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Peter Moore on 3D gaming

EA Sports boss on how 3D TV will help gaming

Last weekend, Sky Sports showed a live event for the first time, in 3D. Sunday’s title clash between fierce rivals Manchester United and Arsenal was shown in several pubs around the UK, exclusively in 3D. This technology is expected to be available for all Sky HD subscribers by April, with events such as films, live sports and TV shows getting the 3D treatment. This is great news for 3D fans, and all I can say is, “the reds go marching on!”

But how is 3D technology going to affect gaming? There was the classic Virtual Boy console in the mid 90s, and various other toe-dips since, but gaming has never truly embraced 3D. In a recent interview with CVG, EA Sports boss Peter Moore had this to say.

"As James Cameron did with Avatar at the movies, you've got to build [games] from the ground up with 3D in mind.

"None of the games I've seen [so far] have been built that way - they've been regular games running in 3D. The real secret sauce will be when somebody says: 'I'm going to build this game specifically for a 3D platform.'"

Games such as Invisible Tiger have showcased (albeit on a very basic level) what 3D can do to a game, and what it can bring to the gameplay. The game tie-in for Avatar also showcased some very impressive 3D visuals, and if you search the web you’ll find a whole host of video clips of 3D games. But what about the future, and what have EA got up their sleeves? Moore had this to say;

"I'm not making any announcements, but it's no coincidence that of the 3D [TV] broadcasts I've seen in the last two years, I can count the NBA All-Star event in Las Vegas, while ESPN has announced 3D programming - perhaps even a full channel. There have also been a number of announcements around the [football] World Cup, with some games broadcast in 3D.

"This is reminiscent of where we were with HD five or six years ago. It seems like a lifetime ago now, but you'd go to CES and be in awe of HD - and it was sports games that showed up the technology.

"I think there's great opportunity for EA to bring sports to life in unbelievably imaginative ways, once we can grasp what 3D means to us."

Fingers crossed we see some 3D gaming soon, and double fingers crossed (if that’s possible without losing a digit) that it’ll be better than the red and black torture that was the Virtual Boy. I still can’t see greens… grass still green?

Scott Tierney