3D is Dumb, I Say, But Sega Disagrees, Will “Invest Heavily”

3ddumbCan we, the consumers, agree that 3D is a stupid novelty? Seriously, guys, of all the developments that have come about during this generation of games, 3D capability is probably the least exciting. Movie studios are using it to price gouge everybody at the box office, and hardware companies are using it to sell TVs even though you can’t watch anything in the special new 3D on them yet (it will begin with the World Cup on ESPN next week). If 3D does become the “new big thing” in gaming, then between this and motion controls, the seventh generation of video game consoles should be known as the Gimmick Generation.

Anyway, Nikkei Trendy on Friday posted a lengthy interview with Sega’s Naoya Tsurumi, (which was helpfully summarized and partially translated by Andriasang) in which he stated that Sega is gearing up for the 3D push. “I believe 3D will become a big wave. The Nintendo 3DS is a landmark hardware. We’d like to invest heavily in it,” Tsurumi said. He said, too, that developing 3D for home consoles is also a priority, but it depends on the proliferation of the 3D televisions. Tsurumi also rightly points out that developing for 3D is not a huge deal, since the companies are already creating 3D models anyway.

The interview is quite lengthy, and Tsurumi talks about a lot more than just 3D, so I’d recommend reading the whole interview if you can or the Andriasang summary if you aren’t fluent in Japanese.

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