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Peter Jackson Considering Original Game Development

Oscar-award winning director Peter Jackson is known for creating some of the most amazing films in recent memory, but what if he turned his attention to the video game industry...?

During an interview with Ain't It Cool, Jackson speaks about new creative ideas that might work better as games rather than movies. He just completed his most recent film, "The Lovely Bones," based on the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, and admits that he's actually "enjoying these games more than I am enjoying films at the moment." He's also well aware of the fact that game developers are "using a lot of film techniques now, especially the cinematic areas." As for any new game projects for Jackson, he says he's "involved with a Tintin game" and he's also working on a title based on the "Lord of the Rings" prequel, J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit." But above all else (in our eyes) is his newfound desire to try his hand at original games rather than merely game adaptations of films. Said Jackson:

"I think some of the ideas I've got, I'd rather do them as a standalone game, because that world is getting more and more interesting."

If Jackson lends his considerable directing talent to the game world, provided he has the right team around him (and it seems highly unlikely that he'll surround himself with lesser talent), it'll be very interesting to see what happens. Perhaps getting guys like this directly involved with the industry will mark another big step for video games...  By the way, I would just like to add that I despised the book, "The Lovely Bones."  Felt like I was getting punched in the kidneys with every passing chapter. 'gag'  But I know everyone loved it, so I'll shut up. :)

1/19/2010 9:19:48 PM Ben Dutka

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booze925
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:08:10 PM
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im sorry, but i HAVE to say this.
BROWN WON THE ELECTION!!! HAHA!!! this is the beginning of the end for your healthcare Obama!!!
rant over

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:17:04 PM

seriously? c'mon.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:40:26 PM

Very, very OT. That's a no-no.

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Highlander
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 11:58:42 PM

I see, so you are so keen in your desire to send a political "up-yours" to the sitting president, that you don't care about the continuing misery of millions who are disenfranchised by the current health-care 'system'?

::rolls eyes::

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MyWorstNightmar
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:26:32 AM

sorry Highlander, Obama's "Healthcare" plan will send the country to financial ruin.

And in the fine print, not as many will be helped as you hope.

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Highlander
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:44:37 AM

We're headed that way anyway, better learn Mandarin in the meantime...

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:37:33 AM

Peter Jackson could create or direct a real good game!



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Hitch
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 2:17:11 AM

+1 to bigrailer for staying on topic!

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SympoziumPawa
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 9:32:10 AM

Go to hell......

This is about Peter Jackson possibly considering to create original games which is sweet. But not about a frowning Prime Minista Brown and a president

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OtisFeelgood
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:11:05 PM
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Oh God, please lets not bring politics into discussion again on this site.

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Roach721
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 6:26:51 AM

I agree.

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Roach721
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 6:27:27 AM

NOT COOL....

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carl0975
Thursday, January 21, 2010 @ 5:31:51 PM

Agreed, especially because many of them are based on pure ignorance.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:19:51 PM
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Square Enix needs this guy to get them back on the right track. I'll be passing on his recent flick for now, but there's no denying his talent and involved style of directing in films so who knows maybe it could make magic in games. It's cool that he recognizes that a game world can be much deeper than a movie world and I'd be more interested in his stuff than whatever the deuce Spielberg is up to.

Can't wait for the Hobbit movie as well.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:28:39 AM

The Hobbit will be two movies now I think.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 2:21:53 AM

I heard that too, and am skeptical about how it will work out, the plan seems to be the hobbit as one film, then the events between the hobbit and the fellowship as another film. While Tolkien left plenty to work with there as far as notes and things, he never wrote a book about it. I would like to see something on The Silmarillion myself.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 2:51:44 AM

I'd like to see something done with The Children of Hurin also. It's story starts in the Silmarillion as well.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 4:34:32 AM

Aye it shall be two films, Guillermo del Toro is directing so I reckon it should be good (He did Pan's Labyrinth and The Orphanage recently). Also, DO NOT SLAG OFF SPIELBERG! His films have some of the most iconic imagery in films history.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:37:52 PM

I agree, back in the day, but Spielberg has lost it.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:59:51 PM

I admit i'm not excited about Tin-tin, but in my opinion War of the Worlds is the only bad film hes ever made, A.I, Minority Report, Munich, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal are all great/good films. Indiana 4's fault was due to George Lucas and.... 'The Kid'.

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Riku994
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:33:04 PM
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LotR MMO! Oh wait..

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:28:58 AM

Already is one

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Riku994
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 7:05:43 PM

That was the joke..lol

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djbool
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:37:26 PM
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Ben, appreciate your two cents on The Lovely Bones there at the end. that gave me a pleasant chuckle :)

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Solid Fantasy
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:39:45 PM
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I don't blame Peter Jackson. I consider Video games to be the hybrid of books and films in terms of story telling and presentation. Both have there strong points and obviously not all games capture either if these strong points, but some do (MGS) and maybe/hopefully Peter could do the same.

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SympoziumPawa
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 9:49:20 AM

More like a hybrid of a horrible movie, its rare to see a great game with a brilliant story, gameplay and graphics

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Solid Fantasy
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 11:07:36 AM

Yeah it's rare, but not impossible. The whole Metal Gear Solid series seems to be on the top. But I can also think of several RPGs that have met this full potential. I'm optimistic and like to think that more will follow.

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dragonx_HD
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:42:56 PM
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peter jackson is one of my heroes LOL

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Alienange
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 10:59:03 PM
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Even Jackson is enjoying these games more than films. That is one hell of a statement from a guy who singlehandedly showed the world what makes a good movie.

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Gordo
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 11:34:01 PM
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Phew, I cried buckets reading "The Lovely Bones". Not afraid to admit it!

I've got two kids aged 6 and 4 so probably something to do with thinking that your kids have been murdered.

Haven't seen the film though. Movie game tie-ins have never worked really so I won't get excited about Mr Jackson and his Tin Tin adventure!

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___________
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 11:40:05 PM
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what ever happened to halo the peter jackson project?
anyway, a game based on his latest movie would be really cool.
ive always had a thing for survival horror mystery movies.
like the zodiac i loved that movie, and probably to this day one of the best movies i have ever seen.
now a video game based on that would be really cool!
kinda the reason why im really excited for alan wake.
finally a proper survival horror game, though i hope it does not lean to heavy on the supernatural side.
why does every horror game have to be based on either torture porn, zombies, or supernatural bogus?
why cant they be like heavy rain?
the good old phycopathic serial killers!

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:32:15 AM

Peter Jackson was just going to be the producer but it has since stalled out. It may still be made. Last I heard Steven Spielberg may be directing it.

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booze925
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 11:47:49 PM
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first, wats OT?
second, it was BIG. i was overjoyed, and i just HAD to say it. ill never bring politics into this site again.

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Highlander
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:00:30 AM

OT - off topic.

You derailed the comment thread with the opening comment. In a comments section about possible game development by Peter Jackson, is it really appropriate to basically send an "up yours" to the Whitehouse? Is that ever really appropriate?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:21:38 AM

Didn't you know Highlander? We should all be happy when people needlessly die.

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Highlander
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:56:17 AM

Ben's gonna crack down soon we need to chill.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:22:41 AM

*chilling*

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Nlayer
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 11:54:14 PM
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An original Video Game done by Peter Jackson would be amazing! I'd love to see what he could bring to the table in the industry.

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booze925
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 @ 11:57:42 PM
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you know what? i stand by what i said. this was one the BIGGEST upsets of the YEAR.
if you dont like my comments (which everyone seems to do) ignore them. i was simply expressing the joy i felt at the time.
and highlander, i care deeply for the american people, and i don't want them to get screwed AGAIN by our government. my dad was recently fired, and we are in a VERY tight spot (may have to give up playstation soon).
don't think im just some ignorant kid who's out to ruin websites. i express my opinion, and i try not to go to far when expressing it.
i won't bring up politics again... but just see where im coming from.
BTW, a peter jackson game doesn't sound half bad

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:22:03 AM

At least we know why you were banned before.

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fluffer nutter
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 2:10:07 AM

For one thing, you can't even reply to the replies of your initial post. Start there. Second of all, I need a cheeseburger.

As for the topic, we need Mel Brooks directing a video game. Just think about that one for a minute or two.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 2:56:19 AM

Let him direct a game the finishes off the History of the World. That movie needs a sequel.

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Roach721
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 6:41:57 AM

@ booz925 as a matter of fact you are an idiot were 37th in health care around the world do you really think that Obamas plan is gonna drop us even more sounds to me like your being driven by all the crap in the media,plus you just could'nt let it go so that my friend makes you a bigger idiot.When i want some dumb kids opinion on something you konw nothing about then i'll ask you until then shut your mouth,and your point about you're dad getting fired has nothing to do with Health Care.Next time everyone in a game site tells you not to bring in Politics listen.You want to Vent take you silly @ss to MSNBC SITE DONT DO IT HERE.

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Highlander
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:06:05 AM
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Well, Peter Jackson could always shave and have a haircut first...

;)

What would he do in a game?

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:34:30 AM

That's an old picture from the Lord of the Rings days it looks like. He has since gotten thinner and shaved. He just doesn't look right without all the hair lol.

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Nlayer
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:01:42 AM

I kind of like the "I just woke up" kind of look. His hair is all messy and his beard is unshaven. It portrays the image of 'no sleep' and 'lots of overtime', haha.

But that is an old picture, he looks a little different in the present year.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:20:18 AM
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What the hell is Tintin? Tell me he's not doing a Rin Tin Tin movie.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:36:11 AM

Tintin is the lead character in a French comic strip.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:23:02 AM

I'd prefer he handle Lupin the 3rd.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:29:27 AM

I'd like to see him do Captain Harlock

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booze925
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:24:43 AM
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world
dont know whether thats a compliment, or an insult... either way, if felt good to read : )
( i meant the banned comment, not the highlander one)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:52:24 AM

good, i was just razzin ya :)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:51:57 AM
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STOP.

I'm going to have to start cracking down on OT stuff here. It goes on way too often.

We DO have forums, you know.

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booze925
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:56:11 AM
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forget my last comment. news to me you have forums...
thanks ben!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:24:12 AM

upper right corner of each page has a link.

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Highlander
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:50:40 AM

The word 'forum' at the top of the page isn't a dead give away?

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RockhounD
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 1:27:24 AM
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So would good old Mr Jackson's games finally settle the matter about games really being a form of art?

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fooosie
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 2:58:52 AM
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Oooo! Maybe thay can make a Lord Of The Rings game!

Oh Wait...

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fooosie
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 4:14:13 AM
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Maybe they can make a GOOD Lord Of The Rings game!

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 4:28:42 AM

As much as i liked LotR like Star Wars, Its been done, so im not interested in seeing anymore games, spin offs about it. Obviously The Hobbit films will be an exception.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 4:27:12 AM
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Anyway leaving politics lol

I wouldn’t mind seeing what he could do, people doubted him with LotR and look what he pulled off. I'm looking forward to seeing 'The Lovely Bones' also. The only thing that bugs me is that Mark Wahlberg is cast as the father, The mother also bothers me, they look to young. Still looking forward to it though.

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JackC8
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 7:39:42 AM
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Honestly, the people making games have 1,000 times more talent, creativity and skill than those celebrity hacks in Hollywood. Why do you think I play games for 3 hours a night, and haven't seen a Hollywood movie in years? Jackson certainly didn't write Lord of the Rings, he added a zillion dollars worth of special effects to it - and give me a break, people didn't see those movies for any other reason.

Just leave the talented people to work on the games, and let the celebrities mug for the cameras on the Jay Leno show.

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 8:01:42 AM

You're not giving him the credit he deserves, if you compair LotR to his old Gorefests, its clear to see how he has progressed, Do you have any idea how hard it is to make a crowd satisfying adaption, and make no mistake LotR is that, no one of the best book-film adaptions ever done. you can't just deny the huge talent that went into making such an epic as that.

Now i know im going to get tons of thumb downs for this as i'm on a game website, but i thought the quality of the film industry last year (and the year before) has risen dramatically, last year i enjoyed over 15 films at the cinema, just on that note alone, i believe they're doing their jobs well. last year only 4 new releases held my interest. though judging by this spring, i think thats going to be made up for.

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SympoziumPawa
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 9:46:21 AM
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It seems this may be cool, but in the end it will be a shooter

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fuk u
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:05:22 PM
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how the hell did this post go off on health care reform....

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 12:39:34 PM

massive off topicness raises the ire of the posse.

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Alienange
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 2:00:53 PM
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Well not EVERYONE loved The Lovely Bones. Some people don't even want to see the movie.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 2:40:15 PM

I sure as hell don't.

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Roach721
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 4:24:22 PM
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Me either,maybe an animation

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goodgamer
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 5:42:52 PM
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man i spend mi money on games,movie are not a priority,all willing film makers should come this side of the camp and show somthing impresive, but dont tink im go crazy, let your product speak ...

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Alienange
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 5:59:00 PM
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Poor Peter Jackson finally gets an article on PSXE and the comments explode into a political slap fest.

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tes37
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 7:17:37 PM
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Peter Jackson could bring some creative and interesting ideas to gaming. I think he may have a positive impact on games.

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Roach721
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 @ 9:44:45 PM

I think it's all possitive even if their first couple of games are not very good they'll get better at it.Like developers on a new system then they'll be making amazing games.Or so i hope.Am sure next Camaron game will be better than Avatar thats if he even bothers.

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blitz30952
Thursday, January 21, 2010 @ 12:27:56 AM
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Good to see a fellow kiwi get a mention on PSX :D

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FxTales
Thursday, January 21, 2010 @ 5:45:04 PM
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There's been talk for a while now that weta is maybe in the process of starting up a game developing company. Maybe it's finally coming to be.

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