Games Using 3D Glasses?

Hey guys,

“Should games use the same 3D technolodgy that avatar used?” This is what crossed my mind when I was watching avatar in 3D at the movies a few weeks ago.

To me it seems like it would be an awesome experience because if they made it right you would feel more like you were apart of the game and not so much like you were just playing it.

But I can see there would be problems right off the bat, such as lag (online & offline) because it would take up a lot more bandwidth & processing power to display the same image/3D model overlayed several times on top of eachother. Another problem would be trying to figure out how to make such a thing without having to have a 3D TV because games are programmed to ‘adapt’ to a gamers decicions, where-as in a movie, you can edit the footage you’ve captured to be in 3D. For gaming in 3D, you would need to have A LOT more effort put into the design of a game to get it to go into a 3D mode and have the depth of it determine what the 3D must do. Also, you’d probably look really stupid sitting in your lounge room with a set of those “Real D 3D” glasses on your face.

So for me, I’d like to try 3D gaming (especially in a game like Call of Duty) but I think it’s a long way off for now and I don’t think there would be a high enough demand for such a thing right now anyway because not everyone is going to/afford to buy another TV just to watch/play games on and I don’t think many gaming companies will want to even try to make games like that, not for a long while anyways. I think that 3D games will probably start off in places like major arcades for the first few years and then MAYBE eventually move into lounge rooms, etc.

Well I hope you enjoyed my little talk about what I think of 3D gaming. Let me know what you think in the comments, I’d love to know what you think of all this.

26 thoughts on “Games Using 3D Glasses?

    1. Sean Post author

      Oh, okay. I wouldn’t buy the game anyway, I hate most games that are based off of movies because you know they’re just going to be following the same storyline that you just saw at the movies.

  1. Benje

    Avatar is the only one out right now I think, but it’s a shitty game anyways, so anybody who wastes all their money to buy a 3D tv for Avatar is retarded.

  2. Jon

    “3D” games technically already exist. It’s a nvidia exclusive at the moment, and there are 2 ways to do it. One is where the graphics card splits layers of a game using the typical Red and blue, which you need those 3D glasses for. The other uses some sort of transmitter and special glasses that apparently makes it better. The downside to the latter is that you need an incredibly powerful monitor ( sony do the only current one, and it’s in the £400’s ) which has a refresh rate of something like 120 Hertz.

    I have the first one, with the 3D glasses. It’s pretty good but only functions well for certain games. Tried it in MW2 and a lot of things don’t work correctly. Because you have to wear R/B glasses, you can’t look at your radar because enemies are red dots. You can’t use RDS because of the glasses. Small things like that.

    Works great in L4D and L4D2 however.

    1. Sean Post author

      Yeah, the red and blue 3D would screw up alot of games, that’s why I was talking about the kind of 3D that Avatar used where they only split up the images and didn’t do the red and blue thing. How did you try the red and blue 3D in MW2 and L4D and such?, did you have to get a seperate program or did you get a hack or something?

      1. Tim

        “It’s a nvidia exclusive at the moment, and there are 2 ways to do it. One is where the graphics card splits layers of a game using the typical Red and blue, which you need those 3D glasses for. … I have the first one, with the 3D glasses.”
        .-= Tim´s last blog ..FM 9.0 =-.

  3. Joekuli

    umm, Sean boy, you missed the concept, there is no special TV for 3D. As 3d is only a mesh up of colors to give 3D likeness. Hence during last years American Football Superbowl, they put on a 3D commercial which one didn’t require special glasses, but just 3D glasses.

    Also on avatar part, the only special thing they have for it is off course the editing of the film. no special camera.

    Now on the way they would possibly do it is more or so an add on to consoles. no necessary to bandwidth, when offline. online would be different, which I can’t explain, how but could be possible without loosing quality.

    I think that’s it, but can’t think of anything else.

    1. Sean Post author

      Well the idea of a 3D TV was hypothetical, I didn’t say it was the only way, I just said “it might be how they would have to do it”.

      I don’t think I said they had a special camera..

      There would be lag offline aswell if the processors wern’t equiped to handle such large ammounts of bytes needed to render and display the 3D.

      Thanks for your comment. I hope that clears up what you thought I ment.


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