So I finally got out to see AVATAR yesterday with an old time MMO friend of mine. The movie was better than I expected and enjoyed the IMAX etc.
I do however have some issues with how Cameron dumbed down the movie to the lowest common denomiator of human imagination. Don't get me wrong, the movie was very imaginative, I still think Cameron could have trusted people with some more information on things, they would have gotten to it.
Now for the gamer side of the movie, if Cameron does not play WoW, Aion, and 40K...then I am a monkey's uncle. He should be sending checks to Blizzard, Games Workshop, and NCSoft for their ideas over the past ten years which helped quite a bit in production design. So whent he movie wins Oscars in this category, will Cameron get up and say, I'd like to thank miniature battles and video games for helping me create this unique planet? Hah, doubtful.
As far as his underlying theme of gamers being "jacked" in all the time, well, the finger was pointed at us sure. How much virtual life is a good or bad thing? Who is to say? Right now this is the world we live in and I personally am quite happy with games as a hobby. Have you watched TV lately? Talk about mindless.
Overall the movie was pretty good. If you have not gotten out to see it, I would say it's worth your ten or fifteen bucks. The movie does make you think and last time I checked thinking was not a bad thing.