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J.J. Abrams: ‘Star Trek 2 is Mine to Mess Up’

J.J. AbramsJ.J. Abrams believes it will be his fault if Star Trek 2 is not a success. The director - who returns to the sci-fi franchise for the follow-up to the hugely successful 2009 film - admits the script by Damon Lindelof, Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman is "amazing" and it is up to him to make it into a decent movie.

"It's a little early to be talking about Star Trek, but I will say that they wrote, the three writers Damon, Bob and Alex, they wrote the most amazing script and I'm thrilled to get a chance to direct it. It's totally mine to screw up, so if you don't like it, it's completely on me. Our sets are almost done, so we're going to go back and start shooting next month."

He also revealed the movie will not be shot with special 3-D cameras but instead converted in post-production. "We're shooting on film, 2-D, and then we'll do a good high-end conversion like the Harry Potter movie and all that. Luckily, with our release date now we have the months needed to do it right because if you rush it, it never looks good."

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana are all returning to the film, which is set for release in 2013.


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Les Miserables to Be 2-D

Tom HooperLes Miserables will be shot in 2-D so viewers don't "physically struggle."

Director Tom Hooper - who won an Oscar for his work on The King's Speech - was "tempted" to use 3-D technology in the forthcoming blockbuster but decided against it because he wanted to make a film that would "connect with everyone."

"I can definitely announce it's good old-fashioned 2-D. I did test 3-D and I was very tempted - I think it is a very interesting new form. One of the things I'm most proud of with The King's Speech is how it managed to connect with everyone, whether you're eight or 80 years old. So I slightly worry with 3-D that some people will physically struggle with it. If you have a certain type of eyesight it can be more demanding than watching a normal movie. With a two-and-a-half hour film, I didn't want to make something that anyone might think 'That's not for me, because I don't like the medium.'"

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Shadow Complex promises to impress

Shadow ComplexWhatever line there was between retail games and downloadable titles has essentially been torn down.

You can now download full retail games straight to your console thanks to the new Xbox 360 Dashboard Update. And the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade has been rock solid.

But wait. There’s more.

The final release of Summer of Arcade hits this week - on Wednesday precisely. And it’s been getting stellar reviews.

IGN calls it “one of the best games yet in 2009” - that’s out of all games, not just XBLA titles. MondoXbox says it’s"capable of rivaling even many of the retail games out there.”

Shadow Complex further blurs the line between retail and downloadable games - if not completely destroying that line.

Shadow Complex is a Metroid/Castlevania-style game that features 2.5D side-scrolling action gameplay. Based on the praiseworthy reviews, this one sounds like a winner.


NFL Offers Live 3D Game

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The NFL decided to broadcast the first live 3D football game. It was shown in theaters in LA, Boston and New York last night. Team owners, journalists and producers were invited to see the technology developed by 3ality Digital. They planted three 3D crews, with their own commentary, next to 2D counterparts for the game between the Oakland Raiders and S.D. Chargers. They call it an “up close, personal, visceral experience.” We call it a little too close to the action and were glad to hear that it is not going to happen on a large scale any time soon.

 

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Navigon 7200T GPS

Navigon 7200T

Navigon has introduced its 7200T, a slim and portable GPS device with a flat frameless panel touchscreen. With 2D and 3D map views, it features Reality View Pro, Lane Assistant Pro, landmarks in the U.S. and Canada, and free r/t traffic updates for life. Also included is Speed Assistant, multi-destination trip planning, automatic standby, and day/night mode. Pre-order the 7200T on Amazon for $449.99 for a September 28 delivery.

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Consumer 3D Screen Becomes Reality

3D ScreenThe Korean Company 3DIS has come up with an LCD monitor that allows you to see in 3D without the silly glasses. The 1040S utilizes ALT (Advanced Layer Technology) which results in a clearer, brighter image for the Parallax Barrier type screen. The monitor also allows a wider viewing angle and can change from 2D to 3D with a single switch. The Korean company’s CEO Sun Joo Lee claims that there is an increasing demand for 3D in today’s market and hopes to adapt the technology for laptops. We can’t really see much of a view from this image, but the 1040S will be on display during the CES 2008 in January if you would like a personal peek.

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Gabriel Knight Creator’s “Gray Matter” to Appear at Leipzig

Posted by Steve Van Neil Categories: Adventure, PC,

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Excellent news for fans of point-and-click adventure games: , the newest game series from Jane Jensen, creator of the popular PC adventure game series, will see its first installment show up in playable form at the Leipzig Games Convention later this week.  Jensen describes Gray Matter as a “paranormal/investigative series…updated to be more unique and cutting-edge, dealing with Matrix-like questions about the nature of reality… the power and potential of the human mind.”

Of special note is Jensen’s decision to design the game in 2D.  She explains, “For an adventure game, you want atmosphere. Moving the camera is not only unnecessary, but [also] a real detriment for many people. Studies have shown that women and older people don’t like moving a camera in 3D, and these demographics are an important part of our audience.”

Perhaps the pure adventure game isn’t quite dead.  The first chapter of Gray Matter, currently subtitled Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made Of, is scheduled for a first quarter 2008 release, courtesy of publisher dtp.

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