Posts Tagged ‘disney’

Spexar: A Gaming Dream-Team?

By Alec Meer on July 14th, 2008.

WARRRRRRRRRRRRR-EEEEEEN

Interesting timing, this. I was chatting to a journo-chum yesterday about how disappointingly tedious the Wall-E game was, and how odd and sad it was that a film studio as accomplished as Pixar would be happy to let such turgid nonsense be officially associated with them. Why do Pixar not start an in-house development studio of their own for these titles? Surely shared in-house digital assets would make the art and graphics a bit easier, and they’d be able to ensure these were proud counterparts to their celluloid output rather than let themselves undermined with shoddy cash-ins. The phrase I used was, I believe, “Pixar could be the Blizzard of kids’ games if they wanted.”

Suddenly, it sounds like this very particular dream may come true. WARR-EN to the rescue…
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What Games Mean

By Jim Rossignol on April 14th, 2008.


Disney’s proto-MMO, Virtual Magic Kingdom, is closing down. The resulting coverage is remarkably difficult to read.

If nothing above moves you to feel that this human interest story is anything more than the closing of yet another online game, allow me to leave you with a direct quote of an entry from the online journal of an 11 year old VMK player has Spinal Muscular Atrophy which controls voluntary movements, such as crawling, walking, swallowing and breathing:

“My favorite web site, Virtual Magic Kingdom (VMK) is closing May 21st. I’m sad and MAD! I can’t live without my friends on VMK. PLEASE sign my guestbook like a petition to SAVE VMK for me and my friends. Pass my site on to everyone you know so they can help too. I love VMK cause I can WALK, TALK, EAT, DANCE, SHOP and play checkers all by myself.

PLEASE HELP ME!

Love,
Madison
p.s. VMK is GERM FREE too!
p.s.s. and no one stares at me there.”

[Via Raph Koster.]

Update – Thread’s now closed to deter further bad eggs. As a general rule – if you can’t say something nice about an eleven year old who’s upset, you probably shouldn’t say anything.

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RPS Exclusive: Warren Spector Interview

By Kieron Gillen on February 13th, 2008.

My Photoshopping is awesome. Alec will do a better one later, because he is lovely and clever and talented and I am not.

Just before Christmas, Eurogamer got me to travel up to Disney’s London headquarters to interview Warren Spector. The resulting piece covered all the big matters of the day - Deus Ex 3, Portal’s awesomeness and how when his new game is finally announced he’d be “vilified”. But there was a hell of a lot more. Starting with polite small-talk, and extend outwards to take in his admiration and identification with Walt Disney, being “Tech’s Bad Boy”, how best to approach The Icons, putting his money where his mouth is, Being In a videogame, the importance of teaching videogames, creating an oral history of games, what it’s like to be a 52-year old designer and JRPGs about Chopin.

The one thing we didn’t ask him why he decided to hook up with this Mickey-Mouse outfit…
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Retro: Tron 2.0

By Jim Rossignol on January 29th, 2008.


This piece was first published in PC Gamer UK‘s Long Play series.

Disney occasionally hit the high notes of imagination. The Tron movie was one of those: a neon-and-black vision of the innards of cyberspace, long before such concepts became bread and butter to our science fiction diet. Making what purported to be a sequel to that famed film as a videogame was a brave move, and it’s one that only just worked out for the best. Tron 2.0 is an awkward, flawed combat adventure that mixes annoying jumping puzzles with atmospheric brilliance and scenes of stark, cold beauty. Not one of the great games, perhaps, but certainly one of the memorable ones.
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Bungie assist in the murder of children

By Alec Meer on August 21st, 2007.

Pretend children! And not deliberately!

I can’t honestly remember if I heard of Los Disneys when it was first released over a decade ago. I won’t be forgetting it for a while, though. There aren’t many games that immediately present you with a loaded gun and an African-American kid wearing a Mickey Mouse hat, after all.

Gee, Pluto

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