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Rage, Doom 4 May Not Support Stereoscopic 3D

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Todd Hollenshead may be taking the "wait and see" approach in regards to adopting 3D technology.

id Software co-owner and CEO Todd Hollenshead hinted on Tuesday that Rage and Doom 4 may not support 3D gaming. Hollenshead said that the new technology wont's have a serious impact on the gaming industry until the price of 3D HDTVs and displays becomes more reasonable. Still, there was no real confirmation or denial of 3D support.

"My most recent, oh, okay, this is really cool experience with 3D was with the movie Avatar, which everybody has seen," he said in an interview. "Even then, I was a little annoyed that I had to wear these glasses for two hours in a movie. My nose hurt by the end of it."

But he admitted that 3D in the living room is a different experience. "You can get higher quality glasses that fit," he added. "But you still gotta sit in your living room wearing these glasses. And then if you're playing games and move your head then it can get out of phase, which is a major issue. And, also, the TVs are f***ing expensive. Is there enough content to justify?"

3D gaming support varies throughout the industry. Recently Crytek revealed that--starting with Crysis 2--all Crysis sequels will be developed with 3D in mind. EA Sports president Peter Moore was far less enthusiastic about 3D, indicating that the new tech wasn't a right fit for the FIFA franchise. Many development houses and publishers are taking the "wait and see" approach as hardware supporting 3D begins to hit the market.

Hollenshead said that the "uber end of the videophiles" will adopt 3D without hesitation, but that won't be enough for the whole industry to make a shift. "It has to be more pervasive and more widely adopted before it makes sense for videogame development companies to invest," he added.

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    proxy711 , August 25, 2010 7:51 PM
    Not a big issue. 3D is still a gimmick, most gamers don't have and don't have any drive to go buy a 3d setup.
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    jerreece , August 25, 2010 8:12 PM
    My Honest Answer: "I don't care."

    Nuff said. :) 
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    proxy711 , August 25, 2010 7:51 PM
    Not a big issue. 3D is still a gimmick, most gamers don't have and don't have any drive to go buy a 3d setup.
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    miloo , August 25, 2010 7:58 PM
    3D is cool, but extra 200 bucks for glasses (Nvidia Vision) is what i cant afford
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    hellwig , August 25, 2010 8:00 PM
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    Rage, Doom 4 May Not Support Stereoscopic 3D

    Oh no, I'm absolutely crushed I tell you, crushed!

    Quote:
    Hollenshead said that the "uber end of the videophiles" will adopt 3D without hesitation, but that won't be enough for the whole industry to make a shift.

    True enough, they also adopted Laserdisc, and we all know where that ended up.

    I went to Best Buy the other day just because I wanted to see what one of the 3D TVs was like. It made my head hurt, but that could have been because the glasses were welded to a giant steel frame that kept them right in the sweet spot, and I had to bend over at a slight, yet uncomfortable angle to see through them. Of course, I'm sure the experience will be MUCH better once I get that $2500 TV and $500 BluRay player into my apartment (plus an extra, what, $70-$100 per pair of glasses?).

    As long as no one makes it mandatory, I'll be happy, cause I won't have to care.
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    tmax , August 25, 2010 8:11 PM
    3D is cool but, I really want an OLED monitor. That will be my next monitor upgrade, if they ever hit the market.
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    jerreece , August 25, 2010 8:12 PM
    My Honest Answer: "I don't care."

    Nuff said. :) 
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    CptTripps , August 25, 2010 8:12 PM
    Could care less, Carmack is genius and if it does not support it there is a reason.
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    Kelavarus , August 25, 2010 8:12 PM
    Quote:
    "And, also, the TVs are f***ing expensive. Is there enough content to justify?"


    ... Wait, don't you realize what you're doing yourself? You're saying it's not worth it to buy a TV because there's not enough content for it, thus you yourself are not going to make content.

    This is exactly the spiraling hole that traps so many new technologies and sucks them down the drain.
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    CptTripps , August 25, 2010 8:27 PM
    Kelavarus... Wait, don't you realize what you're doing yourself? You're saying it's not worth it to buy a TV because there's not enough content for it, thus you yourself are not going to make content.This is exactly the spiraling hole that traps so many new technologies and sucks them down the drain.


    They are not worth it and neither is the tech. If a 3d capable TV was similar in price to others than it would be considered.
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    XZaapryca , August 25, 2010 8:37 PM
    When I can play Doom9 on a holodeck, then I'll worry about 3D. Till then, meh.
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    Stryter , August 25, 2010 8:40 PM
    Good! id obviously knows what should be a priority in making good games. i.e. NOT 3D! I'm glad they aren't following the gimmick crowd.
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    Trialsking , August 25, 2010 8:43 PM
    StryterGood! id obviously knows what should be a priority in making good games. i.e. NOT 3D! I'm glad they aren't following the gimmick crowd.

    God is answering my prayers......"Please God let 3D go the way of the dinosaurs, disco, and leg warmers..."
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    sliem , August 25, 2010 8:56 PM
    It will not be a problem until "real" 3d tv becomes mainstream: ie: 3d tv that does 3d and does not required glasses.
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    TheDuke , August 25, 2010 9:03 PM
    still waiting for those no glasses tvs they show every year
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    warezme , August 25, 2010 9:06 PM
    I have the fast cards and 3D glasses and stuff and the whole thing is pretty cool but it is all still pretty clunky in my opinion (the glasses) and the requirements are still way to high and expensive for most. Eventually it will be common as prices for both fast cheap cards capable sustaining high FPS on 120Hz monitors and cheap 120Hz monitors.
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    killerclick , August 25, 2010 9:28 PM
    Good, sick of all the 3D hype. Since "3D" first appeared in the fifties every 15 years they've been trying to push it on us. Or give it to Steve Jobs, he has a talent for turning crappy concepts into viable products.
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    fyasko , August 25, 2010 9:33 PM
    3D is not the next thing... it is a gimmick, a fad, the hula hoop, pogs, the wii(any motion controller) i don't want things flying at my face in 3D and i don't want to move around when playing games. if i wanted that i'd go bowling or actually play golf(two hobbies i actually do).
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    Camikazi , August 25, 2010 10:03 PM
    XZaaprycaWhen I can play Doom9 on a holodeck, then I'll worry about 3D. Till then, meh.

    That would be a terrifying game but totally and completely AWESOME!
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    Darkv1 , August 25, 2010 10:28 PM
    I'm glad to hear this. 3d is a gimmick and a complete waste of time.
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    nukemaster , August 25, 2010 10:59 PM
    jerreeceMy Honest Answer: "I don't care."Nuff said.

    +9999
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    eklipz330 , August 25, 2010 11:29 PM
    i think they should take the time and money needed to make the game 3d, and put it towards making a better pc version =D
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