The uncanny just gets uncannier
Here was have a three-month old video, showcased by Epic at this year’s GDC. It might be because I’m watching through the lens of someone’s phone camera, but I just feel slightly creeped out and bored by this video. What titillation I do feel is decidedly intellectual, rather than visceral—there is surely a huge amount of technical wizardry behind the lighting here.
Perhaps just as pernicious as the uncanny valley curve is a curve of diminishing returns on whizbang graphics, where we as viewers become so inured to graphical realism that major technical advances in the field no longer seem to deliver the same wow factor. “Wow factor” is a terrible phrase, but it’s probably better than “impressiveness”. But you get my point, yes?