James Cameron Thinks Video Games Will Drive the Future of 3D

James Cameron Thinks Video Games Will Drive the Future of 3D (photo)

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No single man’s more responsible for Hollywood’s stuff-floating-in-front-of-you craziness than James Cameron. “Avatar” made more money than, well, just about any other movie ever made, ushering in a new era of wannabes who think that an extra viewing dimension will enhance otherwise flat offerings. Still, despite the dreck that studios are pushing on audiences in the name of charging a premium for Cameron, the Oscar winner’s been stumping non-stop to promote stereoscopic viewing as the future of entertainment.

As bullish as Cameron is about 3D, though, he does see a shift coming. At the NAB 2011 conference, Cameron spoke about how video games will be a key factor in driving the adoption of 3D entertainment in the home. However, the “Titanic” director thinks it’s going to be the glasses-free variety of stereoscopy that will win out in the home.

“Videogames are going to help propel the autostereoscopic (glasses free) play because that’s going to be the entry level for most people,” said Cameron. “These single-viewing devices that are engaging the person to play these video games will drive a lot of investment in autostereoscopic displays for that very reason. That technology will trickle up to the larger 3D displays that will be used for home viewing and gaming.”

Cameron seems to be talking about the Nintendo 3DS as one such single-viewing device that might convert 3D skeptics to believers. The new handheld from the makers of Mario doesn’t require glasses and, along with the games already in the pipeline, it will offer online locations for owners to view 3D movie trailers and user-generated content.

“Videogames are going to be the drivers, but they haven’t done so today because the cycle creation has lagged behind,” Cameron said. “The consumer electronics companies introduced these screens last year, so we’re a year into this and it takes 18 months to two years to author a high quality video game. So you’re going to see a stampede of video games and then that, in turn, is just going to catalyze more broad scale adoption in the home of these big 3D screens.”

“Avatar” itself had a middling tie-in game developed by Ubisoft that was playable in 3D on compatible HDTVs. Those TVs required glasses, which is something that Cameron thinks is hindering enthusiasm for 3D in the home. Sequels for that game will likely line up with “Avatar 2” and “Avatar 3” follow-ups that Cameron’s working on now. And some time in the future, Cameron hopes to launch an MMO centered around the fiction of Pandora, too. In 3D, of course.

Even if you allow for some time for those glasses-freed 3DTVs to get into people’s homes, it’s going to be a long while until the stereoscopic love-in that Cameron envisions actually happens. Lots of gamers don’t necessarily-myself included-don’t necessarily see 3D as additive to a gameplay experience. Yes, it sparkles and dazzles but it doesn’t inherently re-invent game mechanics or user input. It’s going to take a watershed piece of content for gamers to get as crazy as Cameron is for 3D. For his sake, it better be an “Avatar” game.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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