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Avatar was an okay-ish movie.  It broke all sorts of ground in the special effects arena but, other than that, “Pocahontas in Space” didn’t really do much else to leave a lasting impression on the masses.

Well… almost.

After Avatar released, nerds painted themselves blue and ran amok in woodland areas all around the world… pretending to be part of the Na’vi tribe, and having sex with each other by tying their fake pony tailed hair together with white Scooby wire and feathers from their parents’ goose down duvets.

These larpers (live action replay-ers) were aptly named “Avatards” and basically took larp to new levels of sadness.

(Yes, I know this video is a parody, but I’ve actually seen nerds do this in real life)

Now, in 2012, a full three years after Avatar was released in cinemas(and a good two and a half years after the movie has been relegated to the bargain bin in DVD stores), nightclub owner Mike Basson had the mother of all Avatarded ideas:

No, this video isn’t a parody.  The club exists.

This is either one horribly misguided multi-million rand idea that missed the boat entirely, or it’s a piece of sheer (albeit accidental) genius.

I’m going to lean towards the accidental genius, and here’s why: it’s gone viral.

This video has been watched 96 097 times (at the time of writing this post), and I can guarantee you that a good percentage of the people will be going to Avastar to have a good laugh.

Mr Basson, despite his best attempts to take himself and the concept of his nightclub seriously, has struck gold “wiff da virtual re-hality” that has been “kre-hated”.

This dude is laughing all the way to the bank, just like Vernon Koekermoer laughed all the way to the bank when he accepted the fact that he could charge money to be ridiculed, and that fools and their money are soon parted.  And there are a lot of fools in JHB.

In the same way, people will go to Avastar and have a good laugh at the cheesy interior design, the half-naked models in body paint and the “over eight lasers”…

People will be impressed by the grandeur of the club, not because it’s a modern technological marvel, but because it’s just ludicrous to imagine that someone would spend that amount of money on something so Boksburg.

Either way, Avastar will make money and will probably be full of laughing patrons for a while to come.  And I sincerely hope that Avastar finds success and stays open for a good amount of time because, goodness knows, we need more cheering up in JHB and Avastar looks like it’s a laugh a minute.

That is, unless James Cameron and 20th Century Fox don’t find out that their beloved intellectual property is being misused and decide to sue Avastar for billions of dollars.

I hear Mr. Basson is looking at a new project – “Startanic”…with over eight icebergs and a virtual reality of being on the sinking Titanic.

I just had an idea for a nightclub myself:

Who’s in?




Wash is our resident uber-geek. He sleeps on a pile of comics, speaks fluent Klingon and spends his weekends unleashing all manner of Hell on the battlefields of his PC. If it’s related to gaming, comics, sci-fi or any other form of geekitude… chances are Wash has his sticky paws all over it.


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