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Old 4th February 2014, 03:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The Turning Point of 3D Graphics

Remember playing Elder Scrolls: The Arena back in '94? When 3D graphics was just making object smaller then larger relative to your position. And having an entire world to explore at your own will was unheard of. I Personally think it was our guys at Bethesda that pushed the limits of technology and made it possible for us to enjoy the magnificent games we have today. I would like to know when you first noticed that games where getting more and more 3D, and if you have a favorite FPS or RPG back in the day.
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Old 4th February 2014, 06:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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3d graphics is still just about making objects smaller or larger relative to your position, just the methods have changed .

I recall mystery house back in 80 looking 3d, although I think the style was more isometric than perspective. Certainly elite was 3d back in 84. There are probably earlier examples that I've forgotten, but these are two I remember fondly.
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Arcade games were 3d earlier that 84, i'd say. Battlezone was 1980...

But that's wireframe. Mode7 was a version of 3d too, for the SNES. Doom was split-level 2D like this elder scrolls title? So 2D sprites scaled and displayed based on a 2D+/3D perspective?
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Old 5th February 2014, 04:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You lost me buttersoft. you lost me when you brought in 2d? and I guess I didn't realize 3D was around that early
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I remember Midwinter for me being the 1st 3D style game that made an impression. That was a cool game(pun intended). Also Stunt Car Racer was another favourite at the time.
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I was basically saying the same thing as Brootal, that 3D has been around for a while, and that there are different methods for realising it.
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Would you say Buck Rogers: Planet of Doom was 3D? It had depth and resizing, even if it was linear and third person.

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Hmmm, it's raster gridded 2D to produce a 3D effect? The sprites are resized, not scaled, and at fixed points? I'm obviously familiar with games like that, but i've never known what they're termed.
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As far as I'm concerned, anything that tries to give the impression of depth can be called 3d.

Well, unless you're talking about true 3d, but from memory there's only been a couple of attempts at hologram games back in the early 90s.
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