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Capcom Taps Into Nostalgia With NES-Era Disney Collection

Nostalgia continues to be a powerful force, and Capcom has announced a new game collection that's bound to appeal to people who spent much of their childhoods watching cartoons and playing games on tube televisions. The Disney Afternoon Collection is a compilation of six NES-era games, including DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, and more.

It includes Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2, Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, DuckTales 2, and TaleSpin.

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The games have been updated to HD resolution, though, unlike 2013's DuckTales: Remastered, they don't feature new sprites. Instead, they're the chunky 8-bit versions players grew up playing. Players can rewind the games if they miss a jump or want another shot at a boss attack, and there are also new boss-rush and time-attack modes. Historians can also check out an in-game museum, which features concept art, music, and other goodies from each game's development.

The collection is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 18, and it's priced at $ 19.99.

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Disney XD Offers First Look At New DuckTales Cartoon

To be clear, these are not pony tales or cotton tales. This is a story about DuckTales.

If the 2013 release DuckTales: Remastered didn’t satisfy your nostalgia for the classic children’s adult's cartoon then maybe the upcoming remake featuring the voices of David Tennant, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, and Bobby Moynihan will hit the spot. Check out an early look below.

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Video: Disney Imagineering’s approach to interactive environmental storytelling

At GDC Next 2013, Disney Imagineering’s Jonathan Ackley and Chris Purvis took the stage to break down how the lessons they’ve learned about theme park game design can inform video game design. …


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Disney drops YouTube star PewDiePie over anti-Semitic content

The Walt Disney Company has cut ties with YouTube star Felix Kjellberg, more commonly known as PewDiePie, after he uploaded videos containing anti-Semitic remarks and imagery.  …


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Report: Disney Drops YouTube Personality PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Jokes

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that popular YouTube personality PewDiePie (Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) has been dropped by Disney after stirring up controversy with anti-semitic video content. The Journal says that Disney told the publication it was cutting ties with him after reporters reached out to the company to inquire about the YouTuber's use of Nazi imagery in recent videos. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, Disney found the content in the videos to be "inappropriate" and that's why the company is severing ties with him. The report cites several incidents and includes footage of the anti-semitic content, including a video from January 11 where Kjellberg watches two men hold a sign up that says "Death To All Jews." He later created a video defending himself, claiming that media was mischaracterizing him.

The publication notes that YouTube has declined to comment on Kjellberg's comments. Maker Studios, the video distributor for Kjellberg's content, was purchased by Disney back in 2014.

You can watch the full report here.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]

 

Our Take
Kjellberg is probably the most well-known YouTube personality, so Disney's swift tie-severing here speaks volumes of how unwilling brands are to be associated with bigoted remarks, whether they're made in jest or otherwise. EA also recently punished Madden champion Chris McFarland with a fine after a series of tweets the publisher found to be inappropriate.

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Report: Disney Drops YouTube Personality PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Jokes

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that popular YouTube personality PewDiePie (Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) has been dropped by Disney after stirring up controversy with anti-semitic video content. The Journal says that Disney told the publication it was cutting ties with him after reporters reached out to the company to inquire about the YouTuber's use of Nazi imagery in recent videos. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, Disney found the content in the videos to be "inappropriate" and that's why the company is severing ties with him. The report cites several incidents and includes footage of the anti-semitic content, including a video from January 11 where Kjellberg watches two men hold a sign up that says "Death To All Jews." He later created a video defending himself, claiming that media was mischaracterizing him.

The publication notes that YouTube has declined to comment on Kjellberg's comments. Maker Studios, the video distributor for Kjellberg's content, was purchased by Disney back in 2014.

You can watch the full report here.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal]

 

Our Take
Kjellberg is probably the most well-known YouTube personality, so Disney's swift tie-severing here speaks volumes of how unwilling brands are to be associated with bigoted remarks, whether they're made in jest or otherwise. EA also recently punished Madden champion Chris McFarland with a fine after a series of tweets the publisher found to be inappropriate.

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Disney Infinity dev revived and re-opened by Warner Bros.

Avalanche Software, the development studio best known for creating the Disney Infinity toys-to-life games, has been brought back to life after being shut down by Disney last year. …


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Disney Infinity Dev Avalanche Software Reopens Under Warner, Working On Cars 3

Last year, Disney decided to focus on licensing its IP and get out of game development, closing Avalanche Software, the studio that developed its Disney Infinity game in the process. Today, Warner Bros. Interactive has announced that the former toys-to-life studio has been brought back to life itself, and that it's working on an upcoming Cars 3 title.

The newly reopened Avalanche is being led by John Blackburn, former studio CEO. “It is a tremendous pleasure to welcome Avalanche Software into our development stable, and we look forward to working with our new team, Pixar Animation Studios, and DCPI [Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media] to create Cars 3 based on the upcoming film and hugely popular franchise,” said David Haddad, president, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The Avalanche talent and technology are a great addition to our group of outstanding developers, and we are excited for this Cars 3 game as well as all of the future games the team will create under John’s leadership.”

Avalanche has a track record within the Cars universe, having developed a console game based on the second film. In addition, Disney Infinity featured Lightning McQueen and other characters from the franchise, and developed a playset based on Cars. 

Watch our full video interview from 2015 to learn Blackburn's thoughts on the tumultuous licensed games industry.

 

Our Take
I've been following the studio since I visited them for a Toy Story 3 magazine feature. I've long been impressed by the dedication and passion that the team has brought to family games, and I'm happy to see that they're back from the brink. It will be interesting to see what happens next. Will they be tapped to work on future Lego Dimensions content?

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Disney Shutting Down Marvel: Avengers Alliance At The End Of September

Avengers, disassemble! Disney has announced that it's shutting
down the superhero-themed social network game at the end of the month.

Disney made the announcement on its help site and the game's Facebook
page
, stating that Marvel: Avengers Alliance and Marvel: Avengers Alliance
2 are shutting down all platforms. The game has already been pulled from iOS
and Google Play, but those who already have a copy can keep fighting until
September 30. Disney's help site says that it won't be refunding any purchases
made via microtransaction, but players can continue using whatever items they
purchased until the game closes. As of today no additional purchases can be
made.

Fans of the game's Facebook iteration are particularly upset
about the news, with comment after comment calling on Disney to keep the game
up sans updates or unlock all the content until the game is shut down.

[Source: Disney (1)(2)]

 

Our
Take
While
Disney is giving players a month's notice to use whatever items they spent
money on, the outcry from fans is understandable. The idea that a game you
spent time and money on could just disappear one day is still a new and frustrating
phenomenon for many players.

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Disney Shutting Down Marvel: Avengers Alliance At The End Of September

Avengers, disassemble! Disney has announced that it's shutting
down the superhero-themed social network game at the end of the month.

Disney made the announcement on its help site and the game's Facebook
page
, stating that Marvel: Avengers Alliance and Marvel: Avengers Alliance
2 are shutting down all platforms. The game has already been pulled from iOS
and Google Play, but those who already have a copy can keep fighting until
September 30. Disney's help site says that it won't be refunding any purchases
made via microtransaction, but players can continue using whatever items they
purchased until the game closes. As of today no additional purchases can be
made.

Fans of the game's Facebook iteration are particularly upset
about the news, with comment after comment calling on Disney to keep the game
up sans updates or unlock all the content until the game is shut down.

[Source: Disney (1)(2)]

 

Our
Take
While
Disney is giving players a month's notice to use whatever items they spent
money on, the outcry from fans is understandable. The idea that a game you
spent time and money on could just disappear one day is still a new and frustrating
phenomenon for many players.

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