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  • ‘Skylanders Battlecast' trades toys for collectible cards

    Ben Silverman at Plugged In15 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 In19 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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