Sessler's Soapbox: Is 3-D the Future of Gaming?

Posted: January 13, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Is 3-D the Future of Gaming?
Adam discusses all the new 3-D technologies shown off at CES 2010 and wonders if they will represent the next step in game immersion.

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  • Jay_Ray

    Adam, I get your idea but I think you are being short sighted. 10 years ago people said the same thing about HDTV how it would not improve anything. 50 years ago it was colour TV. 3D will be standard on 99% of TV's in 5-6 years.

    The main thing about 3D that most people do not get about 3D is that in the hands of talented people (be it Cameron, Spielberg, etc.) they can add a significant amount of artistic ability. Do not think of 3D as a gimmick, think of 3D as lighting or sound.

    The people in the game industry who can really take advantage of 3D will not look at this tech as something that will only make their product look cooler visually. Just because people on a forum and in the press can not think of a way to make 3D impact game play does not mean the brilliant game designers of our time can not.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 3:24 PM
  • Darkshinobi66

    rofl "I couldn't see beep" probably your funniest line so far adam

    Posted: January 13, 2010 3:23 PM
  • christof_

    Adam Sessler is like the boy who saw that the Emperor had no clothes on. Thank you for speaking the words that nobody else seems to want to admit: this 3d stuff is pretty stupid.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 3:20 PM
  • DarkMaster2101

    To be honest, I don't want to go into 3D technology until we can make holograms appear all over our room and using your body as a controller. That would be immersion.

    Head aches and glasses, works in theaters but not with enhancing game play. Nice try innovation.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 3:16 PM
  • soccrman9

    I'm not sure if 3D will be completely consumer-friendly until they figure out a more viable way to use autostereoscopy. And since people are bringing up Project Natal, i actually think it would be pretty awesome to have a 3D game with Project Natal, but that's just a crazy fantasy.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 3:15 PM
  • notafanboy

    I think the biggest problem is the greater expense and development time 3D would add to games... Making a big video game is already such a financial risk for developers of all sizes!

    Posted: January 13, 2010 3:14 PM
  • Da_Reverberator

    For the most part, we spent our entire lives watching movies and playing games in two dimensions. I'm not saying that 3D will revolutionize those experiences, but it's still in it's infancy, and during the next couple of years, different strategies and techniques will be developed, so keep an open mind and let's see where this goes before we totally dismiss it.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 3:08 PM
  • R3LF_13

    Great soapbox. I agree 100%. You mentioned immersion and I really think that a lot of people in the industry have it all wrong when it comes to immersion. To me, and what you were saying, is immersion is really getting lost in the game, in the world, to completely forget about your surroundings because in that moment the game has come to life. This is why so many of the industry s gimics in the name of immersion are totally lost on me. 3d is one for sure, and the other is motion control. How is waving a plastic club or bat immersive when all it does is constantly remind me that the bat is not real and I am in my living room? I hope the industry as a whole starts to take a second look at immersion because I m not sure I like the direction it is going at all.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 3:08 PM
  • Dreadlocks88

    I agree and wouldn't really worry about 3D becoming a main stay and developers or movie execs suddenly trying to make everything pop out at you...or away. In the short time I've been alive it always seems like 3D becomes a big deal every few years with all these new innovations that were great for what spurred the movement (in this case Avatar) but completely bland and empty for everything else. Then it dies down and people forget about it till someone does another movie or DVD in 3D. I also have to agree and say I'm tired of people rallying behind something just for the fact that it's new and shiny without completely thinking about it.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 3:07 PM
  • Da_Reverberator

    For the most part, we spent our entire lives watching movies and playing games in two dimensions. I'm not saying that 3D will revolutionize those experiences, but it's still in it's infancy, and during the next couple of years, different strategies and techniques will be developed, so keep an open mind and let's see where this goes before we totally dismiss it.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 3:05 PM
  • zimmy91

    eh who need tvs just wait the next thing they will come out with will be a 3d projectors that you can interact with. Then the porn business will become so busy that the economy will be fixed. On top of that the junk yards of hdtv's will be so bad, the metal will sink into the ground causing radiation, But nobody cares because there to busy looking at virtual porn thats happening two inches from there face.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 3:04 PM
  • RandyMercer

    Yeah Like I've been saying (all on this site) I'm wishy/washy on the whole 3D gaming thing it could work for some games and destroy other games. I don't need 3D for Uncharted 2, or Killzone 2; I don't need a 3D HD TV(wow) I don't have a HD TV for one, which is what I want. It might be a smart market, but a very much unnecessary one, especially right now. Some people can't afford to buy a PS3, 360, HD TV, or a Blu-Ray player, so the real question is why bring in something that is regarded to as a gimmick into the fray?

    Posted: January 13, 2010 2:58 PM
  • Lance20000

    So true Adam. I can see eye to eye with you on every issue in this soapbox, even the Dane Cook rip (btw funny and true). I will not care about 3d till I do not have to have stupid glasses and is not a selling point.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 2:52 PM
  • dave778

    I think that 3D TV for gaming and watching will be the new High Def, you don't really need it but after you have experniced it in some good movies and game ( Used Smartly ) will be the only way you watch some of your favrot things. And side note, why doesn't the guy that did the crazy wii stuff ( Johnny Lee ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =QgKCrGvShZs&feature=relat ed the future is comming and its 3D and motion tracking, not just for games. But how cool will it be when solitaire is in 3D :-)

    Posted: January 13, 2010 2:47 PM
  • sewageking

    If 3D is rushed as the next big thing, developers will have to shoehorn it into their games, which would inevitably result in lower overall quality. Whenever technology is too much of a focus, the creative aspects suffer because of it. Now that we are at a point where most developers know their ways around the current technology, the creative side is really flourishing. So if 3D is rushed as the next important advancement, the games will definitely not benefit. HOWEVER, I can't agree that our current games wouldn't benefit from 3D graphics. Imagine some of the best looking games of the past ten years in 3D. Metroid Prime, Mario Galaxy, Bioshock, etc; there is no way that 3D graphics would detract from the experience of any well-designed game with good art direction. Now may not be the time 3D, but it will come out eventually. When it does come out, the games will inevitably suffer. It will be a rough transition, but I think that when developers get a grasp on how to effectively use the technology, the games will be great.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 2:41 PM
  • Bioturn

    Heh, I may get a lot of criticism for this, but I actually think the concept of 3-D is quite a good thing now, with the new motion control that is being released, as well as Project Natal. I mean, yeah, we have those hardware upgrades coming up within the coming years, but when you think about it, you will still only be able to play with it just in that small screen of your television. With 3-D, though you may not look especially cool wearing the glasses, which I'm sure with creating the 3-DTV's, SOny is also thinking of a way to make 3-D glasses that don't make you look like a dork, but with 3-D, you won't be forced to only play within that box. The world will come out towards you, granting you a more thorough field of view.

    But what we really need is a complete room holographic video game. Now that would be sweet.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 2:38 PM
  • xL7717

    Screw 3D. It's just a gimmick for bad games like Avatar to get sales.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 2:31 PM
  • Mancer1516

    The problem I have with 3D is will it 1. add to development time, which compared to movies is rather long and 2. will it add to the price point, 60 dollars for a game is just about at critical mass for what I can afford.

    Case in point I was not going to get L4D2, then I saw an add after Christmas saying best buy had it for 40 bucks. Need less to say right now I am happily shooting zombies for 20 dollars less.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 2:30 PM
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  • Flight_Eagle

    Avatar was awesome. I loved it.

    Not because of the 3D mind you, it was just extra. I guess it depends on the person, cuz i also liked the 3D. But that's not all Avatar has going for it.

    But no, i don't want 3D games. It's been said before, bad idea.

    Posted: January 13, 2010 2:26 PM