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Old 04-12-2010, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Our Definitions For 2D And 3D Are Broken, Please Fix

For years now, video games have been divided into two categories: 2D and 3D. With the advent of 3D televisions and portable consoles, those definitions might be antiquated. Time for an update!

2D video games refer to action happening on a 2D plane and typically are either side-scrolling or vertically-scrolling. What's more, the characters and environments are usually rendered in 2D. 3D video games refer to characters and environments rendered in 3D. Action and movements have depth. These definitions hold up on 2D screens, but as previously mentioned, video gaming could very well be moving towards gaming on 3D screens. (The upcoming Nintendo 3DS seems to be an indication of that.)

Here's where it gets confusing though. Super Mario 64 is 3D in the old-fashioned sense. But it's not 3D in the flying-off-the-screen sense of the word. Referring to it as a "3D game" and Super Mario Bros. as a "2D" game doesn't really hold up any more! Take a title like Wolfenstein 3D, which would be confusing for modern audiences as the game isn't in Avatar-like 3D. (The game itself is actually in 2.5D with the bad guys rendered as sprites, but that's beyond of the scope of this conversation!)

We need a new way to refer to gaming on a 3D screen. I came up with "Full 3D". And then, for example, Super Mario 64 would be simply 3D? But then, that might confuse those who do not follow gaming. Perhaps all these older games will be retro-actively displayed in Full 3D on new game consoles?

Suggestions are more than welcomed.

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Old 04-12-2010, 09:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Our Definitions For 2D And 3D Are Broken, Please Fix

well... I personally think 3D screens are just a fad that will last a couple of years. 3D movies don't do much for me unless it's an IMAX screen (really really big screen)... Although it would be interesting to play 3D games that can be seen in actual 3D, I don't understand what all the fuss is about...

I know that it will probably last a long time and I'll be wrong about this just being a fad... so for the sake of the subject of the thread... how about... since non video gaming people will not understand what 3D games mean... leave the 3D term for the tv screens and change the name of the video games to 2 1/2 D... no? because it's not 2D but it's not popping out of the screen...

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Since 3D isn't actually 3D because it's just a trick to make you think it's 3D... like the magic eye thing... those where fun... so let's leave the games as 3D and call the 3D screens something like Magic Box From Hell. Seems appropriate to me... and for some reason I think I've heard that term somewhere else
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Re: Our Definitions For 2D And 3D Are Broken, Please Fix

2d= moving in four directions, up down left and right.

3d is moving in further diectison, forward, backwards, left, right, up,and down, You are also able to explor and look around your environment. Most also allow Diagnal movement.

Thats what I have always seen as the way it is.. few games mess iwht my definitions.. like Clocktower for the snes. Outside of the fact for hte most part you still only moving left and right.. you dont push a button to head towards or away, but rather click on an item and watch your character go and interact. Jennifer Can go forwards and backwards, but not at the FULL control of the player.
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Re: Our Definitions For 2D And 3D Are Broken, Please Fix

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Jennifer Can go forwards and backwards, but not at the FULL control of the player.
If you had another dimension to escape through, I don't think it would be quite as scary.

2D should refer to a two-dimensional engine
3D should refer to a three-dimensional engine, not a 3D game with a 2D engine like Shadowgate
Full 3D is a nice term. If it confuses people than so be it. There are plenty of other confusing terms we've gotten over.
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