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GIFs are fun enough, but turned into 3D images they’re mesmerizing. It’s actually not 3D, but just a trick of sorts that makes your eyes see it that way. The white vertical bars are used to separate the foreground and background so anything that stands out between them, like a sonic screwdriver or a soaring arrow, looks like it’s coming right for you.

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These very realistic 3D illustrations of Pokémon characters were done by Japanese artist Yuuki Morita. He made the images using Maya and Zbrush design software and they look just incredible!

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It’s been seven years of work, but game designer Drew Rechner has recreated Baldur’s Gate in 3D as Baldur’s Gate: Reloaded. The mod is the entirety of the game including the Tales of the Sword Coast expansion. Rechner worked on the project with programmer Shallina and says it helped him get into the game industry where he worked at TimeGate Studios until he was let go when they shut down.

In order to play you’ll need Neverwinter Nights 2 and the Mask of the Betrayer and Storm of Zehir expansions. Once you’ve got those installed you can download the mod and you’re ready to play.

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The 3Doodler is a kickstarter with 32 days to go and it’s already smashed through its $30,000 goal, raising well over $1 million as of this writing! What is the 3Doodler? It’s a pen that has a continuos loop of plastic that passes through the body. The plastic is warmed as it goes in and cooled as it comes out so you can actually draw right off the page and up into the air to create a 3D image. You can pledge now and get yourself a 3Doodler with an assortment of colored plastic to get you started. Stretch goals haven’t been announced, but they plan to reveal them soon.

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Depending on your feelings about 3D, this will either make you very happy or a little stabby. The BBC has announced that the special 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who will be broadcast in 3D and that it will also be show in theaters. According to Moffat:

It’s about time. Technology has finally caught up with Doctor Who and your television is now bigger on the inside. A whole new dimension of adventure for the Doctor to explore.

As to the timing, no one knows if this will be before, after or at the same time as the show is broadcast. Either way, it will give those of us who don’t have a 3D set-up in our living rooms a chance to experience the anniversary episode in all its glory.

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Game of Thrones fan Daniel Ammann, Executive Vice President of Research and Development for Swiss electronics company u-blox, got hooked on 3D printing. He then decided he’d pass the time until the show returns on March 31st by making a 3D printed model of Winterfell as it appears in the show’s opening credits. All he had to draw on were screen shots ad some online fan art, but what he ended up with is incredible. According to Ammann:

The biggest challenge was finding a ‘true’ town map,” he said. “The title sequence is only a few seconds, and shows the town whilst it builds up. There is a ground map at A Wiki of Fire & Ice and you can also find various artwork that was done by fans. Interpolating between these different sources and filling in the blank was surely the challenging and fun part.”

This is only the start, as he plans to keep going and create more of Westeros. He hopes to build The Wall and Pkye Castle now that he has a better grasp of the CAD program required for the process. King’s Landing, however, is so vast that he sees it as something better created as a community effort.

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Depending on your feelings about 3D, you were either elated or horribly disappointed to hear that plans to release the remaining two Star Wars prequel films in 3D had been cancelled. Now it seems that the films have merely been delayed rather than cancelled outright. According to the official Star Wars site:

Lucasfilm has decided to postpone this fall’s scheduled release of Star Wars Episodes II and III in 3D. Given the recent development that we are moving forward with a new Star Wars trilogy, we will now focus 100 percent of our efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII in order to ensure the best possible experience for our fans. We will post further information about our 3D release plans at a later date.

There are also reports that although J.J. Abrams has committed to the next Star Wars movie that he hasn’t committed to the original release date of 2015. That means it’ll be a good while before any 3D releases hit the screen, if they aren’t scrapped for good in the meantime.

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You’ve seen Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter on screen more times than you can remember. You might also own models or the Lego set, but now you can really get close to the spaceship thanks to Sketchfab. The service lets users host 3D models of all kinds of stuff, and Trigoru has uploaded one of the TIE Fighter. All you need is a WebGL compatible browser to explore the highly detailed model with your mouse.

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Since The Phantom Menace came to 3D last February, I figured it was only a time before the release date for at least Attack of the Clones would be announced. The news dropped at the closing ceremonies of Star Wars Celebration VI. Attack of the Clones in 3D will be out on September 20, 2013, and Revenge of the Sith in 3D will follow shortly after on October 11, 2013.

I saw Episode I in 3D, and I have to say that I didn’t notice a lot of difference. Lucasfilm must have had the same reaction because they’ve changed the process for these two films. They’re working with a company called Prime Focus to convert the episodes to 3D. I saw clips of the finished 3D for both films at Celebration VI, and it looked gorgeous. The scenes showing the storms on Kamino and the Zam Wesell chase through Coruscant in Attack of the Clones were absolutely impressive. I’m much more excited to see them in 3D after seeing clips showing the quality.

Let’s hope they release the original trilogy in 3D 2014!

This incredibly detailed Super Mario Brothers wall art was done by Alfonso Mellone for a game store. It took him about a month to create this 10 square meter mural. What really makes it unique is that there are 3D elements added throughout the mural to make it feel even more real. Look closely and you’ll see that the flower pots and bricks are actually stuck to the all. My favorite bit is the vine that’s growing right into the ceiling.

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