James Cameron, the director of James Cameron's Avatar, has a rebuttal for Halo fanboys criticising his film for its resemblance to their favourite game. In a nutshell, Cameron reminds everyone that Halo's borrowing from him, remember?
"The funniest thing is when some of the so-called fanboys get up trashing Avatar for looking too much like Halo," Cameron said yesterday - with a smile and a laugh - during an interview with G4's X-Play. "It's like ... pay attention. If I'm referencing anything, I'm referencing the source work for Halo, which is my own stuff. So I get to do that. Nobody else gets to do that, but I get to do that. My rule, anyway."
The most common motif, of course, is the Aliens look, which Bungie's readily acknowledged as an influence on Halo's look. The natural world themes of Pandora also evoke comparisons to similar environments in Halo. Whether said with a smile or not, Cameron's quite clear he's not ripping off anyone. But Cameron added, in a comment G4 eventually cut from the segment, that he appreciated the fact his work has entered the "cultural zeitgeist" evidenced by Halo's homages to it.