Dan Houser: 3D Does not Enhance the Gameplay In any Way; Unsure about 3D support in Max Payne 3

Posted By | On 23rd, Nov. 2011 Under News | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl


Dan Houser one of the leading people behind Rockstar Games was slightly vocal about 3D and its implementation in games. He questions whether 3D is beneficial for games when it comes to gameplay aspect, because we all know it adds depth to the graphics.

It’s interesting to see him back gameplay so much ahead of graphics, as if  it’s the most integral part of the games they make. He wants someone to be able solve the riddle of making 3D impact the gameplay in a meaningful way.

“Is it really able to impact gameplay in a meaningful way? That is something that we haven’t solved. You know, I don’t think any of us have come close to solving it yet, and I don’t think they’ve solving it in cinema,” he said in an interview with Gamasutra.

There are a lot of powerful people in movies who are passionate believers in it. In games it’s got a little bit less attention, because games are about gameplay, and no one has yet found a way that it enhances this gameplay.”

I have to agree with him here, because it really doesn’t add much to the gameplay for me, and while it can improve the graphical depth, which is quite nice but overall, right now it really isn’t that must have feature.

He also said that 3D hasn’t made a huge impact like some other things like Television or PC graphics cards, which will make people go gaga over it.

“Every other technological innovation, that either television, or console makers, or PC graphics card makers has had a tangible impact on either the ability to make mechanics more interesting at the core level or the ability to make the characters better.

“And you can’t point to anything that makes you go, “Once you play this on 3D, then you know why you want to play 3D”.”

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  • “It’s interesting to see him back gameplay so much ahead of graphics, as if it’s the most integral part of the games they make. He wants someone to be able solve the riddle of making 3D impact the gameplay in a meaningful way.” – 3D isn’t so much about the graphics but the experience. If you orient 3D right into video games, the immersion and experience you get from that game can be greatly increased. This is one thing many games seem to lack anymore. Seeing a Helghast run at you, guns blazing in 2D sure, looks nice. But now put on your 3D glasses and experience that same thing in QUALITY 3D. It’s a different feel to say the least.

    ““And you can’t point to anything that makes you go, “Once you play this on 3D, then you know why you want to play 3D”.”” – I can point out one game that does that, at least for me. I started playing Uncharted 3 in 3D. Beat the story once and used 3D all the way through. After I decided that I didn’t want to fiddle with things too much and tried picking up some of the trophies in 2D… Honestly when going from 3D to 2D, it just didn’t feel right. I think too if many people saw quality games like Killzone 3, Resistance 3, and Uncharted 3 in 3D they WOULD know why 3D is the thing to get.

    While I do understand not wanting to sacrafice gameplay, titles have shown that you don’t have to sacrafice gameplay to do 3D and do it well. If you can incorporate 3D in a quality title, that 3D doesn’t hinder the outcome. The 3D compatibility just gives 3DTV owners another option to experience the game and in my opinion could do more to add to the experience rather than take away from it.


 

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