapped, what the hell did they went with?

The flow of the events and the capability of mimicking human emotions using the core engine is definitely impressive--but so far I only think "Wow, this would be an awesome an emotional film!" then "Wow, I can't wait to play this game!"

I'm not sure what avatar I'm meant to play as in the trailer, what the core mechanics of the game would be, or even a freaking *goal* I'm supposed to reach for in the game. It works great at tugging our heart strings and feeling connected with the android character, but I don't know if we're playing as the android (and trying to be human? Live? Be accepted as something living?) or the male voice off-camera (Work at his 9 to 5 job with no issues with the products? Solve any flaws or bugs found in products? Make sure he doesn't get fired for letting this Android go?). It's definitely a good teaser trailer, but for me I don't know if would appeal as a story for a game.

Sorry, I found the android's performance to be lacking. I couldn't tell what emotions she was having, her face didn't seem to move enough. She was saved by the voice actor, but still. I'd like some more emotion for this kind of short.
And this might sound strange coming from a straight guy, but I'd like to see them do a demo with a guy. Women are pretty and all, but men are the ones with the muscles. Just once, I'd like to see a game engine that does the muscles right.

silent-treatment:
Okay what the fuck are these guys doing making games when their true, and I mean this in an amazed and honest way, calling is making animated films. They could make amazing, impacting films that would change the west's opinion on adult (not porn) themed animated films. Seriously I would watch any film made by these people.

I do hope that they fix the teeth eventually though, they look kind of derpy.

Yes, but games aren't exactly considered mature or emotional by the mainstream media either.

Incredible is probably the only word to describe that.

It did in 5 minutes what entire films and books devote pages and hours to. Make you care about an android/robot whatever.

i wanted to write something but all i can write down besides this is just.....

wow

image

Thats amazing. If this doesn't make it as a game or film someone needs to be shot for screwing up so badly.

Also, it BETTER be coming out on PC!

Alright, who programmed the morals chip? Wait, what? Who programmed the panic chip?

Now she's afraid? STOP STICKING FEAR CHIPS INTO ANDROIDS, THEY AREN'T MADE FOR THAT.

Seriously, there's no way you can just "wake up" to consciousness like that. But I'm anxious to see what this engine can do.

Genuine Evil:
EDIT: found it .
it looks somewhat outdated now but remember this was 2006

This is exactly what I was thinking about the entire time I was watching the video.

poiumty:
Seriously, there's no way you can just "wake up" to consciousness like that.

How do you know we can't? People suffering from severe cases of amnesia wake up with nothing but basic motor functions and still feel. What would make them any different from a programmed machine.

Zom-B:
Two things about this bug me, even if I can sort of rationalize one.

First, a modest android? I guess if she accidentally achieved sentience, I could see that, but really, a brand new intelligence with no experience of shame, modesty or any other emotions surrounding nudity shouldn't really cover it's breasts and genitals, which aren't "real" anyway. I can let that one go.

The other is... why would the android have tear ducts? Was it designed to cry? If so, then why is the designer so shocked that it shows emotions like fear? If you expect something to cry, then you'd have those emotions preprogrammed, right?

It's a nice little vignette, but storywise it's manipulative.

In order.

The android can speak and comprehend speech, meaning she comes preloaded with information. Adding social mores such as "don't walk around with your tits out" seems like a reasonable step.

The human eye is naturally and visually wet, animators and artists often go out of their way to simulate the wetness of the eye with highlights. Without tear ducts she'd have glossy, doll-like eyes.

Audacity:

poiumty:
Seriously, there's no way you can just "wake up" to consciousness like that.

How do you know we can't? People suffering from severe cases of amnesia wake up with nothing but basic motor functions and still feel. What would make them any different from a programmed machine.

Genetic code. Amnesia impairs long term memory and does nothing to the preprogrammed reactions and stimuli that were the product of billions of years of evolution.

Note: preprogrammed. Which means we aren't any different from a programmed machine when it comes to needs and emotions, but the genetic code is a mess of complexity that will not be deciphered any time soon. If an android ever behaves like that, it will be because someone programmed it to. Not because pseudo-intelligent machines can suddenly pull human emotions straight out of their asses once they pass an arbitrary point, without needing any evolutionary conditioning brought on by natural selection.

Wow...just wow.
I won't get into philosophy or the genesis of humanity or anything like that.

I'll just say this as my one-word response to that video:
misogynistic

Horribly, horribly, misogynistic. I had to close it after the 'I am at your disposal for sexual purposes' part. Jesus Everlovin Christ that's bad. So this android, despite being incredibly talented, is limited to menial tasks like cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids, and sexual favors? WTF?
If it was everything minus the sex I'd get it. If it was JUST sex, I'd get it, but putting all that together is just...horribly horribly WRONG to me. It speaks volumes about the creators as to how they view the female gender.

Mind you, sexbots are something I wouldn't mind one bit, provided they weren't self-aware and were only doing what they're programmed to do without being able to think for themselves.
Once something can think for itself beyond its programming, that is when you have ethical dilemmas.

Really creepy video >_<

Wow. That's all i want to say but i know that i need to write this to avoid a low content warning. So i'll just say wow again.

Grey Carter:

Zom-B:
Two things about this bug me, even if I can sort of rationalize one.

First, a modest android? I guess if she accidentally achieved sentience, I could see that, but really, a brand new intelligence with no experience of shame, modesty or any other emotions surrounding nudity shouldn't really cover it's breasts and genitals, which aren't "real" anyway. I can let that one go.

The other is... why would the android have tear ducts? Was it designed to cry? If so, then why is the designer so shocked that it shows emotions like fear? If you expect something to cry, then you'd have those emotions preprogrammed, right?

It's a nice little vignette, but storywise it's manipulative.

In order.

The android can speak and comprehend speech, meaning she comes preloaded with information. Adding social mores such as "don't walk around with your tits out" seems like a reasonable step.

The human eye is naturally and visually wet, animators and artists often go out of their way to simulate the wetness of the eye with highlights. Without tear ducts she'd have glossy, doll-like eyes.

In response, in order.

Of course the android comes preloaded with information. But only a prude adds modesty to a robot. It's like putting pants on a dog- it's silly. I understand that Quantic Dream probably wanted to keep a PG rating, but it still strikes me as silly. It's as if a factory was manufacturing manikins and made sure they all wore underwear before they were shipped out.

Yes, the a natural biological eye is moist. However, creating an android that can cry seems foolish. What purpose does it serve that a dry, purely artificial eye can't duplicate? It also creates added maintenance. It forces the android to not only replenish energy via whatever means, but it means a fluid reservoir has to be replenished as well. And if you're simply (ha, simply) creating a domestic android servant, there's no real need to give it tear ducts.

Look, I know that we can easily rationalize tears and modesty, but the fact of the matter is that whomever wrote Kara had the android cry as a form of emotional manipulation and having it cover it's genitals and breasts is clearly due to prudish restrictions that would put a computer animated robot with lifelike looking breasts and genitals into the realms of porn for many people.

Mostly these two things are related to hackneyed writing and societal pressures, and I'm okay with that. At the same time, I wish that more creators of things like this would have the guts not to stoop to such trite writing tactics and fear of the morality police.

Zom-B:

Grey Carter:

Zom-B:
Two things about this bug me, even if I can sort of rationalize one.

First, a modest android? I guess if she accidentally achieved sentience, I could see that, but really, a brand new intelligence with no experience of shame, modesty or any other emotions surrounding nudity shouldn't really cover it's breasts and genitals, which aren't "real" anyway. I can let that one go.

The other is... why would the android have tear ducts? Was it designed to cry? If so, then why is the designer so shocked that it shows emotions like fear? If you expect something to cry, then you'd have those emotions preprogrammed, right?

It's a nice little vignette, but storywise it's manipulative.

In order.

The android can speak and comprehend speech, meaning she comes preloaded with information. Adding social mores such as "don't walk around with your tits out" seems like a reasonable step.

The human eye is naturally and visually wet, animators and artists often go out of their way to simulate the wetness of the eye with highlights. Without tear ducts she'd have glossy, doll-like eyes.

In response, in order.

Of course the android comes preloaded with information. But only a prude adds modesty to a robot. It's like putting pants on a dog- it's silly. I understand that Quantic Dream probably wanted to keep a PG rating, but it still strikes me as silly. It's as if a factory was manufacturing manikins and made sure they all wore underwear before they were shipped out.

Yes, the a natural biological eye is moist. However, creating an android that can cry seems foolish. What purpose does it serve that a dry, purely artificial eye can't duplicate? It also creates added maintenance. It forces the android to not only replenish energy via whatever means, but it means a fluid reservoir has to be replenished as well. And if you're simply (ha, simply) creating a domestic android servant, there's no real need to give it tear ducts.

Look, I know that we can easily rationalize tears and modesty, but the fact of the matter is that whomever wrote Kara had the android cry as a form of emotional manipulation and having it cover it's genitals and breasts is clearly due to prudish restrictions that would put a computer animated robot with lifelike looking breasts and genitals into the realms of porn for many people.

Mostly these two things are related to hackneyed writing and societal pressures, and I'm okay with that. At the same time, I wish that more creators of things like this would have the guts not to stoop to such trite writing tactics and fear of the morality police.

Well keep in mind this is a tech demo, they need an excuse to show a range of emotions.

As for the eye thing, they seem to be producing a robot that can pass for human, hence the skin, hair and boobs. Something that looks human, but has the glossy eyes of a doll would be uncanny valley as all fuck.

Whether the robot would actually cry is a different question, but from a design perspective the ability to cry does make sense.

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