Furbys in the Uncanny Valley

By | Design, Opinion, Random

Tattle Tale is a new roaming pseudo-horror game centered around a parody of the 90s animatronic doll Furby. The game, which mixes humor with atmospheric frights, falls a bit short in the scare department. Scares felt like they were meant to be a core part of the game (in addition to humor), and wonder if the artists and game designers may have benefitted from thinking more about what makes Furby scary, the very basics of which start with finding the right spot to put their knockoff toy in the Uncanny Valley.

The applied artistic use of a idea like the Uncanny Valley is probably no easy task, one that requires real artistic skill and a bit of luck to bring its concepts to bear – whether you are trying to avoid making a scary animatronic, or intentionally trying to drive to its bottom freaky-zone to make something feel frightening.

That said, artists who understand, and have a feel for the uncanny curve, certainly seem more likely to succeed in the robot-toy-video-game-horror genre.