I’ve been fairly outspoken about 3D over the years, specifically that I think it’s quite possibly the worst thing to (re)happen (remember Jaws 3D?) to technology/entertainment since the death of Betamax.
However, a few things have happened over the past few weeks that have made me, well, not warm to 3D as such, but I’m definitely less icy than I was.
For starters, I recently – begrudgingly – went to see World War Z in 3D, as the preferred 2D afternoon showing quickly sold out. Funny that.
Come the end of the film, though, I found myself semi-enthusiastically saying: “I completely forgot that was in 3D!” A pleasant surprise after my earlier can’t-believe-the-2D-showing-is-sold-out tantrum.
But that begs the question: If you forget it’s in 3D, is there any point? A valid question indeed, Jeeves.
The flip side of the coin is in-your-face 3D, but the days of “Woah, it’s coming OUT OF THE SCREEN!” seem to be behind us. That was always going to be a novelty, I guess. Phew.
With us Premium Cineworld members now gaining entrance to 3D showings with no extra charge (there's normally a whopping £2.10 3D fee for an adult - on top of the standard ticket price), and already having a healthy supply of 3D glasses (normally 80p each), I’m not that bothered about seeing stuff in 3D any more. Though I’d still prefer 2D. Yep.
Moving on, we have the Nintendo 3DS, which suddenly boasts a collection of five-star must-have games, including Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Luigi’s Mansion 2 and Fire Emblem.
The best part was: Nintendo’s “So Many Games!” promotion, which meant I was able to download Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for free, having forked over for the aforementioned trio. Not too shabby.
Anyway! Like a lot of people, I’ve been playing the heck out of Animal Crossing: New Leaf of late, and to my surprise, I’ve been playing it… with the 3D on.
My only concern is that I occasionally lose focus, and find myself having to adjust the position/angle of my 3DS, but otherwise, I quite like having the 3D on. I almost feel like I’m not getting the full effect when I slide down to 2D – though it does save on battery life, I guess.
Which brings us to 3D smartphones. No, I’ve not been playing with an HTC Evo 3D or LG Optimus 3D, though the ill-fated chaps have been in my thoughts.
Smartphone 3D thankfully failed to take off, with very few phones of note (other than the above two) adopting autostereoscopic three-dimensional displays. Heck, if Samsung isn’t interested, you know there’s something wrong.
For me, the problem is twofold. Firstly, why? Why would you want to view content (including menus) in 3D on your smartphone? Movies and Nintendo 3DS games I can understand, but phones? Nah.
There might be some practical application in 3D smartphone gaming, but any benefit is surely outweighed by the profoundly negative impact on battery life. Heck, we’re already struggling to get through 24 hours without 3D drinking all the juice.
Yeah, so, I don’t hate 3D quite as much as I used to (Mark Kermode will be spinning in his grave/bed), but I’m completely ok with it keeping a safe distance from smartphones.
Having said that, there is a corner of my mind that occasionally considers a nightmarish future in which Apple releases a 3D iPhone and it’s hailed as The Best Thing Ever, but I’m fairly sure that won’t happen. Er, hopefully.
What do you think? 3D films: yay or nay? Is there any room for 3D in the world of smartphones? Were we too quick to dismiss it, or is it a case of good riddance to three-dimensional rubbish?