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Why Superhero Video Games Are Always Fun

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Superhero films have taken over Hollywood in the past 15 years. But along with the movies, classic comic characters have also inspired countless modern video games. And while only a handful stand out as truly great achievements, there’s always something great about playable hero experiences. Here are a few reasons in particular that superhero video games are so much fun

Character Abilities

Ordinary action games may be fun, but on some level they’re always the same. In superhero games, however, you can enjoy specific hero skills! Play as Iron Man and you get immense strength and armor; play as Batman and you’ll go through stealth challenges; or play as Spider-Man or Superman and you’ll swing (or fly) through the air. The individual games aren’t always the best, but the action is unique, and that counts for something. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game is a great example of this. It received mediocre critical commentary, but scroll through fan reviews at Metacritic and you’ll notice a lot of them give credit to the game’s web swinging. Some even gave the game a positive review just because of this single action feature unique to Spider-Man.

Character Interest

Simply put, we want to interact with superheroes in any way we can. And this can make even otherwise ordinary games a lot more interesting. The online casino market offers some clear indications of this concept in practice. At InterCasino, ordinary sounding casino games such as “Hot Shots Blazing 7’s” and “Quick Hit Platinum” are placed alongside a few games, such as “Superman: Last Son Of Krypton,” that use character names and artwork to attract players. Which of these games would you rather try if you were dabbling in an online casino? That’s what we thought!

They Can Improve On Movies

Not every superhero film is good, and sometimes the games that coincide with them are actually more entertaining than the movies. In these instances, games can help to keep our heroes from growing disappointing. The best example is X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Rotten Tomatoes reveals almost-universally horrible reviews for the 2009 film of this name. However, the game earned four stars at IGN and was seen by many as one of the most engaging and enjoyable superhero games in recent years. Of course it would be better if all the movies were great, but the ability of the games to save face for the films is valuable.

Collaborations

Video games have more character flexibility than films, and for that reason they often bring us some incredibly fun character combinations we might otherwise never see. Just look at the range of villains in the Arkham franchise, or the different heroes that can fight in games like Marvel vs. Capcom Origins.  Even if a single game is so-so, options like fighting pitting Iron Man and Spider-Man against one another, or dealing with the Joker in one scene and the Riddler in the next, make for incredibly fun experiences.

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Batman Arkham Knight Set For June 2, 2015 Release With Two Collector’s Editions

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced Batman: Arkham Knight is scheduled to release worldwide beginning June 2, 2015. Also revealed, are two collector’s editions – Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition and Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition. Both will be available in limited quantities at launch in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition will also be available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand for PC.

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 Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition ($99.99) will include:

- Custom Art Book – 80 Page, Full Colour Art Book Showcasing the concept art of Batman Arkham Knight
- Limited Edition SteelBook – Unique SteelBook case and game disc
- Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book
- Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three Unique Skins from DC Comics – The New 52
- Batman Memorial Statue – Imposing statue commemorating Gotham’s Protector, the Dark Knight

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Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition ($199.99) will include:

- Custom Art Book – 80 Page, Full Colour Art Book Showcasing the concept art of Batman Arkham Knight
- Limited Edition SteelBook – Unique SteelBook case and game disc
- Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book
- Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three Unique Skins from DC Comics – The New 52
- Transforming Batmobile Statue – Fully transformable Batmobile statue realized in exquisite detail by TriForce

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The Room Three Coming To iOS In The Spring of 2015

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Fireproof Games has announced that The Room Three will hit the App Store in spring 2015. An early announcement, The Room Three is sure to be a highly anticipated title as the newest game in the popular atmospheric puzzle series.

The Room Two was released late last year, and The Room was first released in 2012. Fireproof says the newest Room game “promises to evolve the mysterious story and take puzzle solving to higher and weirder places than ever before.”

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Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Will Be Available On September 23, 2014

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Disney Interactive confirmed this week that the highly anticipated Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will be available at North American retailers on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. The sequel to the #1 best-selling new family IP of 2013 expands the platform with the introduction of all new super-powered Marvel Play Sets and characters that players can experience exclusively inside of the new version of the game. The popular Toy Box mode also returns with enhanced features where users can create their own adventures and share them online with friends.

Additionally, the company announced the official launch of its pre-order program.  Starting today through September 22, as a bonus for pre-ordering the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack, consumers will receive a Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel figure (valued at $13.99) from top retailers nationwide.

The game will be available for pre-order this week at San Diego Comic-Con at the Disney Infinity Pop-up Shop (343 4th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101) and at the Marvel booth (#2329) inside the San Diego Convention Center. The game will also be available for hands-on demos at both locations during the show.

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is rated E10+ rating by the ESRB. All characters and power discs from last year’s release of Disney Infinity will be compatible with the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Toy Box.

About Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity is an interactive gaming platform where players have unprecedented freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring the beloved characters from across the worlds of Disney. Building on the success of last year’s initial launch, Disney Interactive announced that  Disney Infinity’s next chapter, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, will hit stores this fall. In the all new game, players use real-world interactive figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of popular Marvel franchises and create new adventures with other Disney Infinity characters in the Toy Box mode. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is rated E-10+ by the ESRB.

For more information, visit Disney.com/Infinity.

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Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Heads To San Diego During Comic-Con Week

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With San Diego Comic-Con taking place next week, Disney Interactive is excited to share details on all of the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes’ activities during the show. From hands-on previews to hosting a Pop-Up Shop and games panel with Executive Producer John Vignocchi, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will have something for everyone.

Key highlights include:

Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop: From July 23-26, the Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop, located at 343 4th Ave. (between J & K streets), will be the official headquarters of Disney Infinity. Open to the public from 5PM-10PM each day, fans will have their first hands-on experience with the game where they can play in both the Play Set mode as well as the newly updated Toy Box mode. Fans will be able to pre-order Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes and be treated to special guests, giveaways and other surprises.

Marvel Unlimited Plus Members Event: On July 24 from 3PM-5PM, Marvel Unlimited Plus Members can access the Pop-Up Shop for a special Open House event.  There will be special giveaways and other surprises.

D23 Member Event: On July 26 from 2PM-4PM, D23 Members can access the Pop-Up Shop for a special Disney-themed event. Alex Hirsch, creator of Disney Channel’s “Gravity Falls,” will be on site for an autograph session. There will be special giveaways and other surprises.

Marvel Games Panel (Room #6A): On July 26 from 12:30PM -1:30PM, Disney Infinity Executive Producer John Vignocchi will participate in the Marvel Games Panel to talk about Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes and reveal big news. Marvel will also be making a series of announcements for upcoming games. Be sure to check it out for more surprises and limited edition giveaways.

Marvel Booth (#2329): The Marvel booth will host Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes game demos and attendees will have a chance to play and pre-order the game. John Vignocchi will host daily on-stage presentations. There will also be limited edition giveaways and autograph sessions with special guests.

Microsoft Game Lounge (San Diego Hyatt): Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will be showcased and fans will have the opportunity to get hands-on time with the game.

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PlayStation TV

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Sony announces PlayStation TV system($100), a sleek and compact console with a universe of PlayStation games available for stream, download and play. PlayStation TV can be used as a second console in your bedroom for PS4 remote play and streaming PS3 games from PlayStation Now. PlayStation TV is an easy way for gamers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy playing games together.

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The Ten Most Iconic Video Game Props of All Time

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There are casual gamers. There are hardcore gamers. And then there are those who are so involved with their love of the game that they chase the collectibles. They are the ones who want the replicas. They want to not only display their amazing game collection but wow others with the props that made the game iconic.

There are many memorable items throughout gaming history. These are the ones that make the top 10 list (that you can actually buy):

1. The Legend of Zelda’s Ocarina

Who could forget the first time you got to play the ocarina in OOT? It allowed you to summon storms, call Epona, and help you travel through time. But ask yourself … did you even know about an ocarina before the game? That’s the beauty of the game. It brought this old world instrument to modern times.

Those fans wanting to collect this very cool instrument, and pay homage to their love for OOT, should take a look at the Alto C ocarina since it’s the closest you can get to the game.

2. Half Life’s Crowbar

Half Life changed the shooter and not just because of the game but because all of the great games we’ve gained from the source engine. Half Life 2 (and the episodes) cemented Valve’s title in gaming history. By the time Half Life 3 rolls around (if it ever does), the Internet will go into full melt down.

The crowbar is what we’re looking at here. A simple, elegant weapon that made the game feel raw. The nice thing about this weapon is that with a trip to the hardware store you can make one for yourself!

3. Portal’s Portal Gun

The puzzling action, mind-bending mechanics, and incredible humor of the Portal series holds a special place in all of our hearts. Another amazing game by Valve to say the least. At the center of it all, the portal gun, we got to experience puzzle solving in a brand new way. The first of the series will forever be part of our culture (the cake is a lie!) and who could forget the song at the credits?

4. Final Fantasy 7’s Buster Sword

That first time entering the World of FF7 was one like no other. Long time fans of the Final Fantasy series had already experienced many amazing stories but that push to 3D really changed the RPG game. Cloud and his buster sword became an instant icon. It’s absurdly large but you’ll never forget it.

You can find these as foam, made from real metal, modded, showing up at gaming conventions, and even being made by a master sword smith (check out this neat video).

5. Mario’s Coin Block

It’s a simple reddish/orange/black block with a question mark but it’s something that has become almost as iconic as the main man Mario himself. Sure the goomba, coins, and the Tanuki suit may be all part of our collective gaming memories but having one of these replicas in your house will automatically have your friends doing an uppercut and making the *ding* coin noise. That’s pretty iconic if you ask me. Want one? Try making one (with sound, too).

6.  Halo’s Covenant Energy Sword

Halo was a breath of fresh air for first person shooters. The story was cool but what really made the game so iconic is that it really brought people together for some awesome local (and online) death match, capture the flag, and more. When Halo 2 came out everyone seemed to have been throwing Halo parties and sure enough if you attended on you were bound to hear a few slurs because someone was cheesing with the sword. This sword, compared to so many others throughout gaming history, just looked cool as hell and lead to some pretty neat tricks such as sword cancel that let people explore the deepest parts of the maps.

7. Metal Gear’s Cardboard Box

As a youngin’ you probably played in a box thinking it was a fort. When you hopped into the world of Metal Gear Solid suddenly it became your ultimate disguise. The box brought all kinds of hilarity to the game and has made its way into many other video games as a homage. Want one? Just find a box, throw it over yourself, and laugh because you’re now undetected by people passing you by.

8. Pokemon’s Pokeball

It started with Blue/Red (and Green if you want to get into it) and now it’s pushed into 3D. The Pokemon universe is getting massive to the point its hard just keeping up with it all but one thing’s for certain is how you’ll never forget what a Pokeball looks like. People have knitted them, created intricate replicas, bought them from Burger King, and a whole lot more. Why? Because they’re awesome.

9. Portal’s Companion Cube

Again Portal is making its way onto the list because there’s so much awesomeness from the game. I couldn’t leave out the weighted companion cube because it was there for you when times were tough. It talked with you. It made you feel emotional when you had to destroy it. Which is why you want one of these so bad. On that note … have you heard some of the strange theories behind the companion cube?

10. Angry Bird’s That Red One

Okay, I know this is going to irk a few of you because there is a lot of hate for Angry Birds (yada yada copying an old flash game, etc) but you can’t deny the fact that this game made that red bird absolutely party of our culture. You can’t go anywhere without seeing plushies, tooth brushes, bed sheets, and all manner of items with the red guy. That’s pretty iconic if you ask me.

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Merida & Maleficent Joining Disney Infinity 2.0

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Earlier this week, the Disney Interactive team teased us with an image of Merida, stating “Bring on the Brave.” We already knew the character would be in the upcoming Disney Infinity 2.0, as she was spotted for a moment in last month’s trailer for the game, along with Maleficent and Stitch.

On Wednesday evening, the developers held a sneak preview for D23 members in San Francisco of Merida and Maleficent joining the game

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Below are images, character descriptions and the brand new trailer.

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Merida: With her untamed fiery red locks, this headstrong Princess will definitely leave her mark in Disney Infinity. Between her sharp sword and bow combo attacks with ricocheting arrows, she can upgrade her aim with elemental freeze arrows, freezing enemies in front of her then following up with rapid shots showing off her impressive athletic skills as an archer and sword fighter.

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Maleficent: The wicked title character from the upcoming Walt Disney Studios film employs numerous magical powers and can attack using her magic in melee and ranged combat. To defeat enemies, Maleficent has the ability to utilize projectile and area of effect attacks that affect multiple targets within a specified area, brambles that she summons from the ground and ravens that she can call on to attack targets.

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Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Announced

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At an event today Disney Interactive unveiled the next chapter in their Disney Infinity game. The video game utilizes collectable toy figures to access in-game characters and content along with power discs to tap into upgrades and equipment.

Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes focuses entirely on the Marvel Universe with classic characters and new story lines.

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The Toy Box is getting a bump in Disney Infinity 2.0 as well with new structured, franchise-themed adventures that players can customize and play using any in-game character from across the Disney Infinity universe. A new Creator tool helps players build worlds faster and easier. Add to this the hundreds of unlock-able Marvel-themed items, locations, props and characters and there is the raw material to create all manner of experiences.

New pyramid shaped discs deliver franchise-themed games to the Toy Box too. Build and customize your games by using Toy Box Toys of your choice and play through each game using any Disney Infinity character to complete missions.

Expect to see characters from The Avengers and Guardians of The Galaxy such as Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk and Loki.

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Gameplay is enhanced with new combat and more destructible game worlds along with a new set of Marvel gadgets and vehicles. Happily all the existing Disney Infinity figures, toys and power discs are compatible with the Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes – stats and upgrades intact.  Bring them into the new game and they get a level cap increase from level 15 to 20 along with skills that are chosen using the Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes skill tree.

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Finally the power discs. New circular and hexagonal Power Discs add costumes, Area of Effect attacks and team TISI +1.92%-ups. Hexagonal power discs will add new weapons, vehicles and sky and terrain customizations.

Here are the details of the power discs:

Marvel Skies and Textures

World War Hulk – Customize your landscape to make it look as if Hulk went on a smashing rampage

World War Hulk Sky – Turn your blue skies green with this Hulk themed power disc

Stark Tech – Deck out your Toy Box compliments of Tony Stark. Unlock the Stark Industries Tech theme with upgraded Hologram Readout Tech ability

View from the Suit – Ever wonder what it’s like to see the world from inside Iron Man’s helmet? Check out the Hologram Readout Tech upgrade and unlock Stark Industries “View from the Suit”

Marvel Vehicles/Mounts

Hydra Motorcycle – Take Hydra’s Motorcycle for a spin. Sidecar included

Lola – Need a ride? Unlock this Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hover car

S.H.I.E.L.D. Containment Truck – Contain enemies and protect civilians with this S.H.I.E.L.D. truck

Falcon’s Wings – You’ll be soaring when you put on Falcon’s Wings

The Avenjet – Hop on board the Avenjet for a speed boost in your Toy Box

Marvel Team-Ups and Costumes

S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier Strike – Send down a missile strike from above.  Your enemies will need to take cover

Marvel Team Up: Winter Solder – Team up with the Winter Soldier and catch your enemies in the crossfire

Marvel Team Up: Iron Patriot – Hit them hard, hit them fast, hit them everywhere! Iron Patriot reporting for duty

Stark Arc Reactor – Try the Mark 42 on for size!  Unlock Iron Man’s black and white special edition Guardians of the Galaxy armor with added boom!

Sentinel of Liberty – Expand your Super Hero wardrobe with Captain America’s World War II costume and original shield!

Gamma Rays – Time to get old school and unlock the Original Grey Hulk costume with added smash!

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The game is purchased in a Starter Pack that include the Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes video game, three Marvel Super Heroes Figures:  Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow,  a Disney Infinity 2.0 Base, two Toy Box Game Discs, a Marvel’s The Avengers Play Set piece and a Web Code Card.

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Disney Infinity: 2.0 Super Heroes starter packs will be available in the fall on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, iOS.

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Disney To Introduce New Disney Infinity Figures On April 30, 2014

On Wednesday April 30, 2014 Disney is hosting a webcast at 10 AM (Pacific) to introduce the latest wave of Disney Infinity 2.0 characters. Marvel characters are expected to be announced at the event.

To RSVP to the webcast, please click HERE.

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