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James Cameron Talks 3D In Gaming, Future Of Glasses

They've been passing out 3D glasses in movie theaters for decades. But things are changing, and they're changing with the help of video games.

While 3D entertainment keeps getting bigger and bigger, movie director James Cameron says the technology owes much of its continued growth to games. In speaking to Yahoo, the "Avatar" director (who is currently working on the sequel), says 3D gaming is the "entry level for most people."

"Video games are going to help propel the autostereoscopic (glasses-free) play because that's going to be the entry level for most people. These single-viewing devices that are engaging the person to play these video games will drive a lot of investment in autostereoscopic displays for that very reason."

That sounds like he's referring to the Nintendo 3DS, but don't forget that Avatar: The Game was one of the very first 3D offerings in the interactive entertainment world, and you can probably expect the same thing when "Avatar 2: The Game" arrives. But will all this home 3D entertainment eventually erase the glasses from theaters? Cameron doesn't think so:

"I don't think we'll ever get rid of the glasses in movie theaters. Not in my lifetime, anyway, but we're going to get rid of them at home because it's a different viewing model type. You're doing other things. You're pausing a game or a movie and going to get pizza or whatever it is. It's not the same very-dedicated sort of consciousness that you have in a movie theater, so getting rid of the glasses will be a big deal."

Some say they're waiting for the time when they'll be able to indulge in 3D without the glasses. Others maintain that such viewing (glasses or no) can cause relatively serious health issues; many have complained of headaches and vision issues. But regardless, it's a technology that will continue to press forward.

Tags: games industry, 3d games, avatar, james cameron

4/25/2011 10:52:46 AM Ben Dutka

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 11:08:13 AM

Jacob minkoff is a co-lead designer at Naughty Dog he explains how 3D should be done in Video Games.


Uncharted 3 will do 3D Right.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 11:28:02 AM

the glasses are a barrier that needs to be overcome. i got a 3d tv 2 weeks ago, but i haven't been blown away by the 3d in kz3, or gt5. maybe 3d will be better next gen on consoles that were built for it ground up. i do look forward to uc3's 3d, though.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 12:49:50 PM

Thought I was the only one. A friend got a 3Dtv recently and I wasn't blown away at all. It didn't look like anything I really "needed" at this point. I saw a demo disc for the set, KZ3, and Socom..and Socom was the only one that slightly impressed me.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 9:34:22 PM

u should also try Shadow of the Colossus because it is Epic!

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 11:35:27 AM

I'm still not sold on the whole 3D thing, is it really worth it to get a 3D tv?

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 11:49:52 AM

I dont have A 3DTV, but does it really hurt to have an extra option on your TV? No. I mean if you get a good expensive 3DTV, you get full 1080p in 2D and also the 3D part. Best of both worlds.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 11:51:29 AM

I would say that if you like 3D movies and 3D games, and you need to upgrade your set anyway, then go for the 3D setup and you wont be dissappointed. They are expensive, but I got mine after Thanskgiving for CHEAP! (Comparatively speaking of course)

Just don't hold out for autostereoscopic TVs anytime soon. We're going to have glasses at home for a while. It might be alot better in a few years, but I'll be ready for a new TV by then anyway. ;)

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 11:39:42 AM

none of the 3D modes in games have really blown me away, way too much crosstalk. Now 3D blurays are a different story. Especially Tron.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 11:51:06 AM

I saw Tron (not in 3D) man did i love that movie. BTW I still havent seen Avatar :)

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 11:55:09 AM

I think the Killzone 3 and Black Ops have done some pretty great 3D. I wasn't as blown away with GT5, but that's because I don't drive in the cockpit view.

As for movies - Tron:Legacy 3D was awesome in the theater and it was just as awesome at home. Especially with the sound effects and the Daft Punk score.....really loved both Tron movies. All the other animated 3D movies are awesome at home as well.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 11:44:23 AM

Have yet to take the 3D plunge but will shortly. I keep hearing mixed comments on it though.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 11:54:27 AM

I wonder if the Hackers are hampering Sony in their efforts to provide us with the best entertainment as humanly possible... Like, PSN threatened, will it effect their whole business such as gaming and anything to do with it like 3D?

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 12:20:00 PM

I'm looking forward to 3d that is better than today's 3d and is glasses free at the same time, all while being affordable.

Might be 10 years, but it's not that big a deal to me so that's fine.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 12:33:39 PM

Not interested in 3d at this point the only thing I have 3d is the 3ds and thats just an amazing handheld, just wish they had more games for it.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 1:16:08 PM

Have yet to be able to view a 3D Television without getting a headache. Which leaves me out...odd thing is I can see 3D in theatres w/out the same problem.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 2:34:44 PM

I guess it's totally subjective. I love the 3d in both BluRay and Games. There is crosstalk in games but it's not that big of a deal. Socom looks great in 3D. Killzone 3 looks great in 3D with some crosstalk. Super Stardust HD3D looks fantastic in 3d.
Blurays on the other hand have very little if any crosstalk. Tron and Avatar look absolutely amazing!!!
I've said this before. I think a lot of the bad comments 3d gets is because peoples expectations are off. It does look different in the theater as James Cameron says, than it does at home. First off, it is a controlled environment in theaters. Lights have been dimmed all the way down. Second the screens in movie theaters are huge compared to what you have at home.Last but not least, the whole "Nothing popped out at me" argument isn't valid. The only reason it "looks" like things are popping out at you at the theaters is because the screen is so large and it takes up more of your field of vision. I'd say the real expectation of 3d is to see how far back your tv goes, and how much depth there is in the screen.
Oh and one more thing. Theres like a total of maybe 7 or 8 games that have come out in 3D for the Ps3 thus far. Seriously, give it some time.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 6:34:36 PM

I've seen 3ds not too interesting, the picture doesn't pop out as much with glasses!

I've seen better with a SONY TV at SONY STYLE than the 3ds. The tv i seen could output 3d without glasses and it looks great just not as good with glasses. I think the glasses are better with 3d but hopefully we can get rid of them sometime soon.

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Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 7:57:32 PM

IMO, 3D right now is not that great. We don't have enough experience with it nor do we have truly amazing technology to pull off really immersive 3D yet.

Neither Avatar nor KZ3 in 3D truly impressed me, and for being touted as great in 3D, that's not a good sign. I'm hoping Uncharted 3's the first truly excellent 3D experience for me, since ND's never let me down, but I have my doubts.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 @ 3:15:34 AM

unless panadol, a glass of water, and a barf back come standard with each entry ticket were a looooooooong way from glasses free 3D.
look at the 3DS, it has the highest return rate of a electronic device EVER!
simply because people are getting headaches, and in extreme cases bringing up their last meal.
not exactly the best way to pick up that hot chick next to you.

we will never rid of glasses in the cinemas for 2 simple reasons.
1 the size of the screens are too large to use the tech used for TVs.
2 the viewing angle.
at home your sitting within a small degree from the TV, and at the same height as everyone else more or less.
at cinemas you have god knows how many rows depending on what cinema, varied heights, varied angles, you simply just cant solve that with the tech used now.
whether new tech comes out that solves that, who knows, but as it is today with todays tech you could never use that in cinemas.

i wish game developers would take more of a technique that movies are taking and give us more pop out.
every time i hear devs talking about 3D, they say were not having anything pop out of the screen because its detracting.
whats the point of 3D without things flying at you?
ok you have the added sense of depth, BUT that goes away so quickly!
i have noticed the larger gap i have between playing 3D games the more i notice the depth.
for example i was playing ACB in 3D for a week straight, then did not touch anything in 3D for 2 weeks, then went back to it and was breathtaking by the depth, but then after 20 minutes the effect disappeared and now im no longer impressed by it, more looking for it saying whered it go?
thats the problem with the added depth, your eyes quickly adjust to it and before you know it the effects gone you can hardly notice it!
if we had things popping out on the other hand that would be different.
its just annoying, you have one medium fighting it, and another medium using it as a bible!
i mean look at the trailer for the new pirates of the Caribbean movie, i pissed myself laughing when the lady stabs her knife through the door and her sword is 2 inches away from your face!
im so use to that, so i guess thats why ive been disappointed by 3D gaming, i was expecting it to be like the movies, heaps of sh*t flying at you!
but its not even close!
in fact, all you get is the added sense of depth and that disappears after 20 or so minutes, so whats the point?
your going to spend a extra 1K or so on a 3D TV over a 2D TV just for a effect that disappears after 20 minutes?
if we had pop out then ok i could justify it, because its adding something to the experience.
but its not, well it is but only for 20 minutes, so whats the point?
if im going to spend any money on something, let alone several grand!
i want to be able to enjoy the effects 24 hours a day 7 days a week!
not 20 minutes the first time i watch it, and then never again till i have a extended break from it.

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