LEGO Lord of the Rings

Interactive Gaming
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment 2011

Platforms: Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3, and Wii™, as well as Nintendo DS™, Nintendo 3DS™, and PlayStation® Vita

Gaming is the ultimate way for viewers to experience the art of the story, and Lego The Lord of the Rings allows young fans to become part of one of the most renowned and celebrated fantasy stories of all time. It opens up the vast world of Middle-earth, re-imagined with the humor and endless variety of LEGO play. Players can relive the legend through more than 80 playable characters as they explore wonders, solve timeless riddles, overcome endless foes and participate in epic battles with Orcs, the Balrog and Sauron.

Batman: Arkham City

Interactive Gaming
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment 2011

Platforms: Xbox 360®, PlayStation® 3, Games for Windows® PC

Written by Rocksteady Studios in collaboration with celebrated storyteller and five-time Emmy® Award winner Paul Dini, Batman: Arkham City is set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City. The game introduces a brand-new story with an all-star cast of classic characters and villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of enhanced gameplay that builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum. With access to an incredible Rogues Gallery of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, players can experience what it feels like to be The Dark Knight delivering justice on the streets of Gotham City.

Journey

Narrative Games
thatgamecompany 2012

Platforms: PlayStation® 3

Like their previous titles, flOw and flower, thatgamecompany’s latest effort breaks from gaming conventions, favoring emotional engagement and free-form exploration over competition, rules, and mastery. In this simple and evocative game, the player guides a robed figure across a vast desert landscape, discovering the mysteries of a lost civilization and encountering other travelers along the way. Two players who choose to explore together can communicate only through gesture and song. This intimate exchange forges an emotional connection between strangers as they quietly share in the experience.

 

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Interactive Games
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment 2013

Platforms: PlayStation® 3, Wii, XBox 360

Injustice: Gods Among Us is a leading-edge example of storytelling across platforms. It introduces a brand-new story in the DC Comics Universe of Super Heroes, created in collaboration with NetherRealm Studios, DC Entertainment and writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. This free-to- play mobile game delivers stunning graphics and a completely unique gameplay experience for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It features a collectible card mechanic and engages players in 3-on-3 tag-team combat, pitting DC Comics’ most popular icons—such as Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Aquaman and more—against each other.

 

Scribblenauts Remix

Interactive Gaming
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment 2011

Platforms: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

This inventive new form of storytelling known as emergent gameplay lets players of all skill levels become the authors of their own stories. Armed with imagination, and a magical pencil and notepad, players bring objects to life, simply by writing a word. The game’s expansive dictionary lets them summon thousands of objects to solve puzzles, and unlock in-game achievements. Adjectives can be combined to produce an unlimited variety of new items —think “futuristic angry caveman,” or “large happy cotton griffin”—creating a truly unique and individualistic experience. The award-winning Scribblenauts franchise has sold more than 2 million units worldwide.

 

Cartoon Network App

Gaming-Video Convergence
Turner Broadcasting 2012

Platforms: iPad, iPhone

This first-of-its-kind app offers a turn of the tablet, if you will, on conventional storytelling. It uses an innovative user interface that can move seamlessly between viewing and gaming just by rotating an iPad. Voted Best Streaming Video Platform by iKids, the app also allows fans to watch television and play games simultaneously on a split-screen via their iPhone or iPad, letting fans interact with Cartoon Network’s most popular shows on the go, including Adventure Time, Ben 10 and Regular Show. The app also offers exclusive games and collectibles, allowing audiences to truly immerse themselves in their favorite shows and characters.

 

Super Sync Sports

Multiplatform Gaming
Google Creative Labs 2013

Platforms: Web-based app for desktop and mobile devices

Google Chrome’s latest gaming experiment offers an exciting glimpse at the future of web-based interactivity. This wacky web demo turns any mobile device into a controller for a desktop racing adventure where cupcakes compete against Jell-O molds. Play on your own or with friends. Just input a code in the mobile version of Chrome to sync devices, choose an avatar, and GO! Super Sync Sports highlights brand-new browser technologies like HTML5 audio and CSS3, but the real innovation is its ability to recognize gestures on a mobile device, effectively turning any smartphone or tablet into a wireless gamepad.

 

Digital Comics: Various Titles

Web-based Storytelling
DC Comics 2011–2013

Platforms: Web-based, Kindle, Nook, iOS, comiXology

DC Entertainment is the most prolific digital comic book publisher in the world. In September 2011, the publisher made an industry-leading decision to make its entire line of print comics, featuring Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman, available same-day digitally. DC Entertainment also offers an unparalleled lineup of digital-first titles, including Injustice: Gods Among Us, Adventures of Superman, Arrow, Legends of the Dark Knight, Smallville: Season 11, Batman: Lil’ Gotham and upcoming titles Batman ’66 and Batman: Arkham Origins. Last year, DC Entertainment secured the most expansive digital distribution of all comic publishers by forging new deals with Kindle Store, iBookstore and Nook Store, in addition to its previous distribution on all comiXology platforms.