Not Spoilers, do read Kermit. (Or anyone else.) (Gaming)

by Robot Chickens, Wednesday, July 01, 2020, 15:07 (42 days ago) @ INSANEdrive

Good reflections. I do have some other thoughts though.

What we perceive as the uncanny valley is a moving target. Early film, while obvious to us now, looked like reality. Violence, digested through time, has looked real in its various incarnations. Sure, it is more realistic now, but I'm not sure the psychological impact is different now.

We've been using digital representations of violence to make humans more killable for years. From changing the shape of targets to represent humanoid shapes to using simulators to practice killing, we have used technology and visual styles to wear away our initial hesitancy to kill.

I'm with you that this is probably a bad thing (and I have my own convoluted rationalizations for my own consumption of violent media as a filthy vegetarian wannabe pacifist), but I'm not sure that changing the "realism" threshold makes this worse than previous iterations.

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