The lights are on
Disney Infinity releases today (a Sunday release), a video game that requires the purchase of physical action figures to extend content. How do you feel about that?
It’s a trend that Skylanders started, but Disney’s not the only one who took notice. The Wii U has built-in near field technology that Nintendo is putting to use with Pokémon Rumble U. The upcoming Angry Birds Star Wars II also has an action figure component.
Are action figure add-ons the future of video games? I haven’t taken
the dive into Skylanders myself, nor do I have plans to tackle Disney
Infinity today, but I haven’t written them off. I like collectibles and I
suppose I would rather have a physical figure than digital DLC.
But how do you feel about it? Is it an exploitative business model? Or just a well-executed idea?
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It's an interesting concept, but something I would never buy into.
However, it wouldn't bother me as much with a wii U game AND if the creatures were extremely cheap and small like that Pikachu. spending 5 bucks on a capsule with 8 random figures could be kind of fun and replicate the excitement of getting a rare one (i.e. pokemon cards)
It's a bit too expensive in my opinion, but I might change my mind if the figures being made are actually high quality.
It's super dumb
I like it, but my wallet hates this new trend.
Games are expensive enough as it is IMHO...
I think its a pretty thinly veiled attempt at a cash grab. Multiple disks are not uncommon for $60 dollar games, I feel like it should all be included in the game you bought (DLC as well). But if you want to buy some action figures (that don't really do anything - remember late 80s/early 90s GIJOEs? THOSE were action figures), more power to you.
Cant stand em,just see them as a waste of time.I buy a game for a game alone,not to have to buy a whole load of figures as well.
Going to have to say annoyed. They take up way too much shelf space in games shops, where there should be games there are expensive small plastic figures.
It was a neat concept, one that I personally wouldn't partake in because of the cost, but I foresee many developers jumping on the bandwagon with this one. Novelty is short-lived in the video game industry.
I really couldn't care less. I'll stick to regular figures that come with special editions if I decide to order them and that's that.
I think it's interesting but a bit too expensive financially and spacially (to keep the toys somewhere and then when the game gets boring, to get rid of them).
I'd like it more if the figurines were digital and were bought in packs like some collectible card games. Maybe have some special edition physical figurines that were super awesome pieces of art that also had very rare content codes included w/ them.
it is a dangerous trend and make just in a way to gouge people form money...but it will pass as a all the gimmick things do.