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Jin Uzuki
18-12-06, 01:08
Exerpt from Wikipedia's full article on Uncanny Valley
The Uncanny Valley is a hypothesis about robotics concerning the emotional response of humans to robots and other non-human entities. It was introduced by Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori in 1970. It states that as a robot is made more humanlike in its appearance and motion, the emotional response from a human being to the robot will become increasingly positive and empathic, until a point is reached beyond which the response quickly becomes strongly repulsive. However, as the appearance and motion continue to become less distinguishable from a human being's, the emotional response becomes positive once more and approaches human-human empathy levels.

Basically, the Uncanny Valley is a representation of our emotional response to non-human entities that resembles a human in an uncanny way.

Hypothesized emotional response of human subjects is plotted against anthropomorphism of a robot, following Mori's statements. The Uncanny Valley is the region of negative emotional response towards robots that seem "almost human". Movement amplifies the emotional response.

Now, that in mind, may I request your participation in posting some pictures of characters who can qualify to bring about the uncanny valley vibe from us humans. ;) Also, don't forget to provide a little background. Much thanks. :)

Here's my share:


Aki Ross is the protagonist of the photo-realistic animation film from Square Pictures, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. As you can see, she made it to Maxim Magazine, a feat I thought only our Lara can achieve! :D Doesn't she strike the uncanny valley feel? :)

18-12-06, 01:15
I remember a thread on this like 4 months ago it was all really interesting :)

18-12-06, 04:26
Yes she does! :D

For right now, I don't have anyone, but will soon. :)

18-12-06, 05:57
the uncanny valley is a very real concept IMHO. notice that CGI movies try to stay away from photorealistic characters, instead choosing to have them appear more cartoonish. in video games, this trend will possibly continue as gamers could be tuned off by the characters' lack to tiny nuances that make us human. even though the graphics will look better than they ever have before, we notice what is inhuman about their reactions and movements before we will be able to appreciate what is human.

but yeah, like Lenochka said, we talked about all this before. i tried to find a pic of that chick from sadness but there aren't really any good shots of her yet. saw an E3 video of her on G4 tv and she looked great but really exemplified this concept.

if i think of someone else, i'll post it.

Jin Uzuki
18-12-06, 07:35
I found a particular thread (http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showthread.php?t=78207) made by tlr online about Lara being even more real in future Tomb Raider games citing the NVIDIA sampler as an example. Is this the thread perhaps? :)

Jin Uzuki
18-12-06, 07:40
Oh, and here (http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showthread.php?t=67779)'s another one I found. It's a general discussion about the concept. In this thread, I'd like to solicit some pictures you can share, just to see how uncanny robots and CGI characters can get. ;)

How about this? Do you agree that Yuna of Square Enix's Final Fantasy X can give you the UV feel? :)


18-12-06, 11:24
My addition of the classic image that scared the heck out of me xD


Jin Uzuki
18-12-06, 14:56
Ah, yes! Heavy Rain! :tmb: I've watched the mini-presentation, and it's quite fascinating. Although you could say that the smallest of her animation details aren't quite on par with how we human beings animate our face, our expressions. Thanks for the contribution. :)