hondoman Mar 13 @ 8:24am
Noticed something odd... artwork
Noticed the other day and thought it rather interesting.

In the cut scenes when the game is loading between locations, where there is a bear, wolf, Skeleton, Dwarven Spider, etc., and the info words about Skyrim in the bottom right. There was a Bear and a one sentence phrase about them. I noticed in the center of the bear's chest, drawn into his fur, was the face of a wolf. I'm sure the developers did that on purpose, but I couldn't help but find it funny and interesting.

Thought I'd share it. Anyone else seen this?
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bobczes Mar 13 @ 8:40am 
http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Bear_%28Skyrim%29?file=Bear.png

Pareidolia (/pærɨˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.

The word comes from the Greek words para (παρά, "beside, alongside, instead") in this context meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of; and the noun eidōlon (εἴδωλον "image, form, shape") the diminutive of eidos. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, seeing patterns in random data.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia
Originally posted by bobczes:
http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Bear_%28Skyrim%29?file=Bear.png

Pareidolia (/pærɨˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.

The word comes from the Greek words para (παρά, "beside, alongside, instead") in this context meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of; and the noun eidōlon (εἴδωλον "image, form, shape") the diminutive of eidos. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, seeing patterns in random data.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia
College professor?
Alembrik Mar 13 @ 1:39pm 
Originally posted by Hamsterbytes , bits and nibbles:
Originally posted by bobczes:
http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Bear_%28Skyrim%29?file=Bear.png

Pareidolia (/pærɨˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə) is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant, a form of apophenia. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.

The word comes from the Greek words para (παρά, "beside, alongside, instead") in this context meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of; and the noun eidōlon (εἴδωλον "image, form, shape") the diminutive of eidos. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, seeing patterns in random data.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia
College professor?

Psychologist (psychophysiologist) or psychiatrist would be my guess. Not a term I have ever encountered in my professional career. I definitely encourage such contributions. I learned something with that post (and not about Skyrim) for which I thank bobczes.
Originally posted by Alembrik:
Psychologist (psychophysiologist) or psychiatrist would be my guess. Not a term I have ever encountered in my professional career. I definitely encourage such contributions. I learned something with that post (and not about Skyrim) for which I thank bobczes.
I thought the same. Very interesting info.
Mister E Mar 13 @ 2:25pm 
holy crap, now i see an evil khajiit face in the bear's chest and cannot unsee this. what did you do to me?!?
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gnewna Mar 13 @ 2:28pm 
I strongly recommend you don't google "ducks wearing dog masks".
WeaselBiggs Mar 13 @ 2:42pm 
Welcome to the power of the human mind, OP. We just love seeing stuff where there's nothing at all.
multiloc0 Mar 13 @ 2:44pm 
I have never seen it but i will look closer next time
I once seen two empty washing machines, then the next time I looked they were full with my clean clothes.
bigwhitehound Mar 13 @ 3:35pm 
Originally posted by Hamsterbytes , bits and nibbles:
I once seen two empty washing machines, then the next time I looked they were full with my clean clothes.

Depending on were you live, how old you are and how much money you have. That Strange Event is called Mom or Wife/Girlfriend (if you are REALLY nice to the GF) or the maid. I know it's amazing but there it is.
White Knight Mar 13 @ 4:20pm 
I'm not so sure it's that easy to dismiss. Although I can't see anything resembling a wolf, there is clearly something that is similar to a face with two eyes, a nose and a mouth. I looked at the image fairly closely and there are parts of the "face" where lighter colours run laterally whereas the rest of the fur on the bear's chest has those lighter parts arranged from top to bottom. This suggests to me that the OP might have a point, it seems a little bit deliberate to me.

All it would take is some artist who felt like drawing a face in some fur one day. Maybe it's entirely coincidental or possibly the artist's subconscious at work? I don't know but I can certainly see it so if the OP is being fooled by a psychological phenomenon, then so am I.

Of course, in my case, I suppose that would merely make me suggestible but I find that to be generally not the case. No hypnotist has ever picked me to go up on stage before, let's put it that way.

(I checked the image one more time before posting and I still see it clearly)
Brandybuck Mar 13 @ 6:31pm 
I have seen (and used) the term before. It's quite common actually. It's what explains people seeing the face of the Virgin Mary in a tortilla, or Elvish in a grilled cheese sandwich. Our brains are wired to see patterns and so we see them even when there is nothing to see.

Pareidolia is a survival mechanism. Our ancestors who thought they saw a tiger that wasn't really there survived, while those who did not see the tiger that really was there didn't.
Originally posted by Vagrant:
http://www.uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-load-Many_species_of_bear_roam_Skyrim%27s_wilds.jpg

This one?
I see the face of more feline in nature.
mpd1958 Mar 13 @ 10:10pm 
Originally posted by Vagrant:
http://www.uesp.net/wiki/File:SR-load-Many_species_of_bear_roam_Skyrim%27s_wilds.jpg

This one?
At shoulder level, lower neck definately a face! To me it looks feline.
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