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3D Movies And Slot Games Not Dead Yet, by Greg Tingle
- 23rd January 2011
Yankies, Aussies, punters, casino and gambling millionaires,
billionaires, legal eagles, politicians, 3D lovers,
entertainment news junkies - one and all. Avatar might
have jump started 3D a few years ago, but there's
a lot more to the 3D world than those friendly critters.
Today we revisit the world of 3D movies and 3D slots,
discovering what's hot, what's not and what's worth
spinning to win. Media
Man and Gambling911 throw on the dorky glasses
with this special 3D report...
that long ago Hollywood was so in love by 3D that
some directors worried there might be no future for
movies in old-fashioned 2D. Now some box office figures
are being leaked for 2010 - 2011, and they are a bit
on the train wreck side of the tracks.
cinema attendance for the past 2 years is down some
10%, and box office take in the 10 days to 26 December
- a key holiday period - was down a massive 30%.
income for the year was down roughly 2.6%, however,
that's due to higher ticket prices, particularly for
up then? The last few years of strongly promoted 3D
films didn't sustain the positive buzz or experience
created by "Avatar", nor its record box-office
income. Now., 3D is looking like a quite the gimmick
that doesn't really pull US nor Australian audiences
back for more action.
Greenfield, an analyst at BTIG Research may be corrected
when he told the press post Avatar "While the
horror and gross-out comedy genres may benefit from
3D (think "Saw 3D" or "Jackass 3D"),
the vast majority of 3D movies this year have been
disappointing at best."
electronics industry is swimming in its own 3D bloodbath.
Companies rushed 3DTVs to stores and not that many
moved out the doors. "By anyone's account, 3DTV
sales were a disappointment" advised Pete Putman
of Insight Media.
and Australian consumers greeted the new technology
with a a luke warm response at best. Leichtman Research
Group reports that 80% of American households they
surveyed knew about 3DTV, but less than 1% own a 3D
set and just 8% percent have any interest in buying
cite issues including big price tags, the need for
expensive 3D shutter glasses, and the lack of 3D programming,
but that's not all. The need for any kind of 3D glasses
gets in the way of how viewers watch television. May
TV buffs also do other things at the same time...multitasking,
talking with each other, and walking in and out of
the room. Plus, its no secret that watching intense
3D too long can make people sick in the guts, and
some people even report sore eyes and a headache.
does the future hold? Today's 3D TV technology is
light years ahead of the technology used during the
3D boom of the 1950s. But it will have a difficult
time living up to Hollywood's wildest expectations.
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Hornet Movie in 3D...
time 119 min
Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Chrtistoph Waltz
writer Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Green Hornet movie for current era has been a long
time coming, with or without 3D. Fortunately, you
want to put on those glasses for this flick. Believe
it or not, the iconic character began life as a radio
series at a cash strapped and tight ass Detroit, USA
radio station in 1936. The station's co-owner, George
Trendle, did not want to pay the networks for serials
so what do you do? You commission your own of course.
The radio station WXYZ, created a big hit with The
Lone Ranger and so then the boss decided it was time
to create another hero in the same vien, but with
and his team of writers invented Britt Reid, the bright
and youth full publisher of newspaper, The Daily Sentinel.
He becomes a crimefighter by night with the assist
of Kato, a talented Oriental if there ever was. The
radio deal went thru to the early 1950s and was brought
back in the mid-1960s for TV. Future martial arts
legend, Bruce Lee, played Kato.
was pulp fiction at its best. Now we are getting to
enjoy the classics all over again, some with 3D, some
script for The Green Hornet was written by Seth Rogen
and Evan Goldberg.
is an up and coming star of American comedy. Never
mind the face he's Canadian in real life. He plays
Reid and the Taiwanese pop rock star Jay Chou is Kato.
The director is Michel Gondry, one of the great visual
entrepreneurs in today's cinema. He's done a great
job with The Green Hornet in 3D.
want to be checking out the comedy with Rogen and
Chou burning up Los Angeles in face masks, blowing
stuff up ala Mythbusters like, in a souped up 60s
Chrysler Imperial now known to the masses as "The
Black Beauty". No, we don't know the details
of the product placement - the car, but its a good
match for the movie, no question.
inherits the newspaper biz after the death of his
old man (Tom Wilkinson). He learns that his dad's
mechanic is a technical whiz and a martial arts killing
machine. Reid hires the journalism graduate Lenore
Case (Cameron Diaz), while he and Kato become crimefighters.
He likes to piss off Los Angeles crime kingpin Benjamin
Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz), a murderer, and doesn't
mind bending and breaking rules to get his own style
flick has money maker written all over it in our opinion.
turns The Green Hornet into a visual effects bonanza
that will see it be referenced by the industry for
years to come. It might even add some much needed
spark to the 3D sector.
Entertainment's Thor And Captain America: The First
Avenger In 3D!
Kevin Feige, Thor director Kenneth Branagh, and Captain
America director Joe Johnston, all say that going
3D on these films was the way to go.
"Is it led by story? Can this offer a different
type of experience and exploit what we have in the
story? It absolutely can... we travel very long distances
in the movie and the opportunity to export and exploit
the journey of the hero is really offered up as a
great potential enhancement here."
Feige: "an unprecedented amount of time"
will be devoted to the conversion process. The films
will benefit from the fact that the 3D choice was
made early on "with passion and planning"
and not in post-production. "In being able to
think in 3D from the start -- and having every bit
of our special effects rendered in true 3D -- we have
the opportunity to do it right. When you're working
with a director like Ken Branagh or Joe Johnston,
they're not going to settle for less than perfect
image. They're not going to settle for something that
isn't up to the artistry of everything else they've
done on the film. They're not going to put on some
overlay in the last 10/12 weeks of post-production
for a fiscal reason."
Comics Films Expected To Raise Popularity Of Marvel
and Captain America online slot patronage is expected
to skyrocket with the Marvel films releases this year.
PartyGaming is not making any secret of massive sign
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excitement. We expect PartyGaming's PartyCasino
to maintain domination, but give the others credit
for hanging in there. Learn more about the history
of Marvel, the comics, movies and games on the Media
Man Int website portal, and don't forget to check
out the news of Marvel Comics living legend Stan Lee.
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James Bond: 3D Confirmed!...
new James Bond film will be in 3D. The British spy
movie franchise which stars Daniel Craig as 007 has
been delayed again because the bosses reportedly now
want the movie to utilise new three-dimensional technology.
An insider said: "The 23rd Bond movie has been
put back a few months and that has given them the
time to prepare to film it in 3-D. Everyone involved
in the project is really excited because it will take
the franchise in a new direction." The as yet
untitled project had already been delayed due to issues
(financial and legal etc) surrounding the impending
sale of MGM Studios. Producer Michael G. Wilson previously
said: "Our timeline's a little up in the air,
so we have to be flexible. We just don't know enough
about the situation to comment, but we know it's uncertain."
Sam Mendes - who won an Oscar for his debut feature
'American Beauty' - is also reportedly set to direct
the film. Sara Keene, Sam's publicist, confirmed he
had met representatives of the Bond franchise to discuss
the possibility of him helming the movie but is adamant
nothing has been finalised. She said: "I can
confirm that he has had a meeting, but Sam always
has lots of projects on the table that he might direct
next. Sam's method is to have a number of projects
as possible next films and at some point confirm which
film he's going to do." Some media and gaming
commentators are already telling Bond's people (Sony
etc) to seriously look at doing a Bond 3D online slot
game, as well as putting out a new slot for land based
casinos. They might as well cash in, and what better
the time to research and learn games before placing
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er, punters, how did you like our report? Is 3D your
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you have a bet, please bet with your head, not over
it, and for God's sake, have fun.
Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911
Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet
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For Australian Sports, TV Series, Web And Casinos,
by Greg Tingle - 20th May 2010
technology is on fire, a bushfire on steroids in fact,
down under in Australia. Media
Man, Gambling911 and readers don the 3D glasses
and look and see what's cooking in Aussie sports,
movies, casinos, poker and more...
all about entertainment, eyeballs, and the entertainment
dollar. 'Entertainment' is something that PartyGaming,
Games (and Media Man and Gambling911) are big
on. What's the point in advanced technology if its
not fun and entertaining to the punter or consumer
at large? Content producers and platforms have largely
also realised that a product or service for gamblers,
gamers or combo, needs to be compelling, or they won't
come back and will find another game, website, live
event or whatever. Have you checked out the Gambling911
forum or Media Man YouTube lately?
that in mind check out the huge amount of entertainment
on now, and coming up for gamers, gamblers, sports
punters and even tech heads and geeks...
World Cup in South Africa
has announced it will form a three-way partnership
with Sony and Harvey Norman to bring Australian soccer
nuts the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 3D.
partnership means up to 15 matches throughout the
World Cup tournament will be available on a dedicated
3D channel in addition to SBSs coverage
including Australias opening match against Germany.
will provide a 3D broadcast feed of matches throughout
the tournament, which will then be broadcast live
by SBS and then repeated on a "loop" until
the next 3D match is made available.
Australian Communications and Media Authority has
been working with us on a spectrum solution and we
will be using our digital transmission network for
the broadcast," said SBSs chief operating
officer Richard Finlayson.
Australian Socceroos Catch 3D Fever
Socceroos 2010 World Cup team anthem will feature
what Sony music claims as the first 3D music video
in Australia. The video clip for the Rogue Traders
new single, Hearts Beat as One, will be shot in 3D
as the official Qantas Socceroos team anthem for the
2010 FIFA World Cup.
potential of movies, sports and gaming in 3D is already
evident and as the hype around 3D continues to build,
Sony remains at the forefront of delivering unique
experiences from the lens to the lounge room,"
said Carl Rose, Managing Director, Sony Australia
and New Zealand.
technology in Australia continues to generate unprecedented
hype in Australia with SBS to trial 3D TV broadcasts
for the duration of the 2010 World Cup, Channel 9
screening the State of Origin in 3D, and Foxtel strongly
hinted its intention to start broadcasting in 3D later
television manufacturers including Sony have also
been pushing 3D technology hard after the widespread
theatrical success of Avatar in 3D.
expects the 3D music video to premiere in early June.
Google TV To Include Gaming And Lots More
king Google is out to expand its kingdom to the living
room with an new service that lets punters mesh television
viewing with surfing the web.
TV, developed in partnership with technology big shots
Sony, Intel and Logitech and launched in the US overnight,
fuses the freedom of the internet with television
executives vowed their TV platform would succeed where
offerings such as Apple TV have foundered and hopefully
capture some of the $US70 billion ($85 billion) American
TV advertising market.
TV product manager Salahuddin Choudhary said in a
blog post that Google TV will allow TV viewers to
get "all the (TV) channels and shows you normally
watch and all of the websites you browse all day.
can access all of your favorite websites and easily
move between television and the Web," Choudhary
opens up your TV from a few hundred channels to millions
of channels of entertainment across TV and the Web,"
the entire Internet in your living room, your TV becomes
more than a TV - it can be a photo slideshow viewer,
a gaming console, a music player and much more,"
is not the first technology company to attempt to
unite the TV set and the Internet and a number of
electronics manufacturers are already offering Web-enabled
televisions or digital set-top boxes.
said the Internet-enabled televisions, Blu-ray players
and companion boxes from Sony and Logitech, which
are powered by Intel Atom computer chips, would be
available soon in the U.S via Best Buy stores. No
dates for Australia yet.
wireless computer keyboard and box were used during
the on-stage demonstration here of Google TV, which
uses traditional search to find TV channels or websites.
chief executive Howard Stringer described it as "a
very big deal."
can't stress that enough," Stringer said on stage.
"When you put all this, as we've done for the
fall, into the world's first Internet television,
the opportunities are, in a sense, just mind boggling."
did not announce pricing for the TV sets or the set-top
to be outdone, PartyGaming's PartyCasino has released
the Circus Slot, more a 2D experience, but is understood
to be the world's first interactive role playing online
slot game. Party insiders say to expect "Avatar"
type technologies with the Sly Stallone name coming
up in Chinese whispers. Rocky or The Expendables?
Who knows, but its going to be even bigger and better
than Evolution Gaming 'Live Dealer' we hear. 'Rambo'
is already available at Party, which is a good sign
of substance to the buzz.
Branson's Virgin Games is expanding globally, with
virtual world platform, AWOMO (A World Of My Own)
to be a major focus. Think Tomb Raider: Underworld
... in 2D, maybe 3D at some stage. Whatever the case,
its going to be out of this world, fast and value
for money. How long till Aussies and Americans can
get the downloads remains to be seen, but Branson
is to hard launch the product at the E3 Expo in Los
Angeles next month.
Poker, Casino And Now Sports Betting
world famous 3D poker rooms, PKR, now not only offers
poker, but also casino games and sports betting. The
virtual reality live poker remains their main drawcard,
however they smartly realised that poker players generally
also like a bit of casino games and sports punting
on the side
to have done a considerable deal with Playtech. Casino
and poker is on the menu Sega style. Media Man is
not impressed yet...with the technology, however,
that's not to say that we won't be in coming weeks
and months. Next...
FOXTEL - Microsoft Xbox LIVE deal (not gambling, but
FOXTEL has signed a deal with Microsoft to deliver
30 channels of pay TV over the internet.
and Microsoft today announced a new partnership offering
Australians a brand new way of receiving FOXTEL
over the internet and direct to television sets through
Xbox 360s online service Xbox LIVE.
FOXTEL by Xbox LIVE will allow Xbox 360 owners in
Australia to access FOXTEL channels including FOX
Sports, Discovery, Nickelodeon, Disney, MTV, and other
leading channels via their Xbox 360 entertainment
FOXTEL by Xbox LIVE will also provide a wide range
of Video-on-Demand (VoD) services, including television
series and movies. When the ground-breaking service
launches later this year it will enable Australians,
for the first time, to access FOXTEL without the need
for a FOXTEL set-top-box.
FOXTEL by Xbox LIVE will be accessible in FOXTEL areas
across Australia to all homes with a broadband internet
connection. All you need is an Xbox 360, an Xbox Gold
subscription and a FOXTEL by Xbox LIVE subscription.
The agreement brings together two of Australias
most recognised and respected brands combining each
companys profound entertainment and consumer
offerings.FOXTEL by Xbox LIVE provides Australians
a new way of enjoying FOXTEL, and cements Xbox 360
as one of this countrys leading innovative social
entertainment platforms. Xbox LIVE connects more than
23 million people across 26 countries to an ever-expanding
world of games, movies, TV, music, sport and social
FOXTEL Chief Executive and Managing Director, Kim
Williams AM said, This is a very exciting new
frontier. FOXTEL by Xbox LIVE will provide our 1.6
million subscribing households, as well as new customers,
a transformative way of receiving and enjoying FOXTEL
over the internet. We will offer FOXTEL by Xbox LIVE
with various packages and prices and under flexible
agreements. It is an exciting new way of exploring
FOXTELs universe of content for a new generation
persist that as different countries get their communications
laws up to speed that SecondLife.com may once again
offer pro active virtual casinos as part of their
offering. The parent of SecondLife
is Linden Research, and Linden Labs is understood
to be where the "cool kids" hang out. The
virtual currency is the Linden dollar L$.
Network Nine Underbelly And NRL State Of Origin In
advise they will carry Rugby League's 'State of Origin'
clash in 3D on 26th May. It's forecast to cost the
network $10 million to broadcast, and Nine have flown
over technology experts from the United States to
make it happen.
continues to drive forward the crime genre, and not
just on TV. Wires are reporting that at least 3 Australian
crime shows are due to be released over the next 12
months, quite likely soon, such is the current appetite
of Australian audiences.
next series of Underbelly, featuring the Gold Coast
- up Surfers Paradise way, will be shot, pardon the
pun, in 3D. The rumour mill says some scenes and footage
is already "in the can" (also Aussie for
Free Gaming VS Paid Gaming - Trends Summary
US currently leads the world in online business revenues,
but general belief is that the EU and other territories
will continue to grow gaming revenue.
free options are definitely broadening the appeal
of video games among older and female demographics,
and a lot of these consumers don't actually consider
themselves gamers at all," Michael Cai, vice
president of video game research at Interpret.
casual gaming portals like Pogo, Real Networks, and
Big Fish Games, many older female gamers would have
never paid for gaming content."
discovered that 21 per cent of the US population,
or over 46.1 million Americans, play social network
games. Over 11 million Americans only play social
network games. The median age for social network gamers
is 38.8, versus 30.9, which is the median age of console
found that 12 per cent of these social network gamers
plan on buying a Wii, which would be their first game
console game makers are offering consumers free play,
including downloadable game demos through Microsoft's
Xbox Live Arcade and Sony's PlayStation Network Store.
over free content to gamers can be tremendously beneficial
to developers and publishers, even if it comes in
the form of a short playable demo of a game that's
not spectacular," said Patrick Shaw, features
editor, GamePro Magazine.
on Facebook is becoming more popular, and players
like to check out games on YouTube before signing
up for accounts at game portals and online casinos.
'Play For Free' (before 'Play For Money') option continues
to be mega popular. Media Man has quizzed the powers
that be on this matter, and has some data to prove
this is the case. YouTube remains the king of internet
streaming for the masses, and owned by Google, it
can afford for it to be a loss leader if need be.
Censorship In Australia - Online, Offline and Everywhere
and Google's 'Google Guys' remain in the long list
of new media entrepreneurs seeking clarity on Australia's
censorship laws, both current and upcoming. The current
guidelines are an absolute mess and out of line with
laws in other developed countries such as the United
States, Canada and United Kingdom.
Aussie government initiative to filter the internet
down under is currently due to be actioned in 1 to
3 months, depending upon what report and source you
choose to believe. Govt legal eagles and policy makers
are still deciding what to do as far as policy relating
to video game ratings that are sold off the shelf,
and technologies such as AWOMO (A World Of My Own)
are likely to also be effected from Australian censorship
laws (even if some quarters of the Australian government
doesn't want to call it "censorship", we
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out games, poker, even the 'Sin City' expo on Media
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gamers, gamblers, square eyes, couch potatoes, or
whatever is your poison.
a universe of 2D, 3D and interactive entertainment
know your already in information overload, so just
wait until you check out the above mentioned new big
boys toys. Know the odds, bet with your head, not
over it, and have fun.
Tingle is a special contributor for Gambling911
Man is primarily a media, publicity and internet
portal development company. Gaming is just one of
a dozen industry sectors they cover.
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