My kids are really into two different video games right now, Skylanders and Minecraft, respectively, and prying away either of them triggers a tear-stained homage to Charlton Heston and his cold, dead hands that garners instant whispers of Oscars and losing privileges. Also, damn, dirty apes. Apparently the games are a lot of fun.
When I was invited to a launch of Disney Interactive’s new gaming platform Disney Infinity, I didn’t know what to expect, but I had heard rumors that it shared similarities with those two games that my children love, and with the added twist of Disney I figured it would be worth the two hours sitting in traffic. It was.
Watching John Lasseter speak about the game from my third row seat in Disney’s El Capitan Theatre was quite infectious. He was as excited as I have ever seen him (to be fair, I’ve never seen him not excited), and his love of the characters, story, and gameplay was beyond apparent. He was geeked.
Disney Infinity is like Skylanders on steroids. It is like Minecraft but with more bite for the bits. It is a game of endless possibility, and since it isn’t available until June all I could do was go home and tell my kids about it.
They were very excited, and they had a ton of questions. We looked at pictures, watched video, and we talked for a very long time, which is probably why the game is called Infinity, but I could be wrong.
The one thing that really stood out from the launch was the emphasis that Lasseter put on creativity, both by those that had designed the game (which includes many of Disney’s various divisions), and those that play it. There is no end to the creativity that players can unleash while playing Disney Infinity, and that is not hyperbole. It is the gospel (according to Mouse).
Needless to say, my kids are very excited, and frankly, I am rather geeked, too—like Lasseter geeked, but without the cool Hawaiian shirts.
Disney Infinity will be available online and for most major gaming systems in June of this year. The wait may feel like forever.
Read more about the gameplay of Disney Infinity
Game shots courtesy of Disney, photo of John Lasseter is from my iPhone
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