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You may have heard of Skylanders. Every damn kid on the face of the earth wants the game and loves it. And, honestly, what's a child not to love? Toys come to life in a video game. That's a pretty cool idea. Activision Blizzard has capitalized on the franchise, turning Skylanders into a blockbuster hit. However, new games are on the way trying to replicate the success. Disney Infinity also scans plastic figures into a virtual world, but with iconic Disney characters. Should Activision be worried? Could Skylanders be beaten at its own game?

"Skylanders seems to represent an area of the industry that's seeing less representation these days. Other than some Nintendo games and Disney's Infinity, the kids market isn't getting a lot of attention. There aren't as many games being created for that demographic. Do you think that's something that helps Skylanders stand out?

It's funny the way you articulated the question, because you just described all the reasons why people used to say we shouldn't get into the kids market. It literally used to be 'people are getting out of the kids market, and the Wii is faltering, so why are you guys getting into the kids market?' when I would defend our decision to make Skylanders. Now you are reversing it and saying it's an unfair advantage. I think Skylanders is successful not because it is a kids game without a lot of competition, because to your point, a lot of kids games - no matter how thin the competition - haven't succeeded of late. Skylanders is successful because it's a really magical idea and it's brilliantly executed. We have created a really compelling new genre that brings toys and games together, and a new play pattern for kids that brings interactive play and analog play together in a really fresh way. The games continue to innovate and... we are going to have to deliver really compelling ideas each and every year."

This quote comes from an interview between GamesIndustry and Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Blizzard. I agree with Hirshberg. Skylanders has grown into something special and it isn't going anywhere anytime soon. With Skylanders Swap Force launching this autumn, the franchise's fire will burn on for a while.

What do you think about Skylanders? Dumb? Genius? Sound off in the comments.

You may know Conan O'Brien. The famous late night talk show host has been well known for his Clueless Gamer reviews, in which he plays upcoming video games with no guidance or previous knowledge. In other words, he has no idea what he's doing.

Conan went to the Electronic Entertainment Expo. As good as a job I like to think the Gamnesia staff did covering E3, Conan beats every news site out there. Watch Mr. O'Brien take on the PlayStation 4, Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, and Mario Kart 8. We even get to see him and a Bayonetta cosplayer, and watch a winner be declared.

Watch the hilarious video after the jump!

Microsoft's E3 press conference had a very impressive teaser. A cloaked figure moving across the desert is ambushed. The hood is removed to reveal... Master Chief. The crowd's applause roared over the audio. But... what did we really see at E3?

The reveal of Halo for Xbox One has many fans worried. Halo 2's tenth anniversary is next year, and many players want to celebrate with a remake. Did Microsoft's E3 showing kill those chances?

"There was no ambiguity in not putting a number after the game. For me, what we showed wasn’t the game. Nobody should be confused on that. I didn’t really want to try to show something that was clearly a thought piece by the studio around where Master Chief is in his journey, and then drop the name after it and be somewhat disingenuous about that being the game." -Phil Spencer, Vice President of Microsoft Game Studios

For everything Mr. Spencer said, hit the jump!

Developed by DICE and published by Electronic Arts, Battlefield 4 is the upcoming next-generation and current-generation entry in the Battlefield series. The first-person shooter comes out for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 on October 29th in North America, November 1st in Europe, and Halloween in Australia.

Battlefield 4 runs on the Frostbite 3 engine, an impressive advanced technology that will be the foundation of dozens of games over the next generation. The Battlefield YouTube channel has uploaded a video showcasing the engine to the world. We get to see the weather effects working in conjunction, with waves and wind corresponding accordingly.

Want to see the video? You have to hit the jump!

Wolfenstein: The New Order is the heir to the throne of one of the oldest first person shooter franchises in all of gaming, but it's been past its prime for quite some time. Even so, something about it and its developer, Machine Games, makes Bethesda see a lot of potential in the project. In an interview with IGN, Bethesda's Pete Hines gave some insight into just why that is:

“Ultimately, part of it is just the intent and the notion that Machine Games has. We think what this represented, and what it still represents, is cool. We think there’s a better way to do it for this audience. We’re not doing Wolfenstein because we think, ‘oh, everybody thinks of Wolfenstein when they think first-person shooters.’ We’re not that naive. But we do think there’s something to this world.” -- Pete Hines

Head past the jump to hear more.

You saw that right. Microsoft is not including a headset with their upcoming console, the Xbox One. The Xbox 360 set the tradition of bundling headsets with consoles, but it is confirmed that the Xbox One will not take up the mantle. Apparently, Microsoft is using Kinect to explain the lack of headsets. Microsoft said that Kinect has "highly sensitive multi-array microphones designed to enable voice inputs and chat as a system-level capability, both in-game and with Skype and other experiences," which apparently eliminates the need for a pre-packaged headset with the console.

Naturally, though, the Microsoft Xbox One headset can be bought separately from the console itself. To me, this seems like more of a money-making move from Microsoft than anything else, but, to be fair, Sony does not bundle headsets with its hardware, although in the coming generation a mono earpiece and mic will be packaged with the PlayStation 4.

The Xbox One will be released in November, at a price point of $499.99.

Microsoft recently announced a plan for Xbox Live Gold members similar to that of PlayStation Plus. The program has been dubbed 'Games with Gold,' and it has started. If you are an Xbox Live Gold member and currently own an Xbox 360, you can download Fable III for free right now. Once you have the game you can keep it forever. There are no strings attached.

“As our way of saying thanks, we’re giving all active Gold members two bonus Xbox 360 games each month for the rest of the year. Each specially selected, fan-favourite game will be available to download only for a limited time, so grab them before they’re gone and keep them no matter what.”- Official Statement from Microsoft

Fans can get their hands on Halo 3 and Assassin's Creed 2 next month through Games with Gold. New titles will be available for free on the 1st and 16th of every month until the end of the year. Grab your downloads now before they're gone!

The long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III was revealed at Sony's E3 press conference this year. No release window was given during the announcement trailer, so the game is likely in the early stages of development. With the current state of the project, the game could go in many different directions. One of those ideas is online multiplayer.

According to Japanese publication Famitsu magazine, the development team of the title is "looking into" online features. Could that mean co-op, competitive multiplayer, a mode that lets save files interact with one another? With a new generation comes new development methods, and online multiplayer may be one of those new gameplay mechanics.

Do you want online multiplayer in your Kingdom Hearts? Sound off in the comments.

The Xbox One is one hundred dollars more expensive than the PlayStation 4. That's an issue for Microsoft. Although many of the suits over at the company may believe the console is at a reasonable price, many consumers are already turning to the PS4 for a cheaper alternative. Can the Xbox One do well at a higher price point?

One economist believes the answer is no. Rafi Mohammed, author of "The Art of Pricing," states that a console's aim is to get into consumer's hands. The real money comes from games.

"It's still $100 premium, and they're including a Kinect electronic console which is a benefit over the PlayStation 4. What they really should be doing to get consoles in consumers' hands is to decrease the price and make the Kinect accessory, which not everyone uses. Make that optional. An 'a la carte' purchase." - Rafi Mohammed, Author of "The Art of Pricing"

The entire interview by Bloomberg TV can be found after the jump.

What do you think? Is the Xbox One too expensive? Should Kinect be optional? Sound off in the comments.

Project Spark, which was announced at Microsoft's E3 Press Conference two weeks ago, is a free to play game that promises the ability to create games from scratch or through templates. These worlds are built through an easy-to-use interface that utilizes both SmartGlass technology and Kinect.

Today, the official Project Spark website started taking registration for beta testing the upcoming software for Windows 8 and the Xbox One. There is no information regarding the launch of the beta, but the company promises to keep people updated through their Facebook page.

Project Spark is currently scheduled to be available within the launch window for the Xbox One. While the initial software will be free, Microsoft has yet to say if they will include Micro-transactions or any form of paid content to the game.

Bungie, former subsidiary of Microsoft and developer behind the Halo series before 343, are currently hard at work on their newest multi-platform project, Destiny. The studio recently wrote a mail sack post on their website, and, as Destiny is a massive-multiplayer online shooter, the question of whether or not microtransactions would be in the game came up. Bungie responded without being able to fully answer the question, but assured the asker that the rewards they accrued in Destiny would be "earned:"

"I have come across all too many games where I am constantly out done by someone with a better job or richer parents, and this makes game-play particularly cruel, so, to what extent will real life money be used, even if you are planning on using it?

Bungie: What we can tell you right now is that the rewards you will gain by playing Destiny – and playing it well – will be earned. You will carve them from the hides of your enemies, after you stomp them into the ground of your favorite destinations."

How would you feel about the ability to use real money in Destiny?

In a video interview with two members of the team working on Tom Clancy's the Division, Nicklas Cederstrom and Ryan Barnard, IGN asked for specifics on what platforms the game would be releasing. The answer they gave confirmed the release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but also leaves open the opportunity for release on other platforms:

"So we're set for release in winter 2014 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but we're not ruling out other platforms because we do also read the internet."

When specifically asked about the possibility of a PC release, this response was given:

"Ubisoft as a company considers maximising the potential of the game. So if the audience is there and the desire is there."

Would you like to see The Division on PC?

Of course there are going to be cross-generation games, or those titles who are released on current-generation and next-generation consoles simultaneously. They always have: the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3, Xbox and Xbox 360, and Wii and Wii U have shared titles across generation gaps. Most of these games will be third party titles because their developers are not concerned with selling the systems, only games.

According to EA's Patrick Söderlund, the cross-generational jump this time around should take about two years because of the wide install base of current generation consoles and the number of individuals likely to upgrade to the latest technology. Here is what he had to say:

Historically the first year out most titles have been cross-gen, then the second year there’s less and less, but in year three you’ll probably see everything apart from maybe one or two games in the industry on that end, So I think it will take about 18 to 24 months to get to full gen 4. [NOTE: 'Gen 4' is EA's name for the next hardware generation.]

I don't think that he is setting that 2 year window in stone; it is merely an estimate of how long he thinks it will take. If games continue to sell on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, then EA and other third parties will continue to make games for those consoles. Personally, I think that the number of games coming to current-generation consoles will begin to diminish in two years. However, I don't think that the transition to the next generation will be fully complete until three to four years after launch, but that's just the opinion of one mere writer.

How long do you think the cross-generational gap will be? Sound off in the comments!

Ever since the next-generation consoles were announced, people and companies across the US have been trying to guess their release dates. There has been no official confirmation about the release date for either console, but some pretty big names are starting to list exact dates for release, a phenomena which is capturing the attention of the gaming world.

Last week, the huge European retailer Media Markt listed that the PlayStation 4 would be released on November 13th. Media Markt is one of the largest retailers in Europe, so this listing is calling up a lot of attention. The same goes for the posting of the Xbox One release date by Amazon, who claims that the console will release on November 27th, which is the Wednesday right before Thanksgiving and, more importantly to Microsoft, Black Friday.

Both of these dates fall in the companies' given timelines (the ever-ambiguous Fall and Winter seasons), but they are far from officially confirmed. It seems like a two-week wait for Microsoft after the release of the PlayStation 4 would be odd, but these could nevertheless be the real dates. We will just have to wait and see in the coming months.

What do you think? Do you want these consoles to release sooner as opposed to later? Or are you going to sit this generation out for awhile?

IGN recently contacted a number of third party game publishers in an attempt to ascertain their future plans regarding used games. In the past, we've seen different sorts of DRM pop up to try and deal with used games such as online passes, which EA has confirmed they will no longer be using. But going forward, apparently many third party publishers simply don't know what they'll be doing about used games or DRM.

Head past the jump to see Activision's, Ubisoft's, and Bethesda's responses to IGN's question!