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    Episode 109: Do Over


    This week Desirai is joined her brother Lazarus and Samantha Olvera aka Lady Pwncess. They talk about Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, the World of Warcraft movie trailer, Disney discontinuing slave Leia merch, nutscapes and more.

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    Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved – PAX Prime 2013 Interview

    My daughter Hannah and I were invited to see Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved at PAX Prime 2013 in Seattle, WA. Disney Interactive and Harmonix Music Systems gave us a special sneak-peek into “The Haven,” the newest realm to be revealed from the “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” video game. We also got some hands-on time with the game, and a chance to speak with Matt Boch, Creative Director for Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.

    We are also giving away one of these exclusive sorcerer’s hat & pin combos from PAX Prime 2013. To win, leave us a comment naming one of the songs mentioned in the video interview with Matt Boch. You can also earn extra entries by tweeting about the contest, and liking us on Facebook!  Check the rafflecopter information below for details on how to enter.



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    For additional information about “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved,”you can  join their Facebook community at , follow them on Twitter  and see all their other videos on their YouTube channel.

    Extra special thanks to Mike Sutton for filming and editing this interview.

    Disney Infinity on PS3 Ruins Day for Little (and Big) Kids


    You can’t help but wonder, sometimes, if a company should really see a problem coming.  For example, when SimCity launched recently for EA, the huge demand for the game should have been a clue that EA might want to beef up its servers. Now, it seems, Disney is learning that same lesson the hard way with its eagerly anticipated game, Disney Infinity.

    Launch day was HUGE for Disney’s new franchise, which merges the virtual world with real world collectible toys.  There were big launch parties all over, including the official launch event in Times Square.  Meanwhile, reviews of the game were trickling out, praising the game and its future potential (look for our review soon).  Xbox 360 and Wii U owners were hitting social media to gush over the fun they were having with the game … but PlayStation 3 owners?  They were singing a different tune … and one that would likely get cut from any Disney movie.

    Unfortunately, after a Day One patch was installed on the game, PS3 owners found themselves shut out of the Disney Infinity servers.  Unlike the Xbox LIVE servers maintained by Microsoft, the PlayStation 3 servers have to be managed by Disney, and it seemed like the Mouse House wasn’t exactly prepared for the deluge of fans wanting to play in the new Disney Toy Box. Compounding the issue, without the ability to log in, many players couldn’t even get to the opening tutorial.  And those that did somehow manage to get in were freezing up moments into the gameplay.

    As word spread online about the issues with the PS3 version of the game, some people tried to come up with their own fix.  Deleting the patch and staying offline seems to be getting some PS3 owners back in the game, though they are still unable to access the Toy Box mode, one of Disney Infinity’s key selling points.  Unfortunately, without the patch, people were reporting that the game was freezing, locking up, and worst of all, corrupting their saved game data and forcing them to restart everything from scratch.

    As of this writing, there’s been no response from Disney Infinity’s tech support staff.  However, the game’s official Twitter account did post the following:

    “For those who have reached out about issues with the PS3, we are working on it right now and will be back with more info soon!”

    Of course, this came as little comfort to parent who had dropped anywhere from $75 for the Starter Pack to more than $300 for entire sets, complete with packs of booster discs.  Many people took to social media talking about how they were having to now deal with crying children who had been anxious to play the game for months.

    Disney has a lot invested in the Infinity franchise, with many reporting that the company has dropped as much as $100 million into the development and marketing.  With that much at stake, having a technical glitch affect a major portion of your audience is a huge blow and definitely a black eye on an otherwise successful launch.  In the meantime, it looks like PlayStation 3 owners will be busy wishing on a star for a new patch to resolve the issue soon.

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    Disney Connects Parents with Kids’ Games


    In Episode 29 of The Mommy Gamers podcast, Jason Smith asked us a question about the types of educational software we would like to see developed for early childhood education.  The new apps from the Disney Connected Learning Platform are the perfect answer to that question.

    It’s no big secret that kids love video games.  It’s also no secret that games have a lot of potential when it comes to helping kids learn in a fun an engaging way. When we were kids our educational games were Where in the World is Carmen San Diego and The Oregon Trail.    Unfortunately, nowadays most educational video games relegate the parents to the sidelines without any involvement short of starting up and closing the software, clueless as to how much their children might actually be taking from the experience.  That’s all changing, thanks to Disney Interactive’s new connected line of educational games and apps.

    Here are the games currently supported by Disney Connected Learning:

    With the new Disney Connected Learning platform, parents are finally given an active role in their kids’ gaming education.  Designed by Disney Interactive with the help of educators from two of the nation’s leading universities in the areas of Pre-K through 5th grade curriculum and educational technology development, Disney Connected Learning  includes educational curriculum in Science, Mathematics, Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Art, Digital Play, and Preschool.


    After signing into the Disney Parent App on Facebook and creating an account, parents receive detailed assessments of their child’s progression through the supported educational games and apps.  When children reach certain milestones in the games, parents can reward them by unlocking new in-game features and secrets via the Disney Parent App, while also using the information and tips in the app to help identify “teachable moments” where the parents can get more involved with the subject.

    We all have to face the fact that our kids are growing up in a time where technology is going to be a major part of our their lives. Too often I see parents just handing their kids their phone or tablet as a way to keep them occupied. It’s okay to try and buy yourself a few moments of sanity and silence, but put a little thought into what you’re handing them.  Games and apps such as these are a great way to ensure that you are putting something educational and worthwhile in their hands.

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