We are getting closer to photo realistic graphics by each passing year, and it won't be long until we are there. Is this a good thing though? No, it isn't. There will be at least a period of time where Photo Realistic games might get shunned, and this is because of the Uncanny Valley:
"The uncanny valley is a hypothesis in the field of robotics and 3D computer animation, which holds that when human replicas look and act almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings, it causes a response of revulsion among human observers."
This will have a profound effect on video games! As it is now games like Uncharted, CoD, Battlefield and many, many more is trying to achieve photo realistic graphics, and provided that this hypothesis holds true these games are doomed to fail in the future!
Of course, this will only be the case for a while - maybe a generation - until we will achieve true photo realistic graphics, but then we'll have another question at hand: how will we react killing an enemy in the game that looks so real? What impact will this have on our psyches?
I for one, believe that the best ways to go for video games is to be just that; a video game. I don't think it'll be good for games to be as realistic as possible. What do you think?
This is what I mean:
There is something seriously disturbing with these pictures!
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