This episode of Shacknews Daily is brought to you by Disney, and the letter M.
Today we're going to be talking about your next obsession, Disney Infinity, the release date for Splinter Cell: Blacklist, and find out how President Obama plans to figure out if video games are making you violent.
It's January 16, 2013 and I'm Nikole Zivalich.
The magical world of Disney will release a new game this June called Disney Infinity. The game has been described as Skylanders meets Minecraft meets Little Big Planet meets your entire life's savings. Through the magic of capitalism, gamers will be able to use real life figurines, or play sets, consisting of both Disney and Pixar characters, to interact with the world of Disney Infinity. So far, characters like Captain Jack Sparrow, Sulley and Buzz Lightyear have been confirmed. Each play set will add themed puzzles, stages, battles and areas to explore. At launch you'll get 17 figures, 40 collectible pieces, the game and the Disney Infinity base for $75. But don't worry, you'll get the chance to drop even more money on the game as more play sets are announced. Disney Infinity is expected to launch on the major consoles, with launches on mobile devices later in the year. You're going to spend so much money on this. You know I'm right.
Ubisoft has revealed the release date for Splinter Cell: Blacklist. It will be hitting the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on August 20. Who wants to make a bet on whether or not Ubisoft will delay the PC version? Any takers? This might only strike me as odd, but this is one of the only, if not only, AAA games set to launch after May 2013. Splinter Cell: Blacklist follows the events of Splinter Cell: Conviction. The president of the US has terminated the Third Echelon and grounded all government ops. A new agency is put into place and given a really uncreative name, The Fourth Echelon. Clever. Our very own Sam Fisher has been appointed commander of this group who must hunt down, you guessed it, terrorists. To make this announcement official, Ubi has released the "Inauguration Trailer" showing some real life presidents swearing in.
Speaking of presidents....(kids that's called a segway) President Obama has asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the connection between video games, media and violence. The CDC is federally funded, so Obama has declared "Congress should fund research into the effects violent video games have on young minds." They should fund this to the tune of 10 million dollars. Mmmm taxes. The decision was just one of 23 executive orders announced today to reduce gun violence. Studies in the past have shown no connection between violent video games and violent behavior. And even if it did, what would the government propose? censorship? I can't imagine that going over too well.
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