What is Disney Infinity?
Disney Infinity is a platform.
It is a transmedia offering from Disney that allows the child in all of us to play, to create stories, to make our own games in both a digital and analogue world using Disney Infinity. What does that mean? Well, you see there is a breadth and depth to Disney Infinity that takes time to understand. The best way to do that is to dive in and begin to explore. But, here we try and point to the breadth of the Disney Infinity offering.
Disney Infinity is a computer game. You can play these games by buying the Starter Pack from the store and choosing to play in a character-driven world that is inspired or based on a Disney movie, like Pirates of the Caribbean or The Incredibles. The Starter Pack comes with some characters, a base plate and a disc. You use these to access the different games. Playing the games is important because it unlocks toys to play with in the Toy Box (but more about that in a minute)
Disney Infinity is a collection of physical figurines and toys that children can play with on the carpet or in their bedroom and build castles out of cardboard boxes or create stories where these characters interact together. Just like children have played with action figures for decades. This is a part of the Disney Infinity offering.
Disney Infinity is a tool for creating things. Within Disney Infinity there is an option called “The Toy Box”. The Toy Box was described to me as “a beast”. It is a create-your-own-world/game/
Disney Infinity is a learning environment. The Toy Box allows anyone interested in learning to bring everything from physics, to game design, to storytelling, to maths and logic programming into the Disney Infinity world. We live in a space where we often try to separate learning out from popular culture – and yet it is these characters and these stories that young people are so connected to. They know the characters and the story and so have a framework around where to begin and how to end. One challenge with young learners is helping them find a way to start, but with Disney characters they know where to start and this is an offering worth thinking about. It is more than just the technical aspects of Disney Infinity that make it great as a learning environment, it is the fact it is open for students to mash-up and work out and create whole new games or stories to demonstrate their learning – just like they would in the Toy Box in their room.
Where can I find out more?
- Disney Infinity Site
- A Disney Infinity Wiki
- Excellent Disney Infinity Toy Box Walkthrough – via The Game Vault