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Friday, August 21, 2015

Innovative Gaming! #Playmation takes it to the Next Level! #D23expo

I am not a gamer in the sense of having a platform and buying games. We do have a Wii and tried to get into it but didn't like sitting in front of the TV for hours. The extent of my gaming at the moment is building my farm in Farmville 2.

But when I was at the D23Expo, I saw something that would get me off Farmville 2 and back to playing games. Playmation. Playmation was such a cool device and it is the next step in the evolution of play. What Playmation does is actually get you up and involved in the game play like no other device. The system has toys and wearables that use smart technology to inspire kids to run around and use their imaginations. The interactive nature of the game lets the kids or you become the hero or heroine of stories from across The Walt Disney Company. Playmation uses portable bases so you can play indoors or outdoors. I don't have kids but if I did, I would definitely want them to be outdoors.

We were able to see Playmation in action and it was cool! We saw the new Playmation Marvel's Avengers game in action. This Marvel game will hit shelves in October. The Marvel's Avengers Starter Pack will include five connected toys: one piece of Avenger Gear (Repulsor), two Power Activators and two Smart Figures – a Super Hero (Captain America) and a Super Villain (Iron Skull). The Repulsor is inspired by Iron Man and fits both kids and adults. The voice you hear giving you prompts is JARVIS as he takes you through the tutorial on how to control your new Gear, inspired by Iron Man technology.

Also available at launch, is the AvengersNet app where you can register your Avenger Gear to see progress, explore additional locations and characters, and get access to new missions. New recruits to the Avengers can fight Marvel Super Villains including Ultron, Iron Skull, Loki, or join fellow Avengers Super Heroes like Black Widow, Falcon and more as they battle to save the Earth by running, jumping, ducking and dodging – whatever each challenge requires.

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After seeing Playmation in action, I emailed my husband and said that I knew what I wanted for Christmas. He wasn't convinced until I showed him the video and he thought it was pretty amazing! I loved how interactive it was. I also loved that you had to move around to make it work. The "scene" we saw required the player to really get into the game and action. It is very real and exciting.

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Star Wars and Disney Frozen systems are currently in development for 2016 and 2017. Each will use a range of technologies to create a system based on the different ways that kids play and experience their favorite stories and characters from that franchise. The Playmation Marvel's Avengers Starter Pack will have a suggested retail price of $119.99 and will launch in October 2015 in the United States and Canada at mass and specialty retailers, select Disney Store locations and, and you can pre-order it now.

If you need to buy a Christmas gift, this is the time to pre-order this game. Get your kids up and about and test their imagination with Playmation!!

Disclosure: I attended the #D23Expo and my expenses: flight, accommodations, transportation and some meals were be covered by Disney. All opinions, however, are 100% mine.

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