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Old 05-11-2013, 05:26 AM   #34
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Geri's Game
Disney Infinity Chess? Check . If the Disney Infinity Team will entertain a set of ready-made games to be thrown into the Toy Box, and if they agree that different sets of gear for these figures would provide a certain extra "visual value", then the game of chess should make the short list. Just like a deck of virtual cards, each Play Set could be used for a "side" or "color" of chess pieces. Disney has actually done this multiple times before with physical chess sets: heroes & villains, Mickey & friends, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Fantasia. In most of these, they don't have towers for the rooks or even crowns for the king & queen, but hopefully they'd entertain this for Disney Infinity. That doesn't mean folks would want a mitre or a cross with the bishop pieces - it's probably best to stay away from religious preferences there. If you have a tower for the rooks, a steed for the knights, crowns for the king & queen, and an abstract sculpture for the pawns, then the remaining two pieces would be understood to be the bishops. The pawn could have the Play Set icon on a short pedestal. The rook wouldn't need a figure either; it could just be a tower. It would look cool to have a scepter for the queen to highlight the Play Set icon further, and perhaps an orb for the king (that would look strikingly similar to a Play Set themed bowling ball ). Each set could have its own color scheme to help distinguish sides. You could have red with yellow highlights for the Incredibles, black with silver highlights for the Pirates, blue & green for Monsters, etc. Like the physical Disney chess sets, the same character could be used for the pair of knights and another for the pair of bishops. This would still encourage the collection of multiple figures - they would likely include the same playing card suit characters used for king, queen, & jack (the latter probably for the knight), plus one more for the bishop. Wikipedia lists all sorts of chess variants, including a few "solitaire" single-player chess games, like Queen's Quadrille and Hippodrome. There's 3D chess, including the one made up in the original Star Trek series. Kids might be allowed to design their own chess boards & starting positions for the pieces in an Infinity level-builder. The pieces might move in traditional fashion, or they might have their own attack moves like the chess set in the original Harry Potter movie. Although computerized chess typically provides a nice tutorial feature of highlighting possible moves for a selected piece, aside from the gear and perhaps a tiled board, the only real need for a "ready-made" chess game in Disney Infinity is the ability to play the computer in a traditional game. That's where the platform could have a fun perk: we'd get to play Geri. He wouldn't necessarily need to be a collectible figure (or maybe he would, "unlocking" the chess AI). Either way, this great character from the classic, award-winning Pixar Short could be "the computer opponent" in Disney Infinity Chess. Whether it would be a full-blown animation of Geri picking up the various pieces and moving them across the board, or as simple as a picture of his face with all kinds of facial expressions as the game progressed, that would be fun (and this time, he can keep his teeth).
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