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3D Overload?

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Ever since Avatar became the highest-grossing movie of all-time, in part to the 3D effect used, Hollywood has gone nuts over being able to watch reality in the third dimension.

It worked for Avatar because the movie was shot using a new type of camera that was built to capture the images that would later be rendered out via 3D.

So, as the copycat rules state – if something works, exploit it until there’s nothing left. (Almost exactly like the great Dr. Seuss story, The Lorax)

First was the adaption of movies originally shot in traditional style and then  shown in 3D. Clash of the Titans was one of the first movies to have this treatment. Terrible idea.

Then The Last Airbender got the same treatment, and all it did was add to the mess. It makes more sense for entirely animated movies to be in 3D since the characters already exist in that state, and to add an element of dimensionality shouldn’t be that hard to replicate.

But now we have TVs that you can buy for home viewing. I am constantly being bombarded by LG for their new television that you can watch 3D TV in. Just one catch:

You still have to wear glasses!

What gives? I don’t want that hassle. Make it truly 3D where all I have to do is look at it, and the images pop off the screen at me.

At least Nintendo and their new 3DS makes a worthy attempt to view 3D images for gaming. I have to confess that I tried the Street Fighter game at my local Gamestop and the gimmick works. But how often do you want to see something like that?

Does it really add that much more to your viewing experience? To me the end game is always about the quality of the story and the 3D is just another temporary gimmick to move merchandise.

Of course, I could be wrong and this could just be the next step in how we view and consume entertainment.

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  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus

    Hell, I have a 1080p TV that I hardly use to it’s fullest capacity because FIOS only transmits in 720p(1080i). Only, when I can enjoy my current subscription in better quality without paying a nickel more, then I will give a hoot about 3D.