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BETAMOUSE #69–Kinect Disneyland Adventures

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It’s been way, way too long since I’ve posted an update on the Betamouse podcast.  This week’s episode features a topic I covered recently: Kinect Disneyland Adventures.  For anyone who missed it, this is a game that debuted at this year’s E3 convention.  It will utilize Microsoft’s Kinect, a motion control peripheral for the Xbox 360.  The Betamouse crew goes into juicy detail on the game, so head over and listen to the show!

Click here to listen the episode!

You can also subscribe and download the show from iTunes.

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E3 Recap–Disney and Beyond

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Last week was perhaps the year’s most popular gaming convention.  The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 for short) is where the gaming industry shows off its newest and greatest, from new games to brand new consoles.  This past year was no different.

Here, I’ll wrap up the Disney news that came out of E3 (there was some pretty interesting items).  I’ll also talk about some of the new consoles that were unveiled, as they also offer some unique opportunities for Disney Interactive.  The wrap-up starts after the jump, so click below to get started!

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LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: Interview With Jonathan Smith of TT Games!

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As a kid, I vividly remember spending hours building things with LEGOs.  I had a blast using my imagination to create all kinds of structures and even characters.  With today’s video game technology, LEGO has been able to carry that same imagination over to a number of LEGO themed video games.  Their most current title takes players on an adventure with Jack Sparrow and other characters across all four Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Recently, I had the opportunity to ask a few questions to Jonathan Smith, Head of Production at TT Games.  Hit up the link below to check it out!

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Dying for More "Epic Mickey" Details? The Wait’s Almost Over!

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Epic Mickey, hasn’t it?  Well, the good news is that the silence is almost over.  The bad news?  You still have a little over a week to wait.

This year’s E3 show (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles is set to kick off June 15 – a week from Tuesday if you don’t have your calendar handy.  Disney Interactive Studios is indeed scheduled to be there, so expect some heavy doses of scoops, screenshots, and videos when the show begins. 

According to IGN, the game has undergone some changes since it’s unveiling last October.  What kind of changes?  I wish I knew, but we’ll learn all about it soon enough.  Stay tuned for more info as the big day approaches!

For more information about the E3 convention, visit their site at E3expo.com.

Disney on the iPad: Day One.

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iPad Well, it’s here!  This is the day many of you have been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for.  I’ll start this post off by making one thing clear: I don’t have an iPad…yet.  But it is making some big waves in the technology world, and Disney is riding those waves.  What Disney-related apps are available on the iPad’s first day?  Here’s a list of some interesting Disney apps you can get right now:

  • Disney Fairies Fly on iPad. ($7.99) – Join your favorite fairies on a flight through Pixie Hollow!  Enhanced with "stunning graphics and new art just for the iPad," this game allows you to tilt your iPad to guide the fairies along their flight.  Try to collect items and Pixie Dust, but be aware of dangerous hazards!Fairies Fly
    • Toy Story Read-Along(FREE) – This fully interactive read-along book is a completely free app.  It’s packed with "Games, Movie Clips, Coloring Pages, Sing-along Tunes, and Surprises on every page."  You can also have the app read the narration to you, record your own narration, or just read on your own.  A great learning tool for your young iPad users!  (Toy Story 2 Read-Along also available for $8.99).Toy Story Read-Along
    • Phineas and Ferb Arcade on iPad($2.99) -  Phineas and Ferb Arcade includes three games starring the characters of the Disney Channel and DXD cartoon series.  Play Cowabunga Candace, Agent P’s Hideout, and S’no Problem – all with graphics and music from the show.Phineas and Ferb Arcade
    • ABC Player(FREE) – Another free app with great features, ABC Player allows you to watch your favorite ABC shows anywhere.  Watch full streaming episodes and view ABC’s programming schedule.  Plus, if you need to finish an episode late, the app will remember where you left off, allowing for an uninterrupted viewing experience!  ABC Player
    • ESPN ScoreCenter XL($4.99) – ScoreCenter XL is the "premier game companion experience for the iPad."  You’ll get video highlights, live play-by-play, full box scores and scoring summaries, live in-game statistics, complete standings, and game previews and recaps.  Follow your favorite teams, check out the news, and stay on top of the score with push scoring alerts.  (ESPN Pinball also available for $3.99).ESPN ScoreCenter XL
    • Marvel Comics(FREE) – I may have saved the best for last.  This app looks like a great use of the iPad.  You can browse and download your favorite comics, then experience them like never before.  Use guided view to see a panel-by-panel path throughout the book, or use standard pan and zoom controls to make your own way through the story.  Comics can be saved and backed up to your Marvel.com – ensuring they’ll be waiting for you if you upgrade your iPad later (or you break your iPad – knock on wood).  Marvel has a few downloads available for free, so make sure to check them out!Marvel Comics 

There are a few more Disney iPad apps available, so leave a comment below if you’ve used any others.  Also, be sure to let me know if you’ve used these apps!  I’d love to know what you think of them.  Disney also launched a custom version of Disney.com with exclusive video content.  To read Disney’s iPad press release, click here

Disney Classic Console: Game & Watch

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At this point, I’ve written about a number of Disney video games on a few different gaming consoles.  But Mickey got his start in gaming years before any of the games I’ve mentioned so far.  The relationship between Mickey Mouse and Nintendo actually goes back to 1981 (a few years before the original Nintendo Entertainment System was even released). Nintendo had a line of handheld LCD games called the Game & Watch series.  Disney released three Game & Watch units, and we’re going to take a look at all of them in this edition of the Classic Console.  So, let’s get ready to jump back to 1981!

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Disney Classic Console: Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour.

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Welcome to the latest installment of the Disney Classic Console!  As you may know, this is where we take a walk to the video game cabinet and see what classic Disney video games we can find.  This latest entry is the newest one I’ve talked about so far, but it’s still a classic.  Join me as I look at Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour for the Sony PlayStation!

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