3D – Do We Really Need It?

Do we really need 3D?

3D started with movies in the 1950s and has been an off and on fad since then but has had a resurgence over the last few years. We now have 3D movies, TVs, and of course video games, but do we really need it? I know Avatar was a huge hit and really pushed its 3D tech, but personally I didn’t feel like the 3D made the movie any better and in fact it made my personal experience with it worse. I like many others, some studies say as many as 20% of people, experience negative effects such as headaches and nausea when viewing 3D media. Doctors say people should take a break every 15 minutes when watching things in 3D. How am I supposed to take a break every 15 minutes in a movie theatre? I can’t ask them to stop the movie for a few minutes so I can go clear my head in the lobby. It’s something that’s just not feasible for people to do in theatres. Also some industry insiders say that 3D causes the images to be dimmer than a standard movie and colors may also appear to be a bit washed out.

Now the new thing is bringing 3D into the home. 3D TVs are the big push from the major electronic companies but they are struggling to gain traction in the market. The cost of 3DTVs are multiple times more than equally sized standard HDTVs, and then you add in the fact that they only come with 1 or 2 pairs of the glasses required to watch things in 3D, you need to buy more if you want to have company over to watch something in 3D meaning you have to shell out anywhere from $30 to $150 per pair of extra glasses. Another issue is the lack of broadcast 3D content. As of now Comast/Xfinity, for example, as all of 2 channels that air 3D content, ESPN 3D and Xfinity 3D. Even as a big sports fan I don’t see the appeal of sports in 3D. They are limited in camera angles, especially ones that would make for interesting uses of 3D, and while High-Def may be the best thing that’s ever happened to sports I think 3D is just unnecessary. Blu-ray movies are the main content available in 3D for the home consumer, but Blu-ray is still being out sold at about a 2-to-1 ratio versus plain old DVDs. The adoption of Blu-ray has definitely not spread as much as the companies I’m sure would have liked it to.

The next area that 3D is trying to creep its way into is of course video games. Both the 360 and PS3 are capable of outputting games in 3D. There are currently 89 PS3 games and 27 Xbox 360 games that are capable of being played in 3D and there are more to come. The PS3 is also capable of playing 3D Blu-rays and even showing 3D pictures and movies that some phones and cameras are now capable of taking. But all these things obviously require a 3DTV to work, so if 3DTVs don’t catch on then the number of games that support 3D is likely to drop off. Then there is the 3DS where every game made specifically for the system is in 3D which had a slow start but after a price drop has sold decently, actually outpacing the original DS’s first year sales. However, the 3DS and all 3D video games, are still hurt by the negatives of 3D; dimmer picture, washed out colors, and 3D sickness.

The big film, TV, and even game companies keep pushing 3D content but most consumers aren’t buying in. Until they find a way to make it not look like a tacked on gimmick and fix the medical issues it can create, I am more than prepared to not spend my money on anything 3D.

So I ask, do we really need 3D? Let me know what you think, leave a comment, please!

is a writer, pod-caster, and the resident hater of things (especially Wii) on One-Quest.com. Drootin is a total sports nerd and sports gamer, spending the majority of his time either watching sports or listening to sports radio, often while playing some kind of sports game. He's also a HUGE pro wrestling fan and often tweets during RAW and Pay Per Views.

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