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Posted: Apr 28th 2010 2:22PM elocke said

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Original? Really? Have you not watched Furn Gully or Dances with wolves? Tack on scifi to any of those 2 movies and you have Avatar.
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Posted: May 2nd 2010 2:08PM (Unverified) said

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Avatar is "Princess Mononoke" in space. A mining village established in a magical forest damages it and makes the residents("fairies") upset. They get attacked and strike back, pushing the villagers away in the end. The cursed hero is originaly a human who must contact the fairies out of necessity and later bonds with them and their plight. It's 100% THE SAME.
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Posted: May 4th 2010 4:35PM (Unverified) said

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I agree. The best part about turning Avatar into an MMO is that you can get away from the STORY of the avatar movie. Yes, we've heard that story before -
*it's the Matrix meets Pocahontas!
*it's Dune with Trees!
...etc, but the story of Jake Sully is a small part of the entire world that was built, including entire ecosystems, continents, tribes and resources. And the movie was only one small section of the planet.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2010 12:45PM Tom in VA said

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I really don't care whether they make an Avatar MMO or not.

Personally, I found Avatar to be an utterly vacuous and shallow story told with some pretty impressive special effects and 3D work.

I would thus not be interested in an Avatar MMO (or in ever seeing an Avatar film sequel either), but if they want to spend cajillions of dollars developing either one, more power to em. I'm sure a lot of people would be willing to pay for them.

Posted: Apr 28th 2010 1:44PM Dratyan said

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Exactly what I think. They can create it, but I, particularly, won't play it. If it were free(of course it wouldn't) I might even try it, but just if I had nothing else to do.

They want to make Avatar part of pop culture itself, like the already mentioned Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, by expanding it's universe with more movies, games and soon, probably, books, comics and more. The problem is the story of the movie sucks so much...if I wanted to see pretty graphics I'd just go play videogames, that are interactive and most of them have better scripts.
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Posted: Apr 28th 2010 1:32PM BubleFett said

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That is so strange while I was playing Avatar the game
I had thought of that same idea of having the game made
as an MMO. The Classes, mechs, flying vehicles, indigenous
animals.The struggle to save humanity, sounds good to me.
Hurry up I want it by next year.

Posted: Apr 28th 2010 4:24PM NeverDeath said

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LOL it takes 4+ years to develop an MMO of any decent quality, wanting it by next year is a fuckin crackup. Personally I hope it does release by next year, so it can hurry up and fail, that way I can just tally off another mark on my endless list of "I-told-you-sos".
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Posted: Apr 28th 2010 2:10PM (Unverified) said

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You know this is gonna turn into a shit WoW clone with instanced zones and instant travel (i.e. warhammer, star trek online, Champions Online, etc).

Immersion is a game like Darkfall (long travel times) but needs to have polished gfx, and if they want to hit mainstream market, focus on PvE content, no severe death penalties, specific classes and solid progression.

Companies should look at WoW for combat mechanics then branch off in terms of immersion. Instant travel times take people out of a game.

Posted: Apr 28th 2010 4:20PM NeverDeath said

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I always found the term "shit wow clone" funny, since WoW is technically a clone of shit itself, it's like a piece of shit cloned from a clone of a piece of shit! So awesome.

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Posted: Apr 28th 2010 4:17PM NeverDeath said

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LOL. Let's make an MMO out of everything! Sandwich making MMO ftw! I would poison the salami! For the love of fuck, why do they do this. If they'd at least pick an interesting franchise, they might stand a chance, but this has PHAIL written all over it.

The absurdity of this is ruining my Pastrami sandwich. I must leave this page at once.

Posted: Apr 28th 2010 7:46PM (Unverified) said

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1. Google image "avatar pocahontas". District-9 was a way better flick and they made it for 1/10th the budget.

2. The floating mountains and glowing mushrooms in Avatar were stolen right out of WoW's Burning Crusade for chrissake.

3. Frak Avatar. If they really have giant piles of money to burn on game development, please give it to Darkfall.

Posted: May 4th 2010 5:34PM Georgio said

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Why , Why did you mention District 9 (cry). I love that movie and now some pointed hair marketing guy will have the genius idea to make a District 9 MMO :(.
The Prawns are crying.
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Posted: Apr 29th 2010 4:41PM (Unverified) said

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Avatar has the potential to be a great MMO with all the people interested in it. However, I'd have to say I'm personally against 3D gaming. I can't see 3D so I at least hope the game is 2D with a 3D option.

You don't need classes for an MMO. The latest games are moving beyond that.

They would have to come up with interesting quests and plot. The movie was a great film because of its visuals. The plot was something that has been done many times over, but it was the right time to retell the story to the masses. It's not a very immersive plot for an MMO though.

They'll have to hire a really creative team to come up with content for the game. That's their biggest challenge. I hope they develop it. More MMO options are always welcome - especially ones with focus on better graphics.

Posted: Apr 29th 2010 5:30PM devilmachine said

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When I read the headline I thought to myself "Woohoo I love Avatar!"
and then about 3 seconds later I realised that this would be an awful awful MMO...

Posted: Apr 30th 2010 4:47AM (Unverified) said

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Over the years, it is artistic merit and longevity that have really rated a film as #1 of all time.

In this vein, I make my suggestion for possibly the greatest MMO of all time when related to a movie.

WoCK - World of Citizen Kane

Rosebud.... Rosebud....

Posted: May 4th 2010 4:25PM (Unverified) said

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I could see it happening.

2 Factions - Human & Nav'i, obviously. Lots of solo & group content. Humans have to go through as mining workers, military, pilots, Avatar drivers, and scientists and tons of mini-game grinding for the structured world of Terrans.

Na'vi have an entire caste system to work through, learning how to hunt, care for the environment, religious rituals, aggressive negotiations with rival clans, a focus on reconnaissance, guerrilla warfare on the humans, and more quest-oriented grinding for the organic feel of the Na'vi.

And, of course, several all-out wars on each other in various aspects. The one big battle in the movie? Could easily be split into 4-5 world and instanced battles. And that's just the first movie of a projected three. All we know about "avatar 2" is that it has something to do with the aquatic life on Pandora... and visiting the other moons that surround Pandora's parent planet, whose name escapes me.

How would it be different form WoW? By incorporating all the interactions that we've grown accustomed to in 1stPersonShooter (like splinter cell) and 3rdPerson Slasher (like Assassin's creed) as well as the largeness of noninstanced MMO world with multiple levels. If your Na'vi takes on a human mech, it's not going to be hitting 123 and acting like Rock'em Sock'em Robots... it'll be a fluid, cause-and-effect stylization, like we've expected.

They can expand on the "boring" aspects of current MMOs by making them more fun. Learning to ride won't be visiting a trainer & vendor... it'll be finding the one you want, training it. Riding and flying won't just be a means to an end - it'd be like a racing game, Flight Simulator and mounted combat system at the same time.

TLDR - It took 14 years to make the movie, 4 for a game isn't unthinkable.

Posted: May 5th 2010 9:55AM (Unverified) said

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I'd drop WoW for an Avatar MMO in a heartbeat. At this stage anyway. The boring stage between expansions.

Posted: May 5th 2010 12:29PM (Unverified) said

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Starcraft meets Exodar? Srsly, not enough immersible content that wouldn't overlap ideas already explored imo.

Posted: May 8th 2010 2:23AM JoeH42 said

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First, let me say I doubt hardly anyone is going to read this, but what the heck...might as well voice my opinion
As much as I liked Avatar, I think within a few years it will largely be forgotten. I think back to the movie Independance Day. It was a huge success at that time with amazing graphics and a ton of quotable lines. But within a few years no one was really watching it. Same thing with Titanic. It was a good movie to watch on the big screen with a date, or by yourself if you liked it enough, I saw it 8 times in the theatre largely by myself because I really enjoyed it. But after I bought the video...I sort of lost interest like most poeple. So, my point is, by the time they make an Avatar MMO people are going to be interested in other movies. So that kills a lot of the point of making an MMO of it.

2nd, the movie is about the main 3 or 4 characters, it's not that much about the Na'vi or the humans or anything like that. The story itself is very basic, it's simply the skill with which the story is told that makes it good and the skill of the actors. None of that would carry over to a MMO.

3rd, it'd be like Pirates of the Carribean MMO (where you could be a cool pirate or um.... I guess a merchant that gets beaten up by pirates?). You could be a cool Na'vi or a money grubbing human marine that gets beaten up by cool Na'vi. And what are you going to do for an economy? Don't think Na'vi care too much about any sort of cash economy.

It's a horrible idea and I imagine the only thing Jon Landau would have to do with the MMO would be to sell the rights to some poor bastards and then laugh all the way to the bank. Even a Terminator MMO would be a better idea. Well...maybe not.

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