What could be more decadent than eating potato chips in bed? Playing games at the same time. What, that's my mental image when I hear that Activision and Frito-Lay are in bed together for this latest offer. But in actual fact, it's far less decadent and way more beneficial - you can name a Skylander and win.
People have been worried since Disney acquired Star Wars that it would use the licence in ways intended to extract cash from fans. Worry no more, star Wars aficionados…because that’s exactly what they’re doing.
When we got the NPD numbers for 2013, Disney Infinity was in the top ten list of best-selling games of 2013. So how many people have bought Disney's Skylanders killer?
Can you believe it, we're in the top half of the list! Have you agreed with us so far? Are you excited about the games we've yet to name? Or do you just know we're going to troll you all anyway? Nah, not really. Just remember that these games are selected because they made us happy this generation of gaming - nothing to do with sales, scores, metrics or other mumbo jumbo.
Man, it must be swell to be Activision. They’ve got a ton of studios underneath them, and Call of Duty is a license to print money. EASY PEASY! Except, the company believes that it has taken far more risks lately, than people know about.
I already told you about all the attention to detail going into the new Skylanders game - it's pretty, it sounds good and those toys are pretty cool. But what about the actual game? I got some hands-on time with Swap Force, and I've gotta say that I was impressed.
Skylanders took a simple idea and made it happen - toys can come to life in the form of a game. Now, with Swap Force, Vicarious Visions has taken the game to a whole new level. I got to visit the studio in Albany New York, to meet with the guys behind Swap Force - and get some hands-on times with the new toys!
Oh Japan, you never cease to amaze me. For me, the day that you unveiled Pokémon Tretta was a day in which I scratched my head, sniffed the lingering smell of cheese and onion from those Pokémon tazos I still had from high school and was left downright befuddled. But for you…it was simply Tuesday.
When we first heard of Disney and Avalanche and Disney’s Infinity, we thought it was going to be a cheap cash in, going after Skylanders’ established Toys and videogames market. It uses a similar formula; vinyl character figurines placed on a portal that brings them to life within a digital, videogame world – but where Infinity has Skylander beat is in ambition, and recognisable characters kids already love. It’s also going to be a liiiitle bit pricy. Here’s how much parents can expect to shell out when Disney Infinity hits local retail stores next month.
When it first launched, Skylanders set a few precedents with a then-revolutionary concept of “Toys to life”. Collectible figurines that could be zapped into a fully-fledged game, Skylanders has done some damn good business for Activision so far. A new year, and a new game is on the horizon though, and after handling the handheld versions of the franchise, studio Vicarious Visions is bringing a new idea to the series with “dynamic swapability”.
From the diary of Kaos, who has the most beautiful red stress veins in his eyes, just ask the ladies: Fools! You thought me dead! The only thing that is truly dead is the acting career of David Hasslehoff and those accursed Skylanders! For I shall defeat them, and truly show them what an eye for an eye really means!
The first time I saw the headline I got quite excited as i thought I had just found the perfect way to boost my kids Skylanders collection for less than R99 a Skylander… unfortunately while it is true that McDonalds are handing out Skylander toys in Happy Meals they aren’t workable ones.
The hard thing about setting a trend in gaming, is that you’re going to have a flood of “inspirations” coming for a slice of your pie in the years to come. Skylanders did just that, as now Disney is attempting to also woo a younger portion of the market with their very own range of licensed figures and games. And now, it looks like some iconic pocket monsters want in as well.
I don’t envy the Skylanders team right now. They’ve hit on a great gap in the market, and it’s one that appeals to the demographic with the most cash to spend: Kids. And by money to spend, I mean the funds belonging to their parents. Still, Skylanders isn’t that bad financially speaking, and you know what you’re getting when you buy a new ally for your team. Disney plans to move into that territory though, and they’re bringing with them franchises that range from Pixar to Marvel. But it’s going to cost ya.
Activision’s certainly a tenacious entity, especially when it comes to milking its core franchises. Thanks to Skylanders’ overwhelming popularity, brought about by the magical transfusion of toys and games, it’s become one of the company’s core money earners. It should come as no surprise then that yes, there’s more Skylanders coming. Already.