How 3D Technology is Changing Game Production
January 6, 2011
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It seems like everything is going 3D lately, so why should gaming be any different? With new 3D television, movies, and computers, gaming was the next logical choice. Integrating 3D elements into existing games is simple, but creating games specifically for 3D will change the way games are produced.
Sony Playstation 3 is going to be one of the first gaming consoles to enable 3D stereoscopic capabilities. With the purchase of a Sony 3D television, you will receive four game demos that will be playable in 3D.
Nintendo is creating a 3DS that will be an improved version of their current Nintendo DS, and will allow you to engage in 3D gaming without the use of glasses. Additionally, you will still be able to play Nintendo games that are not 3D.
3D Technology and Game Production
3D game elements may seem like they would add quite a few new complications to the game production process; however, they may actually simplify things. Some of the major differences include:
Modeling - Creating 3D models has always been a part of game production because in order to create 2D images, 3D modeling is sometimes used.
Camera angles - 3D gives the option of changing camera angles. It provides the freedom to create rotations and different panning options. You can even create 3D maps, providing a spectrum of possibilities for gamers.
Animation - Using 3D modeling can create an easier animation process. The fundamental mesh and textures don't need to be changed. You can simply alter the animation alone.
Artists - It takes more artists to generate a 3D character, but it is a faster development process than in 2D. 3D character creation utilizes someone to develop the concept, build mesh, textures, rig, and the final animation.
It is an exciting time to be in the gaming industry. Technology is making rapid changes, and if you dream of being a part of the changing industry, consider enrolling in a game production degree program near you. You can be part of the future!
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