Ask a group of friends to see a 3D movie and you might get some divided opinions. Headaches and higher costs are concerns for movie-goers interested in 3D cinema. Ask a group of friends to play a video game that comes in 3D online on different displays and another result occurs. Each player can decide whether to view the game in 3D and, so far, games with 3D support are no more expensive than normal new releases.

Some Xbox, Playstation and PC games come with 3D capabilities built-in. PC gaming was the frontrunner in the field, 3D TV Gaming Setintegrating Nvidia's 3D platform long before the technology was available on consoles. 3D gaming does require other special hardware, which adds to the initial cost. Monitors and televisions that can display 3D content can be a bit pricier than ones without 3D support. Many of the displays that support 3D require users to purchase glasses separately. Active 3D glasses can cost up to $100 for two pairs. Passive ones are less expensive.

Even if you're not a fan of 3D cinema, try out 3D games. Erik Sofge of Popular Mechanics admitted to being unimpressed by Avatar in theaters and Avatar: the Game, but got a kick out of “Super Stardust HD,” which can be downloaded from the Playstation Network. (He also said that 3D works better in games than in movies because games are meant to be fun and gimmicky.) If the first time playing through a 3D game is underwhelming, try a different title and see if it's more to your taste.

Not sure where to start? Here are a few games that take advantage of 3D technology and do it well:

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition is the original Halo with new graphics and stereoscopic 3D support. Even if the graphics aren't perfect, Halo is one of the essential console games; it has a large fan base who will certainly enjoy playing through the game again with 3D enabled.
  • Gran Turismo 5, according to Dan Ackerman of CNET, offers one of the most immersive 3D experiences. He suggests playing in cockpit view and playing with a wheel instead of a controller for an even better time.
  • Crysis 2 minimizes the resolution loss and jagged edges that 3D graphics can produce in a game. The cutting-edge PC moves its 3D graphics to the console effortlessly. The 3D view is designed to recede in the background, CNET reports, which creates less eyestrain and visual confusion.

If you're a gamer and haven't played 3D games yet, why wait? Some excellent titles are already on the market and both console and PC games with 3D support are only improving every year. Slip on your glasses, pick up your controller and give it a try!


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