Posts Tagged ‘Avatar’

iPhone piggy bank predicts how well you’ll do in life

February 28th, 2013
Feed this box with 500-yen coins, stick to your savings plan, and keep your avatar in fine fettle. [Read more]

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Now Playing: Avatar Star

December 19th, 2012
GameSpot's Randolph Ramsay and Jonathan Toyad check out the early build of the customizable-heavy third-person shooter Avatar Star.

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Avatar Star to launch in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines

December 6th, 2012
Third person shooter MMO alpha playable at Licence2Play Singapore event; closed beta to begin in early 2013.

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Avatar Star Screens

December 6th, 2012
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Avatar Farm Online Screens [Xbox 360]

November 19th, 2012

Create a 3D cardboard avatar mini-me for 12 bucks

October 2nd, 2012
A 3D cardboard avatar will cost you less than a ticket to see the next 3D "Avatar" movie. [Read more]

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Viewers Tepid About 3-D TV Content, Channels

September 29th, 2012
Phil Orlins knows everything about producing TV in three dimensions. The ESPN producer has captured the undulating greens of Augusta National and the flying motor bikes of the X-Games for ESPN's 3-D channel. But he can only guess how well his shows resonate with viewers. That's because 3-D audiences are so small they can't be measured by Nielsen's rating system.

"The feedback on The Masters was fast and furious. You could go on Twitter at any moment, and there'd be comments coming in every minute about 3-D coverage," said Orlins while giving a tour of a production truck at this summer's X-Games. "But then you go to some other events where it's pretty quiet."

Orlins' problem is that fewer than 115,000 American homes are tuned into 3-D channels at any one time. That's less than a hundredth of the 20.2 million-strong audience that saw television's highest-rated show "NCIS" this week. 3-D viewership is so tiny that The Nielsen Co.'s methods are unable to capture any meaningful data about viewers' programming preferences.

ESPN 3D is one of nine 3-D channels that launched in the years following the late 2009 release of James Cameron's "Avatar." The 3-D blockbuster won three Oscars and ranks as the highest-grossing film of all time, garnering $2.8 billion at the global box office.

"Avatar" was supposed to change everything. Enthusiastic television executives expected the movie to spur 3-D's transition to American living rooms, boosting sales of new TVs and giving people a reason to pay more for 3-D channels.

That never happened.

Only 2 percent of TVs in the U.S. are able to show 3-D programming, according to the most recent data from research firm IHS Screen Digest. That's about 6.9 million sets out of 331 million. After this year's Christmas buying rush, IHS expects the number of 3-D-capable televisions installed in homes...

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