We had time with Eric Hirshberg to talk Skylanders Giants game-play and figures. He introduces the strategy behind Skylanders Giants, talks about new character and toys and game mechanics. He also links Skylander's physical nature as a lifeline for high street stores like Game and GameStation.
Previously on FGTV...
Pilot Episode: Pestridge Family Start Gaming
Episode 1.1: Pestridge Family Try Kinect
Episode 1.2: Pestridge Family Kinect Favs
Episode 1.3: Pestridge Family Tries PS3
Episode 1.4: Skylanders visit in San Francisco
Episode 1.5: Emmens Dad Kids Starts Gaming
Episode 1.6: Pestridge Mum Talks Kinect
Episode 1.7: Pestridge Super Young Gamers
Episode 1.8: Pestridge Dad uDraw and 3DS
Episode 1.9: Pestridge Mum tries Mario 3DS
Episode 1.10: Pestridge Mum Skylanders
Episode 1.11: Emmens Family Lego Games
Episode 1.12: Your Shape Fitness Part 1
Episode 1.13: Your Shape Fitness Part 2
Episode 1.14: Pestridge Mum Disneyland
Episode 1.15: Emmens Try Forza 4
Episode 1.16: Emmens iPad Gaming
Episode 1.17: Emmens Try 3DS and Mario
Episode 1.18: Guided Tour of the DS
Episode 1.19: Mum's Gaming Reality check
Episode 1.20: Emmens Plays Kinectimals
Episode 1.21: Emmens Try Skylanders
Episode 1.22: Season One Outtakes
Episode 1.23: Emmens try AppMates
Episode 1.24: Hilsons try PS Vita
Episode 1.25: Skylanders Giants
Episode 1.26: Skylanders Giants Devs
Episode 1.27: Kinect Rush Devs
Episode 1.28: Grand Slam Tennis 2
Episode 1.29: Skylanders Giants CEO
Episode 1.30: Hilsons try Runescape
Episode 1.31: Mum talks WiiU and Layton
Episode 1.32: Kinect Rush Gameplay
Episode 1.33: Kinect Star Wars
Episode 1.34: Right to Play Kinect
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As well as talking through the new features and figures of Skylanders Giants, Hirshberg also shared a rather endearing Skylanders poem by his son, J Hirshberg five years old, called "Even though I'm little"
If I were a Skylander I would be strong My powers would be that I could freeze all the bad guys I throw hail down on them. I could skate on land without being on ice. I could belch giant ice blocks that slide into them. I would also have a laser so I could split my ice into little pieces; that would splatter all over the bad guys. If I were a Skylander my name would be Ice Breaker. And even though I'm little I'm huge. (J Hirshberg 5 yrs)
He also talks about Game/GameStation's struggle at retail and how Skylanders requires high street shops to be sold. Part of the reason for the retail enthusiasm for Skylanders is the indespensible role for retailers in this process.
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