That's what I think anyways. At this point in the life of those two things, nothing good has come out of them. Motion controls almost always feel like a tacked on gimmick, and Avatar which was the best example of 3D wasn't really that impressive on the 3D front in my opinion. I liked the movie, for many reasons, not one of those being the 3D. I think Michael Bay made an interesting point that summed up my opinion of those two things:
"I shoot complicated stuff, I put real elements into action scenes and honestly, I am not sold right now on the conversion process.... Right now, it looks like fake 3-D, with layers that are very apparent. You go to the screening room, you are hoping to be thrilled, and you're thinking, huh, this kind of sucks. People can say what they want about my movies, but they are technically precise, and if this isn't going to be excellent, I don't want to do it. And it is my choice.... I'm used to having the A-team working on my films, and I'm going to hand it over to the D-team, have it shipped to India and hope for the best? This conversion process is always going to be inferior to shooting in real 3-D. Studios might be willing to sacrifice the look and use the gimmick to make $3 more a ticket, but I'm not."
Now don't start saying I hate Michael Bay, he sucks etc etc... because that wasn't my point. My point is that if you can't do something to perfection, then sometimes you shouldn't do it all. However here's my dilemma: every technology needs someone to pioneer it. While to me Avatar failed in the 3D respect, Cameron's attempt was very admirable. I guess I just don't want my movies to degrade in quality just to throw in some motion controls or 3D, so they can charge extra.
To reiterate: Technology needs a pioneer, however I hope people start investing in it properly and not just releasing shit like that to earn a quick buck, while in the process ruining what could have been a good piece of entertainment.
So with the rumors of Epilogue DLC a possibility, the slight reference from Zeus about Kratos' brother, and just sheer excitement from how epic this game was, I have come up with a way to transition into a new trilogy.
After beating the game and watching the credits, you return to Olympus and see that Kratos' body has disappeared and there is a streak of blood leading off the cliff. So my theory was that Kratos' brothers soul is finally released after the death of Hades, and he brings back Kratos because he believes it is his right to kill him and not the gods. So he tortures Kratos until he is about to break, and Kratos sets off to kill him, despite being heavily broken. The brother can bring the Gods and Titans back and use them like puppets to fight Kratos.
Imagine this, fighting all the Gods at once, while leaping from Titan to Titan. How epic would it be to be fighting Hermes on Puppet Cronos, and then leaping off of Cronos onto Puppet Gaia and using a huge tree to impale Puppet Hermes. Then Poseidon shows up and you leap off of him onto Atlus while Gaia is trying to stop you. Fighting all the Gods at once, while leaping from Titan to Titan... Epic.
Okay that blog title was usually reserved for epic scenes in gaming, but I just finished watching Chuck season 2 finale on Blu-ray and I'm beyond pumped. This my friends is the most epic thing I have seen since the original Matrix (ironically). Spoilers obviously, so don't watch if you haven't seen the show, because the impact will be significantly less. I'm implore everyone to go watch the show...
Don't get me wrong, I went into the theater and then exited with a smile on my face, but honestly the movie wasn't so unusually mind blowing that it is getting the box office success that it is getting. I mean what made it great was that the movie is essentially a human story. The Na'vi are just a tool used to tell a conventional love story and it is well done. But it isn't original or anything. Then there is the CG, which environmentally was pretty fantastic, and the Na'vi themselves were cool, but they weren't the best around. Some of animals didn't feel realistic and the human robots didn't feel like they were textured properly. You could tell it was CG. But like I said there was some fairly nice stuff. The 3D was mosty depth, and there were cool shots but never was I blown away.
Now all that may sound negative, but I truly did like the movie a lot. It was my second favorite movie of the year. I just don't know why people are going so crazy over it. As it currently stands, it has a worldwide gross of 1.6 billion dollars. That is ridiculous I think. I just thought it was weird. And if you must know, my favorite movie of the year was Sherlock Holmes, but only because I really like Robert Downey Jr, and he really made the movie for me. That and I really like Sherlock Holmes.
Well here is my second blog in what I think will be an ongoing theme. As expected, I picked up Uncharted 2 today and it ate most of my day. Out of the twenty six chapters in the game, I've already completed twenty three of them, and while there were a bunch of epic scenes, I think the intro strikes me as one of the best openings in any game I've ever seen, if not just one of the greatest scenes in general. Without further ado:
So I decided that I wanted to blog a bit more, and that I would probably want to have some sort of theme, aside from the usual rant. So I thought it would be interesting to do a series of blogs based on the games I have been playing, sift through the crap and then post scenes that I think were epic. Usually I would probably go into more detail, but I think this first weeks clip speaks for itself.
ALL VIDEOS POSTED IN THESE BLOGS HENCEFORTH WILL POTENTIALLY HAVE SPOILERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Toshiba has confirmed that they are close to launching its flagship LED TV, which will uniquely include the 64-bit Cell processor used in Sony's PS3. The "Cell Regza" will have a panel resolution of 3840x2160 pixels. It will include a Blu-ray player and a 1TB recorder. Toshiba has confirmed that the Cell Regza will be on display at the CES show in January 2010.
Masaaki Oosumi, president of Toshiba's Digital Media Network Company, said that this new TV "brings together Toshiba imaging, storage and network technologies". He added, "it will be Toshiba's flagship model in the true sense. It is the ultimate entertainment machine that brings more excitement than a movie in a theatre. I would like to let users experience the same sensation as they felt by watching a color TV for the first time."
Toshiba will announce the specifications of the Cell TV within days, Oosumi said. It will be first available in Japan in December 2009. As for the pricing, he just said that it will be "fairly expensive".
...Yet. I just purchased an itunes card and created my app store/ itunes account only to find out that here in Canada the the itunes cards don't work in the app store. What kind of bull shit is that you ask? The shitty kind. Wasted my money and now I have to get my credit card out... Eh...
Just saw Transformers in IMAX and my mind was blown. Literally, was the craziest most epic thing I've seen in so long. Then to my surprise, as I was leaving the theater, Bumblebee drove up to me and was like honk honk. I was totally gonna go on an adventure.