Although incredibly entertaining, unique, surprising, and well designed in nearly every respect, Seaman is not perfect, revealing many of the current limitations of voice-recognition software. However revolutionary it may be, this is a baby step toward a new form of gaming which is destined to improve. You'll have an easier time holding the attention of a six-year-old during an episode of Teletubbies than maintaining a genuine conversation with Seaman. But you'll be amazed at some of the things he responds to, and dismayed by some of the things that he doesn't. It's a quantum leap beyond Tamagotchi, but there's still much room for evolution in the world of virtual pets.