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flarePlay Wants to be Netflix of Gaming World

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flare Play game bundle has a simple proposition:  You buy (or get free through a promotion) a game console and controller, and then you pay a $9.99 subscription fee monthly to get unlimited games.  The set up takes must minutes and is as easy as connecting the console using HDMI and USB ports (or using a work-around if you don’t have a USB-ready TV).  Then sign in and go online via wi-fi, and you can instantly stream video games onto your TV, with no disks required.

The gaming company currently offers more than 100 game titles and has a catalog that  grows with new games  monthly.  You can play as many games as you want for as long as you want, all for the monthly fee, which is actually cheaper than the price of a single traditional video game.

Some of the newly available titles include Lego Batman (5-8years), Lego Harry Potter( 1-4yrs), H.A.W.X.2, Assassins Creed 2, and Rabbids Go Home.

Enrolling is easy. You can sign up online at http://www.playflare.com, and Flare Play will send you a gameBundle that contains everything you need: a microconsole and game controller.

Sign up before December 31, 2013, and pay $30 for 3 months of flarePlay service, and you get a free microconsole (valued at $99).* See the offer here:  http://playflare.com/blogger

As a participant in a test group of bloggers, I was able to try out this new service.  I got the bundle and found the set up to be easy as promised, but so far I have not been able to connect via wi-fi to try it out.  I’m eager to get online, as it seems like an amazing device and offering for avid gamers.

* Offer expires 12/31/13. Offer includes one free microconsole (reg. $99) with 3 month.

$30.00 flarePlay basic game tier subscription. Higher flareplay tiers, rental services, add’l
features, add’l devices, taxes and other fees are extra. After 3 months, your credit card
WILL automatically be charged the $9.99 monthly flarePlay subscription fee.
If service is cancelled between days 31 – 90, the microconsole must be returned in the
original packaging to: New Business, 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319. Otherwise,
a $50 disconnection fee will be charged.
Flareplay is available only to California residents 18 years or older. 3 Mbps or higher
downstream Internet, in-home Wi-Fi, and HD TV set with an HDMI port required.
Uninterrupted or error-free service not guaranteed. A valid credit card is required for
billing. Limit one offer per unique email address per account. Offer not combinable with
other flareplay offers, promotions or discounts. Other restrictions may apply.
** 30 day money back guarantee entitles you to a refund of the first month subscription
fee, device charges and taxes. You must claim refund within the first 30 days of service,
and the microconsole must be returned in the original packaging to: New Business,
1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319.

Boundless and Infinite Infinity

Guest post by Robert Morgan

First off I want to say that I had been looking forward to the arrival of Disney Infinity ever since I heard it was coming out. My son and I have been playing Skylanders for the last year and this is somewhat like it — but it’s Disney!

If you like Disney (and who doesn’t with their catalog), you will find more than a few new friends in this collection. You have live action hits like Pirates of the Caribbean as well as Pixar, Marvel and as of late Star Wars (hopefully) and that is what makes it so awesome.

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with this type of game it’s available for all the best known gaming platforms (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii).  You place character figurines onto a USB-connected portal, and when you do you will see the character of your choice in the game.

You are the character in the game, controlling, making and creating. You have two main options with the game. The franchise-specific adventure in which you can unfortunately only use the characters of that franchise within the adventure. Meaning you can’t take Jack Sparrow into Monsters Inc. or Dash into Radiator Springs.

In the Toy Box option you can build worlds that you can fill with whatever you want, and this part of the game is my favorite.  Not only can you build anything, you can do it with any of the characters and even mix franchises. How does an Aladdin and Mr. Incredible team-up sound?

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I suppose my biggest complaints are that it doesn’t matter how many characters you own, you really only need one per franchise to complete that character’s franchise adventure, as all the characters have the same capabilities.

With Disney Infinity you just need your favorite character from each franchise and you are all set unless of course you desire extra variety in the Toy Box.

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Overall I’d say it’s a great set for younger players age 6-10 who want to go crazy with their favorite Disney characters without being over encumbered with complicated gameplay. The actual character game pieces are really nicely done and look fantastic.

As Disney Infinity and the latest Skylanders starter set are fairly close in price, about $75.00, the question you have to ask yourself is are you more interested in a tame fighting experience (Skylanders) or an even tamer fighting experience that also allows for more creativity and world building.Image

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