Friday, June 11, 2004

The Undead Zone

This article on why realistic graphics make humans look creepy in computer games is quite interesting.

If something behaves in only a slightly human way, we'll fill in the blanks—we'll read humanness into it.
...we identify more deeply with simply drawn cartoon characters ... [that don't] trigger our obsession with the missing details the way a not-quite-photorealistic character does, so we project ourselves onto [them] more easily

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