At first, I thought 3D was definitely cool, and wanted to see more. I remember getting those silly paper red and blue lensed plastic glasses and thinking “Wow, this is awesome!” Now that I’m older, I’m just not so sure that it’s “awesome” anymore. It might just be the price, I mean an extra $4-5 to see a movie in 3D as opposed to the normal version, or a $1,000 T.V. with 3D capability, or even the price point for nice 3D glasses being between $40-60 for one pair. Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t really like having something uncomfortable on my face with trying to play a game or watch a movie. That may all seem logical, but maybe it’s something not-so-logical. Maybe I’m just resistant to change – although I never thought that to be a quality I posses previously.
There are already games being released with the ability to be played in 3D, such as Batman: Arkham City, Crysis 2, and Killzone 3. I don’t have a 3D capable T.V. so I haven’t had the chance to play a game in 3D but to be honest, and getting down to the point of this article, I have never really wanted to. I feel as if this 3D gaming phenomenon may be a gimmick and a fad, and I don’t feel right about investing in it just yet. There are currently a few outspoken developers and game producers out there who feel the same, and hope 3D gaming never fully takes off. Bethesda lead designer Emil Pagliarulo said “I f****** hate 3D, I think it’s a gimmick and I hope it dies” at QuakeCon in 2010. He’s not the only one who shares that sentiment, but there are also a lot of people embracing 3D gaming and seeing it as the future of video games.
Sony and Nintendo see 3D gaming as an enhanced form of gaming and embrace the idea. Nintendo released the first 3D capable handheld system that didn’t require glasses – the 3DS. But it looks like handhelds are not the only thing turning heads with 3D. Quite a few game companies are actively working on bringing 3D to every genre of gaming, from fighting games to first person shooters and everything in between. My main question is this: Will this 3D fad die out like HD dvd’s or thrive into the future like Blu Ray? It could go either way, I mean Blu Ray players and movies were ridiculously expensive when they first started surfacing. Maybe that’s the phase 3D is in right now. The T.V. prices may drop down to normal one day, or the glasses may become supremely cheap. On the flip side, it may all just be a hit now that will become obsolete later on down the road.
There is no way to tell what the future holds for us, so we will just have to wait and see. Until then, I refuse to get my hopes up for something I’m not even sure I like. Hopefully if it does become the next generation of gaming, I will be able to jump on board and embrace it. Only time will tell.