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Old 01 January 2013   #1
Disney Shuts Down Epic Mickey Studio; Warren Spector Leaving Disney

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"Disney announced today that they will shut down Austin,Texas-based Junction Point, the game studio that had developed the Epic Mickey gameseries. Disney acquired the studio, founded by Warren Spector and Art Min, in 2007."
http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2013/...-point-closing/
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Old 01 January 2013   #2
I was one of those initially excited about Epic Mickey.

In the end, when it finally got started I realized it wasn't nearly the kind of self-reflecting piece for Disney that I thought it could be. Yensid the "wizard" instead of Walt Disney himself?

I really liked the idea of Disney (Artist, Creator, and Corporation) having to face the angry mob of characters who "didn't quite make it". That was where I thought the "Epic" in the title would come from.

A Coup d'etat in the Magic Kingdom! The veneer of "happy worlds" hiding a seething realm of discontent that threatens through jealousy!

On one side, it would be a brave move and it probably would require writers to put words into the mouth of Walt as a character.... but I knew the game plan was to revive Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and the other obscure properties.

But instead we got Yensid... and a very slow-crawling pace... the Mad Scientist part that kicks off the action just goes on for very long.... It was tiring.
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