Top 10 3D games right now – plus what you need to play them

With Call of Duty: Black Ops built for 3D, the list of 3D-enabled games has reached a respectable number. So which ones are the best and what gear do you need to play them?

Avatar the movie hurled 3D into the public consciousness, but the true impact of 3D is being felt in gaming, where you’re not just watching a stereoscopic world, you’re totally immersed in it. Watching Avatar at the cinema was cool, but putting on the NVIDIA 3D glasses and firing up our ASUS 3D monitor to play Need for Speed: Shift in 3D was mind-blowing. It was the “wow” moment, the kind you get when a new, disruptive technology shows up to suddenly change the way things are done.

But although the technology pieces for 3D started appearing early in 2009, it’s only now that the content is finally catching up. The list of games that are not just “converted” to 3D but designed from the ground up to work with it has grown to the point where the investment in the requisite 3D hardware can be considered worthwhile.

Here is a list of the top 10 3D-enabled games and the gear you’ll need to play them. Be warned though – what comes through loud and clear from user feedback and our trawling of 3D gamer forums is that getting the games to work perfectly on your PC will require a bit of tweaking, and in many cases, you’ll have to turn the frame rate down and anti-aliasing off, as well as making any number of adjustments until your system can cope with the extra load of running in 3D.

THE TOP 10 3D-ENABLED GAMES

This top 10 is based on own experiences with 3D games in the labs, general user feedback on the web and NVIDIA’s own ratings. NVIDIA is important here because it provides the only complete 3D solution for PCs, a kit called NVIDIA 3D Vision (explained at bottom of the story). It maintains a page in which it classifies the games by how well they exploit 3D, however not all our picks and user favourites agree with NVIDIA’s ratings. Many of the favourite 3D games don’t get the  “NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready” label that says they are perfect showcases of NVIDIA’s 3D kit. Thats’ because they have other 3D qualities that users love.

1. BATTLEFIELD BAD COMPANY 2

This is far and away the top 3D game right now because it works on all levels. BBC2 becomes much more visceral in 3D, creating an extraordinary sense of immersion in the battle. You can feel the action, experience the explosions, and your gun looks like a real 3D object. On a technical level, BB2 is also superior because of the attention to detail, the most obvious being the way it refocuses close objects such as your gun when you shift your gaze back from distant objects, overcoming the problem of having perfect depth of field in the distance but out-of-focus stuff close up. Like many of the 3D games, however, BBC2 in 3D may require you to tone the settings to play it smoothly.  Some BBC2 players also report they find it hard to adjust to 3D in gameplay.

2. TOMB RAIDER UNDERWORLD

This game is not in NVIDIA’s top list of new-generation 3D games, but the excellent reviews from users are just relentless and it can’t be anything but number two in our Top 10 list based purely on user praise. There is no doubt the three dimensional mystical landscapes and underworld are captivating, but our suspicion is that having a 3D babe as its major character is a significant driver of the praise from the young men who play this.

3. METRO 2033 – THE LAST REFUGE

This is state-of-the-art 3D atmospherics. No game gives you a better sense of immersion into scary, claustrophobic interiors than Metro 2033, nor make your heart jump as much when a monster leaps out at you. If you just want to find out how 3D can envelop you, this is the game. It uses every technology at its disposal to generate realism, such as 3D, PhysX, Phong tessellation and direct compute. But some things have to give, and you may have to turn down the graphics settings to enjoy it in 3D

4. BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM

Batman just does 3D superbly. It’s often the game used by vendors selling 3D hardware so that gives you an idea of how polished it is in three dimensions. It’s a cliché, but people and objects in it just seem to leap out of the screen.

5. MAFIA 2

What do you need to get right for a game about the Mafia? The suits! These Italian-American guys like to dress in expensive suits, so Mafia II uses a special “Apex Clothing Module” from the PhysX Developer Toolset to bring you the Mafiosi’s fabrics in astonishing realistic fabric. The theme carries through to explosions as well, as things blow up with super realism, each bit of shrapnel behaving as you’d expect it in a real explosion – unpredictably. In all, a graphical stunner.

6. JUST CAUSE 2

This game is a standout for its amazingly realistic landscape, particularly the way the water and light behave. That’s because it’s the first game to use NVIDIA’s CUDA technology to the fullest, particularly when rendering water – where you see incredibly realistic micro ripples and fine grained reflections. CUDA is also used for creating high quality depth of field effects. Just Cause 2 is so nice you don’t want to ruin it with the need to kill and blow up things. As one forum user says: “Sometimes I prefer just driving around watching the scenery, rather than blowing up everything.”

7. NEED FOR SPEED: SHIFT

Racing simulations is the most competitive 3D category of all – probably because racing games benefit more from 3D than any others. Once you’ve raced in 3D you will never go back to 2D, and it’s often said that many players find their times dramatically improve when moving to 3D because the environment is much closer to the real one they experience in their cars. There are many standout titles in this. Need for Need for Speed – Shift, Flatout and Burnout Paradise are consistently praised – we couldn’t really separate them but since we’ve actually played Need for Speed and been blown away by it (the “wow” moment) it gets the gong.

8. LOST PLANET 2

One of the next-generation 3D games with the works. Definitely one of NVIDIA’s 3D Vision showcase games that feature not just 3D but DirectX 11 support, hardware tesselation, computer shader and so on . In short, you go to a totally immersive planet with amazing landscapes in which you fight to take control of the Thermal Energy that drives weapons.

9. AVATAR

Regardless of the movie, AVATAR the game is actually great in 3D, and may gamers still rate it as their favourite. Enough said. Watch the movie, enjoy the game.

10. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS

The first Call of Duty game to be built for three dimensions. Black Ops in 3D probably deserves to be higher up this list, but right now it’s too new, too untested for us to say it’s totally up there. From what we’ve seen and early users are saying, it’s incredibly promising. Like in Battlefield Bad Company 2, the depth of field makes you feel as if you’re there, in battle. The lead cinematics animator on Call of Duty, Adam Rosas, reportedly said “ We used 3D to give you better transitions and to work certain elements into the game. If you want an element of surprise, you can use this 3D technology to actually surprise a player, rather than just putting a flash on the screen. You can really implement 3D so that your peripheral vision will catch something and you’ll look over there, where you can fully reveal what you want them to see. So 3D can be used to draw the player where the action is within a story. It’s even a better visual cue than lighting, which games have used to send players in a certain direction.”

Read more:http://apcmag.com/top-10-3d-enabled-games.htm

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14 Unusual Computer Mouse Designs

14 Unusual Computer Mouse Designs

Creative and unusual computer mouse designs from all over the world.

 

Inflatable Computer Mouse

If you do not have space in your notebook bag for a regular mouse, this is the one to consider. [link]

Inflatable Computer Mouse

Inflatable Mouse

Egg Computer Mouse

Elecom’s Egg computer mouse features beautiful design and comes in a variety of colors that would make even the Easter Bunny proud. [link]

Egg Computer Mouse

Zero Computer Mouse

Beautiful computer mouse concept by Oliver Rosito combines state of the art design with lightweight materials. [link]

Zero Computer Mouse

NES Controller Computer Mouse

NES-inspired computer mouse. Only a concept at this time. [link]

NES Controller Computer Mouse

Washable Computer Mouse

Belkin’s water-resistant computer mouse can survive spills and can be hand-washed under the faucet. [link]

Washable Computer Mouse

Mus2 Computer Mouse

Mus2 cordless optical two-button mouse not only controls the cursor on the screen, but looks like one, too. [link]

Mus2 Computer Mouse

Body Computer Mouse

Even though it is just a concept, Chris Lomaka’s Body computer mouse is still very creepy. [link]

Body Computer Mouse

MLB Baseball Cap Computer Mouse

Baseball fans will love using this unusual MLB ball cap mouse. [link]

MLB Baseball Cap Computer Mouse

Real Mouse Computer Mouse

Homemade travel-size computer mouse. Fully functional, and furry!. [link]

Real Mouse Computer Mouse

Real Mouse Mouse

Ezkey Keypad Computer Mouse

One thing that you miss when working from a laptop is a proper keypad. This computer mouse takes care of that problem. [link]

Ezkey Keypad Computer Mouse

Gold Brick Computer Mouse

It seems only right that computer mice, which were once such brick-like tools should, in these ‘interesting times’ return to being bricks again. [link]

Gold Brick Computer Mouse

Hand Grenade Computer Mouse

Unique computer mouse mod: hand grenade, don’t pull the pin! [link]

Hand Grenade Computer Mouse

MX Air Computer Mouse

Logitech’s MX Air rechargeable cordless computer mouse tracks motion even after you lift it in the air. [link]

MX Air Computer Mouse

Laser Typing VS physical keyboard, which one will you choose?

Projected keyboards are all the rage! This one, by Celluon, doubles as a virtual multi-touch mouse, eliminating the need for extra peripherals. With the flick of a switch, a full-size QWERTY keyboard is projected in the safe form of a laser directly onto any flat surface. Compatible with both Windows, Android, Blackberry and iOS systems, Epic pairs via Bluetooth to your favorite devices.

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Don’t want people to reach you through phone, try off pocket

Off-Pocket

Need to go off the grid for a while? You can turn your phone off…or you can just slip it inside the OFF Pocket. It’s a portable privacy pocket of sorts that makes your phone untrackable and unhackable. It can successfully shield 100dB of signal in the 800MHz to 2.4GHz frequency range. That includes cellular signals, GPS, and WiFi.

The OFF Pocket is guaranteed to work with any phone and any carrier in any country in the world. It’s available in two sizes to accommodate most phones and is flexible and lightweight, which makes it easy to carry and take with you on your travels.

The OFF Pocket launched earlier this year at Tank Magazine in London, where it sold out in its first run. Since then, the team has been going back to prototyping and doing beta tests to improve the design further. The project is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $85 will get you one of your very own.

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The virtual keyboard has arrived.

What’s better than an ultra-thin, compact, wireless keyboard?? One that doesn’t actually exist at all!! The Lumiquitous mouse system rids your desktop of the cumbersome keyboard, replacing it with a virtual keyboard projected directly on the desk surface. The two mice (one for each side) have a triple motion sensor, beam projector, and optical sensor that detect the movement of the hands and fingers. Because the keyboard moves with the mouse, there’s no more repetitive switching your hand from mouse to keyboard!

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Desk safari

Desk Safari has becom e new craze is sweeping offices up and down Britain. Desk Safari is a funny photo project that cleverly lines a person’s head with the body of an animal shown in the tablet, and take a joint photo of them. It’s pretty self-explanatory.

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