We’re About Six Inches Away from Crossing Uncanny Valley

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What you see here is a still frame from a cinematic from the upcoming Diablo 3. Yes, cinematics have always had better graphics than the games themselves, but we really are reaching a point where we are mere millimeters away from true photorealism.

Sometimes I literally sit and think about how photorealism in video games might bring about the apocalypse. I wrote a whole article about this once, but the jist of it is that if people can have their entire lives consumed by Second Life and World of Warcraft, what happens in ten or twenty years when virtual gameplay models are literally indistinguishable from real life? Combine that with some sort of VR technology, and people will never want to actually live their own lives, and a segment of society would collapse. Just my own theory.

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