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Comic-Con 09: Preview Night Images, including AVATAR toys! Plus Quint plays some LEFT 4 DEAD 2!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with some pics of the completed floor during this hellish preview night. I say hellish with the most love possible. I’ve heard a lot of bitching from even the average con attendees (not just the press and professionals) about how not fun this Con is anymore and I don’t want to be one of those guys. This Con is a giant ball of stress, but you know? I’m a movie geek and seeing all this footage, getting to meet some of my idols (as I will do tomorrow), converse with some amazing people, mingle with my colleagues, friends and real deal fans… Not to mention the shopping. There is no other place like Comic-Con. Yes, it’s big, crowded, hot and sometimes a massive pain the asshole (like when studios put 80% of their output into one day for instance), but you have to reach a point where you just go with the flow or be a grump. I’m doing my best not to be a grumpus. Even when I see this in my way every minute of the day:

So, let’s take a look at the floor this time built up and in its full glory. If you want to check back to last night’s article to compare and contrast my sneaky pics taken as booths were being set up, the link is right here. Let’s start off with the Avatar toy pics:

I especially like the Sigourney Weaver toy and the handicapped Sam Worthington… Crazy alien designs. We’ll see tomorrow how they come across in the footage. Here’s some more Preview night bits of interest… I think it was in the Mattel booth that we found both the Batpod and the police car from STAR TREK:

Gentle Giant had this sweet FORCE UNLEASHED inspired Vader bust that is really kickass. I loved the story of that video game and would KILL to see a movie made out of it, even if it’s a top of the line CG feature. Anyway, here’s Darth Vader having a bad day:

I wasn’t there when Seth Rogan showed up to unveil The Black Beauty on the floor (I instead stepped through the looking glass… more on that Friday morning), but Kraken did get a chance to get a couple shots of the covered car:

And here’s a better pic of what that Stark Industries thing was from yesterday’s report… a booth that was selling the Iron Man 2 video game… Still awesome seeing those suits on display, though.

I also got the chance to play a full level of LEFT 4 DEAD 2 earlier in the day and that was a lot of fun.

The level was called Swamp Fever and the terrain was what you’d expect from a level called Swamp Fever… broken down shacks, swampy water and lots of dead fuckers attacking you. The Tanks are now different, overall wearing hulks called Chargers that are easier to kill, but are faster and ram the hell out of you and your team. There are also new zombie types, including what is called a Mud Man, a zombie that lives in the swamps and when lying down is almost indistinguishable from its surroundings. When he gets up and hits you it muddies up your view. There’s also a Spitter who spews Napalm-like fire out, usually right in your path.

Of course you also have the regular zombies, Boomers, Hunters, Witches and Smokers. The big deal with this sequel is that you can pick up melee items. Everyone I played with loved the axe, which is gruesome and is a one-hit kill on most zombies. Gotta love the ability to hit a button and send an undead arm flying off or split its head off from its body. There was also a frying pan, which seemed to disorientate the zombies and a Shaun of the Dead nod: a cricket bat. Oh, and the pistols still have unlimited ammo, which made me happy. I thought they were going to take that away when they gave us the melee weapons (which do not deteriorate, but you have to drop them when you want to use your guns). Did I mention you can find a grenade launcher now? And ammo upgrades (I never got the launcher, but the incendiary shotgun round is total fucking destruction as they’d say in the talkback. Overall, it felt more like an expansion pack to the original LEFT 4 DEAD, but whatever. I loved the balance of the gameplay of the original game and give me some new locations (love the Deep South/Louisiana setting), new characters, some fun new zombies and masses of undead to lay waste to and I’m happy. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

There you go. Now I must write up my questions for the five interviews I have tomorrow. Tomorrow also brings us the Disney 3-D Panel (Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Tron), the Avatar panel, both of which I’ll be covering, as well as the Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus panel, Kick-Ass and… wait for it… New Moon!!! Excited? -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • July 23, 2009, 2:13 a.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    Iron Man suits!!

  • July 23, 2009, 2:15 a.m. CST

    cool stuff...

    by d a v 3 y


  • July 23, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST


    by Ryang

    i wanna see avatar footage soon

  • July 23, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Avatar toy packaging...

    by d a v 3 y

    including the following warning: DO NOT USE TO FUCK YOUR EYEBALLS!

  • July 23, 2009, 2:17 a.m. CST

    why do they still call it preview night?

    by bacci40

    why not just call it what it is...opening night<p> its no longer special to go to "preview night" as the crowds are just as large as any other day<P> btw, what is the forecast for the weekend, and will they be posting deodorant alerts

  • July 23, 2009, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Green Hornet, Green Lantern, Green Arrow...

    by the_ear_in_the_yard goblin, the hulk's green, kryptonite is green... wtf is with all these greens???

  • July 23, 2009, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Action Figures but no Trailer?

    by TheMarineBiologist

    Seriously, this movie is totally not going to be released.

  • July 23, 2009, 2:21 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    People talked this film up so much and for so long that it already feels stale before its release.

  • July 23, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    Keeping with the friendly environment theme.

  • July 23, 2009, 2:23 a.m. CST

    RE: L4D2

    by TheMarineBiologist

    I liked the first one, so I'll buy the second one. Anyone that says they won't buy the second one because they like the first one are idiots. That makes absolutely no sense...

  • July 23, 2009, 2:25 a.m. CST


    by the_ear_in_the_yard

    i think it's because the dollar is green.. that or weed

  • July 23, 2009, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Avatar = Geek April Fool's Joke

    by p5mmr9

    I'm beginning to question the existence of a film titled Avatar helmed by one Cameron. I think the joke’s on us.

  • July 23, 2009, 2:26 a.m. CST

    So Avatar

    by Series7

    Isn't even going to be a movie? Just a toy line?

  • July 23, 2009, 2:28 a.m. CST

    And a videogame right?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    I think playing the game would be cooler than the movie.

  • July 23, 2009, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Is that Robert Patrick T-1000 toy?

    by Series7

    In Avatar?

  • July 23, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST

    The Green Hornet

    by Series7

    So comic-con has become a place to unveil straight to DVD releases now? Seems like a waste of money to me.

  • July 23, 2009, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Avatar will be recieved as

    by OzzyManDiaz

    An overwritten, over acted, over budget space opera. District 9 fucking your little sisters anus and then having her creampie in your eyeballs in August

  • July 23, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Just make sure you are there when Mickey Rourke blows up and goes off on a bunch of fan boys.

  • July 23, 2009, 2:38 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach


  • July 23, 2009, 2:39 a.m. CST

    If Avatar had balls

    by Series7

    The tag line on the posters would be: Fucking Your Eyeballs 200whenever it comes out. I bet it won't happen though.

  • July 23, 2009, 2:50 a.m. CST

    AVATAR toys - awesome sets as well.

    by hallmitchell

    Great diaramas.

  • July 23, 2009, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Comic Con - Awesome! Yet so crowded.

    by hallmitchell

    And reasonably priced I might add.

  • July 23, 2009, 3 a.m. CST

    wow, so we hate Avatar already.

    by Obscura

    is this purely based on the toys and the handful of pictures we've seen, or just the fact the Cameron hasnt told us everything yet and you hate him for it? <p> no wonder talkbackers have such a bad reputation.

  • July 23, 2009, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Carrot Top is in Avatar?

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    5th pic wtf?

  • July 23, 2009, 3:14 a.m. CST

    A V A T A R. December.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Nothing else matters.

  • July 23, 2009, 3:32 a.m. CST


    by SylarTheCylon

    now i have that metallica song stuck in my head

  • July 23, 2009, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Avatar's toys

    by drompter

    Raping your kid's eyeballs in 2010.

  • July 23, 2009, 4:35 a.m. CST

    there is a distinct possibility that Avatar

    by Righteous Brother

    might not be any good. I hope it is though.

  • July 23, 2009, 4:38 a.m. CST

    People kind of possibly might have point though RE Avatar

    by savagedave

    This is one fuckload of a weight of expectation that's been built up, how is it going to fulfil it?

  • July 23, 2009, 4:39 a.m. CST

    And don't say..

    by savagedave raping my eyeballs.

  • July 23, 2009, 4:43 a.m. CST

    avatar amp suit looks dumb.

    by alice 13

    help ive fallen and i cant get up!

  • July 23, 2009, 4:45 a.m. CST


    by The McPoyle Clan

    Were they too cheap to make a better-proportioned, feminine body mold for Signourney Weaver's figure? Or did she have head reduction surgery in real life?

  • July 23, 2009, 4:55 a.m. CST

    a booth that was selling the Iron Man 2 video game!?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    I'm confused. Won't that be out when the film is released next year?

  • July 23, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Flaacidly wacking your eyelids...still waiting..

    by quantize

    And all the yabber yabber does nothing but raise expectations to a completely undeliverable level..

  • July 23, 2009, 5:25 a.m. CST

    re: Green Hornet

    by Laserhead

    Who. Gives. A. Fuck.

  • July 23, 2009, 5:31 a.m. CST

    l4D: overrated and uninspired.

    by Stalkeye

    A disapointing FPS in which all you do is shoot zombies and run into some safehouse. No plot, no real campaign mode just co op bullshit. I think it's time for me to dust off my case and sell it on eBay.Who in the fuck would buy another ironmangame since the first one sucked donkey dick?<p>Fuck you Marvel and Sega for endorsing the first shitty game, this one will soon follow.Should havelet Activision programmed the game from the start.

  • July 23, 2009, 5:43 a.m. CST

    They should move Comicon to Vegas

    by Manos

    Bigger, better convention center, not to mention a way better party city.

  • July 23, 2009, 5:51 a.m. CST

    "Highly Articulate" Sigourney Weaver action figure

    by YackBacker

    She will speak with a vocabulary that defies convention. Appropriate for ages 3 or older.

  • July 23, 2009, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Beaks suggests via Twitter the following re: Avatar panel

    by PennsyDeux

    "The Twilight crowd outside of Hall H sounds like they're planning to hang around for Avatar. I can't wait to see how this plays out." <p> Oh. Deer. Lord.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:08 a.m. CST

    So the Black Beauty looks pretty much like the t.v. show's car?

    by Bob Cryptonight

    At least that's how it seems from the pictures online from when it was uncovered.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:10 a.m. CST

    PennsyDeux: the "Deer Lord"...?

    by Bob Cryptonight

    That's a new character from the Robin Hood movie, right?

  • July 23, 2009, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Who cares about AVATAR

    by JohnRyder

    when you can use melee weapons in Left4Dead2

  • July 23, 2009, 6:27 a.m. CST


    by VXXXJesterXXXV

    Did you not read anything on L4D before you bought it? The game was designed to be a co-op shooter that forced teamwork above all. The game didn't really need a plot, zombies are running amuck and that's all your characters would know considering they are not high level military people. So you fight to survive and for me the fact the zombies could come from anywhere anytime kept the game fresh and exciting. The key was a good group of friends to play it with.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:31 a.m. CST


    by VXXXJesterXXXV

    I didn't catch the last part of your comment Stalkeye, so I wanted to throw this out too. Fuck Activision, fuck them right in the ear. Activision is the worst company in gaming right now and I hope they start to suffer epic losses because I can't stand them. If I buy any game from Activision I will be buying used so they don't get a dime of my money.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:40 a.m. CST


    by Aftermath1349

    Those AVATAR toys are fucking horrendous. Why are toy companies still completely retarded when it comes to actually making toys? For the last 15 years McFarlane Toys have been making beautifully sculpted action figures yet no other major company can bother? I'm so glad I stopped collecting toys otherwise that would be ANOTHER medium in which I'd have to wade through mediocrity like I have to with film, music and video games.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST

    I'm not letting my eyeballs be molested by a "some....

    by FlickaPoo

    ...assembly required" choking hazard...I 'm a grown man...with a man's needs.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:45 a.m. CST


    by Six Demon Bag

    wow thats already better than Terminator Salvation.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:47 a.m. CST

    So when we master interstellar travel in AVATAR:

    by DoctorZoidberg

    We will still have paraplegics in wheelchairs? Still won't be able to fix that one huh? Or grow hair for Jean-Luc.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:59 a.m. CST

    That first action figure looks like Michael Biehn.

    by OgreYouAsshole

    You sure he was never cast?

  • July 23, 2009, 7:03 a.m. CST

    My Uncle says...

    by Verbage

    ...he wants to stick that blue Avatar horse up his ass.

  • July 23, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by GetEveryone

    I totally agree. Activison are becoming the new EA, whereas that company has dropped its penchant for licensed games and is pushing for new IPs.<P>Is A V A T A R fucking our eyeballs this afternoon or tomorrow? Its just that I'd like to have recovered by the weekend.

  • July 23, 2009, 7:09 a.m. CST


    by ChoclateWoman

    Nothing quite like watching half a man kick ass in wheelchair, shit his pants without realizing it and then get to bang the hot chick at the end. Except he can't get it up, he's a FUCKING INVALID. Tragic ending. Script writes itself. Hollywood take note.

  • July 23, 2009, 7:11 a.m. CST

    you know what is funny

    by JohnRyder

    those avatar alien heads are sculptures yet they look CGI to me.

  • July 23, 2009, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Where are the new He-Man movie design pics?

    by Just_Some_Guy

    C'mon, man, I know they have them at the Mattel booth, along with that amazingly huge Castle Grayskull and He-Ro atatue!

  • July 23, 2009, 7:27 a.m. CST

    DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshakes

    by JulietsCans

    Thank you Art Brut!

  • July 23, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST

    attention loving chocolate whore

    by Six Demon Bag

    fucking die, regards

  • July 23, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST what time does the Ocular Deflowering take place?...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...and when can I expect Harry's sticky paged Penthouse letter about it?

  • July 23, 2009, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Left 4 Dead - I bought XB360 for this game alone!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    I was happy with my PS3 cos I could play games & watch my Blu Rays...then I saw Left 4 Dead on XB360 and got seriously, seriously pissed off cos it wasn't on not was it ever going to be a PS3 title. But i had to have it, so forked out for a 2nd console just so I could shoot zombies. And you know was worth every penny.

  • July 23, 2009, 7:59 a.m. CST

    The real tommorow

    by ThePilgrim

    Before my 11 year old niece reaches her 80th birthday. We will have solved the DNA mystery to prevent aging and reverse it. Not just the appearance of age but also the damage the tissues endures while aging. Age will be reversible,and lifespans will triple. I have no doubt on this. In the next 30 years, machines will be able to print all kinds replacement body parts from harvested cells. Just like RP machines do today in resins with CGI STL files. They'll be able to recreate perfect replacement replicas of hearts, bones, pancreases, lungs, livers, lymp systems, ligaments. Just about ever organ inside the body can be remade from healthy cells harvested from your own body to remake these replacment parts. <P> Alcor will eventual use frogs blood (they currently use glycol) as a cryoprotectant to prevent freeze damage to those people who choose to be frozen shortly after death to wait for the future technologies to bring them back from the death and restore them to perfect health. <P> Heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure victims who receive this Alcor treatment may be revivavble in the next 60 years. A short period of time to prove that Alcor cryo system works. The other people with cancers and other problems wont be reviveble until 120 or so years from now and the glycol persevered and cut off head preserved folks will be about 300 years or so- When even better technology is conceived. The frog blood cryo freeze damage protectant will change this dream to reality and see a revived case within our lifetime. <P> All most all wounds- internal and external will heal without scar tissue with in the next 10 years using drugs that refuse fibroplastic tissue rebuilding. another wound healing drug will come to light that signals tissue rebuilding in the same manner that lizards regrow limbs and tails. We've already seen a man regrow his finger back, and some of this technology is already use to fix damaged Rotator cups. So it may also be possible for the body to regrow removed skin and nerves back to the same state they used to be before the damage. And this means that yes. People who are paralyzed will walk with in the next 30-50 years. This isn't a dream anymore either the technology is here already- blame the FDA for wholing these breakthrough up- clinical trials take 10-15 years for certain drugs. <P> Also in the future nano technology will be real. Tiny simple machines will run throughout your body and stimulate things like your optic nerves, your adrenal gland, and the like. <P> These machines can force you body to grow new neurons they can examine other peoples brain patterns and chemical processes and reproduce them in your brain. Think of it like this we will become the Internet of the future. We the body and our minds will stream to one another everything we experience in real time. Sharing thoughts, reading other peoples minds experiences even going so far as to send emotions and pains and pleasures to one another. <P> Holograms. hahahahaha, no nano tech will see images streamed directly to the cortex or signaled into the optic nerves. Images as real and total as what you see now. Reality will be forever augmented and <P> reality in and of itself will always be an augmentation and nothing will simpley be real as it is now. The tiny nano machines circulating through out your body will be able to change your state of being, and not only this with a direct wireless connection to the Internet- although it wont be like that by this time. You can actually feel how other people around you feel. You can share emotional states as well as create and alter them. you can give others pleasure just by willing it. you will be able to control things through thought. read people's minds, share memories as a 1:1 experience or create them without even really doing what is you fabricated. relay real time vision to other people around the globe. communicate through projected thought. this isn't science fiction. It will happen it will be reality- if we don't kill each other off.

  • July 23, 2009, 8:09 a.m. CST

    FlickaPoo, Avatar's panel scheduled to begin @ 3PM PT.

    by PennsyDeux

    6PM Philadelphia time. :)

  • July 23, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Today, that is, and, "ocular deflowering"??

    by PennsyDeux

    LMAO. :D

  • July 23, 2009, 8:11 a.m. CST

    The real tomorrow

    by savagedave

    The same thing only with faster cars and dirtier air.

  • July 23, 2009, 8:11 a.m. CST


    by GetEveryone


  • July 23, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST

    The toys made me think of Robot Chicken

    by SoylentMean

    don't know why.

  • July 23, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST


    by GetEveryone

    I used my initiative and used Google.

  • July 23, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Pacific Daylight; my bad, and here's more on the Twilight line

    by PennsyDeux <p> "Lots of people were interviewing the first person in the sleepover line at Hall H, but the real story was the controversy brewing behind her and her mom and her mom's friends. <p> "A group of girls, who wanted to be called the 'Anti-TwiMoms', complained loudly to Elite security officers about people who were saving space at the front of the line, and older fans - or mothers of fans - who were cutting in line and camping out. The girls proceeded to say that it was also "creepy" that some of the women were so adamant about going to a panel to see a teenager (Taylor Lautner who plays Jacob - apparently the moms were on 'Team Jacob'). <p> "Security told them that each person was allowed to hold 3 spaces in line, and that that was a courtesy granted to them. "You are actually loitering," said one of the security guards. The girls countered by saying that if one person can hold 3 spots, then if one of those people came, then they could also hold three spots, and the line in front of them would increase exponentially." <p> For those AICN'ers in SD already, my suggestion is bring body armor. You may wind up needing it. ;)

  • July 23, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST

    I really hope the Avatar backers fight the New Moon fucks

    by Kief_Ledger

    Twilight sucks dog dick.

  • July 23, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST

    I like ThePilgrim's future

    by SoylentMean

    as long as we keep the leprechauns in check, those damn dirty leprechauns...

  • July 23, 2009, 8:41 a.m. CST

    The world's largest gathering of virgins!

    by Sithdan

    Call Guinness!

  • July 23, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Cockslapping your eye clit

    by Autodidact

    The sound changing from a dry slapping to a wet, sucky peeling.

  • July 23, 2009, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Not Impressed Sorry


    Maybe the film will be revolutionary but the character design is not.

  • July 23, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST


    by StarchildAD

    But that means we wouldnt be able to lie properly... Fuck that.

  • July 23, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    We are a chemical machine

    by ThePilgrim

    and one day we will figure out how to repair, interface, and read and write to it with 100% total control. That shit is going to happen. I wish I could afford a $140,000 dollar life insurance policy to pay for a spot at Alcor to ensure a possible chance to live in this future. It will be a utopia of epic proportions. I cant even begin to imagine the beauty of living with images and imaginary beings streaming into my brain thorough some sort of process that stimulates the optic nerves. These images and false beings are spatially re-represented perfectly in the surrounding environment. Interacting with it in a seamless fashion thanks in part to another computer monitoring my viewpoint and the surrounding environment. Imagine a tiny dinosaur running around the house knocking stuff over. Not really hitting or knocking over the real things it hits, but the computer controlling the image and streaming this character also monitors the environment and it's aware of what the imaginary being is affecting and changing. so the computer fakes the position of the knocked over real objects with a digital clones- while it masks out the real ones by digitally painting over them with the original background environment. I'm sure some of you have seen those books that you can open with a webcam that places 3d stuff on the page when you look at in a monitor. Same difference only extremely advanced and no monitor no hologram the image is streamed over you optic nerves or directly into your cortex. Holograms are primative compared to actually seeing it. <P> Augmented reality with beings images and environments that seem as real as real can be. Have you any idea how insane that would be. Fucking movies would be boring. You could download and experience entertainment packages and really be a part of the adventure. It's going to kick so much ass. <P> And then you know of course having direct connections to other people minds and feelings. That shit will make this shit look very primitive. Fuck sex could be a substandard way of making love to someone else. <P> Totally plausible once nano technology is solved. Drugs affect the body. These nano bots would monitor and stimulate the chemical and cellular processes of your body to make this work. The human mind and how it works will be solved at some point. We will know how to read someones brain in real time. Know what they are thinking and processing and thats where the nano machines come into play. not only do they know they can recreate it in another mind. So the experiences are shared between separate people. The emotional states are felt and share and triggered. Your crying and that person is crying to 1,000 of miles away. That joggers high that some people get that spinal tingle. you could trigger those feelings at will or send them to someone else. That other person is thinking or talking to themselves and your picking up every damn thing they are thinking or talking about. they see something and you see it too- thats related to monitoring the image and relaying it to from one person optics nerves to another persons. Like camera's to tv sets. It's going to happen. <P> We will be so 1 to 1 and our imaginations will be reality. <P> I can see how easy it would be to corrupt it. then you have the triple or greater lifetimes the ability to remain healthy and cancer and virus free, and lastly stay at whatever psychical age you want for that entire lifetime. <P> I want that shit now, but I have to die and be preserved and wake up 300 or so year later to see it. Still a broke struggling artist.

  • July 23, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST

    ThePilgrim- you lost me at "primative"

    by YackBacker

    Primitive, mate. PRIMITIVE.

  • July 23, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    I'm burnt out on Avatar too.

    by Logan_1973

    This had better be as earth-shifting as STAR WARS was in '77. <p>Cool pix overall. Get closer to the IRON MAN suits!

  • July 23, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Left4Dead...Shoot zombies & then Shoot Zombies & then Shoot Zom

    by SpiceMonkey27

    valve... the most overrated video game company..they took the downloadable content of the first one and repackaged it as a sequel. and dummies lap it up.

  • July 23, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    AVATAR Grey Dog Monster

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    Looks like a skrunt from LADY IN THE WATER. It DOES! Nice one, James. Can't wait 'til this movie is completely ignored by everyone in America. Do you honestly think people in the US appreciate beauty? Or good special effects? They want their appetites for spectcle filled - they have no appreciation of craft or skill. They aren't going to say "Wow - that was a good render!" They're going to say "What the-? Where's the big robots killin' everythin'? No blood? Wha-? Man, this ia a cartoon!"

  • July 23, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST


    by JDanielP

    I'll take all the Comic-Con I can get! Give me more!

  • July 23, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST


    by VXXXJesterXXXV

    <p>I disagree with you. Valve is not overrated as they pretty much put out gold with everything they do. Half Life 2 is one of the best games made, Counter Strike is one of the most popular online shooters for a reason, Portal is fantastic, Team Fortress 2 has a huge fan base, Left 4 Dead is great.</p> <p> As for Left 4 Dead, the game is the shit. It's about atmosphere and being in the middle of an intense zombie apocolypse and was worth every penny. Also Valve is not going to stop supporting L4D because of L4D2, in fact they are trying to figure out a way to bridge the two communities together so they don't split the players. L4D2 has enough improvements and differences that I am happy to support Valve by purchasing the game. They are probably the most fan friendly company in the world and I will continue to support them</p>

  • July 23, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Now this is what I call "COOL NEWS!"

    by Evangelion217

    Thanks for the up dates. Love those toys! :)

  • July 23, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    AVATAR footage this afternoon

    by kwisatzhaderach

    First Cameron sci-fi for 18 years. I am excited.

  • July 23, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    regular tank is still in the game quint, just fyi

    by Warcraft

    the charger is just a separate, whole new monster.

  • July 23, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Avatar toys; it's like all my Christmases have come at once!!

    by TurdontheRun

    Mark my words and mark them well; at 3pm EST everyone in Hall H wil have a giant collective orgasm. The staff will be busy mopping up the floor afterwards for weeks on end.

  • July 23, 2009, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Some Avatar links

    by CharyouTree<p><p><p> I think the background on the last one looks like a still from the movie?

  • July 23, 2009, 10:48 a.m. CST


    by Stalkeye

    i digress, yes i know L4D is for the most part, a co op shooter,so is CoD MW,WaW and the Gears of War series.Major difference, The story/plot within campaign mode(s) gives you that feeling of immersion or interaction as opposed to being just another kill sim (simulation)the aforementioned shooters are more than worth the $60. I can't say the same for L4D, as a downloadable game via XB marketplace, yes! But paying the full price for a "novelty" FPS that does not live up to the hype, sorry. Glad you enjoyed it however.<p>as for your snipe or gripe with Activision, Have you played Marvel Ultimate alliance? Prototype?or even the Xmen origins Wolverine game ? great titles however Spiderman Web of shadows wasn't that good.<p>Activision knows how to produce quality superhero games as oppossed to shitty SEGA who has fallen off the radar since the glory days of Dreamcast.

  • July 23, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I am, too. Let's hope that AVATAR turns out to be something worth all the effort and innovation. Because if Jim Cameron can't deliver a film that pushes the envelope of big genre filmmaking, then I'm not sure who can. (There really aren't a lot of tested contenders out there.)

  • July 23, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Holy shit, this is the Hall H line now...

    by PennsyDeux

  • July 23, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Not one booth chick in all those pictures

    by Stabby

    Boy, this is a Geek web site.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Where's the cosplay fat chicks?

    by Stabby

  • July 23, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    avatar TB will end the internet tonight...

    by Six Demon Bag

    stock up on canned items gents

  • July 23, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    That's good to hear. He didn't appear once in the level I played, just a few of the Chargers and a more than usual amount of witches.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    You Tube videos fucking your eyeballs in 2009

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    New feature on You Tube. Videos can now be in 3D <P>Just in time for Comic con bootleg Avatar eye fucking <P> <P>

  • July 23, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    "Highly articulated" action figures

    by Immortal_Fish

    Whoo boy. Someone's bound to get their moral sensitivities in a pinch over that one.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Never figured AVATAR would be releasing a toy line

    by IAmLegolas

    I didn't think it was going to be that kind of movie. Slurpee cups next?

  • July 23, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by Alientoast

    The people crying about L4D obviously don't play Versus, the real meat of the game. If never gets old doing a "home run" punch with the tank on No Mercy finale and watching the survivor fall to his death! PEELZ HERE!!!

  • July 23, 2009, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Who cares when "Nephilim" will be giving you the what for next y

    by alienindisguise

    Avatar, shmavatar. Looks like left over, unused ep1 creatures and other tired ideas.

  • July 23, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    I liked the pretty blue horsey.

    by StrokerX


  • July 23, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Those toys SUCK!!!

    by Johnno

    Give McFarlene a call, but I guess Mattel shelled out more money... cause I guess putting out crap like that saves them costs so they can afford it in the first place...

  • July 23, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Wha? As in Fields of the Nephilim? Is this some sort of Carl McCoy project you're refering to?

  • July 23, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Cameron should have contracted McFarlane for the AVATAR toys!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    I thought Cameron was all about having the very best associated with him and this movie? Obviously not, if that were true he would have gone to the very best (and only good) toy company McFarlane, and done it up proper like. This smacks of cheap, patronizing George Lucas cash-in tactics. I guess JC's credo of perfectionism and innovation doesn't go into the marketing, although I recall Cameron saying he didn't want anything associated with AVATAR to suck. Maybe it doesn't exactly suck, but it's not very good either. Come on James, pay attention!

  • July 23, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    New Avatar teaser poster

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Series7's Avatar poster: Fucking Your Eyeballs 200whenever it comes out.<P>

  • July 23, 2009, 12:38 p.m. CST

    'New Moon' press conference! WHEE!

    by PennsyDeux

    [sarcasm][/sarcasm] ;)

  • July 23, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Someone at the Con please ask Cameron about the toys!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Seriously, nail him on having crap toys and ask him why in the hell he didn't go straight to McFarlane with this! Make him promise he's not being a dispassionate, patronizing, greedy George Lucas about it. For real, get on the mic and make him answere for this travesty!

  • July 23, 2009, 1 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    I'll be camped out in my sleeping bag in front of Wal Mart well before they are released, as I really want that Signorvy doll. Can't wait until I get it in my bathtub and wage the mother of all battles. Only thing I hate is that I have to go upstairs to take a bath, and then my mom gives me crap about 'acting my age' and that I'm 'too old to be playing with toys' Screw you Mom! 30 is the new 7.

  • July 23, 2009, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by TheNewDirector

    This is like XMAS in July, cannot wait for some footage!! Too excited

  • July 23, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST


    by VXXXJesterXXXV

    <p>I can understand your gripes with the game, so I can't fault your opinion. Just to me L4D didn't need a big story to it, I knew there was a zombie apocolypse and I had to survive. I personally didn't need more story than that.</p> <p> As for the other games you mentioned Gear of War was co-op, but I know MW was not and I don't know about WaW. That said I enjoyed Gears and MW, WaW not as much but Treyarch is the B-dev anyway and I don't expect much from I do enjoy the story in games like that, but I can deal with a game without as much story too. That's the best thing about games and movies though, there is something for everyone and that's all that matters.</p> <p> As for Activision, I HATE that company at this point. They take any franchise they have and rape it to death. I mean there have been what 6-7 Guitar Hero games released in the last 12 months alone? That's just fucking stupid. They can't let COD have a year off and throw in the B-dev to make sure that works, and they don't care for new IPs most of the time. They were annoying me for a bit already, now with the Brutal Legend shit they are pulling I am officially not buying a single title they put out new. I will buy MW2 used, but my money will not go directly into their pockets for quite awhile.</p> <p> I did play Ultimate Alliance, Prototype, and Wolverine and I agree they are all great games. I also agree they can make some good superhero games when they want to, but they are just as likely to throw together a shitty game too. The thing Ultimate Alliance and Wolverine had going for them was the developer and giving them time to do their thing, same with Prototype at that. I just can't deal with the way they run things now, they are worse than EA ever was right now and I hope they can realize that and stop churning out so much shit and let games have time to be made proper because their teams do a good job when given the time.</p>

  • July 23, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Really lame toys.

    by wonderboy2402

    Well, seeing the different designs for both the mechanical walker and the alien species doesn't impress me at all...

  • July 23, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by Stalkeye

    EA is great when it comes to sports titles, however I'm more into the action scifi titles that were few and far between with the exception of Deep Space which was a very surprising sleeper hit. However EA fucked me over with the underperforming Mercenaries 2. (thank god i got most of my money back, when selling it on Amazon.)<P> So yeah I'm still sticking with Activision as brutal legend looks promising, plus jack black's character looks a bit like Glen Danzig (Misfits & Samhain).You are right about them milking the Guitar Hero franchise to death. Metallica is more than enough for one year thank you.

  • July 23, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    please stop with the zombie games and movies

    by awepittance

  • July 23, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Astro-Boy panel update: Sam L Jacks and Charlize Theron

    by PennsyDeux

    have cameo voice roles in the movie.

  • July 23, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST

    As in Samuel L. Jackson...

    by PennsyDeux

  • July 23, 2009, 2 p.m. CST

    Those Avatar toys kinda....suck,

    by disfigurehead

    and so will the movie.

  • July 23, 2009, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Quint, I'm just glad we get a new special to...

    by Warcraft

    play as in VS. mode. I absolutely HATE getting stuck as a hunter like, 8 times in a row, lol.

  • July 23, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    L4D 2 looks like fun

    by hegele

    love Valve and the original game, will definitely pick it up. Looking forward to Avatar footage.

  • July 23, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Those toys do look like crap

    by Stabby

    Now give me my Booth Girls!

  • July 23, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by VXXXJesterXXXV

    <p>I don't know how much you follow game news, so I am just double checking on this. You do realize Activision is trying to stop Brutal Legend from being released. When they merged with vivendi/Blizzard they dropped some games, Brutal Legend and Ghostbusters included. Well Brutal Legend found a new publisher in EA, using their partners program which is also how Valve publishes their console games. Well around E3 when a ton of positive press hit for Brutal Legend Activision sued to stop the release of the game because now they feel they have a right to it. Double Fine studio is now putting out a counter suit against Activision. That was the straw that broke the camels back for me with Activision. Never mind the new Tony hawk with it's mandatory skateboard peripheral at $ If you haven't seen the details about the suits I would say check out joystiq or kotaku and just search for Brutal Legend. If you do already know about it, just ignore this</p> <p> I also wanted to say thanks for a decent adult conversation with no name calling and plenty of time wasted at work. It's helped a rather slow day go a bit faster. :) <p/>

  • July 23, 2009, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Where are the Slave Leias?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Or is that fad pretty much done?

  • July 23, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    if you google image comic con 2009 slave leias abound

    by Stabby

  • July 23, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    NOW that people are FINALLY starting to see that AVATAR is going to be a Disney-esque romp instead of a TERMINATOR-level action-adventure, and NOW that people are starting to see how the movie is all about playful alien fairies and Thundercats instead of actual ... you know ... "anything cool," the "WOW, WHAT I'M ACTUALLY SEEING SUCKS!" comments have begun! REMEMBER, I WAS THERE FIRST, YOU ****ING DIPSH***S.

  • July 23, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Dear, oh dear...

    by TurdontheRun

    I thought we went over this, quite thoroughly, the last time? Avatar will be a colossal action epic - I think the pictures of those toy boxes - you know, with FUCKING MILITARY EQUIPMENT, VICIOUS BEASTS, DEAD SOLDIERS, AND EXPLOSIONS- make that abundantly clear. Intense, exciting stuff, closer to Aliens, not fucking Disney. Just no graphic gore, but then Cameron's movies - even his R-Rated ones- were never about that anyway. Graphic violence has nothing to do with action intensity, nothing at all.<p>Spymunk, this is your last chance to troll - in 25 minutes it won't even matter. Everyone will know.

  • July 23, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg


  • July 23, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the clarification Jester

    by Stalkeye

    Yeah, Activ pulled a Fox (20thcentury fox who had owned the rights to the Watchmen movie tried to stop WB from releasing it postproduction.)in regards to brutal legend's release.It's weird how they dropped it only togather a renewed interest due to positive feedback. As for EA, props for trying to release BL and I'm also excitedforthe Armyof 2 sequel.<p>Although I have played L4D online a few times, I'm more into RE5's Versus deathmatches. (there's something about wesker's thrust punch that keeps me coming back lol.)<p>It's cool to agree to disagree without the usual flame BS.You raised valid points and obviously have done your homework.<p>Respect.

  • July 23, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by xalener

    Maybe you're not having fun in a co-op oriented game because you have no friends to play with :/

  • July 23, 2009, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by xalener

    The previous comment was meant to evoke irony in conjunction with stalkeye's latest comment.

  • July 23, 2009, 8:24 p.m. CST

    So, comic con is pretty much over now, eh?

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Aside from Lost, what's next?

  • July 23, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Is AVATAR Pg-13?

    by LaserPants

    Ha ha! Oh man, a few months ago a bunch of you were CRYING about how T4 was going to suck BECAUSE it was PG-13. Priceless!<br><Br>Personally, I've never felt that PG-13 was a deal-breaker. The Dark Knight, Drag Me To Hell, and the LOTR series proved that you can still manage to excite, frighten, and wow the shit out of even the most hardened exploitation hound. PG-13 is irrelevant. BUT, I find it hilarious how come of you (*cough*Mototko Kusanagi*cough*) have TOTALLY abandoned that meme. HIlarious!

  • July 23, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Of Course, You May Have Thought T4 Sucked

    by LaserPants

    Many people did, but it wasn't because it was Pg-13. That didn't seem to present any real impediment to the admittedly flawed and ultimately pointless movie. I still managed to enjoy it.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    ZZZZZZZZZ I guess we can expect a CW Season 2, durh.

  • July 24, 2009, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Avatar toys look like shit

    by peopleintrees

    I was impressed with the GI Joe figures though.

  • July 24, 2009, 5:01 a.m. CST


    by Stalkeye

    Verrryy funny however you are wrong boyo(as I have online co-op and competitive "friends".) When I started playing L4D online, i have gotten plenty of requests to play the game.However I grew tired of the game as I was expecting more for my $$$$ especially in a solo campaign mode.Yes, for the most part, I prefer to go at it alone. Besides, who needs to hear other players call each other names like fag or beyoootcchh. Y'know what I'm sayin?:P

  • July 24, 2009, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Kurt Russell already did it.

    by Cletus Van Damme


  • July 24, 2009, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Aliens meets Final Fantasy....

    by Deak the Geek

    that's what Avatar looks to me....can't wait!