A Collection of Videos that Show Photorealism is Here

The other day I posted a wicked cool screenshot from a Diablo 3 cinematic and talked about how the photorealistic apocalypse, my theory that when game graphics equal reality, people will never want to leave and society will collapse.

Such tech is surely decades away right? Well, not really, as photrealism has actually been achieved by a few rare visual effects artists already. The problem is then mass producing this technology as something other than tech demos so it can be used in movies and eventually video games.

I’ve assembled a collection of videos here that show ranges of what I’m talking about. There are perfect CGI films of nothing but digital effects, and there is tech already being used in games that’s bridging the gap between the virtual and real life. It’s a pretty cool collection if I do say so myself.

The Third and the Seventh – Alex Roman


I’m hesitant to start you out with this one, as it will dwarf anything and everything that comes after it, but it will work out well for those of you who are too ADHD to make it to the end of lists like this. Truly astonishing, and yes, it’s 100% CGI

Above Everything Else – Alex Roman


Another video by the same artist, shorter, but equally impressive.

Meet Emily


Emily shows that virtual humans aren’t so far away.

Johnnie Walker – The Android


A cool Johnnie Walker ad using photorealsim I’d never seen.

Formula 1


Forza and Gran Turismo are just about here.

My Lonely Friend


Another insane render of a human.

Sixes Last


Blending the real world with CGI.

GTA Photorealism Mod


Shows the upper limit of what game graphics are possible currently if you push our hardware to the max.

Alter Ego


Some cool facial capture tech you’ll be seeing used in more games soon.



A similar facial tech program with even better effects.


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