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Love him or hate him, director Paul W.S. Anderson has an intimate relationship with video games and their representation in Hollywood. Anderson directed Mortal Kombat, a movie that made the film-maker a breakout force in the United States, and has ushered in four Resident Evil films.

At the 3D Gaming Summit in Los Angeles this week, Anderson was a keynote speaker, and he was asked about shooting Resident Evil: Afterlife in 3D, whether studios are overdoing it with 3D in upcoming films and how the expansion of 3D could bleed into games. 

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Jon Landau knows movies. He produced the two most profitable films of all time, Avatar and Titanic. But it turns out Landau knows about gaming as well. And 3D. 

"Gaming is about stories," Landau said. "I don't think that's about 3D or 2D. What 3D does is it enhances the experience. You'll find gamers playing longer, you'll find gamers saying, 'I don't want play anything that isn't 3D.' but that's an individual choice. The underlying content has to be able to work in both."

Check out the video below for Landau's interesting, wide-ranging discussion of 3D in gaming, film and TV at the 3D Gaming Summit.

 

3D Gaming Summit "Avatar" Producer Jon Landau Discussion »


New Stills from Avatar

At the 3D gaming Summit in Los Angeles today, super-producer Jon Landau (he made a little movie with James Cameron called Avatar) had a few words about the importance of 3D in video games. "The potential of 3D gaming is greater than the potential of 3D films," Landau proclaimed. Boom -- Debate over.

Landau, who was instrumental in the creation of (arguably) the first 3D video game, James Cameron's Avatar:The Game, went on to point out that the benefits of 3D won't be only for consumers. Game developers will be presented with new tools to tell stories. "It will accomplish anything that game developers want...and will deliver a truly unique experience that people will be playing in their homes throughout the world.

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Tags: 3D, Movies, Videogames

Will Smith Signs On For Men In Black 3(D)

It appears that Will Smith is ready to break the Noisy Cricket out of his sock drawer, dust-off his black suit, throw on his shades, and kick some alien ass, because it is being reported that he has signed on for a third Men in Black film!

According to ShowBiz411, Barry Sonnenfeld, director of the first two films has confirmed that the Hollywood heavyweight has indeed made the commitment to star in the upcoming sequel along with an also-returning Tommy Lee Jones. However, that's not the only significant bit of news. In a move that may prove bold, daring, completely original, and not at all the result of recent trends, the film will be presented in 3-D!

The Men in Black 3D project had been the subject of rumors for a number of months, with speculation that there would be roles for the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen, Josh Brolin, and The Flight of the Conchords' Jermaine Clement. However, besides some loose talk of the script's progress, this is the first bit of substantive news about the film actually moving forward, as it has apparently passed its highest obstacle with mega-star Smith locked-in. With things progressing, it will be interesting to see in the upcoming months how those rumors will pan out.

This is undoubtedly good news to any fan of fun, unpretentious action flicks. Joining the cavalcade of post-Avatar 3-D releases, Men in Black will be a perfect fit to display the new advances in the technology. While a third film may not be necessary story-wise, 1997's first MIB is still an absolute classic that many movie-goers hold dear. The 2002 sequel, while not as good, was still a solid effort and continued the franchise's popularity. Considering that Smith is now possibly slated for returns to his other old franchises like Bad Boys and Independence Day (Could a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air movie be next?,) the return to MIB will still be a welcomed one. This recipe has box-office gold written all over it.

Are you looking forward to a new Men in Black film?

Source: ShowBiz411

Tags: 3D, Movies

Like it or not, there's a 3D avalanche coming from Hollywood and it's bleeding over to other forms of media, including video games. At the 3D Gaming Summit in Los Angeles today, director Paul W.S. Anderson, known for adapting Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil to the silver screen, was one of the keynote speakers at the event and discussed his reactions to 3D so far.

"3D's a huge thrill," said Anderson, discussing the risks of becoming an early embracer of this new technology. "If you're the first to invest in something, that's more than outweighed by the sheer thrill that you get from seeing 3D images. I really feel like -- this has become a cliche -- [but] Avatar was a game changer. I think 3D really is going to change the game for everyone."

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The Most Awkward Job At CES 2010 (Of Course, It Involves 3D)

The most common complaints you hear from gamers about 3D gaming usually include being required to wear glasses and having to purchase a litany of additional equipment in order to take advantage of 3D technology. It comes as little surprise, then, that research into 3D games presented at the 3D Gaming Summit in Los Angeles this week underscored both of these issues facing the industry.

Foremost, consumers don't really understand what hardware is and isn't capable of executing 3D or even if they need to purchase new hardware. Interpret VP of video game research Michael Cai described the current situation regarding consumer understanding of 3D as a "total mess."

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Tags: 3D, Tech, Videogames







Five Games Already 3D Equipped (Or Will Be Soon)

Fewer companies have invested heavier into 3D gaming than NVIDIA with their NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, currently supporting more than 400 PC games (many of them converted, some of them 3D native), including several high-profile Capcom PC releases. This investment is backed by a belief from NVIDIA general manager Phil Eisler that 3D's going to be a big deal very soon.

"Consumers will expect all forms of entertainment in 3D," said Eisler at the 3D Gaming Summit taking place this week in Los Angeles. "By this fall, consumers will be surrounded by 3D."

Eisler said there are currently 100,000 3D capable gaming PCs on the market. NVIDIA predicts that number hitting 1,000,000 as of early next year, which he attributed to the "Avatar effect."

Supporting NVIDIA's hopes for 3D gaming, argued Eisler, was the game creators themselves.

"It's [3D] like explaining color to a blind person," said Battlefield: Bad Company 2 senior producer Patrick Bach in a slide during Eisler's presenation. "You need to see it to believe it."

NVIDIA also showed demonstrations of several games converted to 3D, including World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and Age of Empires, which looked particularly impressive.

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Five Years of the Nintendo DS

The big Nintendo rumor today is that the 3D-powered Nintendo DS could very well be released by the end of the year, a year that has been dominated by 3D talk, but is also going to be the year that Sony and Microsoft introduce their answers to the motion-controller revolution that Nintendo ushered in with it Wii. An October 3DS release would make for a very interesting holiday, as RockieOllie points out:

“If Nintendo pulls that off they’re basically spitting on Sony and Microsoft saying: 'Motion controls? That is so 2006. It's all about 3D guys.' Nintendo is just going to be one innovation a head of the crowd, leaving Sony and Microsoft trying to keep up with the Joneses.”

I don’t necessarily think Nintendo things all that hard about Sony and Microsoft, considering Nintendo’s dominance in the console/handheld market. However, I also don’t think they’re totally above pointing out that Sony and Microsoft are certainly playing catch up on the motion control front, even if the PlayStation Move and Project Natal end up being far superior pieces of gaming technology. And introducing a fully 3D supported device into gamers’ hands that doesn’t require an expensive new TV and glasses to enjoy it will definitely be an enviable position to be in, especially since it could very well shape how gamers feel about 3D gaming much in the same way the Wii laid the foundation for motion-controlled gaming.

Right?

Nintendo DS LiteYour dream of being able to enjoy portable 3D gaming might come true a bit earlier than expected, as the word on Game Street is that the Nintendo 3DS will be blowing minds and eyeballs this October.

British gaming site Computer and Videogames reports that sources in the know have it on good authority that Nintendo will deliver its next iteration of its madly popular handheld device well before the end of the year. This is of course unconfirmed at this point, so keep that in mind.

If it is true though, it definitely makes the end of 2010 one mad, mad, mad, mad time for new fangled gaming tech, as Sony's PlayStation Move and Microsoft’s Project Natal will be releasing then as well. And actually, pushing a portable, glasses-less 3D device while your competitors battle it out to see who will take the silver in the great motion control race might not be such a bad position for Nintendo to be in. Because once again, they will be just enough ahead of the curve to make a splash. How big the splash will be this time remains to be seen.

Chance this rumor is true: 68.43 percent.

Source: CVG

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