Speaking with OPM, Team Bondi's founder, Brendan McNamara has claimed that the studio's upcoming 1940's crime thriller, LA Noire has "defeated the uncanny valley."
The uncanny valley is described as the point where something artificial looks just a bit too real, causing strong negative feelings towards it. As Frank Miller puts it, "the more real you make something, the faker it looks."
According to McNamara, that valley's been beaten, at least in LA Noire.
"We wanted to make a detective game," McNamara told the latest issue of OPM, "and a key part of that is interrogating people. If you're going to see if somebody is lying, you have to be able to look for little poker tells, all that stuff."
When compared to Heavy Rain, another title that excelled in dramatic character performance, McNamara believed that "the characters look great [in Heavy Rain], but in the terms of believability you still have to sort of suspend your disbelief and enjoy the game."
"[LA Noire] is going to be a bit of a line in the sand, compared to that."
The game is rumoured for a spring 2011 release.