Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Effects of 3D Gaming?

So Sony is pushing hard to bring in a new era of home entertainment with its 3D TV's. Currently like most new tech, its expensive has hell and the average consumer won't be filling his/her house with them.

There are complaints about all the extra accessories that come with the set up, what do I need, what don't I need, what connects to what. This doesn't bother me, because I won't be getting a 3D TV to begin with. Not because of the price or all the extra bits, but because we don't know enough about the actual effect of long term 3D gaming.

I already have mild bouts of vertigo when playing a FPS, not alot but enough that I do notice it when it does happen. Even when watching a 3D movie in theatre I will have at least a moment or two where whoa, "ITS 3D, it feels like I'm MOOOVING"

There are others who have more extreme effects of nausea and vomiting and this is just from a 2-3 hr experience. So far this year I have seen 3 3D movies, so that comes out to spending between 5-6 hrs of watching 3D in a year. But if I bring 3D home with me where it applies to movies and gaming. Now we are in new territory that no one has ever been before.

Currently I play 2-4 hrs 4-6 days a week playing games. That's 8-24 hrs a week or 416-1248 hrs a year. That's just for me, think about the people who play 6-8 hrs a day, 7 days a week or more, that's alot of 3D gaming. That's just video games, home movies will be pushing to be 3D aswell.

So Sony has released a statement warning people about watching 3D TV. Really, there could be side effects?? no duh Einstein,

Sony says
"SCEA recommends that all viewers take regular breaks while watching 3D video or playing stereoscopic 3D games. The length and frequency of necessary breaks may vary from person to person. Please take breaks that are long enough to allow any feelings of discomfort to subside. If symptoms persist, consult a doctor."

"SCEA recommends that you consult your doctor (such as a pediatrician or eye doctor) before allowing young children to watch 3D video images or play stereoscopic 3D games. Adults should supervise young children to ensure they follow the recommendations listed above."

Yeah, I will do just that, in fact I will just stay away from that altogether. It says that children under 6 should stay away from 3D altogether since they are still developing their cognitive skills and 3D visuals can mess with that. Good thing all these kids movies aren't in 3D or we have a problem.


Jay MacEachern said...

Yeah I have never been a fan of this type of 3D shearing for the fact of forced focus. I enjoy all aspects that go into games/movies and enjoy the little things that make each great. However telling me what I can look at has never settled well with me. The only title I heard so far on the gaming side that doesn't suffer from this is Gran Turismo which uses HD layers throughout so you can choose what you wish to look at.

Big D said...
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Big D said...

Did they learn NOTHING from the virtual boy?!?!

Blake said...

oh they did learn something. Don't put everything in red and black, see its all fine now.

Amber Salm said...

I am a big fan of video games and love to play for hours. I never thought of the negative side of gaming but this point is becoming very popular these days. I will do take care of all these things and play for a short time.
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