3D “a new creative medium,” says Hocking

Friday, 26th November 2010 10:26 GMT By Johnny Cullen


SCEE 3D boss Mick Hocking has told attendees at Develop Liverpool the upcoming tech is “a new creative medium” for the industry.

Hocking made his remarks in a keynote speech at the event yesterday.

“Doing things like the way we’ve used Move combined with 3D in Tumble makes a game more natural and more accessible, which will be great for welcoming more people to your games,” he said.

“3D is not just about adding depth to a game; its a new creative medium with which game developers can work.”

Hocking also hit back at claims that 3D was just a gimmick that offered very little in terms of gameplay.

“With 3D, unlike other mediums film and TV, we can interact and innovate in far more ways.”

He added: “I really would urge you to start converting your game into 3D now. We’re here to help you and can help with training.”

Hocking said earlier in the week that 50 titles were being made for 3D on PS3, 20 of which are internal from Sony.

Thanks, Develop.



  1. datamonkey

    “I really would urge you to start converting your game into 3D now”

    Of course they would “urge” developers to start doing this, it’s totally in their interests financially to do so!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. naffgeek

    Sony really need a USP and I just can’t see 3D being it.

    although I tend t agree with Kenny Powers on the whole 3D thing anyway.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Freek

    So what are these bold new innovations beyond “the same game/film but prettier”?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    3D is just a tool. And like any tool, once its in the right hands great things can happen. To say that it cant have any other use then to just make stuff “prettier” is ignorant.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @Freek, “So what are these bold new innovations beyond “the same game/film but prettier”?”

    If you never played a great 3D game than you don’t know about 3D nothing.

    It’s a big difference betweem movies and games. It’s not making game look prettier. It’s making a game more realistic and immersive.

    Games like Batman:Arkham Asylum in 3D are much better than Arkham Asylum without 3D and thats just one example. There are already a lot of games with native 3D. Game like METRO 2033 is the most jaw dropping game in 3D.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Freek

    Immersive is just another way of saying pretty. It doesn’t suddenly make it a different game. The visuals change but the gameplay remains the same.
    And that’s fine, it’s enough. But don’t claim it’s a Kinext/Move like innovation that suddenly changes the way we play games. Because that’s not not what’s happening.

    Like HD, looks fantastic, nice to have, but the game’s still the same.

    Infact, right now, due to the resolution and framerate sacrifices you have to make to get a game running in 3D. You could even argue twitch based games (racers,shooters), where framerate matters, are worse in 3D.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. ybfelix

    If it actually let us lean over and see another side of objects then it’s a innovation of gameplay. But I suppose we should wait for holodeck for that. Until then we could just use the right analog stick..

    #7 4 years ago

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