Playmation: Cosplay for Kids

Playmation: Cosplay for Kids

Remember when you wanted to be Iron Man or The Hulk when you were a kid? Now it’s a little closer to reality thanks to Playmation.

Developed by Disney and Hasbro, Playmation combines active play, digital technology, and animation to keep children entertained without sitting in front of a screen. Players are told to run, jump, duck, dodge, and other physical activities through their missions, and includes toys and wearable tech that use smart technology like Bluetooth and motion sensors.

Friday, May 15, 2015 in Encino, Calif. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Invision for Disney/AP Images)
Friday, May 15, 2015 in Encino, Calif. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Invision for Disney/AP Images)

Right now the only wearable available are an arm device similar to Iron Man’s gauntlet, made by Avenger Labs, and Hulk hand gauntlets that come with JARVIS, Iron Man’s AI, working as a guide. The first set of toys will be from Marvel’s Avengers, available this fall. Star Wars characters won’t be released until 2016, and Frozen toys are still being developed, but will be released in 2017.

The first batch will consist of the Iron Man gauntlet, two figures, and two power activators for $120.

Each toy is equipped with new stories and missions. Along with this, heroes have abilities to teach kids and villains have maps. If the player can become strong enough to defeat the villains, they will also teach the kids new abilities. The heroes can fight with kids and the villains against them.

Smart toys don’t appeal to all parents.  At a toy fair in February, in New York City, Mattel revealed Hello Barbie, a doll equipped with a microphone that uses Wi-Fi. Many issues arose when Mattel’s Barbie was equipped with voice recognition to “hear” kids and respond. This was made possible by sending the recordings online to a server that sent back appropriate responses.
playmationinsert1There’s also Google’s patented smart teddybears. Besides the issues with recording conversations and log activity, especially with kids, the teddy bears could be used to control media devices like TVs, CD players, and even thermostats.

Playmation doesn’t require internet access to play, but can use it for other aspects of gameplay like using the app to track progress and playing more adventures.

While marketed towards kids six and up, Mashable has confirmed the toys fit adult hands.

Pre Ordering starts July 7, and shipping in October.

 

Cast for Suicide Squad Movie Announced

Cast for Suicide Squad Movie Announced

It looks like DC fans aren’t going to have to wait for a star studded answer to The Avengers movies. The cast of the upcoming Suicide Squad film has been released and it stars plenty of big name actors.

The cast includes oscar winner Jared Leto, as the Joker; two time oscar nominee, Will Smith, as Deadshot; Tom Hardy, who played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, as Rick Flag; Margot Robbie, from The Wolf of Wall Street, as Harley Quinn; Jai Courtney, from Divergent, as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne, from Anna Karenina and the upcoming Pan, as Enchantress.

The movie will also be the first return of the Joker in a feature film since Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight.

The film will be directed by David Ayer who has directed films including Fury, End of Watch and Street Kings. The film will be shot right here in Toronto and is currently in pre-production. If anyone involved in the film is still looking for shooting locations, we have a beautiful office here at CGM you should really check out.

For those unfamiliar with the Suicide Squad, DC released an animated movie called Batman: Assault on Arkham earlier this year that is focused on the villainous group. The live-action Suicide Squad movie is set to be released on August 5, 2016.

Comics Out This Week 5/28/14

Comics Out Today 5/14/2014

Hey everyone, another week has another batch of comics ready to be read. This week has alien trees, teenage assassins, a purple tyrant, someone who doesn’t shut up after learning about  his past, and a jungle Batman.

mar140212Batman #31
By: Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo

This week has the next chapter in Snyder and Capullo’s Zero Year story.

Last month we had a glimpse into what The Riddler had done to Gotham City, and now it’s time for Batman to take it back, but how will a younger and inexperienced Bruce do so with limited resources?

Zero Year was the origin story that most Batman fans didn’t know that they wanted. Snyder and Capullo have told a massive untold story of Bruce’s slow ascension into becoming the iconic Dark Knight that is paced incredibly well.

 

 

 

Deadly Class #5mar140567
By: Rick Remender and Wesley Craig

The next issue of one of the most underrated titles available comes out this week.

Deadly Class tells the story of Markus, an orphaned, homeless teenager who is offered a scholarship to an underground school that teaches teenagers to be assassins.

Last issue had Markus’ friends breaking him out of solitary confinement so they could go on a road trip to kill his friend’s father in Las Vegas. On the way, Markus takes too many hits of acid thinking they are duds and begins to freak out. He’ll have to get his head back soon as the killer who’s been tracking him for the last few issues is nearly at his door.

 

mar140636dDeadpool #29
By: Brian Posehn,Gerry Dugan, and Scott Koblish

Original Sin has only just begun, but its effects are already affecting the Marvel Universe.

This week’s issue of Deadpool has everyone’s favourite Merc With a Mouth discovering his past. When he was taken for the Weapon X Project, the board members had his entire past erased. What will happen when Wade uncovers the mysteries of his past, and what was his Original Sin? Writer Gerry Dugan promises that both sins won’t be pretty. Then again, when are things ever pretty with Deadpool?

 

 

MAR140475DTrees #1
By: Warren Ellis and Jason Howard

A brand new title from the famous Warren Ellis releases today.

Trees is a sci-fi story about a race of aliens that came to earth ten years ago and acted as trees. Ten years have passed since we found out that there is intelligent life on other planets. Unfortunately, they do not see us as intelligent, or alive.

 

 

 

 

mar140692Thanos Annual #1
By: Jim Starlin and Ron Lim

Everyone’s favourite purple immortal goliath gets an annual this week.

Thanos fights huge Marvel forces such as Mephesto, The Avengers, a future version of himself and much more. This issue will show how one of his past defeats set in motion a chain of events that will soon affect the entire Marvel Universe.

This issue is also the beginning to a Thanos graphic novel that is coming soon.

 

 

 

 

Other Titles Out This Week:

BOOM! Studios
Bravest Warriors #20
Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #1
Evil Empire #2
Midas Flesh #6
Peanuts #18 

Dark Horse Comics
Captain Midnight #11
Conan The Avenger #2
ElfQuest The Final Quest #3
Furious #5
Halo Escalation #6
King Conan The Conqueror #4
Mass Effect Foundation #11
Massive #23
Mind MGMT #22
Pariah #4
Serenity Leaves On The Wind #5
Star Wars #8
Star Wars Legacy II #15
Star Wars Rebel Heist #2
Tomb Raider #4
Vandroid #4 

DC Comics
Adventures Of Superman #13
All-Star Western #31
Aquaman #31
Batman Eternal #8
Catwoman #31
Dead Boy Detectives #6
Flash #31
He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe #13
Injustice Gods Among Us Year Two #5
Justice League Dark #31
Larfleeze #11
New 52 Futures End #4
Nightwing #30
Red Lanterns #31
Secret Origins #2
Suicide Squad #30
Superman #31 

IDW Publishing
24 #2
City The Mind In The Machine #4
Ghostbusters #16
Godzilla Rulers Of Earth #12
Monster And Madman #1
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #19
Samurai Jack #8
Star Trek #33
Transformers Robots In Disguise #29
X-Files Season 10 #12 

Image Comics
C.O.W.L. #1
Chew Revival #1
Dead Body Road #6
Elephantmen #57
Fuse #4
Sex #13
Sheltered #9
Skullkickers #27
Southern Bastards #1
Southern Bastards #2
Sovereign #3
Thief Of Thieves #21

Marvel Comics
All-New Invaders #5
Avengers #30
Dexter Down Under #4
Fantastic Four #5
Giant-Size Spider-Man #1
Guardians Of The Galaxy #15
Inhuman #2
Iron Man #26
Iron Patriot #3
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Prelude #2
Mighty Avengers #10
Ms. Marvel #4
Thunderbolts #26
Uncanny Avengers #20
Winter Soldier The Bitter March #4
Wolverine #7

Valiant Entertainment
Harbinger #23
Shadowman End Times #2

 

 

Film Team Confirms Legend of Buried E.T Cartridges to be True

Film Team Confirms Legend of Buried E.T Cartridges to be True

Last Saturday, a film making team and excavators traveled to the Alamogordo Landfill in the New Mexico desert to try and debunk one of gaming’s most legendary of myths; Did Atari really bury copies of the notoriously bad E.T on the Atari 2600?

Apparently yes they did.

At first only finding an old Atari 2600 and joypad led to them finding a single copy of E.T. A little while later, multiple boxes of the cartridge were found and it was told that “a lot more” were buried even deeper, with possible confirmation that other Atari 2600 titles such as Centipede and Asteroids were buried as well.

The legend is that when Atari published E.T on the 2600, it sold so poorly that Atari nearly went bankrupt. Deciding to get rid of as many copies as possible, they buried a massive amount of copies in a landfill.

Fuel Entertainment started to gain interest in the legend and decided to create a documentary about it. In late 2013, they acquired the exclusive rights to try and dig up the cartridges in the landfill.

The documentary called “Atari: Game Over” is directed by writer/director Zak Penn who has previously worked on X-2 and The Avengers and will only air on Xbox One and Xbox 360 later this year.

CGM’s Top Ten Genre Movies Of 2012

CGM’s Top Ten Genre Movies Of 2012

So here we are again, another year has passed bringing with it a near endless array of movies that both pissed off and thrilled a wide variety of audiences. Looking back, it actually wasn’t all that bad. For the genre loving geek contingent that Hollywood craves to pry money from, there was actually a wide variety of releases worth wasting your time and money on.

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The Avengers Interview II: Cobie Smulders

The Avengers Interview II: Cobie Smulders

Since 2008, the good folks at Marvel Studios have been kind enough to introduce mass audiences to a fresh member of their extended comic book universe every summer. This year, not so much. Oh sure, we’ll get a gigantic Marvel blockbuster in The Avengers (certainly the biggest thus far and possibly even the best), but the characters combining forces for that star-studded line up of super-powered ass-kickery have all headlined their own film before. As good as The Avengers is, it doesn’t offer the exciting prospect of seeing a character that comics fans have loved for ages on the page slide into the live action arena for the first time. Actually, that’s not entirely true. One longtime character does make her cinematic debut: Maria Hill.

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The Avengers (Movie) Review

The Avengers (Movie) Review

Since the first screening occurred, word hit the Internet that Marvel Studio’s epic The Avengers is one hell of a superhero romp and I am absolutely thrilled to be able to tell you fine folks that the early hype is justified. When the fledging comic book movie factory announced plans to unleash for a five-movie odyssey climaxing with this iconic mash-up, it was met with a healthy amount of fanboy skepticism. After all, countless comic book movies have been ruined by an excessive cast of costumed characters and making that the climatic goal of the company’s post-Iron Man superhero onslaught seemed like a disaster waiting to happen. Well people, they did it. With a feature length introduction to each character already in the books, this sucker hits the ground running and with self-confessed uber geek Joss Whedon (Buffy, Firefly, Cabin In The Woods, etc) calling the shots, it’s dripping with fan service. Despite a hefty running time, this movie races by at a breakneck pace sure to keep even the most ADD-afflicted or drug-addled attention spans entertained.

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