What is ‘3D’
‘3D’ is shorthand for ‘three-dimensional’, meaning an object which possesses three dimensional planes – height, width and also depth. It appears in computing to describe any image which has the illusion of depth, though it is presented on a flat screen.
In terms of online casino games, ‘3D’ can describe any game’s graphics which are designed to look more realistic and which appear to have depth, rather than looking flat. The term is especially common when describing virtual reality casinos.
When referring to physical objects, there are three dimensions which represent the entirety of that object: the height, the width and the depth. A square drawn on a piece of paper is a two dimensional shape – it has a width and a height, but no depth. A three dimensional square is a box – the same shape as the 2D object, but with an added depth dimension.
A clever artist can create the illusion of a 3D shape with a flat drawing using perspective and shading to add ‘depth’. This idea of ‘flat 3D objects’ has carried forward into computer programming, and modern video games are a great example of how clever artistry can create a truly three dimensional effect on a flat screen. Now, we are starting to see more virtual reality programs and games, which take 3D graphics to a whole new level and make projected images look entirely real.
3D graphics are big news in the world of casino games, where players using electronic gambling services want a more realistic experience. 3D table games are far more popular than their 2D counterparts, as they look more professional and authentic. Adding 3D graphics to slot games opens up the opportunity to create very engaging and exciting minigame bonuses, and to make the reels more exciting and dynamic. Even more crucially, the development of good quality 3D graphics is making live virtual reality casino play possible.