First thing’s first - special thanks go to Pam Swartz for putting this review together of the movie Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D. Give it a read and post your thoughts in the related thread. She gave some strong opinions on the movie’s stereoscopic 3D quality and entertainment value - do you agree?
While we are not present at E3 because of other commitments, we still have some material to share with you! Ubisoft has sent some exciting screen shots of their upcoming PC titles including FarCry2, Tom Clancy’s HAWX, and Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway. You can check them out for yourself in our Upcoming Games Gallery.
See what you think of the latest FarCry2 images. I can’t put my finger on it, but they seem to have an uncanny resemblance to the original FarCry, but with souped up Crysis-like graphics! I really hope this game translates well to the S-3D market the way the original FarCry did.
Finally, MTBS Nations at War is back in full swing with more bug fixes. Expect another website update with some related news in the coming days. We would also like to thank SirC for the hard work he put in to our latest MTBS banner found in the forums.
Special thanks go to Kim Mitchell (Znith) for writing this detailed review of Turbine Games’ Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.
I have to say this is one of the best reviews we have posted here on MTBS, and there are several more to come. Click HERE to read the review and post your thoughts HERE.
We also got word that Midway has appointed Craig Duncan as Head of Midway Studios in Newcastle. I mention this because Craig will be in charge of Vince Diesel’s Wheelman which we profiled HERE. Congratulations, Craig! Please make sure Wheelman is rendered well for S-3D gaming!
Finally, Sharky and his team are working very hard to get the MTBS Nations at War attack system up and going again. He discovered a bug that needed fixing, and a lot of programming is required. Take advantage of this calm before the storm and build your armies up!
Message of the day: DON’T PANIC! Read this entire story!
Early this morning, Gameindustry.biz put an article online titled "Using 3D technology is dumb, says Rein". The article was a summary of a much longer interview with Mark Rein, Co-Founder of Epic Games. The original text was written as:
Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Rein revealed that the Unreal Engine 3 already supported S-3D technology but that he didn’t expect it to gain widespread acceptance - saying the need to buy a new screen was too high a barrier to entry. When told about Ubisoft’s recent announcement to use S-3D, Rein commented: "That’s dumb."
"I have a 3D monitor sitting in my office and stereoscopic has worked on Unreal for a long time. In fact one of the guys pushing stereoscopic sent me the monitor, he said ’Your games are great on these monitors,’ so he sent me one."
"So Unreal works fine on stereoscopic, it’s just you’ve got to change out your screens to use it - that’s a big accessory," Rein explained.
Mark Rein has informed MTBS that he didn’t say that S-3D was dumb. He said his reaction of "that’s dumb" was to the interviewer’s suggestion that a publisher was somehow doing something new by supporting S-3D in an upcoming game. He pointed out that in the very next answer he gave in the same interview he explained that his company’s games and engines have worked stereoscopically for nearly ten years (with the assistance of stereoscopic 3D drivers).
"When you see games like ours running with proper stereoscopic equipment it is a fantastic experience," said Mark Rein, Co-Founder of Epic Games.