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Left 4 Dead 2 Game Demo in Stereoscopic 3D with 3D Vision

November 17th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Stereo 3D Games

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The second game from the Left 4 Dead series should be hitting the shelves in the game shops today, but since I’m still unable to get my hands on it, I just tried in stereoscopic 3D mode the demo of the game that is available for some time already. As you probably know the first Left 4 Dead game did very well when played in S3D mode with the help of Nvidia’s GeForce 3D Vision, so the expectations from the second game are also quite high. So if you like to become a zombie killing machine and have some fun for a while – Left 4 Dead is definitely your game, and if you combine that with a 3D Vision equipped PC the fun is almost doubled…


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Left 4 Dead 2 does work and look very good in stereoscopic 3D mode with GeForce 3D Vision indeed and there are no serious issues or problems even though there was no profile from Nvidia especially for the title in the latest 3D Vision drivers. I could easily go up to 50-60% depth without getting too apparent ghosting which is quite good having in mind that the game does not have a specific profile to make it look better, as it is already quite good looking.


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Of course Left 4 Dead 2 is not a game suitable for everyone, especially considering that you kill a lot of zombies and there is a lot of blood flying all over the place… and yes the blood also has depth. And it seems that the effect in the second part of the game is better made than in the first and the game in general is better made to take advantage of stereoscopic 3D gaming. Of course if you take your time and be extra careful you can also find some issues, like I did, but as I said nothing significant, although I’ll still mention what I’ve found…


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Actually the only visual problem when playing in stereoscopic 3D mode with 3D Vision that is worth mentioning is that when you have some object over water it looks kind of tripled. This creates some weird appearance of the character as you can see on the screenshot, but fortunately there is not much water and what you see is from the beginning of the game (maybe there is more further in the game). Also have in mind that this is from the demo of the game and it could as well be fixed in the full version and there might also be some other changes and/or differences, but in general I can say that the game Left 4 Dead 2 is worth playing in stereoscopic 3D with 3D Vision…

Get the full game Left 4 Dead 2 here if you don’t have it yet…

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The Game World of Zoo for Small Kids in Stereoscopic 3D

November 14th, 2009 · No Comments · Stereo 3D Games

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It is good to have have nice FPS, RPG, Action and other games to be played back in stereoscopic 3D mode with 3D Vision for instance, but these are games for grownup kids or adults. And what you need to do if you want to have your younger children playing games that are suitable for them in Stereoscopic 3D? Well, you can go for the game World of Zoo – it is simple and easy to use life simulation video game where you play with animals in a zoo, as the name of the game suggests. You need to take care of the animals in the zoo in order to keep them happy by feeding them, playing with them etc. with access to 95 animals, separated into 11 families: antelopes, bears, big cats, crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, koalas, pandas, penguins, small monkeys, zebras and horses.


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The game uses stylized and colorful drawing type of graphics to represent the animals and their surroundings so that small kids can really enjoy the game without being scarred by the lions for instance. And the game is quite fun actually and does work nice when played with 3D Vision without the need of any special settings, you’ll probably just need to adjust the depth level to a bit lower settings.


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Not all of the game’s interface has been made in 3D, so some parts of the game might seem flat as they do not have any depth, but the most important parts – designing the animals and playing with them are in 3D. So now you can have your children enjoying a nice and safe game in stereoscopic 3D with the help of 3D Vision, without having to worry about them while they play.


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And here comes another interesting question. Is the 3D Vision safe for longer use by smaller kids, I mean is the fast shutter Ok to be used for longer periods of time by them or it might lead to some issues. I could not find anything regarding a warning minimum age of use on the 3D Vision box or documentation, so it should be Ok, right? But anyway, be careful not to leave your younger kids for too long in front of the computer, playing games, with or without the 3D Vision glasses… ;)

You can get the game World of Zoo here if you don’t have it yet…

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Interview with Frank Vitz, Senior Art Director/CG Supervisor at EA

November 12th, 2009 · No Comments · General 3D News

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There is a very interesting interview that Neil Schneider from MTBS and S-3D Gaming Alliance (S3DGA) did with Frank Vitz, Senior Art Director and CG Supervisor at Electronic Arts. Before joining EA Frank Vitz has worked on the first Tron movie, on the special effects for the first two X-Men movies and also on Spider-Man ride in stereoscopic 3D at Universal Studios in Orlando. Frank shares a lot of information about some of his old and new projects and his perspective about the stereoscopic 3D. The whole interview is something you should not miss, so head out to MTBS and take a look…

Read the interview with Frank Vitz @ MTBS.com

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