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NY1 Tech Reporter Adam Balkin and blogger Develon Douglas of NY1 sister station YNN Austin cover the 2013 E3 video game convention in Los Angeles.

E3 Wrap-Up 2013: Game Developers Flex Superhero Powers

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In part one of this week's five-part series wrapping up some of the biggest news from the E3 video convention, NY1's Adam Balkin explains how at a time when Superman is cleaning up at the box office, software developers are hoping other superheroes will wield similar power over consumers' video game purchases.

It's about time might be what fans of Lego video games are saying. There have been everything from "Lego Batman" to "Lego Lord of the Rings" to "Lego Indiana Jones" but there's been one glaring omission, until now. Thanks to "Lego Marvel Superheroes" you now have access to this crowd: Hulk, Thor, Wolverine, Iron Man, the marquis masked man Spider-Man.

"'Lego Marvel Superheroes' is a new, unique, original Marvel story where we've sort of married together the Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man and we've brought them all together working together in the first time anything like this has happened. 'Lego Marvel Superheroes' has well over, well over 100 playable characters," explains Arthur Parson of TT Games.

And superheroes are also now showing up in "Scribblenauts". If you don't know this game, it's the one where you're given small tasks to complete. Scribble just about any object or animal you can think of into your magic notebook and poof it appears in the game to help you. In "Scribblenauts Unmasked", now you can poof-in virtually any hero from the DC universe, even several versions of those heroes.

"This one is really about fighting super villains and helping super heroes retake Gotham City, Metropolis, all the different locales," says Joe Tringali of 5th Cell.

Finally, "Infinity" is a game if you feel like playing as one of a handful of Disney superheroes and you can also tool around in some super powered vehicles like perhaps a monster truck version of Cinderella's carriage.

"Infinity" is one of those where you buy real action figures to place onto a pad and once you do, you become that character in the game.

"There's goals within each of the play sets there's structured game play experience based on things like 'Incredibles' or 'Pirates' but in the toy box mode that is a 100 percent editable world. You can create anything you want in there if you want the carriage from Cinderella you can shrink it down to look like a baby carriage or grow it up and it has monster truck tires on it," says John Blackburn of Disney Interactive Studios.

And all of the worlds and creations you make can be shared online meaning friends can extend the gameplay here by exploring each other's handiwork. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP