Hello and Welcome. Thanks for visiting.
HI. I’m Dr. Halls. Why is the Talking Moose so famous? What benefits are people getting?
It’s PC software giving you a 3D talking character that lives in your computer. It’s NOT a 2D cartoon.
Here’s a youtube video, showing the 3D moose, moving and talking.
There’s a good joke at the end.
- Avatars should stay hidden when not talking.
- Avatars should move out of the way.
- Avatars should shut up instantly.
These aren’t merely guidelines. All previous avatars in history have failed because they were annoying.
I’ve given the Moose a prime directive: Don’t be annoying. The Moose’s benefits come from daily use, which is only possible if the Moose is always friendly and never annoying.
Devin Crawley – Systems Librarian
Neil L. – VP Engineering
Daryl Procinsky – CEO
- Design Revolution
Shawn Wilcoxen aka L.Spiro
– Senior Game Engine engineer
What about Emotions?
Even if the Moose never spoke, the Moose gives you genuine eye contact and a warm smile, causing a profound benefit. It makes you happier.
“A lucky side effect of the project taking so long, is that I’ve spent years improving the eyes, to set the absolute best possible qualities of how friendly eyes behave“.
Smiling is contagious. Smiling causes a release of neurochemicals that make us happy.
“From the start, Smiling was what I cared about the most“. When my first 3D model wasn’t good enough, I threw it away, and a year of work and cost, and started again on a new 3D model to give the Moose the smiling qualities that would be most loved. It was a tough decision that many studios wouldn’t have taken.”
Lets talk about humor.
This is another benefit. The Moose tells jokes. You learn and remember jokes, you also learn to tell jokes to others.
And, you learn the secrets to creating your own humor. You become funnier..
Here are some facts about laughing.
- It’s good for you. Laughing is REALLY good for you.
- A woman will not fall in love with a man, unless he can make her laugh. That’s a fact.
- The neurochemicals released from laughing, creates good mood, productivity, creativity, thinking, alertness, and so on. That’s a benefit.
Games people play, change over time.
Telling jokes is a human constant.
That’s what usually happens, and experts agree that it’s a massive booster of social standing.
Most people want to raise and maintain their social standing. That’s a benefit.
As a doctor, as a student of humor, as someone who has observed the effect of the Talking Moose for years, I assert the following:
- Hearing a spoken joke, is far more effective in subsequently telling a joke to others, compared to simply reading a joke.
- Hearing the Moose speaking a joke, often results in the person getting out of their chair, and telling the joke to others.
Repeating that important point: The Moose has a magical effect of getting you out of your chair and telling a few jokes each day to the people around you.
This section has links to posts about the competition. All of them violate the 3 laws of Don’t Be Annoying, but there’s 2 more things to notice
- Lip synchronization to the speech.
- Repetitive movements
I have a lot more to say about these 2 topics, but I’ve run out of time writing this paragraph tonight. I’ll resume tomorrow.
I’ll have more to say about the project soon. I’m re-designing this page, and it’s only 3/10th finished. Things to add:
Lastly is the development blog, where I still write updates about our progress in the project.