The Uncanny valley in Monkey Land

Apparently the Uncanny Valley is for Monkeys, too:

I’ve been trying to find the 30 Rock episode wherein Tracy Jordan designs a pornographic video game, defying the uncanny valley…but the media lords have made it hard.

What does this have to do with anything? Well, first of all, I like the idea that telling the difference between reality and fiction is innate, even in our primate ancestors. Secondly, it is always a reminder to me that keeping systems simple and straightforward makes them more pleasurable and more believable. Restraint and symbolism is better than spending our energy on full-blown simulation and actualization.


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