Skylanders, Dads and Tech

As you may know I am a fan of the concepts used in Skylanders and I was more than happy when I was asked to take part in a podcast by @wideawakewesley along with two other Dads, Gamers and experts in the field of games and game journalism @Geekdadgamer aka Andy Roberston of Wired and GamePeople and @jwhdavison of Gamespot fame.
I had written a few pieces for Andy (see here for the list). It was good to be sharing ideas with all three of them.
I had covered Skylanders on Cool Stuff Collective back in October (and it appears in my showreel available at all good internet browsers on that there youtube) so it was interesting to see how they have developed, how popular and controversial it had become and where it was going. I think we all brought similar concerns and experiences but from different perspectives. My main one was of blurring the real and virtual and how the impressive the use of the technology is. However check out the podcast and see what you think.

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Of direct link to Media pulp is here with links to iTunes and all other handy audio repositories so you can’t miss it 🙂
I am sure there will be much more Skylanders and related NFC cool interactions, and if they manage to do some of the things I suggest with 3d printing that would just be brilliant. (I am available to help anyone wanting to put a bit of the future into their gaming strategy, it is what I do after all 🙂 )

Talking Tech with Dogear Nation

I was invited onto the 101st Dogear Nation show this week. The premise is simple, we discuss what is going on out on the web, in particular in virtual worlds and game related areas through the medium of the shared URL. i.e. if you take things on delicious with the tag dogear-nation then they form the selection for the running order of the show.
It is always a blast doing this show and this week was no exception.
Check it out, it will be up on itunes very soon too.
Michael Rowe had also done this advert video for dogear nation this week 🙂