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At a recent visit to the Toys for Bob studio in San Francisco, I was allowed to capture some brand new Skylanders Trap Team gameplay.

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Skylanders is redefining the Toys-to-Life phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team. With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing Life to Toys.

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Toys for Bob were kind enough to allow me to capture an entire level to show off to you guys – this is level 5 of Skylanders Trap Team and it is called Chef Zepplin.

It is captured from the PlayStation 4 version of the game in glorious 1080p and in total it’s around 22 minutes of footage – and don’t worry, we have kept as many spoilers out of it as possible.

Here is part one:

Part two will follow soon.

What do you think of Skylanders Trap Team? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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At a recent visit to the Toys for Bob studio in San Francisco, I was allowed to capture some brand new Skylanders Trap Team gameplay.

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Skylanders is redefining the Toys-to-Life phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team. With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing Life to Toys.

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Toys for Bob were kind enough to allow me to capture an entire level to show off to you guys – this is level 5 of Skylanders Trap Team and it is called Chef Zepplin.

It is captured from the PlayStation 4 version of the game in glorious 1080p and in total it’s around 22 minutes of footage – and don’t worry, we have kept as many spoilers out of it as possible.

Here is part two:

What do you think of Skylanders Trap Team? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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I-Wei Huang is the Character Director at Toys for Bob working on Skylanders and I sat down with him at their studio in San Francisco and he showed me how he draws Chopper, one of the new Skylanders.

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Skylanders is redefining the Toys-to-Life phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team. With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing Life to Toys.

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Chopper is a very cute dinosaur with an exo-skeleton that enables him to fly and shoot rockets, and it’s amazing to see how easily, and quickly I-Wei draws him, so over to I-Wei:

Are you excited for Skylanders Trap Team? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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I-Wei Huang is the Character Director at Toys for Bob working on Skylanders and I sat down with him at their studio in San Francisco and we talked about his designs and other things Skylanders related.

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Skylanders is redefining the Toys-to-Life phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team. With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing Life to Toys.

Are you excited for Skylanders Trap Team? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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In a few weeks time Microsoft will be releasing Forza Horizon 2 and I recently had the opportunity to sit and talk with Ralph Fulton from Playground Games all about it.

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Race through a massive wide-open world featuring dramatic weather and day-to-night cycles. Instantly connect with friends in the ultimate celebration of speed, style, and action-packed driving. Explore beautiful and exotic locations in more than 200 of the world’s greatest cars, all created with precise detail in stunning 1080p.

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Ralph Fulton is the design director at Playground Games. He is responsible for the creative direction of the studio and its projects. Ralph is also a director at Playground Games, having been one of the company’s founders in 2010.

Fulton has 17 years of experience in the games industry in a broad range of genres. Prior to Playground, he was design manager for Codemasters’ award-winning Racing Studio where he was instrumental in the creation of the BAFTA award-winning titles, “GRID” and “DiRT 2.” While there, he also received a BATFA award for his work in establishing the creative vision for “F1 2010.”

So over to Ralph (and there’s a few minutes of new gameplay footage in there too):

Forza Horizon 2 will be available October 3rd on the Xbox One.

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Exploring LEGO Mindstorms: Tools and Techniques for Building and Programming Robots is the complete guide to getting the most out of LEGO Mindstorms EV3.

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Written for hobbyists, young builders and master builders alike, the book walks readers through the fundamentals of robot design, construction and programming using the Mindstorms apparatus and LEGO TECHNIC parts.

Written by Eun Jung (EJ) Park, a recognised authority in LEGO robotics curriculum, Exploring LEGO Mindstorms begins by covering the basics of the software and EV3 features, before letting readers get to work quickly by using projects of increasing complexity. It includes plenty of examples throughout every step.

Designed to teach readers the fundamentals rather than have them follow a ‘recipe’, Exploring LEGO Mindstorms helps users to:

· Get started with robot programming with the starter vehicle, Auto-Driver

· Explore the features of the programmable EV3 brick

· Design the robot’s actions using Action Blocks

· Incorporate environmental sensors using Infrared, Touch and Colour sensors

· Expand the use of data in their program by using data wires with Sensor Blocks

· Process data from the sensors using Data Operations Blocks

· Use Bluetooth and WiFi with EV3

The book also shows readers how to build unique EV3 robots that each present different functions, including: the Spy Rabbit, a robot that can react to its surroundings; a Sea Turtle robot, Mr. Turto; and a Robotic Puppy Guapo.

As well as helping users discover ideas and practices to develop their own method of designing and programming EV3 robots, Exploring LEGO Mindstorms provides extensive guidance – from the very basics of block programming through to data wiring – that will enable them to unlock their EV3 potential and ignite a lasting passion for innovation.

Exploring LEGO Mindstorms is available in paperback and e-book priced £23.99.

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It’s time for another giveaway on CDW, and this time you can win the new movie Sabotage on DVD.

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Ultimate action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger makes an explosive comeback alongside an incredible supporting cast in SABOTAGE, the most brutal action thriller of his career to date, released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from 15th September 2014 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Directed by David Ayer (End of Watch), SABOTAGE stars Schwarzenegger (The Last Stand, Escape Plan) as commander of an elite yet volatile DEA task force, with support from an all-star cast, including Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans), Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike, TV’s True Blood), Josh Holloway (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, TV’s Lost), Terence Howard (Dead Man Down, Hustle & Flow), Mirelle Enos (World War Z, TV’s The Killing) and Olivia Williams (Hanna, The Sixth Sense).

After raiding a drug cartel’s mansion, John ‘Breacher’ Wharton (Schwarzenegger) and his team of rogue agents hide $10 million of the hoard for themselves. Returning to retrieve the money later, they find it’s vanished… and the carnage begins. As the agents find themselves taken down one by one in increasingly sadistic and horrific ways, the race is on to find the culprit. When Breacher teams up with Caroline Brentwood (Williams), the officer assigned to investigate the murders, the team find themselves turning on each other, culminating in an explosive showdown where no one is safe – and everyone is a suspect.

Featuring the most violent, gory scenes of Schwarzenegger’s career, SABOTAGE is THE action thriller of the year- a must own for fans of old-school heroes, featuring nail-baiting tension throughout, and a return to form for the ultimate action hero of our time.

How to enter to win

We have thee copies of Sabotage on DVD to give away!

There are three different ways you can enter to win – for a better chance of winning you can enter using all three!

Via the site

So all you have to do to win is to leave a comment below telling us which your favourite Arnie movie is.

Via Twitter

Just retweet the message below, and make sure you are following @aedney on Twitter:

Via Facebook

Like Us on Facebook and leave a comment on the Facebook post:

Usual contest rules apply, and the winners will be selected at random. This contest is open only to those in the UK – sorry and you have to be 18 years old or over to enter!

The contest ends Saturday 20th September, so good luck.

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One of the most interesting games I saw at Gamescom was Life is Strange, and I sat down with the developers from DONTNOD to talk all about it.

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Developed by DONTNOD Entertainment, the Paris-based studio who released their debut game REMEMBER ME last year the game takes place in the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, where senior student Max Caulfield returns after a 5 year absence. Reunited with her former friend Chloe, the pair will attempt to uncover the uncomfortable truth behind the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber.

With high quality production values and a unique hand-drawn art style, LIFE IS STRANGE is a compelling, story-driven experience where choice and consequence play a key role in how the narrative unfolds. But there is a twist. At the beginning of the game Max discovers she has a remarkable power… the ability to rewind time. In LIFE IS STRANGE the player has the power to affect the game’s narrative and also change the course of history itself.

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The game will be in episodic parts and from what I saw, I can’t wait to play it and discover just what is going on in Arcadia Bay.

Over to the guys from DONTNOD:

Life is Strange will be published by Square Enix and is coming to the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC – no release date is available yet.

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Activision recently announced multiplayer details for the new Call of Duty game Advanced Warfare and at Gamescom I sat down with Sledgehammer Games co-founders Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey to talk about it.

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Set in the year 2054, the game will pit players in a future where both technology and tactics have evolved.

Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey are the co-founders of Sledgehammer Games, so over to Glen and Michael:

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare will be available November 4th.

What do you think of the new Call of Duty? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Learning a new language has always been the gateway into experiencing a culture, and now fans can dive in to the world of Game of Thrones like never before with Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series Game of Thrones (on sale October 7, 2014).

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As the popularity of the television series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire books, has skyrocketed, fans have eagerly looked for any and all information on the Dothraki characters and culture—creating their own online communities to catalogue Dothraki dialogue, vocabulary, and grammar from show scripts, along with their own instructional language videos on YouTube. There are already nearly 150 self-identified Dothraki speakers on the popular “Tongues of Ice and Fire” Wiki.

Now, for the first time, viewers and readers have access to an official guide to Dothraki compiled by acclaimed language and culture consultant David J. Peterson. With more than 500 words and phrases, and including never-before-heard material and words coined exclusively for the Living Language Dothraki course, fans will have the chance to master the language and join Daenerys on her march toward King’s Landing to reclaim the Iron Throne.

Like a traditional language course, users will learn vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and even cultural notes, which lay out context as well as dos and don’ts. For example, since horses are so central to Dothraki culture, many phrases have their roots in the equestrian. Whatever you do, never call a Dothraki warrior an ifak (walker): the ultimate insult since it implies he can no longer ride his horse.

Peterson narrates the course’s lessons and dialogues, giving fans the opportunity to learn Dothraki straight from the source.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Living Language to produce the first official Dothraki text,” says Peterson. “This book will take you from arakh to zhavvorsa in no time, and the audio samples will help you perfect your pronunciation. I often get the question, ‘When will there be a Dothraki guide I can buy?’ The answer is now, thanks to Living Language. Me nem nesa!”

The course, Living Language’s first for a created language, is available in three editions:

· Living Language Dothraki (£16.99), which includes a language guide and audio CD featuring 200 words and phrases, available at the HBO Shop (hboshopeu.com) and at physical and online retailers worldwide

· Living Language Dothraki Expanded Online Course (approx. £18), covering additional vocabulary and grammar including 500 words and phrases, plus interactive quizzes and games

· Living Language Dothraki Companion Mobile App (approx. £2.40), featuring 15 thematic flash card decks, available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

For more information on each edition of the course, visit www.livinglanguage.com/dothraki.

And you can learn more, and pre-order from here

https://www.hboshopeu.com/en/gb/shows/detailview/game-of-thrones-living-language-dothraki.html

 

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We gave you the chance to win the new movie The Angriest Man In Brooklyn on DVD – and here are the winners.

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The late, great Robin Williams makes one of his final on-screen appearances amongst a star-studded cast in the hard-hitting comedy-drama THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN, released on DVD and digital platforms on September 8, 2014 courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Directed by Phil Alden Robinson (The Sum of All Fears, Band of Brothers), THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN sees Williams playing Henry Altmann, a curmudgeonly Brooklynite who, following a taxi crash, a brain scan and a stressed out doctor, mistakenly thinks he has just 90 minutes to live. What follows is a poignant, astonishingly portentous journey of redemption as Altmann races to reconcile with his wife, his brother and his friends after a lifetime of maltreatment and before it is too late.

With an all-star supporting cast that includes Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Ted), Peter Dinklage (TV’s Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days Of Future Past), Melissa Leo (Prisoners, The Fighter) and James Earl Jones (Star Wars, The Lion King), THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN sees Williams take centre stage in a role that embraces but also subverts a unique, much-loved on-screen persona.

Touching, hilarious and featuring standout performances from the entire cast, THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN is a film everyone needs to see.

The Winners

We had three copies of The Angriest Man In Brooklyn on DVD to give away, and the winners are:

Pete Cleasby

Dee Blythe

Donna Gartshore

Well done to the winners, and keep a look out for another giveaway soon.

Sean likes Minecraft and he’s going to show you how to move your Xbox 360 creations to Xbox One.

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Minecraft has made it’s way onto the Xbox One which offers worlds 36 times bigger than the previous gen and 8 player cooperative creation.

If you, like the millions of other users on the 360, have worlds already made you can simply transfer them over.

This includes any texture packs and characters skins you’ve already purchased. In this video I show you how simple it is in two easy steps.

What is the coolest thing you have created in Minecraft? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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