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Was Disney Presenting For E3 Or CinemaCon Sunday Night?

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 1:00am PDT

David Bloom is a Deadline contributor.

It was a reasonable question after Disney showed 37 minutes of its upcoming Pixar animated film Monsters University and about 15 minutes of its Jerry Bruckheimer-produced The Lone Ranger Sunday night at the big Regal theater by the Los Angeles Convention Center, introduced in part by Disney President of Production Sean Bailey.

That said, on the eve of the massive Electronic Entertainment Expo, the company did talk a fair amount about Disney Infinity, the game platform debuting in August that uses miniature figurines of Disney characters to activate virtual game experiences on all the major game machines. The new platform is basically a cross between two popular games: Skylanders, which uses a similar figurine-based hybrid approach, and Minecraft, which lets users build their own virtual worlds. The difference is these game worlds will be stuffed with Disney characters.

For the first time Disney is letting its characters from one movie universe play in family-friendly games set in other worlds, such as having Jack Sparrow from The Pirates Of The Caribbean race a horse in The Lone Ranger or have a toilet-paper “shootout” in the “Monsters” world. Players also can mix and match movie universes and characters to build their own game experiences. The player-created worlds can be uploaded to Disney, which will “curate” the best of them for download by other players. Read More »

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Will E3 Make the Sagging Videogame Business Sexy Again?

By | Sunday June 9, 2013 @ 7:18pm PDT

David Bloom is a Deadline contributor.

It’s a huge question for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which opens Tuesday after the Big Three makers of game consoles – Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo – each do their annual pre-show media extravaganzas by turns beginning Monday morning. Disney will unveil games tonight based on its movies The Lone Ranger and Monsters University, though it’s possible they may also talk about games based on their Marvel and Star Wars movie franchises, especially after recently laying off many of LucasArts game designers. Other big game publishers will also unveil titles in pre-show events Monday afternoon.

All the hoopla comprises something of a return to the game industry’s heyday, say 10 years ago, when the expo was a noisy, massive, overwhelming beast that consumed the Los Angeles Convention Center for a week. It attracted tens of thousands of media and industry insiders, who faced something of a death march through game company “booths” costing millions of dollars, with dozens of often outlandishly attired staffers, followed by evening parties for 10,000 people featuring performers such as Beck and India.Arie. Read More »

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