3D is here and its natural home the world of video James Cameron's Avatar kicked 3D to the forefront of people's minds. But it was different to the 3D experiences we'd seen before. This wasn't one of those 15 minute cartoon demo reels where everything flies, bends and explodes out of the screen just for the sake of slapping you in the face. Avatar brought depth to the on-screen world in a much more subtle and sophisticated way.
Now 3D is upon the world of video games as well but will the third dimension be able to have the same effect on our humble home boxes as it has on the silver screens of Hollywood? We say yes, without a doubt. In fact, not only do we believe that 3D will have a big impact on the way we play our games but that video games themselves will be the driving force behind the growth of 3D and the pioneers of what we can do with the new tech. Here's why:
1. Games can do more with 3D
Let's face it, 3D is popcorn-clenchingly awesome when it comes to massive action sequences full of fireballs set across stretching vistas, but who's really going to be queuing on opening day to secure their seat for Sex and the City 3D? Come to think about it, who's going to be queuing for Sex and the City 3? Anyway, the point is, 3D has a limited application when it comes to films and with a steep price at the box office 3D films are only really worth it if that extra dimension is going to make you call your friends from the car park afterwards.
OK so games like Crysis 2 and Killzone 3 are the video game equivalent of any of your Stallone, Willis or Schwarzenegger blockbusters, all guns and destruction, but we're also sticking 3D into racing games like Gran Turismo 5 and WipEout HD where it looks like the effect will be just as powerful. And it doesn't take much to visualise the effect 3D could have on atmospheric thrillers like Alan Wake and Heavy Rain as noir style strips of light break dark environments and stretch out of the TV screen.
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