Our films and games have come a long way since the beginning of technology. We started out with vide games like Pong and movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. With how our technology evolves our visual art does as well. It wasn’t very long ago that we didn’t have great 3D graphics in 2002 but we were certainly more advanced when it came to where we were in the 1990’s. I have a couple examples of video games and movie sot truly illustrate how far we have come in terms of 3D animation since the early 2000’s.
Believe it or not, the first halo came out in 2001, over 15 years ago. The first and second games were a huge step forward for video games when it came to game play but also animation. We saw realistic humanioid creatures running around and fairly realistic landscapes. And on the other hand, we got to see the conception of a 3D animated world.
But if you look back on the first and second installments in the Halo franchise, you might notice how jumpy it was and how likely the game was to glitch out or get stuck. If you look at it through a 2017 lense you can truly see how far we’ve come.
Ice Age (2002)
This movie is an all-time favorite, but the most interesting thing about the film is actually the graphics. Ice Age was easily one of the most popular movies at the time but it was also on the cutting edge for 3D animation.
There were certain shots that were filmed in 3D but they still looked awkward and flat, which is what you might expect for a first shot at sophisticated animation. All the same, this was one of the best attempts at 3D at the time.
Treasure planet (2002)
This film also proved how unsophisticated we were at the time. Like Ice Age this movie had some seriously impressive moments. The steampunk world the animators created was breathtaking, especially when it came to the floating cityscapes and star animations – however these qualities probably weren’t due to advances in 3D animation, just traditional.
This movie’s use of 3D at the time was impressive but now just appears awkward.
Here are some more recent films and games that prove just how far we’ve come…
Halo 4 (2012)
This game came out over 10 years after the first and the difference is stunning. Everything looks like it could be real. The world of Halo and the world that Master Chief roams around in certainly looks like something attainable in the real world. That is due to advancements in 3D animation which allow game makers to make movements, facial expressions, and the surrounding area more lifelike and move without glitchy jumps. I think we all can agree this makes for some impressive game play.
This film actually came out before Halo 4 by a few years. The amount of detail and beauty put into this film proves how quickly our technology is developing. I don’t really even need to go into detail when describing this film because everyone knows just how groundbreaking it truly was.
Can you imagine how stunning the sequel will be?
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