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Jon Landau, producer of the video game version of Avatar, has stated that he knows exactly why video games based on movies nearly always fail. It is his contention that Hollywood politics and restrictive studio rules often lead to subpar games. Landau believes that the whole process of making movie games needs to rely less on studios and more on individual directors, producers and other stakeholders. Hit the break for more. Read More

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Ubisoft Praises Assassin's Creed II Sales, Pins Blame for Losses on Wii Titles

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No HDMI, No Avatar

In case you haven't heard, James Cameron (writer and director of Terminator, Aliens, and Titanic) has a new movie, entitled Avatar, heading to theaters this December. It is a sci-fi film that will be shown in 3-D. Yeah, 3-D. Like the having-to-wear-silly-glasses-in-the-movie-theater kind of 3-D. And like all good 3-D sci-fi movies, Avatar will have its own tie-in video game. But guess what? The video game will also be in 3-D. How exciting. In order for the 3-D effects of the video game to function properly you will need a few things. First off, you will need a 3-D enabled TV. What the hell is that, you ask? Well, honestly, I have no idea. It's news to me that these even exist. Okay, so step one, buy a new TV. Next, you will need a copy of the game and 3-D glasses. This seems fair. I am assuming that the game will come with glasses (perhaps I'm being optimistic). Finally, you will need your PS3, 360, or PC hooked up to it's display via HDMI. This shouldn't be a huge problem for most gamers. Unless, of course, you own an earlier version of the 360 that doesn't support HDMI. In case you forgot, there are no HDMI ports to be found on the launch version of the 360. So, potentially, you may be required to purchase a new TV and a new console in order to play this game. Maybe I'm pre-judging this game a bit harshly, but I have difficulty believing it will be worth all that. Read More

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E3 2009 Media: 3 Screens of James Cameron's Avatar

Last night legendary director James Cameron (Titanic, Terminator) spoke at length about his upcoming movie Avatar and how Ubisoft's upcoming licensed version of the game would rise above what many have come to expect of movie to game translations. While most licensed titles are rushed in order to meet the theatrical release of the movie, the opposite could be said about Avatar with it's fully invested development time and Cameron's involvement in the project. As the game wasn't shown at the press conference I can't really comment on how it looks but I will admit that James Cameron does seem passioniate about the project. We'll be finding out everything we can about James Cameron's Avatar this week but until then check the 3 screens that Ubisoft released after the jump. Read More

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James Cameron's 3D Avatar Coming Mid-2009

Ah, hell. I just pretty much gave away the only real news about this in the title. Now I have to find a way to pad this out. As said before, the game is coming in the middle of 2009, possibly in the summertime to coincide with the movie's release. No, this has nothing to do with The Last Airbender; that one's set for 2010, and won't feature "Avatar" in the title as a result of a dispute over the name with this movie. Oh, and that one is being written and produced by M. Night Shyamalan as part of a trilogy. This Avatar's concept is about these aliens who are able to combine and manifest within human bodies, which are known as their avatars. James Cameron described it as "a futuristic tale set on a planet 200 years hence... an old-fashioned jungle adventure with an environmental conscience... [that] aspires to a mythic level of storytelling." The January 2007 press release described the film: "Avatar is also an emotional journey of redemption and revolution. It is the story of a wounded ex-marine, thrust unwillingly into an effort to settle and exploit an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival," and "We're creating an entire world, a complete ecosystem of phantasmagorical plants and creatures, and a native people with a rich culture and language." Unlike the movie, however, the "true 3D" of the game will likely require some sort of special glasses, and it's not shaping up to be the MMO it was originally planned to be. Read More

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Avatar Takes Xbox 360 into 3D at Ubisoft

First, just so we're clear, this has nothing to do with The Last Airbender. Just as the picture indicates. That said, James Cameron, director of the upcoming 2009 movie Avatar, has revealed that Ubisoft has a 3D version of the forthcoming game up and running on Xbox 360 consoles. "But there are already plenty of 3D games on Xbox 360!" you might say. But apparently, we're looking at a more realistic, immersive 3D with a genuine sense of depth here, rather than a 3D image flattened on a TV screen. The movie will use stereoscopic film projectors in theaters, and it seems he's eager to bring the experience home. "Stereo production is the next big thing," he said during a speech as part of Microsoft's Advance 08 advertising conference. "We are born seeing in three dimensions. Most animals have two eyes and not one. There is a reason I think." "You are in the game," he added. "This is the ultimate immersive media." Cameron believes that this will make the games more immersive, suggesting that displays for laptops, phones, and Microsoft's Zune could go stereoscopic without the need of special glasses. Ubisoft acquired the rights to Avatar last Summer, when CEO Yves Guillemot suggested that the game would be a "unique interactive experience." Read More