While film and television are pushing 3D technology like it is the savior of the entertainment industry, it is refreshing that some other entertainment mediums are not enthusiastic about 3D even if it would probably suit them well. The great game developer id Software-the pioneers who crafted the first person shooter games like Doom that probably would look good in 3D-says gamers must wait for 3D to have an impact on gaming. There are a few obstacles to overcome. The technology still has a geeky vibe. The programming of 3D games is still difficult. The 3D glasses both look nerdy and are uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. But id Software boss Todd Hollenshead gave a very succinct reason why 3D gaming is yet to reach popularity:
“And also, the TVs are f**king expensive. Is there enough content to justify?”
Video game console manufacturers-primarily Sony-are trying to push 3D as the hot ticket gaming innovation hoping to capitalize on the trend. But all of that pushing is for naught if the game developers do not want to make said 3D games.
And it seems id Software is not alone on skipping the 3D bandwagon. EA Sports president Peter Moore also says 3D is not right for gaming-mentioning its FIFA series as an example. While 3D is cool, he asks, “Is cool good enough in our world where it is not an inconsiderable expense, and in a world where you expect us to deliver FIFA every single year?”
They have a point there, but they also seem to have a catch-22 situation. Game developers like id Software and EA Sports will not make 3D video games until the technology catches on and is less expensive. But demand for 3D games will not cause the price to drop in the televisions and development until there are enough games to spark the demand. Who is more likely to give first? Obviously the prices of 3D televisions have to drop first since they have other uses besides video games. If the technology develops where it is cheaper and more comfortable to watch media in 3D, video games may eventually have the lows costs needed to easily dabble into 3D.
But what video game developers need to remember that while 3D is a good selling gimmick, they still have to produce games that are actually fun to play beyond a visual spectacle. Unfortunately, video game developers began throwing out game play and story in exchange for graphics and gimmicks ages ago.