3D is upon us, and apparently consumers are eating it up. Or at least, we are eating it up because we're told to. I'm not all that impressed with 3D, and yes I saw Avatar in 3D and I still think it's not as revolutionary as the media purveyors would have you think.
For me, gameplay is king, it always has been, and this would be why I still play 'older' games. Graphics are icing and while I can appreciate nice graphics, they do not make a game good. 3D is simply a different presentation. However, unlike every other advance in graphics, I'm not required to wear a second set of spectacles (as I already have glasses) when I play a game or watch a movie.
I think 3D works to a certain extent in movie theaters because I walk in, get my glasses and only have to deal with them for a couple of hours. When the experience is finished, my 3D specs come off.
In the home it's quite different. First off, I'm much more likely to get interrupted while playing a game or watching a movie. Not a huge factor but that means the glasses are going off and on while I switch from reality to virtual. Second, I'm usually in it for longer. Depending on the game, you're looking at least a 15 hour investment, if not more that you've got the extra specs on. Third, they don't change the gameplay. One might think that having 3D might enhance the gameplay, but I don't think it really does. You are still playing the game from a fixed camera point. It's not like the image changes based on your head movement. Fourth, what about my existing investment? You're telling me that my current TV can't play it? My TV is only 2 years old, and I'm not about to replace it for a gimmick. So, I've got to buy a new TV and I've got to buy a bunch of glasses? Okay fine, that means that I've got to buy at least 5 pairs (one for each member of the family). Not a problem, that'll only run me $665. That's also assuming that you'll never have anyone else over to watch.
I see this going the way of the LaserDisc, something that only the hardcore videophiles will want.