EB Expo 2012: Bluemouth Interactive

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Bluemouth Interactive usually focuses on gaming accessories to compliment the various consoles. Rarely they would actually publish a title, but they have done in the past. During the EB Expo, Bluemouth showed off their current range of gaming accessories for consoles and handhelds. These included controllers, mobile covers, 3DS accessories and an interesting AR application. They are also distributors of Skylanders Giants accessories and toys.

The first thing I had noticed was a demonstration of an AR application for the iPhone. The iPhone was attached to a plastic pistol. Using AR technology, players must shoot all enemies that come their way. I was permitted to have a go and was not too impressed. The biggest issue was the app recognising the AR marker on the wall. Too often the AR app would miss the marker, despite being on the screen. Once the app did decide to start working, it was not engaging or fun. All I did was shoot spiders coming out of the cave. I could not tell whether I was hitting them or not. There are plans to expand the app to include an MMO with other people. How that would work is currently unknown.

Bluemouth have brought some Star Wars iPhone cases to the Expo. These cases come in various characters. One that did catch my eye was the Chewbacca cover. I thought that he cover did look nice. The C-P30 case also looked great, but I am a sucker for gold. Some video game based covers were also shown, like Black Ops II and Mass Effect. In the same case, some Nintendo 3DS accessories were featured. These included some nice accessory packs, which include the usual carry case and game cases, as well as some pens and styluses based on Nintendo franchises. They do look nice. Unfortunately, I did not actually get my hands on them, seeing they were behind the case.

Bluemouth had two controllers on hand. One of these controllers is the official licensed controllers for Call of Duty Black Ops II. You might remember a report on its announcement, so I was quite intrigued. The controller looks nice. It will feature the Xbox 360 layout, despite it being a Playstation 3 exclusive. A second controller, the Power A Fusion, was also featured. This controller comes with some interesting analogue sticks. It gives the player more control in terms of movement. It will also come with its own carry case. This controller will be available for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Bluemouth also takes care of Skylanders, Activision’s successful game involving collection toys and placing them on a portal for use in the game. The accessories displayed concerned Skylanders Giants. One particular accessory that caught my attention was the Battle Arena. This holds up to 16 figures, ready to be entered for battle. The Battle Arena will be available for Skylanders Giants, the upcoming sequel to be released this year. The Battle Arena has no release date as of yet, but was in use at the Bluemouth booth. Other Skylanders Giants accessories, such as bags and carrying cases, were also on display.

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Josh is the name, writing is my game... well my degree will say that. But, when uni gets me down (and it does), there is no better way that to grab a chair, sit back and slicing up some Darkspawn I started my gaming interest back in the good old 16 bit era with the Sega Mega Drive and Sonic The Hedgehog 2. I was roughly five years old. To this day I still try to fire up the dusty companion and speed through the wacky and bright levels, jumping on some Badniks, collecting those damn Chaos Emeralds. Then I moved onto Sony's disk based console the Playstation (thanks to my uncle). Since then I have picked up each of Sony's consoles from the 5th to current generation that has been released in Australia (with more to come). In terms of writing about games, I am quite new to the field. I started out late last year with my own blog before deciding to move to greener pastures. I have written a few reviews for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable. Features as well. I hope I can flex my muscles while writing with Capsule Computers. If I'm not gaming, however, I'm writing narratives. I am currently trying to kickstart a high fantasy novel (which, hopefully, turns into a complex RPG) that I want done in five years or so. My passion of writing has been there for a long time and has flourished as I grew. I'm into the fantasy genre, both games and novels, and thoroughly enjoy a deep and complex RPG, whether it comes from the East or West. Oh and anime is awesome!

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