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2019 | 1(12) | 135-148

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Uncanny Valley in Video Games: An Overview



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Dolina niesamowitości w grach komputerowych: przegląd badań

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The uncanny valley is an idea proposed by Masahiro Mori (1970) regarding negative emotions present in contacts with almost humanlike characters. In the beginning, it was considered only in the context of humanoid robots, but this context was broadened by the development of highly realistic animations and video games. Particularly evident are players’ interests in the uncanny valley. Recently there have been a growing number of reports from empirical studies regarding participants’ perception of highly realistic characters. In the paper, a review of publications concerning the uncanny valley hypothesis in video games is presented, as are deliberations about the impact of the uncanny valley on the game industry. According to the results, there is a need to recognise which attributes of virtual characters cause the uncanny valley effect.
Dolina niesamowitości (ang. uncanny valley, UV) to pojęcie zaproponowane przez Masahira Moriego (1970) dotyczące negatywnych emocji pojawiających się w kontaktach z niemal ludzkimi postaciami. Początkowo opisywane było w kontekście robotów humanoidalnych, lecz rozwój realizmu w animacjach i grach komputerowych wpłynął na rozpatrywanie UV również w tych obszarach. Szczególnie widoczne jest duże zainteresowanie doliną niesamowitości po stronie graczy. W ostatnim czasie wzrosła liczba doniesień z badań, które empirycznie testują wpływ UV na odbiór realistycznych postaci w grach. W artykule przedstawiono przegląd badań dotyczących UV w grach wideo oraz rozważania nad tym, czy UV faktycznie wpływa na rozwój gier komputerowych. Jak wynika z dotychczasowych badań, istnieje potrzeba odpowiedzi na pytanie, jakie atrybuty postaci powodują efekt doliny niesamowitości.






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