I think the kinect and it's flaws aren't related to the uncanny valley. It's an interesting analogy to make, but to say "The uncanny valley is when technology is able to almost mimic reality" is a very imprecise definition of the uncanny valley. The uncanny valley is the idea that there is "a dip in a graph of the comfort level of humans as subjects move toward a healthy, natural human likeness described in a function of a subject's aesthetic acceptability."
Kinect doesn't cause more revulsion by getting closer at reading a user's movement, and it's a very odd connection to make that seems based on a shallow understanding of the uncanny valley concept.
An interesting article, and good to see some female opinion on this site. It is a little distressing to see the knuckle-draggers coming out of the woodwork to complain about propagating an 'extreme feminist agenda.'
I think a huge problem with male videogame culture is how binary everything has become to the hive-mind. Things are either OMFG AMAZING or dog shit, right or wrong, brilliant or fucking moronic. Bringing up an issue like this really highlights the polarizing mindset of this community. When it comes to common, everyday sexism, it is not so black and white, but shades of gray. There was an earlier comment that gave me a quick chuckle, @Philanthropy said:
Patrick " MY WIFE MAKES MY FOOD OR ELSE I EAT LIKE BABY" Klepek
Do I think Patrick is sexist? No, however, the whole 'I can't feed myself properly since my wife's away' does play to a certain gender role stereotyping that might be offensive to some. And maybe offensive isn't the right word to describe that particular example; more like tiring? I just want to impress upon some people that what might seem like an 'extreme feminist agenda' is more of a snapping-back from built up frustation of everyday ignorance that was probably never intended to offend.
@alexisg: Hey dude, I noticed the video quality seems a bit off and a brief check of the forums seemed to confirm my suspicions about the lack of anti-aliasing once you go fullscreen. I for one hope it gets implemented, though if I had to choose, I'd prefer proper fullscreen for the html 5 video in Chrome ^_^ I know I can just hit f11 but hey, I'm lazy and entitled! Anywho, I really like the design of the new player over the old flow player and am excited to see more of the Giant Bomb redesign. Keep up the good work!