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New genre: toys-to-life
Skylanders, Disney Infinity and Nintendo Amiibos were the first major entries in this developing genre, but now new player LEGO is going beyond collectible figures and offer actual toys that have the bonus digital tie-in.
What is the driver of this genre?
Should the physical pieces add a bonus character or perks to change the gameplay – possibly unfairly?
What type of games should these support? Structured stories or open worlds where a figures act as your character in the world – Minecraft type world for LEGO focused creation?

So many questions.
http://www.polygon.com/2015/4/10/8376521/lego-dimensions-lego-kits

#LEGO   #LEGOdimensions   #Skylanders   #DisneyInfinity   #Minecraft  

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+cities 7 - that is a great point and how I approach this topic. I am all in for digital distribution with a tendency to prefer streaming. I do not even what to clutter HDD with storing files longterm. Like my previous DVD and CD collections, my HDDs are being purged. So collecting figures to sit on a shelf is not appealing. 

However, having a functional LEGO toy that doubles as a video game tie-in gets passed the resistance to collect because of the dual utility.

Sure this feels like a money grab. Companies want to milk their properties as much as possible. I for one think that digital add-ons do not grab the attention of consumers because of the varied value. I think the appeal of these toy-to-life figures is that we typically assign more value to something tactile. There is also value in having items on display that friends also value which they link back to you. I guess this is more of a psychology topic :-)
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I beta test apps, gadgets and services so why not clothing?
"I've been testing this t-shirt for a few weeks..." by #Connected  and #RelayFM . 3 days left to order.

http://teespring.com/connected 
This is a limited edition shirt for the Connected podcast. We've all been testing this campaign for a few weeks now, and are really liking it.
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Star Wars for sale on numerous digital platforms is good, but someone should tell Disney that the real money is in the original theatrical releases.

#StarWars #Disney #nostalgia
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The real money is in the original theatrical edit, but with all the clean-up work Lucas did for the re-releases. That's what I want.
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Ignore the anti-iVerge flame boys
Regardless if you are interested in the Apple Watch, the custom design +The Verge web team created is wonderful. Appreciate their focus on creating a very long form experience.

#ContentStrategy   #WebDesign  
The Apple Watch is Apple’s first entirely-new product in five years. I’ve been wearing one non-stop for a week trying to answer the question: is it worth buying?
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This morning’s playlist is 'What For?' by +Toro Y Moi.

#NewMusic   #NowPlaying  
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+Google+ needs an official way to save links for reading later. Or at a minimum allow browser extensions from services like +Pocket to add a save link button next to +1 button. I am currently using +Favorite Posts Chrome extension which is fine when I am using a computer. Not so much when I want to read via iPad on the couch.
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☛ Responsive Images Community Group: serving the right image to the right device.

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Upgrading iCloud storage to 200GB for $4 a month to take advantage of Apple's new Photos.app for Macs and iCloud Photo Library to allow access to all photos in cloud and viewable on any device.

Looking forward to having iCloud backup photos offsite and Time Machine saving local copies. Humans – even the geeky ones – are forgetful and lazy. Reliable file backups are becoming much easier and no longer require complex and tedious setups. However, what about offerings for families? We should consolidate storage space to save cost. Not all fragmented across separate accounts.

So when will consumer tech giants start competing on cloud services to handle all our files? Beyond their current flash drive replacement offerings of 2 to 15GBs.
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I think so. I have Dropbox apps on my iPhone, iPad, and MBP. I backup files to it and pull files down on the other devices. I've even opened an ebook on my Kindle Paperwhite from Dropbox.com in that "experimental" browser. 

Dropbox feels more like I'm in control instead of more automated options. I haven't looked at Carousel a lot. I confirm it's uploading my photos and I've looked at the "5 years ago this week" photos it notifies me about.
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Series of animated #GameOfThrones  shorts that follow the misadventures of Jon Snow.

via +Laughing Squid  #SnowKnows  
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Those are great! I'm almost ready for the new season - I'm halfway through Feast For Crows, book 4 in the series. It picks up right after the events of last season.
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Just make sure to point out it's a combination of reduced software functionality and current social norms.
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Why yes, I am watching the curling world championships. 
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One aspect of being part of the analog to digital generation.
In another few years the subscription portion will probably Pac-Man the others like CDs did during the 90's, or will we see a renaissance of media ownership?

#musicindustry   #streaming   #ondemand   #media  


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In 30 years, the music industry has moved from vinyl singles to cassettes to CDs to downloads to music subscriptions.
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Getting the major players involved is always a good idea when an industry needs to be changed, but it's going to be a long time before we unravel this ball of string. Too many moving pieces. 

TV and film seem to be much more interested in embracing the medium. They're not moving quickly, but they're moving. 
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The Adventure Carolina guides were great once again. They were focused on everyone's safety while still keeping the day fun. We got to paddle at our own speed most of the time. No acts of heroism were required (injuries, alligators or people falling out of their boats) on our group's outing, but I am confident the two guides were prepared. Fair warning, you are likely to catch the kayaking bug after your tour.
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I recently contacted this shop looking for the BLAKROC album on vinyl. While the other stores (3) around town only checked their physical inventory, Eric (learned the owners name via email exchanges) took the extra step and contacted his distributor to see if they could locate a copy of this 2009 album at that higher level. Even though we did not have any luck with that route either I was still impressed that they even made the inquiry. They will be my first call next time I am on the hunt for a piece. They get a five star rating for customer service!
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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Over the years I have been to Rockaway's a few times for lunch. The food is pretty good, but nothing to brag about. The reason we are not patrons more is because of the service. No quick lunch breaks here. Food takes some time to be prepared. You will be lucky to get out in under an hour. The waiter stop by the table a little as possible. Ration your drink. *Update: Things might be turing around for Rockaway's. Last week's visit was quick and the waitress was attentive.
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Poor - Fair
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A great trip back in time to my childhood. Atari, NES and N64 games surround the cashier. Looking over the titles caused me to regret parting ways with those old systems. They had a couple refurbished systems for sale, but I resisted spending entirely too much money. The staff was very knowledgable too. I spent most of my time in the store picking the brain of one guy and enjoying his stories. I was very impressed with the backstories on some of the more rare games. They also have a smaller board game section with new and classic games. I would highly recommend this store to anyone looking to rebuild their childhood game collection or perhaps find a loving home for those forgotten games in your attic.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Very Good
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