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Hollywood sends 3D home — in videogames

By July 9, 2009Newswires

Gameworld: Hollywood sends 3D home — in videogames
By John Gaudiosi

RALEIGH, North Carolina, July 9 (Reuters Life!) – Coming to a living room near you — 3D videogames.

A spate of summer blockbuster movies like Disney/Pixar`s (DIS.N) "Up," 20th Century Fox`s (VIAb.N)"Ice Age: Dawn of Dinosaurs" and the upcoming Disney "G-Force" movie have introduced moviegoers to the latest stereoscopic 3D technology.

Now videogames are following suit, with moves to bring the third dimension home as some of the biggest names in Hollywood work on 3D videogames expanding on the stories of their 3D films.

Disney Interactive Studios` "G-Force" game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, based on Jerry Bruckheimer`s live action 3D film featuring secret agent guinea pigs, will use Anaglyph 3D, the traditional red and blue glasses from the 1950s 3D craze.

Disney is using this same technology on a Wii game due out in fall, "Disney/Pixar`s Toy Story Midway Mania," which is based on the Walt Disney World and Disneyland 4D theme park ride and comes out alongside the movie "Toy Story 3D" in October.

Pushing 3D technology even further, Ubisoft (UBIP.PA) has developed proprietary stereoscopic 3D technology — the clear polarized glasses movie theater patrons receive these days — for "James Cameron`s Avatar" game.

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