GDC 09: Games, Movies Racing Towards 3D Evolution
When we first laid eyes on Mario 64, we all drew a deep breath and said, "wow, so that's what 3D looks like." We were in our own homes and watching an evolution and a revolution on our television screens. ...will this happen again soon, but only with true 3D?
As GamesIndustry.biz reports from the Game Developers Conference, Blitz Games says they're racing the movie industry towards full recognition of the 3D goal. Furthermore, TechRadar got a chance to see Blitz's innovative application in action and the conclusion is, "it works." Blitz apparently has been telling everyone at the conference that they fully intend to beat Hollywood in this race; damn, it's like racing the Russians to the moon (only not anywhere near as historical). The movies are still struggling with "digital format issues," and in the meantime, Blitz wants to team up with TV manufacturers "to reach early adopting consumers." Said Blitz CTO Andrew Oliver:
"We're going to try and beat them, it's a race. We'll get our games out before the movies. I first saw proper high-definition through the Xbox, because there wasn't Sky HD and services like that. I think the same will happen again, it's like with 3DTVs, people are going to experience their first content via games.
Film company's think they're going to be getting their films out but format wars will delay them. And we'll be there on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360."
The first example of this is Blitz's Invincible Tiger for the PSN and XBLA. TechRadar says the 3DTV tech really gives you a feeling of depth and perhaps surprisingly, "it actually adds considerably to the overall gameplay experience. " Blitz says they're currently in talks with TV manufacturers regarding the best way to bring this title to the masses, so it'll be interesting to see how things progress. For an Invincible Tiger hands-on preview and screenshots, visit TechRadar. Pay attention, people, you could be looking at the birth of a whole new era of gaming...
3/25/2009 Ben Dutka