Sessler's Soapbox: Maybe 3D Isn't So Bad?

Posted: June 22, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Maybe 3D Isn't So Bad?

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  • drangel_jam

    5:45 hilarious face he makes and he says good for you.
    Also, dear Adam, you look like a used rag. Get some rest, go to massage parlor, and relax in a sauna or milk bath or something; and shaving wouldn't hurt either. Although this look could grow on you.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 2:05 PM
  • Fungi4000

    Thank you for staying up and playing bad games for us! I have big questions and you answered so well for a lot of them. The first review of the 3-d ds sounds so bad but I wanted I thought would it follow a person who races in a car game who uses a remote and lean when he turns actualy see the vision he would get if he were in an actual car. OH but thanks for great reviews, I make bad descions and dont have gamer friends, I cant get honost answers!

    Posted: June 23, 2010 1:33 PM
  • Poopfish

    I still wonder why Microsoft has not shown off head-tracking 3d with Natal. They could severely cut into that 3d market with 3d single player games available without glasses and on any TV

    Posted: June 23, 2010 1:22 PM
  • San_Pato

    I've done a bit of googling to try to figure out what makes the 3d tech in the ds work without glasses. From what I've found, the 3d effect is NOT from the camera tracking your face. Although I am sure this is used with some games, it isn't what creates the 3d image. It works the same as normal 3d movies, where each eye is getting a separate image. Normally, if you watch a 3d movie without glasses you see two images, but with glasses, it filters the images so the right eye and the left eye sees different images and the brain combines them into one and that is what creates depth on a flat screen. On a small screen like the 3DS and your face is so close, they managed to make a special screen that sends separate images to each eye. If I understand it right, the screen is not one whole piece of flat plastic, but many bars compacted together with a separate image on each side of the bar. If you've ever seen one of those cheesy holographic images where you rotate the picture and it changes, it's kinda the same concept. As the Sess said, only the person playing can see the 3d. This tech works fine on a small screen close to your face, but unless you are going to sit one foot from your tv and exactly in the middle of the screen, don't expect 3d TVs without glasses anytime soon.
    I saw a few comments where people said it is tracking tech that makes it work and I thought I'd clarify. I do believe that 3d gaming is the future, I don't like it today, but a few years from now we will probably all demand it. However, as cool as Killzone 3 might have looked in 3d, I would like to see it in a normal viewing environment. I saw the stream of the conference, they dropped the giant movie screen. I'm guessing at the booth they had large TVs that you stood close to. I wanna know how it looks on an average sized tv that is sitting 8 feet away, like mine and I imagine most people's setup at home.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 1:06 PM
  • expl0siv0

    So you say that it won't offer up any gameplay changes but what you described with the target shooting on the 3DS sounded a lot like it changed the gameplay. Sure the new Killzone probably won't play with 3D at all in terms of creating a new gameplay experience but I am sure that there will be a handful of games that really mess with 3D as we know it in this generation.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 12:38 PM
  • Lord_Wake

    Excited to see Toy Story 3 tomorrow, and because of what you just said Adam, (as I to hated Avatar in 3D) I am going to give 3D in the theaters another shot.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 12:32 PM
  • RandyMercer

    So it's nice to hear that Nintendo (for the most part) and Sony (kind of) changed your mind. I really think Killzone 3 will be great in 3D it'll probably be the Trojan horse Sony needs. The 3DS is simple and it's vibrant colors is what help it sell of course the 3D aspect is a major, major plus. And regarding how tired you are maybe you won't have to do so much work at TGS at least not that much.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 12:02 PM
  • RandyMercer

    So it's nice to hear that Nintendo (for the most part) and Sony (kind of) changed your mind. I really think Killzone 3 will be great in 3D it'll probably be the Trojan horse Sony needs. The 3DS is simple and it's vibrant colors is what help it sell of course the 3D aspect is a major, major plus. And regarding how tired you are maybe you won't have to do so much work at TGS at least not that much.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 12:00 PM
  • AdmanNerdboy

    So Mr. Adam Sessler, after you take your long deserved nap and find yourself diligently reading through all of these comments (which I'm sure you always do... do I have to point out the sarcasm?), you should check out the thread I posted in the feedback forum called "Beating a Dead Horse, Now in 3D!" I think it'll provide you some fodder for your three-dimensional argument, whichever way you decide to spin it.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 11:33 AM
  • tackzx

    You should take a look at nvidea's dual sli 3d. It uses 3 monitors, and creates more of an hd hologram effect which I think was pretty sick looking.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 11:14 AM
  • RobinGoose

    I think 3D in games isn't as 100% bad for the medium as it is with film. Unless you're making an insane trippy movie then 3D does nothing to add to the film watching experience and hurts the experience in most cases. Nintendo definitely wasn't doing this for a gimmick, I'm sure they have good ideas for 3D. And at the very least they just wanted to do 3D first and point it in the right direction (if there is a right direction)

    Posted: June 23, 2010 10:29 AM
  • loonypalooza

    Nice one Sessler, I completely agree with your opinion on 3D. I really hope its just a gimmicky fad however I doubt it. Thank you Sessler, now go hug your own pillow, you deserve it.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 9:31 AM
  • Tsuiyo

    Am I the only person besides Nintendo that's figured out how the 3DS works? It's so simple, yet ingeninious (spelled wrong).

    Think: the plastic stuff in the 3D glasses. That's what allows you to see the 3D, right? All they did was put that plastic on the screen! :P

    Told you it was easy. i wonder how long it will take Sony to figure that out.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 9:28 AM
  • lowkevmic

    I'm starting to really hate this whole "Hardcore Games" argument, whenever it comes to new technology in gaming being introduced. Games are made to be fun, so as long as it's fun to play, I'm pretty sure that's all you need to worry about. It sounds a lot like people who complained about HD and how there is no point for it because they still have an analog television. I mean really, what is a hardcore game supposed to look like? Is it a shooter?? A game with a lot of violence?? A sport game?? Or maybe it's just all of the games we have been use to, and our natural reaction to reject,criticize, or question anything new that we do not know or understand. I'm not innocent of making comments in regards to 3D technology, without knowing it's full potential and capabilities. While although I still hold reservations for 3D TV's and it's need for glasses, I'm starting to understand what direction the developers want to introduce this to us first. It's a feature, just like stereo surround sound, or closed captioning. It's not required, but if you would like to try something new and different which may enhance your overall gameplay experience, then that option is now available to you. The new Kinect and Move is no different. It's just a new way to play something you're already use to, so why exactly is that a bad thing?

    Posted: June 23, 2010 8:26 AM
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  • The_US_Assassin

    *Fox News.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 6:22 AM
  • RedDeadManiac

    I really don't have a preference for nintendo anymore. Its not my thing I do enjoy the nintendo characters but my biggest problem would be its on the wii. Would love to see a gamecube 2 hey just throwing it out there.

    The 3ds I feel is just smart. I saw some comments like no hardcore games and stuff for hand held and im thinking to myself. I played seven pokemon games at least three times thru each.... you do not need hardcore games my friends lol. I would love to get one if money wasn't the issue but until I find my great uncle's buried treasure I guess I'm stuck. Good for nintendo to make 3d right.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 6:16 AM
  • The_US_Assassin

    your the best bro, caught your little clip on MOX news yesterday.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 6:15 AM
  • xyj@play

    i think 3DS is wonderful

    Posted: June 23, 2010 6:13 AM
  • Zx2654

    This may be late but thank you for your last soapbox which you shot in a car you must have been exhausted. I also see your point for 3D in games like Starfox but not in a game like Killzone because in first-person shooters visuals aren't always the most important and can't change the game.

    Posted: June 23, 2010 4:26 AM