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  • ‘Skylanders Battlecast' trades toys for collectible cards

    Ben Silverman at Plugged In11 days ago

    Activision’s popular Skylanders series has generated billions of dollars by selling gamers millions of toys. Now it’s aiming to get a piece of another lucrative pie: the collectible card game.

    Due out for iOS, Android, and Amazon devices in 2016, Skylanders: Battlecast is a free-to-play game that lets players scan real-world, physical trading cards into mobile devices and use them in a card dueling game set in Skylands. Players can also buy digital card packs if they don’t want to bother with the real deal.

    If only we had some awkward kids who are totally having real fun and are absolutely not actors showing off how this works. Oh look!

    According to Activision, Battlecast will include some characters that, when scanned, seem to function in a similar way to the Nintendo 3DS's AR cards. The game will include both a single-player campaign and online multiplayer.

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  • Iron Maiden’s new video is an insane trip through video games

    Ben Silverman at Plugged In15 days ago

    Iron Maiden just released their first new single in five years. And while “Speed of Light” is another quintessential shredder from the heavy metal overlords, it’s the song’s video that has the web banging its head today.

    Yep, that’s Iron Maiden mascot Eddie (aka Eddie the Head) puling a Tron by getting digitized and sent into a variety of video games. He dodges flaming TVs in an homage to Donkey Kong , blasts killer robots in a Terminator -esque side-scroller, battles The Beast in a Mortal Kombat nod, and vaporizes a skeletal T-Rex in a first-person shooter. He collects hearts. His high score is 666,666. I love this video.

    This isn’t Maiden’s first time dabbling in video games. In 1999, the band released a game called to support a tour and ‘Greatest Hits’ album. The objective? Guide Eddie through a collection of the group’s iconic album covers while listening to Iron Maiden songs. The game kind of sucked, but the concept was awesome.

    Also (probably) awesome is Iron Maiden’s 16 th studio album, The Book of Souls, which arrives on September 4.

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  • Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Kane yanked from cover of 'NHL 16'

    Ben Silverman at Plugged In17 days ago

    EA Sports has announced that Patrick Kane, the All-Star forward from the Chicago Blackhawks, will be removed from the cover of their upcoming hockey game, NHL 16 . Kane is currently under investigation over sexual assault allegations.

    Official statement regarding Patrick Kane.

    The game, which launches on September 15 for the Xbox One and PS4, initially featured both Kane and teammate Jonathan Toews on the cover. Kane’s removal has led to a totally new picture of Toews holding aloft the Stanley Cup.

    EA has removed the old cover from its website.

    This was to be Kane’s second stint on an EA Sports NHL cover, having first appeared on the box for NHL 10 . Toews graced the cover of NHL 11 .

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  • Donald Trump: Not so great for gamers

    Chris Morris at Plugged In19 days ago

    Donald Trump may have some trouble securing the video game vote.

    While Trump the outrageous GOP candidate hasn't had much to say about video games thus far, Trump the outrageous social networker had plenty to say back in 2012:

    Video game violence & glorification must be stopped—it is creating monsters!

    For context, that tweet was made in the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, where a 20-year-old gunman shot and killed 20 students and six adult staffers. It was the deadliest mass shooting at a school in U.S. history and emotions were certainly running high.

    The shooting brought violent video games back into the spotlight, though Trump was one of the first public figures to suggest they might have played a role in the tragedy. Connecticut Senator Christopher Murphy didn't make the accusation until the following January.

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