July 9, 2010
3D the next HD?
First off I would like to thank AceofNades69 and thesoundman for the opertunity to write here, and hope that I can bring some readers to the site. So, 3D who’s excited for it? All I hear is a dense silence, so no one? The first sample of 3D I digested was Avatar. Sitting in a theater 4 rows from the screen trying to take everything in while wearing some rediculous pair of glasses, all while trying to keep my eyes from poping out of my head. It was not the most enjoyable way to experience that movie.
Since Avatar it seems like every developer, manufacture, and movie studio wants in on a piece of the 3D pie. At CES this past year the big rave was 3D T.V.’s and that every home would be replacing their HD sets that some of us just bought, until the price points were revealed. Three grand for the T.V., then on top of that three hundred for just two pairs of glasses that need to be recharged? Ummm count me out, plus since I heard a fact that it doesn’t cost a dime to make T.V.s 3D enabled. Now Sony is on the bandwagon and has converted the PS3 to 3D. With games like Killzone 3 and Gran Turismo 5 coming in the 3D makes you wonder if this is next logical step.
I can see if 3D did more for a games as if it lead to developing on the z axis instead of keeping most games based in a singular 2D plane. From what I saw at E3, this is not the case. It feels like 3D is being pushed on us like motion control. It won’t effect your experience but if you want to get the most out of the system you need to have and use this. I don’t want to have to use this. I don’t have the greatest vision in the world and it’s slowly decreasing daily, so on top of having to try to read the small print HD already is forcing on us, I’ll have things bouncing off my forehead for hours at a time making my eyes strain even more. I just don’t see the advantages to 3D in the gaming world. The 3DS is a novel idea but when you issue a warning that children under 7 shouldn’t use the main feature of your device, I think that is telling you something.
3D can work in movies. You pay a little extra, get some goofy glasses, and watch a 2 hour movie on a screen the size of a house. In that gaming realm, you have people such as myself that have something around a 37” T.V. and play for hours at a time. I spent at least 8 hours playing Crackdown 2 the day it came out, if I was playing for that long in 3D I would have gone blind and had to have my glasses fitted with the bottom of Coke bottles just to try to see straight. I understand 3D T.V.s come in nothing but 42” and up, but I just don’t see their direction for using this technology other than to have a WOW factor. With games I think it will hinder the experience, Killzone3 could look twice as good as the second but since we have to have it in 3D and render everything twice, it looks just like Killzone2 if not a little less. There was an article that IGN posted on the 3DS and developers said that if you don’t use the 3D on the devise that the graphic capability surpassed anything we have seen on the handheld so far. So why do we need this technology and who is demanding it?
With all of the 3D movies coming out I guess I’ll have to stomach it at the theaters, when it comes to my home and the games I play I will stick the 2D HD. 3D has yet to prove it’s self to be more than a gimic. When it becomes a game changer then I might consider it, but like motion controls I don’t think that day will come until we get true force feed back. So until we have a holodeck, please Scotty, don’t beam me up.