Really cool youtube “Lets Play” of Skylanders

Youtube user tealgamemaster has put up a really cool full playthrough of Skylanders. If you’re not worried about spoilers, certainly check it out.

My favorite thing is how he starts off and it seems like he is prepared to hate the game. His impression slowly grows more and more positive as he plays until he gets to the end and he LOVES it. BEST game EVAR! I spent the weekend watching all 12-14 hours of the series and it really made me feel great. I’m glad he liked it so much.

He even made up a song about it:

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Skylanders!

Hey guys,

Sorry for the lack of activity here. I’ve been sick for a while, and I’m starting to get better.

In good news, though, Skylanders reviews are coming in and the first few are good! WOO!

Wii Sku Review – 90%
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/review/28068

360/PS3 Sku review – 85%
http://www.gamingnexus.com/Article/Skylanders-Spyros-Adventure/Item3246.aspx

Pro tip – Get the Wii version if you can. It’s the lead SKU, so it’s a bit better than the others.

E3 2011: Skylanders!

So far this is my favorite E3 hands-on preview:

http://www.gamefront.com/e3-2011-skylanders-hands-on-your-little-brothers-allowance-is-forfeit/”

And this is my favorite part:

Until today, the phrase “game with toy tie-in” would have sent me running in the other direction. Especially if a publisher as avaricious as Activision were involved. Having played Skylanders, however, its clear that they’ve come up with a product that would have thrown eight-year-old me into paroxysms of joy. Discussing the game’s potential with my colleagues, I decided that I learned a valuable lesson today: Things that appear evil aren’t always actually evil.

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More info!

Joystiq has some more info here

EDIT: Kotaku’s coverage is really good too.

Augmented reality dragons. Have you ever heard such a completely radical combination of words in your entire life? Activision and developer Toys for Bob are banking on the novelty of that concept to make their recently announced franchise reboot, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, a hit. Here’s the pitch: The game includes a “Portal” mat, upon which players can place one of over 30 toys modeled after characters, including the titular dragon. This drops the character into the game, where its unique set of skills helps the … Continue reading

What I’ve been working on for the past year and a half!

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/spyro-breathing-fire-skylanders/story?id=12889789&page=1

As the article mentions, there will be more info coming tomorrow, but I just couldn’t wait:

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure.

When the game is running, players can put an action figure on a plastic “portal” or stand and watch the toys appear on their TV, and the toy becomes a moving character in the game for the player to control…

… Once a character’s toy is put on the portal and enters the game, as a player collects gold or levels-up his character or upgrades a weapon, that character’s improved abilities are saved in the toy’s memory. Players can … Continue reading

New Job!

So now, about 3 and a half months after being laid off from Bionic, I finally have a new job!

It’s pretty neat. I’m a “Design Specialist” for Activision. I had never heard of such a job before, but it’s pretty different from anything I’ve done previously.

Basically I’m working publisher-side, instead of developer-side. When an Activision development team (first or third party) requests or needs help with design, our group responds. We review builds and give feedback, travel on-site and visit with developers, and in general help wherever we’re needed most.

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