Friday, May 02, 2008

Hooray for the Uncanny Valley...

The video I've seen of GTA4 is irritating to me, because they still use canned animations... I find canned animations are distractingly inhuman. "Uncanny", yes. Especially if they're "realistic".

Well, for those who want to know more about the uncanny valley, there's a series on youtube. Although it's not exactly in depth (it bears an uncanny-valley resemblance to an actual paper on the subject ;) ), it has some interesting ideas and it's from someone who is definitely an authority in the field.


Marc Majcher said...

It feels like the character animations in the GTA series are just beginning to make the slow climb back out of the valley, but as of now, they are firmly in weirdly-lit hell-robot territory. The often-awkward voice acting doesn't help much, which is a shame, because the writing is actually quite good.

There are many other factors that make GTA4 a massive disappointment for me, but this is not the place to air those grievances.

Craig Perko said...

I haven't played it... I don't enjoy it! It's one of the few open world games I don't like.