The Undead Zone
Why realistic graphics make humans look creepy.
Unfortunately, though, gaming's Uncanny Valley could be here to stay, simply because players have become used to it. In the real world of plastic surgery, face-lifts used to look horrifically strange but now go unnoticed. Likewise, we've played with dead, fish-eyed characters for so long that they seem kinda normal. Creepiness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
Clive Thompson is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and
a columnist for Wired.