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List of Excellent Games for Playing with GeForce 3D Vision

June 22nd, 2009 · 4 Comments · GeForce 3D Vision

By default when you install Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision in your computer and setup the monitor and the glasses to work as they should you are ready to start enjoying 3D Stereo in quite a lot of games. Of course different games provide different results, but you should know that Nvidia provides profiles for over 350 game titles that come with pre-defined settings and recommendations on what to enable/disable to achieve the best results and of course a rating. These ratings are something really important, because if a game is rated as Excellent for 3D Vision it means that it not only works without problems, but will also look very well with the added level of realism thanks to the depth perception. One of the games you should definitely try out is the latest Tomb Raider – Underworld, it looks really impressive in 3D Stereo, but that is not unexpected…


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So, here is a list of the games that Nvidia has profiles for 3D Vision and are rated as providing excellent results when used in 3D Stereo mode. The following list covers all the games rated as excellent, profiles for which are available the latest v1.09 CD drivers or 3D Vision v186.18 standalone (expected to be released officially any time now). You should start with some of these titles if you really want to get the best out of your high-end PC equipped with 3D Vision:

– 1701 A. D., and with The Sunken Dragon expansion pack
– 3D Pong
– Age of Empires 3, including Asian Dynasties and The War Chiefs
– Alien vs Predator 2
– Alvin and the Chipmunks
– Armed and Dangerous
– Assassin’s Creed
– Attack on Pearl Harbor
– Backyard Baseball 2005
– Battlefield 2
– Battle Forge
– Bee Movie – The Game
– Beijing Olympics
– Beowulf
– Black and White 2
– Blazing Angels 2 – Secret missions of WWII
– Boarder Zone
– Call of Duty 4
– Call of Duty World at War
– Cars Mater National
– Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian
– Civilization 4 and Beyond the Sword
– The Club
– Command and Conquer 3 – Tiberium Wars
– Company of Heroes
– Company of Heroes – Opposing Fronts
– Crazy Machines 2
– Cricket 2005
– Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
– Dark One
– Dead Reefs
– Death Track Resurrection
– Demigod
– Devil May Cry 4
– Dirt Track Racing 2
– Dream Pinball 3D
– DRIV3R
– Driver Parallel Lines
– Ducati World Championship
– Dungeon Runners
– Elven Legacy
– Empire Earth III
– Empire Total War
– Enter the Matrix
– Eragon
– The Experiment
– F.E.A.R.
– F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate
– Fable – The Lost Chapters
– Fallout 3
– Far Cry and Far Cry 2
– FIFA 06, 07, 08
– FlatOut
– FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage
– Flight Sim X – Microsoft
– Frontlines Fuel of War
– Gears of War
– GTR 2
– Guitar Hero 3
– Guitar Hero Aerosmith
– Gun
– Half-Life 2 – Episode 2
– Half-Life 2 – Portal
– Half-Life 2 – Team Fortress 2
– Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
– Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
– Heroes of Might and Magic 5
– High Heat Baseball 2004
– Hitman Contracts
– Hot Wheels Beat That
– Igor the Game
– Imperium Romanum
– Impossible Creatures
– Incredible Hulk
– The Incredibles
– iRacing
– Jack Keane
– Jericho – Clive Barker’s
– LA Street Racing
– Left 4 Dead
– Lego Indiana Jones
– Lemony Snickets SUE
– Loki
– Lord of the Rings Battle For Middle Earth
– Lord of the Rings Battle For Middle Earth II
– Lord of the Rings Return of the King
– LOST Via Domus
– Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
– Madden NFL 2007, 2008
– Mafia
– Mage Knight Apocalypse
– Manhunt
– Mass Effect
– Medal of Honor Airborne
– Medieval 2 – Total War
– Meet the Robinsons
– Mirror’s Edge
– Monster Jam
– Monster Madness – Battle for Suburbia
– Monsters vs. Aliens
– Motocross Madness 2
– MotoGP URT 3
– Mount and Blade
– NBA Live 05, 06, 08
– Need for Speed Carbon
– Need for Speed Pro Street
– NHL 05, 06, 08, 09
– Painkiller
– Painkiller Overdose
– The Polar Express
– Prince of Persia (2008)
– Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time
– Psychonauts
– Pure
– Race 07
– Race Driver: Grid
– Real Flight
– rFactor
– Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War
– Rogue Trooper
– Roller Coaster Tycoon
– Sega Rally Revo
– Serious Sam 2
– Space Seige
– Spider-Man: Friend or Foe
– QQ Speed
– Spellforce 2 Shadow Wars
– Spiderman 3
– Spiderwick Chronicles
– Spore and Spore Creature Creator
– STALKER – Clear Sky
– STALKER – Shadow of Chernobyl
– Star Wars: Battlefront 2
– Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
– Star Wars: Republic Commando
– Stranglehold (John Woo’s)
– Supreme Commander
– Surf’s Up
– Switchball
– Sword of the New World
– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
– Testdrive Unlimited
– Tiger Woods 2007, 2008
– Timeshift
– Titan Quest
– Tomb Raider – Anniversary
– Tomb Raider – Legend
– Tomb Raider – Underworld
– Tony Hawk Underground 2
– Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4
– Topspin
– Torino 2006
– Turok
– Two Worlds
– Universal Combat
– Unreal Tournament 2004
– Unreal Tournament III
– Vampires The Masquerade – Bloodliness
– Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
– Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
– Winning Eleven 7
– Wolverine’s Revenge
– World of Warcraft
– World of Warcraft Burning Crusade
– World of Warcraft Lich King
– X Men the Legends 2

As you probably have noticed the list is quite big and there are a lot of movie-related games that you would not normally play, because most of them are literally quite dumb and don’t offer any fun at all. But getting them in 3D stereo mode with the added level of realism provided by the depth perception of the 3D objects they become quite enjoyable for a while. And as for the otherwise good titles, even if you played them until the end already, playing them with 3D Vision again will make them feel quite different and you’ll enjoy playing them over… ;)

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Using Anaglyph Glasses with 3D Vision Driver

June 22nd, 2009 · 30 Comments · Anaglyph Glasses

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With the 3D Vision drivers you get a nice bonus, or at least you may call it like that, because apart you’ll also get free support for anaglyph 3D stereo mode. Or said with simpler words you’ll be able to play with a depth perception using your normal computer system and a pair of anaglyph (those plain old red/cyan paper or plastic) glasses. Of course using the anaglyph mode will not provide the same impressive and great looking depth perception in games and 3D applications, but will give you a nice upgrade when gaming, because you’ll be able to at least have some 3D effect. The requirements that the anaglyph mode has to you is to own a pair of anaglyph glasses and it seems Nvidia will start offering some of these very soon, but you can also get them from other places pretty cheap. The only other thing you’ll need is an Nvidia-based videocard, preferably a faster one that can provide enough frames for comfortable playing. There is no limit to the supported GPUs as when using the 3D Vision shutter glasses, and also there is no need to have a special 120Hz display, because anaglyph mode can work just fine with your normal CRT or LCD monitor. Just have in mind that the 3D Vision drivers require you to be using Windows Vista or Windows 7 in order to function, because they are not available for Windows XP! So why don’t you install the latest video drivers version 186.18 and the 3D Vision drivers included in the package and try the anaglyph 3D mode…

Here is a quick setup guide:
1. Open “Nvidia Control Panel” in Standard or Advanced mode.
2. Select “Stereoscopic 3D” and choose “Set up stereoscopic 3D”.
3. Click on the checkbox called “Enable stereoscopic 3D” in the main panel.
4. A new window will open, where you need to click on the button labeled Next.
5. Put a tick in the checkbox celled “Enable 3D Vision Discover” and click on the Next.
6. You’ll see a message saying no compatible 3D display is found, again click on Next.
7. Now you have to put on your anaglyph glasses and pass the test you’ll be provided with.
8. A new test is being displayed to verify if you are actually seeing depth on a special image.
9. Finally you can see some 3D stereo demo images if everything is fine, but you can as well skip this step.
10. If you’ve passed the two tests everything is ok and you can start playing games in 3D Stereo using your anaglyph glasses.


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By default you have set a depth value of 15% which should be Ok for a start, but you’ll probably want to be able to adjust it during gameplay to achieve the best possible perception of depth. If you’ve had GeForce 3D Vision there is a hardware button to easily change the depth percentage, but here you’ll have to do it with a key combination. Another thing that you should know is how to activate and deactivate the anaglyph 3D mode with a key combination, because by default when you run a 3D application it will be automatically activated. If you don’t want that check the Hide stereoscopic 3D effects when game stars in drivers’ control panel. Then when you want the 3D mode turned on you need to just press CTRL + T and then a second time to disable the anaglyph mode so your game will be back to normal. The other useful key combinations are CTRL + F3 to decrease level of depth and CTRL + F4 to increase it, of course there are more kay combinations, but I’ll discuss them later on in a separate topic. This should be just enough to get you started in playing games with anaglyph glasses with a pretty nice 3D effect, although you’ll notice that you have some problems with color reproduction, but that is normal when using anaglyph glasses so don’t worry…

Aside from the color reproduction and perception you might notice one other thing that is also completely normal after using anaglyph glasses so don’t freak out if/when that happens. If you haven’t used anaglyph glasses up until now when you wear them for some time and take them off your vision will be a bit strange for a while. And if you close one of your eyes you’ll either see a hotter image (more reddish) or a colder one (more bluish)… as I told you it is normal and a few minutes later everything will be back to normal. This happens because your eyes adjust with the different color filters the anaglyph glasses use and even when you take them off there is some time needed for them to revert to normal. ;)

To download the latest Nvidia drivers for your videocard…

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Cooliris with Official 3D Vision Support

June 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment · GeForce 3D Vision

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Cooliris is an interesting plugin that transforms your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari) into a lightning fast, cinematic way to enjoy photos and videos from the Web or stored on your computer in a cool new way. The program allows you to view 2D images and videos only (so far) with an intuitive and very cool looking 3D interface, and now you can turn the browsing experience into an even more fun experience with the perception of real depth with the help of nVidia’s GeForce 3D Vision kit. There is already a profile in the latest driver version 186.18 that provides pretty good results in Cooliris, but not perfect. The program also has support for viewing JPS and PNS format 3D stereo images, but 3D videos support will be even more impressive and that may be possible in a later version, but who knows. Anyway nVidia rates Cooliris’ 3D Stereo results as good with a notice that some objects render at wrong depth, but overall the results you’ll get are very satisfying and it is a good improvement especially if you are a frequent Cooliris user. Have in mind that Cooliris 1.10 might not work if using older 3D Vision drivers, I haven’t tried that, because I’ve read that the latest drivers are required and I’m using them. ;)

Download Cooliris version 1.10 with 3D Vision support…

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