Exactly. And that's why I created this new thread to better illustrate this. The only way a level of realism will truly be captured is with photo-style movies being interactive, and that doesn't sound within our reach at present. But even if it was, it would probably end up being some over-compressed mpeg variation that would zilch away any realism anyhow.
I'm like you, I find 2D graphics far more engrossing and believeable than crooked, jagged-pointy polygon bodyparts that bounce up and down like bunny rabbits and have the facial expressions of robots.