TGV: 3D Gaming: Do We Need It?

Excerpt: Anybody who hasn’t been living under a rock for the last year has surely heard about the 3D revolution, which is sure to change the way you consume media for the rest of your lives. More and more movies are being produced in 3D, electronics manufacturers are already starting work on consumer-level 3D HDTV sets, and it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing 3D invading the gaming industry.

In fact, a few titles are already beginning to pop up in Japan, namely Metal Gear Arcade, which utilizes both special glasses as well as head-tracking technology for one of the most immersive and realistic 3D experiences.

But is 3D something we really need in video games?

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borisfett2843d ago

Short answer: No.

Long answer: God no.

Sidology2843d ago

Doesn't necessarily *need* it, but it does have applications in which it can feel natural.

It shouldn't detract from the core game, though, and that's where I think the biggest problem is going to be.

Just like the article says, people are going to be like "HOLY CRAP, CHECK THIS OUT. IT'S IN 3D, BUY BUY BUY" and it's going to be utter garbage.

Now, if the game is excellent and theeeeeen 3D is added (for example, Arkham Asylum), it's merely an enhancement of the original and not a gimmick for which the selling point was founded on.

Pixel_Enemy2843d ago

"3D Gaming: Do We Need It?"
55 inch HDTV: Do We Need It? uhm no but I would like it. No one needs gaming, they want it. Dumb question is dumb

AAACE52842d ago

As much as I like advancements in technology, I have to say no to 3d gaming!

I finally found a 3d setup that actually showed 3d the way it was meant to be seen. It was showing one of these popular kids animated movies. At first I was like, "Wow, 3d really works!" then I started looking at the details and realized it looked more like cardboard cut outs moving on screen. Seeing how games are pixilated like the animated kids movies, i'm kinda doubting the move to 3d gaming!

MmaFanQc2843d ago

do i want a glassless 3d tv? FUCK YEAH! ...but will wait for a price drop and better future models, do WE need it? i dont care if you want or not....i know I DO

nycredude2843d ago (Edited 2843d ago )

Do we need cars?

Technically No. But sure make life much easier.

Does Bill Gates need a Lear Jet?

No. But he can afford it so why not.

Do we need HDTV?

No. But hot damn gaming and tv is so much better with it.

VHS did we need it?

Cd did we need it?

Do I need a second dick?

No. but my wife wouldn't mind.


LOL Good one there! I'm going to rephrase that so I don't get slammed here.

zootang2843d ago (Edited 2843d ago )

She already has a second dick! *hint* *hint*

On Topic:

3D is an advancement like it or not it pushes the industry further. People complained about games not being 2D we all know hat happened there.

Ducky2843d ago (Edited 2843d ago )

We need cars. It's hard to get far in life without it. In the same sense that one needs a job, even if technically we don't.

An HDTV makes a huge difference between a standard TV... but only now since there is actual HD content. (In the same way that the first Ford was a useless car since you could jog faster than it)
Same applies to 3D; in it's current state, it is more of a gimmick.

If it improves, then it'll be worth the jump (probably for next-gen consoles).
Right now, it's use is either on the casual market, or for enhancing in-game HUDs by making them pop-out or something.
If you can afford it, more power to you.

EDIT: @Drekken
The article is about how 3D, in it's current state, is not worth it. You can spoil yourself by spending the dough on a 3D TV, but the "kids" think that perhaps buying into the craze right now is a bad choice. A nice diner might be more enjoyable... or maybe a pool... or...well, it's your money, go nuts.

Drekken2843d ago

NYC, dont you love logging into N4G to see the same trite opinions by the same broke people.

You are right... We don't need most of the stuff we love and value. It is most just a boost to our recreational activities and quality of life. Best of all, its all choice. 3DTV is a choice... for those of us that are big boys and work our butts off, why shouldn't we spoil ourselves with our hard earned money. If I have to work my life away, I damn sure want to be able to spoil the crap out of myself along the way. Who are these kids still living on mommy and daddy's allowance to try to tell us otherwise???

Anyways.... Good edit and I hope you don't get slammed to much here with your wife's second d!ck. lmao!!

nycredude2843d ago (Edited 2843d ago )


It's crazy man on here sometimes. A lot of haters.

Cars has only been around for a little over 100 years. How did humanity get by for thousands of years before that? Cars are a luxury, just ask Motor vehicle Department. Driving is a privilege, not a right. All thing advancements are what make the world move forward.

I don't know about you, but I've had my HDTVs for approx. 3 years now and have been enjoying hd cable channels, movies, bluyray movies, HD games for about the same amount of time. The next evolutionary step forward is 3d. We should just embrace it and move forward.

It is only a gimmick until it becomes affordable, which is right around the corner.

Ducky2843d ago (Edited 2843d ago )

HDTVs aren't three-year old technology. As I said, you need HD content for the TV to be of any use. You bought it in a time where such content was available.

Life's main goal is survival. When someone else uses a tool to advance their chances, you must do the same.
You'll 'need' higher education to get a job, even though most of our scientific knowledge was gained in the past 100 years.
Same applies to cars. It helps your survival, it is a necessity if you wish to compete. Right and privileges don't have much to do with needs.

My point, again, is that just because something new pops-up, doesn't mean you should embrace it unwittingly. The current 3D solutions are not developed enough to become 'needs'. The tech is still being developed and improved.

It is only a gimmick till it actually advances to a useful stage. Motion controllers are in the same boat as 3D. Interesting idea, just not fully matured. (Well, Move is decent at least...)

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NYC_Gamer2843d ago

why not?3D will become standard in all forms of entertainment.

Sidology2843d ago

"Hey, Mark! Check out this book! It's got words on the inside and everything! Big and little font, too!"
"Is it in 3D?"
"Not interested."

nycredude2843d ago

Actually the kind of coloring books with pop-ups you still read are 3d. The pop up parts are at least.

Sorry I couldn't resist. You set yourself up. No offense.

Technically the book IS in 3d cause our eyes sees in 3d.

Karuto2843d ago

Saw it in action at E3. Works for games like Motorstorm and other sports and arcade games. Sucks for RPGs when you want to bask in the environment.

Herminator2843d ago

It can be neat, but so far it requires way too much effort and investment on the players part. It's the opposite of motion control, it doesn't make it more "natural"/intuitive, but requires more buy-in.

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