Ask anyone what the biggest problem is with 3D movies today, and they'll probably agree that it's the fact that you have to wear those silly glasses. I think it runs a bit deeper than that though, and while the glasses do suck, here is a more in depth analysis as to why 3D ain't all it's cracked up to be.

The Glasses, Oh the glasses


Let's dig into the glasses as they are usually the biggest topic of discussion. Here are the reasons people do not enjoy 3D technology with glasses.

First of all, they are uncomfortable, and can only really be worn for short periods of time (though home 3D glasses come in many different shapes and sizes). Also, people who already wear glasses now need to wear two pairs of glasses. I guess this is alright for one movie or so, but what about SuperBowl? They're never so comfortable that you forget about them, it's always in the back of your mind that you're wearing glasses. This is distracting and taking away from the experience.

The next gripe with the glasses is that they are expensive. 3D movies in the theater cost $5 or so dollars extra, to compensate for the 3D overhead I'm guessing. If you've forked out the dough for a 3D TV already, you're looking at another $1-200 for 1 pair of active-shutter glasses? Who has that kind of money for TV? Perhaps the prices will drop eventually, but for now it is simply too much to make home 3D viewing more than a singular or two person experience. What if you want to watch a movie with a bunch of people? Chances are they can't bring over their 3D glasses, because there is no standard 3D glasses technology. Every manufacturer has a different type of 3D glasses, which makes it even more difficult to obtain them.

-Screen imperfections are amplified
Do you notice that when watching a 3D movie you can instantly see all the imperfections on the movie or television screen that you wouldn't have noticed before. Things like dust on the screen, vertical or horizontal lines running across the screen, holes, tears, etc. If you're like me, that soon becomes all you can focus on, like one lonley dead pixel on a LCD screen, taunting you for the entire duration of the film. With no 3D, the imperfections aren't as obvious and bothersome.


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-Glass Glare/Fingerprints
The next thing about the glasses is that if they aren't completely clean, or if you aren't sitting in the exact spot, you're going to see glare on your glasses from ambient lighting. Or even worse, how bout a nice big fingerprint from that big box of popcorn you just put your hands in and adjusted your uncomfortable gasses with.

-The Headaches


Don't make me watch Avatar again, please!

People have reported that they get headaches when watching 3D movies. I have not experienced this yet, but have definitely had sore eyes after for a few hours. It is definitely an intense workout for your eyes, probably a bad one, even moreso with active-shutter glasses flickering right in front of your eyes.

-Social Viewing is difficult
Watching television can be a social activity, but it is much more difficult to be social with people in the room when you are wearing those dang glasses. As soon as you look over at someone to talk, you think, oh right, you're wearing these stupid things too. Eventually the glasses come off and something 2D comes on.

Now on to the reasons 3D sucks, other than the glasses.

Turning movies into rollercoaster rides


When you go see a 3D movie, you really know what you are getting yourself into. Things whizzing past your face, flying camera shots, chase scenes, epic battles, things that generally attempt to make you go wow visually. Aside from that there really isn't much else going on usually. The conventional 3D gimmics are used to varying degrees from movie to movie, but it is still there.

Invasion of Personal Space
You know what's annoying? When someone puts their finger really close to your eye and leaves it there for a while.

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We all have a personal space that we don't like being invaded. Close-talkers do it to, and nobody likes close-talkers. Why do we subject ourselves to paying $15 to watch Close Talker 3D: The Finger in Your Face IMAX experience?

Bottom line
Glass-less 3D technology is on the way, look at the Nintendo 3DS, but it is still far from being perfected. Even still, will we ever get past the gimmicky nature of 3D once we have perfected the technology?

What do you think? How often do you watch something in 3D? What else is wrong with 3D?