Molyneux: games are yet to reach mass audiences

Wednesday, 14th November 2012 23:28 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Peter Molyneux has called on the games industry to extend its reach beyond established gamers.

Speaking remotely at the Montreal International Game Summit, as reported by GamesIndustry, Molyneux said games had only partially lived up to their promise.

“Back in the ’80s, the dream that we all had in this industry was that we would be truly another form of entertainment,” he said.

“You know what? To a certain extent we failed on that dream. We failed in it because we’ve made some fantastic experiences for a very small number of people.

“Now is the opportunity to make fantastic, amazing, unique experiences, to use all this technology to make amazing, delightful, incredible worlds for millions of people.”

Whether those millions of people deserve it is another matter; Curiosity’s audience certainly presents an argument for both sides of that debate.

“Far and away, the most number of single pictures have been penises,” Molyneux said of those who carve images on the cube. On the upside, there are whole groups of users who devote themselves to turning these doodles into other, less genitally-focused images – a pretty clever trick – and those who spend hours tapping out impressively detailed artworks. So that’s nice.

Molyneux admitted earlier that 22 Cans wasn’t prepared for how popular Curiosity was at launch; it had 50,000 players within three hours of launch, now boasts almost 300,000 players per day for a total user base of 2 million, and had generated over 500 million taps.



  1. CPC_RedDawn

    This man is the only man on the world that has not played a Wii… I knew there had to be someone who hadn’t brought one yet!

    Sorry but this guy may have made some awesome games in the past, but ultimately hes an idiot. Who spouts out random and stupid quotes and lines and says some of the most ridiculous things ever.

    So yeah… Molyneux, where is Milo?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Telepathic.Geometry

    Look, I know that a lot of the UK journos like Peter Molyneux, and I don’t think that he’s not a nice guy, but Jesus does it wind me up everytime he opens his mouth-piece to tell us all how it is! The man is all mouth…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. AmiralPatate

    “Far and away, the most number of single pictures have been penises,”

    I guess people like to dick around…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    It’s not everybody’s thing Pete.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. roadkill

    What Peter doesn’t understand is that you need a certain IQ to play games. Not many people have it. Those that are smart enough are already doing it.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. viralshag

    I’m starting to think Peter doesn’t actually game or know about anything going on in the industry other than what he is working on.

    Gaming has never been in the hands of so many diverse people. Consoles, PC, mobile, browser, F2P… there is almost something for everyone. But you literally don’t need EVERYONE to like gaming, like #4 said, it’s just not everyone’s thing.

    Sadly, I think he has lost his flair completely.

    #6 2 years ago

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