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Nov03
Trioviz and 3D Gaming on the Xbox 360
Back in the late aughts, pushed by Avatar as well as a slew of other 3D films - but mostly Avatar – 3D became a “thing” for a while. It seemed that every major action movie had two showings in the theatre, one in 3D and one in 2D. As part of this new, albeit temporary, interest in 3D several games were released on the Xbox 360 with 3D options. Somehow, at the time, this development escaped me. I will say that I had noticed that some copies of Batman: Arkham Asylum at Gamestop had a big “3D” symbol on the cover, but I had assumed that this was only compatible with the new and expensive 3D TV’s which have pretty much gone the way of the dodo these days. But no, this actually was not the case, the 3D of these games was compatible with 2D TVs.

Certain copies of the game actually came with cardboard 3D glasses made by a company called Trioviz. Trioviz’s 3D technology was based on the old red/blue 3D tech of the prior age, also called anaglyph 3D. Trioviz glasses were a bit more advanced though. Instead of red/blue the Trioviz lenses are more of a green/purple and able to make the image seem more natural, particular the colors.

9 games were released that are compatible with the Trioviz technology; Batman Arkham Asylum: Game of the Year Edition, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Thor: God of Thunder, Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, Captain America: Super Soldier, Gears of War 3, Batman: Arkham City, Assassin's Creed: Revelations, and Assassin's Creed III

Since the GOTY edition of Arkham Asylum has a whole separate achievement list from the version of the game I completed back in 2010, I found a copy on E-bay that included the glasses and have been playing it over the past week on my old Xbox 360. The glasses are cardboard and branded with the Arkham Asylum logo and really feel like a historical collector’s piece as they will never be made again. As far as the 3D effect, I have to say, it is well done and serves this game wonderfully. Things don’t so much “pop out”, but there is real depth to the visuals, particularly when you are in the hallways, caves and other confined areas. I’ve actually enjoyed it so much I have Green Lantern, Thor, and Revelations on the way. Green Lantern and Revelations both come with custom glasses logoed and designed just for the game. The glasses for Green Lantern are extra cool as they are basically Green Lantern’s eye mask. (I wish I hadn’t already cheeved out Enslaved or that would have been my next purchase.)

So as not to ruin the collectability and possibly damage the unique, official cardboard glasses I went ahead and ordered a hardy, plastic pair of Trioviz glasses off of Amazon to use for actual gameplay as I work my way through these classic games. The plastic glasses were originally $30 at their peak in 2010, they can now be had brand new for about $5. I would highly recommend a pair of you decide to try out any of the games. Not only are they affordable but the lenses themselves are a much higher quality than the cardboard ones, and make the colors of the images very natural. After a few minutes you actually forget you're wearing them.

It is strange to find myself turning on the Xbox 360 again, to watch achievements pop in old 360 style. (It was also nice to know that the 360 achievements are compatible with the MS Rewards 50 points a day offer too!) I’m also a little surprised that my gamer self didn’t realize until 2022 that there were 3D games on the Xbox 360.

Bottom line: If you have an Xbox 360 I would highly recommend playing the 3D version of these games. The 3D is fun and immersive, and the games still look and play fantastic.

If you've played these games in 3D or have anything to add, please feel free to comment below.

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I’m seeing an update for this game already - hope the trick isn’t patched!!

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Why would we need a trick for collectibles...?

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