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November 21, 2014 9:06 pm

explore middle earth

As part of the promotion for the upcoming third installment in The Hobbit trilogy, Google has unveiled an experiment to allow Chrome users to explore Middle Earth the way they might explore Google maps. It is designed to be a 3d gaming experience, playable on web browsers phones and tablets. Here is the trailer:

It’s an interesting idea, with some potential, but I found it somewhat disappointing that the locations are not 3d environments, but simple and rather unsatisfying minigames. I would have much preferred the opportunity to explore at my own pace the environments that we know from the movies. That aside, its an interesting experiment, and I suspect that it won’t be the last time that we see something like this from Google.

Explore Middle Earth here:

November 7, 2014 2:54 pm

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer

The new trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the final installment in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, has dropped in preparation for the film’s Christmas release. While I wasn’t overly enamored with the previous installment, which suffered somewhat from being a middle film with no beginning and no end, the final act looks like a suitably epic conclusion to the story, with the stunning effects work we have come to expect from Weta Digital. I will definitely be booking tickets to see this film in 4K stereo. But I’ll probably give the 48fps a miss this time.