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Ron Gilbert doesn't like 3D glasses

"Will always be a problem."

Wearing glasses to play games in 3D "will always be a problem", the creator of classic adventure series Monkey Island and upcoming downloadable title DeathSpank has said.

Ron Gilbert, who has worked on some of the most-loved titles of all time, reckons 3D gaming will only become popular when tellies that can display 3D without gamers having to wear glasses are released.

"I didn't see the 3DS, so I can't tell you about that specifically," Gilbert told Eurogamer in an interview published today.

"I know that I hate 3D movies. I find them disturbing. Although I did see a demo of somebody playing World of Warcraft in 3D, which I thought was pretty cool. So I don't know. I haven't had enough experience with it and the games to really know.

"I do know wearing a pair of glasses as you play a game is going to be a big problem. Maybe, down the road, when TVs can do 3D without glasses and all of those things, I think that's when you might see it become popular. But I think wearing the glasses is always going to be a problem."

Last week president of Sony's Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida defended 3D glasses, saying: "If you really want a big theatre experience, of course you have to wear glasses.

"With the latest technology, the glasses are light and you kind of forget you're wearing them after a while."

Sony went big on big-screen 3D at E3 2010 last month. At its press conference specs-wearing attendees were treated to a live gameplay demonstration of Killzone 3 running in 3D. And you might have seen adverts for 3D-enabled Sony televisions doing the rounds, too.

Gilbert was chatting to Eurogamer to discuss DeathSpank, which is most definitely not 3D enabled. It will be available for download on 13th July on the PlayStation Network for $14.99, and 14th July on Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points (£10).

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