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Disney Infinity: Disney Introduces a New Way to Game

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Last month Disney unveiled their new Disney Infinity gaming system at E3, a gaming trade show where the latest platforms, games, and tools for play are unveiled to the industry. This new video game initiative stars the beloved characters from Walt Disney and Pixar Studios’ most popular franchises, including Monsters University, the Incredibles, Cars, and Pirates of the Caribbean and provides aspiring video game designers to create their own games that can be uploaded for review by Disney to be included in the platform for others to play.

Disney Infinity is being hailed as an open ended virtual world where you can play with your favorite characters to create endless possibilities. Disney Infinity incorporates real-world toy versions of favorite Disney characters onto a device called the Infinity Base to transport players into virtual game world of the characters, locations within the Disney Parks, as well as into a giant Toy Box. It takes the imagination and creativity of real world play that combines toys into the virtual space.

To begin game play, families will need to purchase the Starter Pack which is currently available via pre-order with an August 18 release date. The Starter Pack is available for all gaming platforms and consists of the video game, Infinity base for character figurines to sit on, 3 Play Sets (Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Incredibles), 3 Infinity characters (Mr. Incredible, Jack Sparrow, and Sulley), an Infinity Power Disc, and web codes to unlock unique content. Play Sets serve as the worlds that characters can play in and contain gadgets for them to use. Items from each Play Set are added to the Toy Box where characters, buildings, weapons, gadgets, and more that can be mixed up to create a game.

From previews, this highly engaging game seems to suit all ages. Younger kids will love adding new Disney figurines that are available for individual purchase beyond the Play Sets to their game play while older kids and adults can exercise their own creativity as they build fully functional games. According to Disney, logic editor tools and the tutorial will help users “build their own environments from scratch or use pre-built template. Players can let their imaginations run wild by creating adventures and mini-games within these customized environments. They can create obstacle courses, sports games or even re-create classic arcade games by using a variety of characters such as Mr. Incredible and Jack Sparrow, and vehicles including the Tron recognizer while fending off opponents with a variety of combat tools.” Games created through the editor can be saved, uploaded to Disney, and reviewed for possible inclusion on the Infinity platform for others to play.

For more information, visit the Disney Infinity website, the YouTube channel, or look for the Summer of Endless Fun Tour with remaining stops in Richmond (August 10-11), culminating with a weekend of launch activities in New York City on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Nintendo World Square and in Times Square on Sunday, Aug. 18. Activities at each tour stop include game demos, surprise guests, photo opportunities, giveaways, contests, entertainment provided by Radio Disney and more.

Images courtesy of Disney Interactive

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Harry Potter Themed Games Debut at E3 for Fall Release

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Last week the gaming community assembled in Los Angeles for E3, the Electronics Entertainment Expo that served as the industry’s opportunity to take a look at the much anticipated game titles and systems that will be out this fall and in the near future.  The event brought together tens of thousands of attendees from all over the country and world for three days where Disney-like lines formed for the chance to try the latest video games. Companies such as Ubisoft, Sony, Nintendo, Activision, EA, Sega, Capcom, and more provided sensory experiences designed to immerse attendees in the games.

What new family games and new gaming experiences can you expect to see this fall and throughout the holiday season?

Sony unveiled their new Wonderbook and the first title, Book of Spells.  This Playstation Move family title represents a collaboration between Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, to bring immerse young Muggles into the wizarding world in the comfort of their own homes.  Wonderbook uses augmented reality where a physical object is required for game play with the PlayStation and PlayStation Move controllers.

PlayStation Book of Wonder transports children to Hogwarts through game play

Sitting on the floor or couch, the camera associated with the PlayStation Move recognizes the child and the book but the technology transforms the ordinary physical book into a spell book on the screen akin to what Harry, Ron, and Hermione might use in their Hogwarts classes.  Using the PlayStation Move controller, players engage in various tasks to learn proper wand usage before tackling challenges that Potter fans will recognize from the books.

Continuing with the Harry Potter theme, Xbox with Kinect owners will enjoy the new Harry Potter for Kinect. With your body as the controller, Harry Potter for Kinect immerses players in challenges that require whole body movement.  Those who have always wanted to play Quidditch will love mounting a broom and flying as Harry as he takes on the Slytherins in a Quidditch match.  Game play is fun and easy for the whole family as your body serves as the controller.  Lean left or right to turn and follow the golden path around the stadium, side jabs at Draco Malfoy help to throw him off your shoulder as he tries to interfere, and when you spot that Golden Snitch, simply reach out to grab it to win the match.

Image courtesy of Sony PlayStation.


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