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On Kinect and PlayStation Move

Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw | 6 Jul 2010 16:00
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Speaking of which:

"I think that 3D games could be very immersive. Imagine if you are in the middle of a battle and bullets and grenades and all types of projectiles are flying past your ears, and really see the depth of a game. I think 3D gaming could be one of the most immersive ideas ever."
- ActionDan

If you actually believe that the Nintendo 3DS is going to be like this, then you're probably the sort of person who ordered X-ray specs out of the backs of comic books as a kid. I haven't seen how it works myself - there's that advertising problem I mentioned, it's impossible to tell from photos or video - but I assume it's going to be a similar effect to the stereoscopic 3D that the movie studios trumpet. And stereoscopic 3D is in the same boat as motion controls: It's a crude imitation of a hypothetical future technology that gets us nowhere. The ultimate future of the TV screen would be some kind of holographic output, where the viewscreen perfectly resembles an actual window into the world beyond, rather than an animating 2D image. Stereoscopic 3D is just a parlor trick. It's an interesting effect that is an unusual quirk of humans having two eyes. It's not a step towards that possible future, any more than a cardboard cut-out of Henry VIII is a step towards the invention of time travel.

But moving on. Regrettably, in my last video, my ongoing antipathy to technology innovation left me with little room to talk about many specific game titles from E3, with one fairly notable omission:

"How did he not mention Portal 2? I thought we'd finally get a "Woohoo!" out of him..."
- fairinheight

Portal 1, regular viewers will remember, is the only game in my entire career that I couldn't think of any criticism for off-hand (bar the length, maybe, but at least it didn't outstay its welcome). Regular viewers will equally be aware that I don't buy into hype in any of its forms. I never play demos and the teaser videos have changed my opinion on Portal 2 as much as any preview video does: not in the slightest. Because I don't have an opinion, and won't have one until I actually play the thing. The proof of the pudding, friends, is in the eating. Admittedly, the resume of the chef making this particular pudding is impressive enough that one might reasonably expect a decent feed, but I've been burned before by such assumptions.

Some people asked me if it was actually me doing the voice of the robot sidekick in the most recent gameplay video. I can now put on record that it is most definitely not. Not that I'd be unwilling to do so if you'd be willing to pay for the flight out again, Valve.

Yahtzee is a British-born, currently Australian-based writer and gamer with a sweet hat and a chip on his shoulder. When he isn't talking very fast into a headset mic he also designs freeware adventure games and writes the back page column for PC Gamer, who are too important to mention us. His personal site is www.fullyramblomatic.com.

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