What is the difference between 2D and 3D Video Games
Since the birth of Pong back in the seventies people have fallen in love with video gaming. It is an activity that can be done socially with friends and other players or it can be done with as few as one player with no one around. The gaming industry has grown to a multi billion dollar business with the games becoming more and more complex. Video games started out being 2 dimensional which means that you would have a character that could move left or right against a scrolling backdrop. They were typically very simple and had little or no story line. As the games became more complex the developers wanted to put more detail into the environments. This led to the advent of the 3D video game. In these games you could now not only move left or right but have the added element of being able to move all around the screen. Camera angles now can be controlled by the player and this greatly expands the fields of view available to the gamer. This being able to move all around and even giving the impression of going deeper into the screen added the depth element to the game. This illusion is enhanced by the use of shadowing creating very realistic environments. These settings are very detailed and usually have characters called NPCs that are controlled by the game. You can interact with a NPC and it is very realistic.
So even though we have been viewing both 2D and 3D games on a typical 2D screen the appearance of the 3D game adds the illusion of depth. The major gaming companies are starting to develop some games to be played on steroscopic screens. These screens use 3D glasses worn by the players and bystanders which transforms the picture so that you actually can now see true depth. The use of these screens do greatly enhance the 3D and make it more real in appearance. There is some drawbacks to this approach. The glasses are fairly expensive and can be cumbersome and uncomfortable to wear. After playing for a while eye strain can become bothersome to the point that you don't want to play anymore. 3D Game Market has come up with a solution that eliminates all of the negatives involved with using steroscopic displays. This company has developed the process for enabling PC video games to be played on autosteroscopic 3D displays that do not require the use of glasses. These screens display beautiful 3D which greatly improves the 3D experience. It is very lifelike and there is no limitation on playing time due to the lack of eye strain. Both the players and friends who are watching are free to move around while enjoying the 3D adventure. It is absolutely amazing how the use of these screens bring the games to life.
So the definition of 2D and 3D games becomes a little more confusing with the introduction of these new 3D displays.. We can now play 2D and 3D games in either a 2D environment using a 2D screen or we can play them on 3D displays in 3D. This makes me scratch my head and smile. I hope this article has helped in explaining the difference between 2D and 3D games.