Stoudemire, who has a temporary reprieve from his regular job with the New York Knicks while the National Basketball Association’s players and owners wrangle over a new contract, used some of his free time to introduce Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, a cross-platform video game which allows action figures to virtually enter the game.
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure comes with an electronic platform called The Portal of Power, which connects to the video game console. Place an action figure on the platform and it enters the game. As the character gains new skills and powers, they’re memorized in the action figure, thus allowing the modified character to be used on another game console with no loss of capabilities. For example, a character played and enhanced on an Xbox 360 can be used on the Wii version of the game.
The basic starter pack includes the game, the Portal of Power and three characters (Trigger Happy, Spyro and Gill Grunt), but additional characters out of the family of more than 30 are available separately. Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg explained that the actions figures are a bit more than just plastic playthings.
“They’re not toys, OK? These are superheroes. And they’re alive inside,” said Hirshberg to a predominately pajamas-clad crowd. He explained that, according to the story of the Skylanders, the characters had been expelled from their homeland to Earth in a frozen state and the only ones who can bring the back to life are those who play the game, otherwise known modestly as “Portal Masters.”
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, which is available in versions for all major gaming platforms, is available now.
Text, images and video Copyright 2011, Robert S. Anthony, Stadium Circle Features