Monday, July 10, 2017

July 2017 Channel Update with Shotgun Farmers



 Hey Everyone,

If you are reading this, you probably took the link in the video...you are smart...you can read this in FRACTIONS of the time it would take to watch the video (there really are some great kill streaks in there tho!).

This video kind of sucks...I wanted to combine a Channel Update with gameplay and apparently I should have recorded the gameplay with no commentary and then voiced over it, live and learn.
That said, we did get a lot of sweet kill streaks!
This video is actually a perfect representation of my current predicament.  Work has been insanely busy and as such my already sparse free time has really dried up.  I always like to upload 2 videos a day to allow for more diverse content and simply to progress thru playthrus a bit quicker.  As things stand right now, and at least for a few more weeks, 1 video a day remains the most likely scenario.

Minecraft
-Wiisdom Texture Pack by BlackPants: Look for a Showcase Soon!
-Wiisdom Plays: Cool Projects, Lots of Time Invested Off-Camera
-Minelogix: Adding New Members, If Interested Apply; Will do Collabs Soon!

Skylanders
-Still need Chompy Mage and Lost Imaginite Mines + Ro-Bow
-Plan to do APs and levels up to Kaos
-Skylanders Research for all Sensei
-Final Battle with Kaos
-Skylanders Research for Imaginators
-Gamercore Grind?
-Maybe Racing

Nintendo
-I would have been uploading MK8 and Breath of the Wild and more, but with the time constraints, it isn't prudent to have to record, upload, and then wait a week to get vids approved for release...When things slow down, I'll get back on it.

NBA Playgrounds
-Will continue and mix in with daily vids

Forza Horizon 3
-Will continue and mix in with daily vids

Commander Keen Secret of the Oracle
-Near completion, stuck in a secret level :s

Stardew Valley
-Will resume eventually; I love this series and like it as a "2nd video"

Hidden Folks
-Plan to complete and then replace with another recent pick-up

Steam Summer Sale
-I picked up what I hope will be some great titles that should keep me busy for quite some time!

Live Streams
-Most likely going to spend more time on Mixer, with some still taking place here on YouTube

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Minelogix Stream Team on Mixer!

Hey Everyone!

If you feel like reading, go right ahead...if not, just take this link to get a feel for the Minelogix Stream Team on Mixer!  It is obviously a work in progress, but I think it has a lot of potential.

Team Minelogix on Mixer!


This is something I have been meaning to do for quite some time...


Beam, a streaming site I really liked the interface of, was purchased by Microsoft awhile back and more recently had a revamp and name change...the site is now known as Mixer.

Mixer, which kept the interface I love so much, is integrated into both Xbox One and Windows (PC) streaming.  This is a very nice asset and makes streaming much more accessible for those outside the loop.

In addition to very low latency (ie you are much closer to the real time action), Mixer introduced a really cool "co-op" stream where you can have up to four people streaming on the same channel.  Case in point, if myself, BlackPants, Omenix, and Cellcia were all on the Minelogix Server and streaming to Mixer you could go to any one of our channels and watch all four perspectives...pretty cool, huh?!

Likewise, their pleasant User Interface allows VIEWERS to earn "Sparks."  Sparks are an on-site currency that you literally earn while you watch streams...doesn't that make sense?  When a streamer "goes interactive" you can use your Sparks to cheer them on and highlight comments etc.  It is like Twitch, but you didn't have to shell out cash.

In addition to this making streaming more fun for the viewer AND streamer, I like the setup.

I streamed once on Beam when Twitch was acting up.  My only real complaints remain the lack of a direct export to YouTube and the lack of a video editor/highlight tool.  To the best of my knowledge, both are said to be in the works.

As many of you know, I had long touted how much I liked the Beam interface and wished more people would try it...well, that shot in the arm came when Microsoft began integrating it into their consoles.




On the flip side you have Twitch.  I primarily stream Skylanders there and they give the game NO LOVE.  I'm not talking about featuring it ahead of Overwatch, Hearthstone, or Player Uknown's Battlegrounds...I mean that Skylanders doesn't even get game art!  Seriously!  Out of all the games, only Giants has proper game art.  That is pretty sad imo.  Twitch also tends to be a little over-reaching for myself and many others.  When you are partnered you basically have to sign off that you won't stream elsewhere (see also YouTube and a few other outlets).  While I liked the idea of diversifying when I began on Twitch, I streamed regularly for years and only mustered 100+ followers.

I polled viewers (on YouTube of course) and they tended towards preferring YouTube by a wide margin.  Granted, when I had started, YT streaming wasn't really a thing.  I tried it out (due to Twitch pushing some things I don't agree with) and instantly had not only more viewers, but a very common comment of, "Hey, I never knew that you did live streams!"  Freakin-a!  All those years, people would have watched, but didn't know I streamed on Twitch.  I did my best to make it obvious...end slides on videos, links in description boxes, and of course tweeting.  Still, if you are embeded in the YouTube eco-system, you might still remain oblivious to my outside dealings.  This is an obvious advantage to streaming on YouTube.

However, there are still a few shortcomings there.  Anytime I stream a Nintendo game...it is a copyright nightmare!  Despite being a member of the Nintendo Content Creator Program, the games get flagged immediately and a series of 14 or so e-mails heads your direction.

I still, for whatever reason, have not figured this out, but when I stream games from the Big N, they wind up archived very weirdly.  If I do NBA Playgrounds, it goes right to my Video Manager and is ready for release as soon as it processes.  The Nintendo games are filed away to the point where sometimes I can't get to them.  Then when you do, and you want to edit them into smaller clips for a couple of videos (ie dividing 2 hours of Mario Kart into 4 videos, or a month of Animal Crossing into weekly installments) you have to deal with their Video Editor.  It isn't bad, but it certainly ins't good.  Twitch does have the slight edge here, although with any effort at all, YouTube could (and should) easily over take them.

With that said, I really want to stream Mario Kart and Yoshi's Wooly World, and more Breath of the Wild, but it is a total pain to deal with that on the YT side.  This is where Mixer may come in...

I haven't tried it yet, but as soon as things slow down I hope to stream a little Nintendo action to Mixer.  I will then try downloading it and editing it before uploading (totally not ideal for someone like me with bad internet), but having a local copy to edit will save TONS of time over YouTube's lackluster video editor.  It just sucks that the quality of the stream still won't be great (see also my bad internet).

It sucks to leave years of streaming and those hard earned 100+ followers on Twitch, but instead of just sticking to games, they tend to feel the need to push divisive social/political agendas, and I have a hard time tying myself into that mess.  Plus, I haven't forgotten that Amazon totally screwed me over on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and their "guaranteed day of release delivery."  If you didn't know, Amazon bought Twitch fairly recently.  And yes, in the past I was a proud proponent of Amazon, as they have continued to grow, however, I feel that the customer service I admired early on has become increasingly lack luster...I hope that changes as they are a great source for some hard to find products.

Ironically, I actually think I'd qualify for the new Twitch affiliate program.  That said, I've never been all about the money (YouTube added Super Chat to their live stream interface to combat Twitch and I have yet to see someone use it), and I really, really don't like the way Twitch handles it.  The thought of someone paying real money for glittery bits to throw in my beggar's cup is just kind of weird.  It makes a donation to show your support/appreciation for the streamer into more of a, "Oh you poor thing" as you drop change in a cup.  Most people don't argue with free money, but I just find the whole setup odd, and I'd much rather have people rewarded for watching the streams in the way Mixer has setup.  Also of note, no one really seems to donate on YouTube, it is like it is frowned upon because everyone just assumes if you are making videos on YouTube, you are an undeserving millionaire.  I don't get that as it couldn't be farther from the truth for 99% of YouTubers, particularly gamers, but whatever.  On Twitch, people throw money around like it is a requirement.

Mixer just fits my style so much better than Twitch.  You watch the stream, you get on-site currency (see also: FREE) and then YOU can use that to interact with me.  Why does no one else do that?

I still plan to stream on YouTube, but I am wanting to try a few games out on Mixer. If it is a pain to download footage, edit it, and upload it to YouTube, I might change course a bit...but tentatively I am thinking about trying to stream Minecraft, Forza, and possibly some Nintendo titles to Mixer.

Again, way back when I started on Twitch (I remember when it was Justin.tv btw), my idea was to diversify from YouTube in the event things went downhill...well they did and my efforts to diversify were for nothing.  Everyone always raves about "the Twitch community" but I honestly just felt like I was just streaming...and my viewers were about 99% subscribers from YouTube (again, a lot of this has to do with the games I play and the fact that they'd be buried on the Twitch listings, but still...if a Triple A game from Activision, a major publisher, can't get game art, I don't think they really care about myself, or anyone else streaming Skylanders.

All that aside, Mixer being tide into the Microsoft family of services appeals to me...Microsoft has Minecraft and Forza, so it makes sense to start there and see how it goes.  Again, I might also do some Nintendo action on Mixer to avoid a round of copyright emails.  I wish my internet was on-par with others, but it isn't so I can't do super HD streams. I max it out for what internet I have and then take it in stride.

That said, as of now, early morning July 4th, 2017 I have set up a Minelogix Team page on Mixer and I hope to give it a go with some other members.  It just makes sense given the built in integration and I am hoping it is optimized so I might be able to squeeze out 720 HD for the streams.

As always thanks for your support!  If my internet continues to suck, I'll just keep on recording offline and uploading as I've done for years...if something pans out on this front hopefully I can stream a little more frequently again.

Hope you all have a great Independence Day!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Minelogix SMP Welcomes Hedidit to the Server!

Boom!  New Minelogix SMP Member!

Join us in welcoming Hedidit4321 to Minelogix SMP!  You may recall him from Minelogix UHC Season 2!  Be sure to check out his channel!
Hedidit's YouTube Channel


You can see his extremely well crafted introduction video as well as
a really quick server tour down below!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Activision 2017 E3 Press Release: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Call of Duty World War 2, and Destiny 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ACTIVISION SHOWCASES BLOCKBUSTER LINEUP AT ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO 2017

Worldwide Reveal of Multiplayer and First Multiplayer Gameplay Premiere for 
Highly-Anticipated Call of Duty: WWII

Destiny 2 Presents All-New, Action-Packed Story and Hands-On with Cooperative and Competitive Multiplayer Activities for a Global Community

Crash Bandicoot® N. Sane Trilogy Remastered in HD for the 
New Generation and Nostalgic Fans

SANTA MONICA, Calif.—June 8, 2017 – Activision is set to kick off this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with global debuts from the industry’s leading franchises. Beginning Tuesday, June 13, at the LA Convention Center, attendees will experience the first gameplay premiere of Call of Duty®: WWII multiplayer, the new character-driven story and activities of Destiny 2, and the reimagined and beloved Crash Bandicoot® N. Sane Trilogy.

“Some of the most talked about and highly anticipated entertainment experiences of the year aren’t playing at your local movie theater, inside a stadium or on the airwaves; they are happening at E3, as interactive entertainment takes center stage of pop culture,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “And we are thrilled to be front and center with two of the most hotly anticipated games of the year, Call of Duty: WWII and Destiny 2, both of which will be playable at E3. We’ve been pouring our hearts and souls into these games and we can’t wait for our fans to get their hands on them!”

Call of Duty: WWII marks a return to the fast action, grounded roots of Call of Duty®.  E3 2017 celebrates the world reveal of the all-new multiplayer.  Developed by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: WWII offers a host of new Multiplayer modes, features and gameplay innovations set in iconic World War II locations in the European theater of war. 

Players will enlist in the conflict by selecting from five iconic World War II Divisions, in a fundamentally new way to invest in your multiplayer career. Join the Airborne Division, the first to the fight, where you move fast and stay quiet; the Mountain Division, where a sharp shooter focus is precise and deadly; the Infantry Division as the tip of the spear; the Armored Division, which brings the heaviest firepower; or the Expeditionary Force who is packing heat with incendiary shells. In addition to the core Multiplayer experience available for hands-on gameplay at E3, players will also play War Mode, developed in partnership with Raven Software, a narrative-based mode pitting Allied versus Axis soldiers in team-driven battles for key strategic objectives. 

Call of Duty: WWII multiplayer also features Headquarters, a franchise first reimagining of the Call of Duty Multiplayer ecosystem, giving the community entirely new ways to connect, compete and engage. 

Call of Duty: WWII pre-orders at participating retailers include access to the Private Beta, available first on PlayStation®4, scheduled for later this year. At E3, players can get their first PS4 Pro hands-on experience with the new Multiplayer at the Activision booth #1001 in the South Hall and in the PlayStation booth #4322 in the West Hall.

Following the epic, global Destiny 2 Gameplay Premiere which took place in May, Activision and Bungie will showcase Destiny 2, providing an array of hands-on experiences for attendees where they can play the all-new story campaign as well as competitive, and cooperative multiplayer gameplay.  In addition, the playable debut of a brand-new Guardian subclass, the Arcstrider Hunter, will be available, whose “super” ability is to summon an Arc-empowered staff to be used for close-quarters melee combat. Attendees are invited to play Destiny 2 on PS4 Pro in the Activision booth #1001 in the South Hall and PlayStation’s booth #4322 in the West Hall, and on PC in NVIDIA’s booth #5230 in the West Hall.

Crash is back, as Activision is rolling out the orange carpet at E3! The iconic marsupial of gaming will make his appearance at E3 where players can play new levels in HD from the remastered Crash Bandicoot® N. Sane Trilogy. More innovations to the franchise will be announced at the show, and players can experience the fun first-hand by visiting the N. Sane Crash Experience in the South Hall lobby for hands-on gameplay, photo opportunities and daily giveaways.

Activision is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), Activision’s E3 2017 slate includes:

Call of Duty: WWII – In development by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: WWII takes the franchise back to its roots in a bold cinematic experience that captures the unforgettable heroism of the soldiers who fought together in a war that changed the world forever. Call of Duty: WWII is scheduled for release on November 3 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information, visit: http://www.callofduty.com, http://www.youtube.com/callofduty or follow @CallofDuty on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

Destiny 2 — From Activision and Bungie comes Destiny 2. In the cinematic, story campaign of Destiny 2, the last safe city on Earth has fallen and lay in ruins, occupied by Dominus Ghaul, and his elite army, the Red Legion. Every player creates their own character called a ‘Guardian’, humanity’s chosen protectors. As a Guardian in Destiny 2, players must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city’s forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home. New and existing players will experience gameplay innovations to the world including a dramatic story campaign, new destinations to explore, “Guided Games” bringing players together, and more. Destiny 2 will be available on PlayStation®4 systems with additional, timed exclusive* content, Xbox One (PlayStation®Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription, respectively, required for significant features), and for the first time-ever, available on PC at retail and as the first third-party game to be offered digitally via Battle.net®, Blizzard Entertainment's online gaming service. Destiny 2 is currently Rating Pending (RP) by the ESRB. For more game information, visit http://www.DestinyTheGame.com and follow the official Destiny social channels on Facebook and @DestinyTheGame on Instagram and Twitter. The community can interact directly with the developers at http://www.Bungie.net, Facebook, @Bungie on Twitter, and http://www.twitch.tv/bungie on Twitch.

Crash Bandicoot® N. Sane Trilogy — Players will spin, jump and wump in visually stunning Fur-K and PS4 Pro HD graphics as they take on the epic platformer challenges and adventures from the three remastered Crash games that started it all: Crash Bandicoot®, Crash Bandicoot® 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot®: Warped. In development by Vicarious Visions, Crash Bandicoot® N. Sane Trilogy is launching June 30, 2017 for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and is available now worldwide for pre-order on PS4 and PS4 Pro. For more information about Crash Bandicoot® N. Sane Trilogy, please visit http://www.crashbandicoot.com or follow @CrashBandicoot on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

NBA Playgrounds Playlist

NBA Playgrounds (Nintendo Switch)
Release Date: Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Boomshockalaka!

One of my most anticipated games this year was NBA Playgrounds.
I picked it up on the Switch in order to be able to play both 
at home, and on the go.  So far it has been fantastic!

I was a big fan of NBA Jam and grew up in the 90s so the game
is a welcome addition to the current landscape of games while 
providing me a bit of nostalgia!

Here is my complete playlist for NBA Playgrounds...enjoy!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Minelogix UHC Season 2 Playlist

Minelogix UHC Season 2

Scenario: Random Teams of 3
Organized by: BlackPants
Intro by: Kairos
My Team: Purple - Kqvn and Hedidit

Here is my playlist for Minelogix UHC Season 2!  
New episodes will upload every other day until the season is complete...Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Xbox Design Lab Custom Xbox One Controller Showcase


Unboxing & Overview


What: Xbox Design Lab Custom Xbox One Controller
Where: Xbox Design Lab (https://xboxdesignlab.xbox.com)

How Much: $64.99 Sale Price (MSRP $79.99)
Laser Etching: $9.99
Shipping: FREE
Lead Time: 1 Week from Placing the Order until Delivery!

So, no need to beat around the bush...this is definitely somewhat of a luxury purchase.  You can comb around online and find new, standard black or white Xbox One controllers for around $45 if you are diligent and catch a break.  The standard issue price is $59.99.  

If you step up to the "custom" designs from Microsoft you will find that prices can range from around $50 on closeout pricing up towards $75, with $69.99 being the MSRP.  These include the Dawn Shadow, Ocean Shadow, Dusk Shadow (loved that one!), and the special issue stuff like Winter Forces, Gears of War, Halo, etc.

Basically, you can go standard for $60, special edition from Microsoft for $70, or custom from the Design Lab for $80.

I was at a point where my left analog stick got so bad, a new controller became mandatory.  I will admit, I had my eye on the Dusk Shadow controller for a long time...sadly, they are no longer in production and the resultant stock is basically scalped.  The Ocean Shadow, Blue, and White controllers all appealed to me, but for just slightly more I could go full custom...If you know me, that means I will save the money and take the off the shelf option and keep $10-$20 in my pocket.

However, as fate would have it, Xbox ran the first ever sale on Design Lab controllers.  The offer was $15 off which brought the $79.99 down to $64.99...$5 less than any of the "Shadow" controllers, and only $5 more than a plain-jane Black, or White controller.

Since I do this as a side hobby, enjoy showcase videos, and came up with a design I liked well enough to justify spending the money...I went with their sale and now have this beauty in-hand!

It seems slightly lighter than my original Xbox One controller, has a very subtle texture to the back (which I like), and most importantly has a left analog stick that doesn't track straight up, lol.

My build broke down as follows:
Body, D-Pad, and Thumbsticks: Photon Blue
Bumpers & Triggers, Back: Robot White
ABXY + View & Menu: Black on White

I wanted to do Gray on White for the Buttons, but in the preview it looked a bit washed out...I think the high def preview on the following page would have better showcased it, but I had already decided on the White on Black.

Overall I think it turned out great!  I liked my creation well enough to justify the additional $9.99 to add "1ofWiisdom" laser etching on the front.  I figure if it ever gets stole, the pawn show buying it should raise eyebrows, or assuming the thief is a fan of my design and keeps it...will at least have to deal with it having my name on it, lol.  It was tempting to leave the "Your Message" that is the default prompt, but I held out and went for my YouTube username.

Given the sale, I was able to score a true custom controller, complete with laser etching for just under $75...not a bad deal given the pricing nowadays!  

The Design Lab is definitely a cool service, and I'm glad I got to finally create and order a controller.  I placed my order early Monday morning (the last day of the sale), and got the controller exactly one week later.  That is way faster than expected and I can't complain about that given it was also FREE Shipping.  The $10-$20 you save there can't be forgotten either.

Moving forward, should I ever have the left analog stick fail again, I would be hard pressed not to go custom thru the Design Lab again...I might hold out for a sale, but it is hard to argue with picking your colors and having your name, or Gamertag etched in the controller!  It would be great to see Nintendo and Sony follow Microsoft's lead and allow players the option to expend a little more for their controller and having something very cool to enjoy and show off!

Let me know what you think of my design and feel free to post up some of your creations...especially if they are in hand!  That said, here are a few glamour shots from my build:







Thursday, February 9, 2017

Channel Update: 6 Years on YouTube, 9,000 Subscribers, and the Future of Skylanders

Well, it is hard to believe, but as of today I have been on YouTube as 1ofWiisdom for Six Years!

Also, if you missed it...I recently hit 9,000 Subscribers!

And today, February 9th, 2016 was Activision's Quarterly Results Conference Call, which contained some news of interest for Portal Masters across the globe.  You can keep up with all that and get a quick rundown on my channel, as well as teasers into some future projects in this channel update:


You can view the Power Point Presentation and listen to the conference call here:
http://investor.activision.com/events.cfm


You can get my reaction to the Skylanders news in the video, and I am curious as to your thoughts as well...feel free to comment on the video, here on the blog, or on the Skylander Club Forum.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Skylanders Academy Renewed by Netflix for Season 3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Attention All Skylanders! Activision Blizzard Studios Expands “Skylanders Academy” To Season 3 

Netflix Renews the Critically Acclaimed Animated Series for a Third Season



 SANTA MONICA, Calif. – February 2, 2017 – Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced that its Netflix original series “Skylanders™ Academy” has been renewed for a third season. Production on the third season of “Skylanders Academy”—the first television series developed and produced by Activision Blizzard Studios—will begin in February, with animation again created by the renowned TeamTO studio in France.

“Activision Blizzard Studios celebrates the opportunity to bring another season of quality programming to families around the world,” said studio Co-President Nick van Dyk. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Netflix on this iconic franchise.”

Season 3 will launch in 2018. This year, audiences can enjoy Season 2 of “Skylanders Academy,” which brings back Justin Long as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks as Eruptor and Norm Macdonald as Glumshanks.

New addition Felicia Day (The Guild, Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will join the cast in Season 2, voicing the role of Cynder, a new cadet at the Academy with a mysterious past. The Diamond Minecart (Daniel Middleton) will reprise his role as Cy and Daniel Wu returns as King Pen. Additional voice talent in Season 2 includes Susan Sarandon, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jonny Rees, Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz. The series features the exclusive song “Harmony” (Skylanders Academy Theme) produced by GRAMMY® Award winner Timbaland and performed by Timbaland fet. Dalton Diehl. 

“Response to the show has been incredibly enthusiastic, and we’ve taken a lot of creative inspiration from fans’ excitement,” said studio Co-President Stacey Sher, “We have a lot of fun in store for season three and are thrilled to give audiences even more of the characters they love.”

Based on Activision Blizzard’s record-breaking $3.5 billion Skylanders® game franchise1, “Skylanders Academy” is high quality entertainment for the whole family. This Netflix original series follows the heroic adventures of Spyro, Eruptor, Stealth Elf, Jet-Vac and Pop Fizz as they travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers. The award-winning Skylanders franchise, created by Toys for Bob, has sold through more than 300 million toys since pioneering the toys-to-life category in 2011(1), and late last year Activision launched Skylanders® Imaginators, the latest innovation in the franchise.

Activision Blizzard Studios launched last year to create original content based on the company's extensive library of iconic and globally-recognized intellectual properties, which includes some of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world. “Skylanders Academy” is the first production by Sher and van Dyk, who are joined by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick as the series’ executive producers.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Skylanders Imaginators on Nintendo Switch + Cursed Tiki Temple Level Pack with Wild Storm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 AWARD-WINNING SKYLANDERS IMAGINATORS LANDS ON HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NINTENDO SWITCH  



Skylanders Brings New Characters and Adventure Pack to Excite Players 

Fans Playing Skylanders Imaginators Game and Skylanders Creator App Have Created More Than 25 Million Characters¹ 


SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Jan. 12, 2017 – Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is delivering the innovation of Skylanders® Imaginators to the next wave of gamers when the highly-anticipated Nintendo Switch™ launches March 2017. This March also marks the debut of some of Skylanders Imaginators’ most anticipated characters, as well as a brand-new expansion pack. Now Portal Masters all over the world can engage in new content, toys and experiences with the award-winning Skylanders Imaginators this spring!

No Portal of Power®? No problem with Nintendo Switch. Skylanders Imaginators for Nintendo Switch provides gamers unique ways to play, including the introduction of a vast digital library that allows players to easily load and store 300+ toys from the Skylanders® franchise* directly to the new home gaming system. The arrival of the digital library empowers players to take their Skylanders Imaginators adventure on-the-go whenever and however they want.

 “Since Skylanders Imaginators and Skylanders Creator launched, fans have made more than 25 million Imaginators using the expansive creation tools in the game and app. We couldn’t be more excited to extend that experience to Nintendo Switch players,” said Paul Reiche, co-founder and studio head, Toys for Bob. “We’ve seen some amazing Skylanders created, and as kids’ collections continue to grow, we’re proud to offer more depth and variety to fans in ways never before possible with this new system.”

“Skylanders Imaginators has ignited the imaginations of fans everywhere, and we’re looking forward to continuing to support their gameplay experiences with Nintendo Switch, along with new toys and content coming this year,” said Josh Taub, senior vice president of Skylanders Product Management, Activision. “There are now more than 300 million Skylanders toys in the hands of fans², which equates to nearly two toys sold every second since Skylanders® Spyro’s Adventure launched. And with the new season of the animated series SkylandersTM Academy slated for Netflix this fall, we are thrilled that fans can enjoy playing, watching and creating Skylanders no matter where they are.”



Building on the franchise’s signature gameplay and collectible toy experience, Skylanders Imaginators pushes the boundaries of innovation and imagination with the upcoming release of the Cursed Tiki Temple level pack. The Cursed Tiki Temple level pack takes kids on an all-new adventure as they unlock more than 100 new offerings for their Skylanders Imaginators – a first in franchise history! The pack comes with Sensei character Wild Storm who will unleash a new level to players; a life Creation Crystal; and an Imaginite Mystery Chest all for the suggested retail price of $29.99 on March 12 at participating retailers nationwide.

Skylanders Imaginators gives kids an unprecedented level of choice -- including appearance, powers, abilities, names, catchphrases, musical themes and much more -- to create the most unique Skylanders characters they can imagine. This spring, fans can also be on the lookout for the arrival of new heroes in the world of Skylanders Imaginators, including Skylanders Sensei Grave Clobber. Once a great pharaoh who ruled the Golden Desert long ago, Grave Clobber was buried by his seven jealous brothers in an underwater tomb while he was sleeping. He eventually rose from his watery grave, clobbered each of his brothers and became the perfect choice to be a Sensei trainer for the Brawler Class. This mummy may surprise you with his range of powers, packing a serious punch as well as telekinetic powers!



Skylanders Imaginators for Nintendo Switch will be available for the suggested retail price of $59.99. The game is rated E10+ by the ESRB. The Cursed Tiki Temple level pack and new Skylanders Senseis will support all major gaming platforms including Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U™ system; Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™ video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft; and PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems. Skylanders Creator is a free app that players can download from iOS and Android app stores for select mobile devices. For more Skylanders information, visit: www.skylanders.com.

Skylanders™ Academy, the new animated comedy-adventure show inspired by the Skylanders franchise, debuted on Netflix on October 28, 2016. Jam-packed with humor and heart, Skylanders Academy offers epic action for kids of all ages. The Netflix original series season one debuted in 190 countries, with a second season planned for late 2017.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017: First Look & Initial Reactions

At long last, Nintendo is going to do a proper presentation of the Nintendo Switch! The date was set awhile back, and lucky for us...that day is today! Well tonight in the US. At 10 PM CST, we can all watch the live reveal...For your convenience I have embedded the link to the YouTube stream:



Let me know your thoughts on Nintendo's new hybrid! Is it a Day 1 buy, as soon as you have the cash, or will you be holding out for a price drop, or holiday bundles?



 You can also join the discussion on the Skylander Club Forum in our Nintendo Switch: All Purpose Topic!



Personally, I kind of feel burned from jumping in on launch day with both the Nintendo Wii U and Microsoft Xbox One...both have been great to me, I just paid full price, got no discounts or freebies (free controllers, Xbox Live etc.), and ultimately think a bundle would be the best bang-for-the-buck. However, a new Mario Kart, or perhaps more importantly, Super Mario Galaxy 3 could easily sway that mindset.



LIVE NOTES FROM THE BROADCAST:

Launch Date: March 3rd, 2017 - Worldwide :D
Launch Price: $299.99
Online Services:
-Multiplayer Gaming via Smart Device
--Set play appointment, chat with friends, etc.
---Try for free during trial after launch, then paid service fall 2017

No Region Locking...about time

Dry pun (switching to another guy) ha, ha, hahaha

Switch inherited DNA from each of the previous hardware platforms
-Highlights previous advances
-Still no Waluigi announcement
--This is 2017
-Jazz beat snap with every "switch"...better be a feature
-Play at home and on-the-go

3 Modes of Play

-TV Mode
--Play on TV in typical video game style

-Tabletop Mode
--Stand up with kickstand and use via joycon...allows 2P away from TV

-Handheld Mode
--Attach L&R Joycons...play anywhere and share joy (only if you win)

Battery and Power

-Battery 2.5-6.5 hours (great estimate)
-Charge with USB Type C and included AC Adapter
-Capacitive touch screen
-Connect via WiFi
-Up to 8 Switches connected for maximum switchcraft (see what I did there...jazz snap!)
--3 Play styles are more active and greater freedom
--More switch puns...

Controllers

-Controllers are important, details JoyCon
--JoyCon with JoyCon grip for TV Mode
---Two loose JoyCons for Table Top Mode
----Analog Stick also button tap...A-B-X-Y and Home Button
----NFC Reader/Writer for amiibo
-----Square Button=Screen Shot Capture...future for video captures
------Share grabs over social media
------Accelerometer and gyro sensors in each JoyCon
------Two buttons in rail that connect to switch...as L and R Buttons
-------Allows each as fully functioning individual controller; Sharing the Joy dry humor
--Touts 2 controllers from the start...fit in palm of hand and feel natural (but I have big hands)
---Guy gets comfy on white modern couch
-JoyCon Variants Neon Blue and Neon Red
--JoyCon Strap...like the Wiimote...I want to break a tv with the joycon
-IR Camera: Rock, Paper, and Scissors
--Rumble and sound to convey conditions and actions (wind, ice cubes in a cup)
---New sense of realism via HD Rumble
---JazzSnap!  New sensing and vibrating = new expression
---More than traditional controls...invites everyone to new world of entertainment

2 New Games

Game #1: 1-2 Switch
--Western Gunslingers on screen for quickdraw in 1-2 Switch
--Looks like Switch version of Wii Sports and Nintendo Land
--Play without any screen...look at eyes of opponent
---Ice Breaker and Party Game...fun for all by way of JoyCon...launch title (should be included imo)

Game #2: Arms
-Looks like Rock'em Sock'em Robots with Punch Out and Wii Sports set in a Pokemon arena
-Fighting sports game using extendable arms to battle: mixes boxing and shooting
-One JoyCon in each hand in thumbs up position...twist fist for curved punch etc.
-Dash and Jump to perform a variety of actions
--Play solo vs computer, or split screen vs friends, online battles coming....releases this Spring

(Switch Pun & Jazz Snap)

Splatoon 2

Splattoon with really painfully gimicky music
-Poor employee forced into gimicky reveal for his work, lol...changes to squid world :s
--Splat Duallys...shoot ink from each hand and propel upwards to out manuever opponents
---New special weapons and new battle maps
--Play with JoyCon or Pro Controller...or hand held
--Splatoon 2 is planned for Summer 2017

(Switch Pun & Jazzz Snap)

Super Mario Odyssey 

-Mario in the Big City...looks like open world and Grand Theft Auto coupled with Galaxy like enviroments
-Amazing Bowser as King Pin!
--So much shown I have no clue what I am watching...Mario Party, Galaxy 3, Animal Crossing, Smash Bros, who knows
-Mario Odyssey  revealed as title
-Theme: Journey to an unknown world...outside of Mushroom Kingdom...
--Landscapes loook familar to real world
--Eyes on Mario's cap offers action only experienced on Switch
---Important role in Mario's journey
--20 Years since Mario 64...super exciting for devs
-Releases Holiday 2017

Third Party Showcase

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 & Fire Emblem Warriors
-Japaneese RPGs with great visuals and anime-esque voice overs

3rd Pary Partners
-80 Games in Development
--Square Enix=Dragon Quest X and Dragon Quest XI and Heroes I-II and unnamed game
--Atlus=25th Anniversary of Shin Megami Tensei
(Switch Pun & Jazz Snap)
--Sega=consider new games & present them soon...new hardware impressive
-Skyrim coming to Nintendo Switch, excited about home and on-the-go...excited to finally work with Nintendo

(Switch Pun & Jazz Snap)

--Grasshopper=Travis Touchdown, title TBD
(Switch Pun & Jazz Snap)
--Electronic Arts=FIFA later this year
(Switch Snap...Game Clips...Jazzy Music)

-Motion Control in Minecraft would be sweet!

New Colors of JoyCon

Configurations

-Include: Switch Console, L&R JoyCon, Wrist Straps, JoyCon Grip, Switch Dock, HDMI Cable, and an AC Adapter
-Pro Controller available separately
-2 versions
--1 with Grey and 1 with Neon Blue and Red JoyCons...same MSRP
-More details on Switch website after presentation

Nintendo EU and American to share messages

(Switch Snap)

-Europe: Good Morning, excited for you to know about Switch and thanks people for getting up so very early
--EU Media invited to play Switch: Frankfurt, Paris, and Norway
---Trial dates for regular folks coming...check website

(Switch Snap)

-Reggie in NY
--Getting ready to show Switch off tomorrow
---Switch on display 6 Sundays in 6 different cities
----Really, that's all?  Lame sauce x10
-New ways to play, JoyCons, and the games...software sells hardware
-Soundtrack for LoZ Breath of the Wild
--It'll be at NY tomorrow...employees playing right now
---Launches ???  Back to Tokoyo

(No Switch Snap?!)

-Tokoyo will come back to question in a second
--Hands-on in Tokoyo, takes pre-order reservations starting 1/21 in Japan
---Hopes they have shown enough to earn your support...one more thing to share
----LoZ Breath of the Wild trailer: March 3, 2017

Broadcast ends with no mention of Waluigi...therefore, it was disappointing

Updated Info

New Games

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches April 28th



The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild - Collector's Editions and amiibo




The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Special Edition
-Game, Soundtrack (CD), Map, Coin, Carrying Case

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Master Edition
-Game, Soundtrack (CD), Map, Coin, Carrying Case, AND Mini Master Sword Replica

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild amiibo:
-Bokoblin, Link Archer, Link Rider, and Zelda

Skylanders Imaginators

-Available for Pre-Order Now!

Peripheral Pricing

JoyCon: $49.99
Two JoyCons: $79.99
JoyCon Charging Station: $29.99
Pro Controller: $69.99
Nintendo Switch Dock Set: $89.99

My Thoughts: The only periphereal that doesn't seem super high is the JoyCon, but realistically I would have pegged it at $30-40 max, regardless of the technology.  If you are buying a JoyCon, you already have a Switch etc.  There is also a wheel, but I left it off because there was no image and I have no clue what it is, lol.

Online Services

(Copied directly from Nintendo's Website - Linked here with chart)


"Online Play on Nintendo Switch You’ll be able to play compatible co-op and competitive games online by signing in with your Nintendo Account. Online play will be free for Nintendo Account holders until our paid online service launches in fall 2017. After the free-trial period, most games will require a paid online service subscription from Nintendo in order to play online. This service is only for Nintendo Switch. It does not affect Wii U or Nintendo 3DS systems or online play. Online lobby and voice chat Our new dedicated smart device app will connect to Nintendo Switch and let you invite friends to play online, set play appointments, and chat with friends during online matches in compatible games─all from your smart device. A free, limited version of this app will be available for download in summer 2017. Monthly game download Subscribers will get to download and play a Nintendo Entertainment System™ (NES) or Super Nintendo Entertainment System™ (Super NES) game (with newly-added online play) for free for a month. Exclusive deals Special offers for subscribers may include discounts on select digital games and content. Make the most of your Nintendo Switch The paid service lets you take your gaming up a notch with online multiplayer and exclusive benefits. Standard online features such as system and game updates will be free for all Nintendo Switch users. To access any of your system’s online services, you’ll need a Nintendo Account. Create one today so you’ll be ready when Nintendo Switch launches."

-My Thoughts: It is basically Xbox Live.  It is a great addition, but sad we have to pay for it.  The free games are a nice touch, but are they pre-selected, user's choice, and what happens if you don't renew...do you lose access to the "free" games you got while paying, or are they forever your own to play any time?