Your favourite MMO seen through the NVIDIA 3D Vision Glasses

May 20, 2009

I’m writing this first Article 2 weeks after i purchased the combination of the NVIDIA® GeForce® 3D Vision™ and Samsung® SyncMaster™ 2233RZ 120Hz LCD.

Since I’m a MMO-Addict i tried out numerous MMO Games and Demos including World of Warcraft, Age of Conan, Chronicles of Spellborne, D&D Online and Warhammer Online

Introduction

For those who are unfamiliar with Stereoscopic Glasses, they use a technique that provides a different image for each of your eyes in 3D-Games giving these Games a true 3rd dimension often described as looking throe a window into the world behind your screen. since almost all MMO’s i tested use 3rd person view it often feels like looking into a toy box full of living, breathing toys. My personal impression : “If you get the game to working 3D-stereo mode, its an absolutely awesome experience”. A lot of games switch from “i view some kind of movie there” to “OMG there are little toy people running around inside my room (monitor)”. I noticed that in some games where i didn’t liked the standard 3D art that much,in 3D stereo mode i was totally amazed on how fantastic the world looks. Especially when i retried DDO in stereo mode i was like “wow that stuff looks as if im playing with living tin-miniatures”

The glasses basically work with every 3D game out of the box even tough for some (like wow) NVIDIA provides special profiles with settings (like depth) customized for the game.
You also have to keep in mind that the depth-effect comes from “how much the developers stay true to a 3-Dimensional” setting, so if they program in some clever tricks like lighting, effects, bloom or other stuff that doesn’t happen at the coordinates in the 3D world where they suppose to happen its better to turn these effects of so not to ruin the scene.

NVIDIA rated some of their driver supported games already on their web-page but since I’m a fan of classic western ill put my reviews into categories of “The good, the bad and the ugly”.


EDIT: Since the list of games and their rating will change constantly depending on the game developers and NVIDIAs effored to make the MMOs work in “true” 3D I decided to keep an up to date list on this page.

General Toughs

Common Problems that all of these game share:
IMHO the biggest strain for the eyes is the extensive use of the graphical user interface (GUI). All these elements like skillbar, chatbox, minimap, lifebar, character portrait are usually rendered in 2D at the front of the scene. The effect is like driving a car with a thousand stickers on your windshield. You can look at whats beyond the windshield and view the world in perfect 3D but if you have to focus on those stickers that are attached to your windshield from the inside you have trouble watching the road.
The same goes for PC/NPC Name, Lifebars and other text  or information that is pasted into the 3D environment. Even if it is placed perfectly (like in wow or war) above the head of the 3D model

My hope would be that in the far far future MMOs could be a lot less text heavy.
NPC’s could have voiceover dialog and enough diversity in their appearance to make stuff like “Go to Captain N00bslayer, he’s the big Ork in the main building” work on audio and appearance alone.
NPCs and Players alike could have “near death animations” where they limp, cough and bleed instead of half full healthbar sticking somewhere on the screen or besides their model.

In the “first Look” i gave these games above i spend around 1h with each game, often in the free trial version of the MMO. In the coming months I’ll post individual game reviews with (stereo) screenshots here at my blog so keep your eyes crossed and your glasses clean…

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4 Responses to “Your favourite MMO seen through the NVIDIA 3D Vision Glasses”

  1. Ryan Says:

    Thanks for the blog. How much ghosting do you notice?

    • craylon Says:

      In general i would say the ghosting is far less noticable then in for example waaay back in the days of shutter glasses like elsa revelator and crt monitors.

      still i cant say that there is zero ghosting.

      ill try to cover ghosting issues game by game because the games that rated good really do show next to no noticble ghosting. even if you look into light sources like torches and stuff in war or wow.
      in lineage 2 on the other hand i noticed ghosting on characters with bruight white hair. in age of conan i played around a lot with the configurations but i got a ghosting effect from almost every object in the game.

  2. Tony Says:

    I look forward to future updates as I primarily got the 3D Vision for my MMO desires as well.

    One question though, how do you get Aion to work with 3d Vision? I’m at a bit of a loss.

    • craylon Says:

      I had 2 days on the chinese beta left when i got my glasses. if i remember correctly it worked without much hassle. ill post the shots i made today.


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