Train2Game News Grandia 2 remastered

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Classic Dreamcast game and personal favourite of mine, Grandia 2 is being remastered.

After an overwhelming response to an April survey asking players for future PC releases of Game Arts’ portfolio,  GungHo Online Entertainment America (GOEA) announced today that  Grandia II Anniversary Edition, theremastered version of the classic JRPG originally released for Dreamcast ,  is now availableon  Steam and  GOG.com for Windows PC. As part of this celebration,  Grandia II Anniversary Edition  is available for a limited sale price of $14.99, a 25 percent discount from the SRP of $19.99.

Developed by Game Arts, creators of the  Lunar and  Grandia  series, and published by GOEA,  Grandia  II is considered a high point for the developer with the game’s unique characters, mature storytelling, memorable music and fantastic battle system. In this classic tale of a band of adventurers destined to save the world, players take the role of Ryudo, a hardened mercenary, and go on an epic journey filled with magic, new friendships and surprises as the party seeks a legendary weapon once wielded by a deity.

Grandia II Anniversary Edition  features numerous technical improvements from the original, such as visual upgrades to textures, lightning, and shadows through anti-aliasing, as well as game controller support, Japanese voice acting, and a new difficulty level for a hardcore experience. Other features for the title include:

    Steam Trading Cards
    Steam Achievements
    Steam Cloud Save Support
    Selectable Video Options
    Remapable Keyboard and Gamepad Support
    PC Resolution and Aspect Ratio Support
    UI Updates to Reflect New Control Schemes
    Dreamcast VMS Save File Support

You can enjoy the trailer below

http://youtu.be/6JSxsv6kSV8

Train2Game News VRTGO Laboratories

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Virtual reality (VR) is set to become a mainstream technology next year as Oculus and Sony release their consumer VR headsets in Q1 2016. The North East is well placed to cash in on its strength in this exciting immersive technology.

At the heart of VR innovation is a rapidly expanding cluster of tech companies in the North East, working on everything from virtual showrooms for world renowned car makers to awe inspiring documentary content, immersive games and sub-sea training.

VRTGO Laboratories in Gateshead, is a dedicated virtual reality business cluster, created to bring together a growing number of researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses working in the sector. Backed by Gateshead Council, the VRTGO Laboratories cluster has set itself the goal of ensuring that Gateshead remains at the centre of the VR revolution. Working with leading games and serious VR technologists as well as buyers the centre aims to be a central focal point for VR.

This cluster was born as a result of Britain’s first VR conference and expo, VRTGO, held locally and delivered by specialist digital consultancy Secret Sauce, in September 2014. This international VR event is set to return on 12th November.  (www.vrtgo.co.uk )
VRTGO conference director, Carri Cunliffe, said: “There is no better place to locate if you are a VR company. The region is home to innovators working in both entertainment and serious applications for big brands. VRTGO Laboratories and the VRTGO conference will attract leading buyers to the region and encourage university research. We are also hosting a free VR demo day on 10th September for anyone who is interested in seeing how VR solutions can improve their business – sign up today https://vrtgodemoday.eventbrite.co.uk.”

Global leaders Oculus and digital studios like Atomhawk Design, CCP, ZeroLight, Vector76 and HammerheadVR all delivered presentations at the VRTGO conference and it rapidly became clear that companies in Gateshead and the North East were playing an increasing role in exploring the exciting opportunities of VR.

Cutting edge technology and visualisation firm ZeroLight is among them. Jason Collins from ZeroLight said: “There is a key role for VR to play in creating commercial consumer experiences as well as in fields such as training and design. We’re looking forward to sharing some of our learning about design and building compelling VR experiences with other companies and being part of this growing community.”

Other important sectors in the North East such as the automotive and offshore industries show great potential for commercial VR uses, as well as huge consumer potential, and Gateshead Council is confident that the cluster will lead to extra highly skilled jobs in the region.

The future of everything from video games to sub-sea exploration could be set to change during 2015 as virtual reality technology takes hold. VR is moving ahead at a lightning pace.

Gateshead Council’s technology sector specialist, Marissa Brindley said: “The potential of VR technology is phenomenal. VRTGO Laboratories is ensuring that the North East is in the right place at the right time to take advantage of the revolution that looks set to take place.

“The facilities, expertise and support that are available here are second to none in the sector; businesses are already really feeling the benefit of being a part of VRTGO Laboratories. It’s impossible to predict the future but it’s clear to see just how exciting and important the developments we’re seeing in Gateshead could be.”

Train2Game News VS Social media

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Using only a smartphone and a VR headset, cross-platform network vTime allows users to meet and interact with people around the globe.

Networking with friends or alone, users are able to enjoy music, and share images, videos, and spherical media in rich virtual environments. From the majestic beauty of nature through to futuristic urban landscapes, vTime transforms the smartphone into a passport to the metaverse.

vTimers can personalise their experience by customising their avatar’s appearance, creating friends lists, and hosting virtual meet-ups.  Newcomers can quickly expand their social circle and immerse themselves in engaging conversations through vTime Search, which focuses on matching users based on interests and trending topics.

Friends without a headset can still be a part of the conversation by using mono mode – a 2D window into the vTime metaverse. Using a phone or tablet, spectators are able to view live public exchanges happening within vTime, or request an invite to view private chats.

“vTime takes complex technology and makes it simple, beautiful and accessible,” explains Starship CEO Martin Kenwright. “Connecting with friends, old or new, in a wealth of incredible environments couldn’t be easier – simply download the vTime app, put on the headset, and you’re away.

“VR will be huge, but surely biggest of all on mobile where there’s a massive, pre-installed user base. Unlike console and PC headsets, the barrier to entry for mobile VR is low. People are already carrying the devices that will propel VR forward in their pockets. It’s not just for the early adopters, VR is for everybody, and vTime brings social VR to virtually everyone, from virtually anywhere on virtually any device.”

The free and platform agnostic network will launch its open alpha to Android users in November. Compatible with multiple mobile headsets including Gear VR and Google Cardboard, Starship has opened a mailing list for those interested in being the first to experience the network.

Starship will reveal vTime to the press during Oculus Connect in LA in September.

Train2Game News Insomnia55 line up

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Multiplay, organiser of the UK’s largest and rapidly growing gaming festival Insomnia, is delighted to unveil the final line-up for Insomnia55.

Featuring the UK’s biggest line-up of eSports tournaments, live shows from Youtube’s biggest stars and the most anticipated games of 2015, Insomnia55 will be the biggest and best Insomnia festival to date at the Ricoh Arena from August 28th-31st.

Insomnia55 brings attendees closer to the action than ever before, with Microsoft’s stunning Gears of War: Ultimate Edition introducing the original Gears to a whole new audience, while longstanding fans of the 3rd person shooter will relish this remastered classic. Microsoft’s presence doesn’t end there; with Forza Motorsport 6 showcasing the racing enthusiast’s dream of high-octane thrills in some of the world’s most sought after cars.

Nintendo makes its Insomnia Gaming Festivals debut, where Fans of Splatoon can hone their skills in preparation for tournaments taking place throughout the weekend. Gamers with a creative streak can realise their vision with Super Mario Maker and fans excited to take control of Fox McCloud once again will be delighted with the addition of Star Fox Zero to Insomnia55’s exhibition floor.

Complementing Insomnia’s biggest ever games line-up which includes first plays of FIFA 16, HomeFront: The Revolution, Battleborn and Rock Band 4, Insomia55 also features some of the most loved Youtubers. From Yogscast, Lewis, Sjin, Duncan, Sips, Hannah, Martyn, Hat Films and Turps will be sharing some of their unique insight into gaming culture, while stars such as Syndicate and The Diamond Minecraft return after attending previous Insomnia festivals.

First-person shooter enthusiast Ali-A attends for the first time this year and The Sidemen return, featuring KSI, W2S, Vikkstar123, Behzinga, Zerkaa, Miniminter and TBJZL; bringing their unique sense of gaming-focused humour to the event. With Kwebbelkop, Slogoman, The Gaming Lemon and Jelly also attending, Insomnia55 will be the best place to see your favourite stars.

“We’re delighted to bring an amazing line-up of publishers and incredible games, playable for the first time to Insomnia55,” said Craig Fletcher, Founder and CEO of Multiplay. He continued, “With our already announced special guests, including the biggest stars of YouTube, and the UK’s biggest line-up of eSports tournaments, Insomnia55 has more content than ever before, offers more choice to our community, and invites new fans to experience the Insomnia Gaming Festivals for the first time.”

Insomnia55, powered by GAME, features more live ‘Lets Play’s’, more exhibition booth gaming, and more interactive gaming content than any Insomnia event to-date. Other regular returning features include the 24hr BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer / Console) LAN areas, the Minecraft zone, Panel Talks, the Indie Zone, the Retro Zone, the Tabletop Gaming Zone, and the burgeoning Retail zone.

The impressive growth of the Insomnia series sees Insomnia55 expand with four external Marquees raised to provide an additional 8000sqm space for the UK’s biggest and fastest growing gaming festival.

Insomnia55 takes place at the Ricoh Arena over Summer Bank Holiday weekend, Friday, August 28th to Monday, August 31st 2015. Tickets are currently on-sale and are available via  http://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/.

Train2Game News Keynote Speakers announced at EWIG

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Full programme includes new skill and vocational focussed workshops as part of the day at European Women in Games.

Katherine Bidwell, Co-Founder of State of Play Games and Andy Payne Chairman of Ukie are the Keynote Speakers at this year’s European Women in Games Conference which takes place on 2nd September at the University of Westminster.

Katherine Bidwell established the games company State of Play Games in 2008, and specialises in the development of hand-crafted games, often using pencils, papercraft and laser cutting to create game art. State of Play have developed beautiful award-winning creative games including the BAFTA and Develop winning puzzle adventure game Lumino City, which involved the creation of a miniature city out of paper and cardboard, including working lights and electric motors. She will be talking about the making of Lumino City and her career in the games industry.

Andy Payne, Chairman of Ukie, will be speaking to the conference about his views on the industry as a whole, women in games and the need to promote diversity on a wider scale.

For the first time this year’s conference will run a series of workshops giving delegates a choice of specialist subjects where they get to meet some of the acknowledged leaders of the industry to learn more about and debate a specialist subject. The topics range from the technical such as programming or localisation and testing to the more vocational. These vocational workshops will cover issues such as how to attract more girls on to university games courses, how to benefit from becoming a Video Games Ambassador speaking to schools and how to improve CV’s.

Jenny Richards, CEO of Women in Games WIGJ commented: “This year we wanted to give delegates the chance to do more than just listen to speakers. Meeting new people and developing a network is always an important part of the conference but there is the potential to do so much more. Nowadays there is more awareness of the gender imbalance in games and most people want to do more than just talk about the situation. The classrooms at the University of Westminster facilitate study and we expect learning to be part of the positive experience from attending this conference.”

This year’s European Women in Games Conference takes place on September 2nd at the Cavendish Campus of the University of Westminster in Central London, UK. You can see full details of the programme and speakers at http://www.ewigconf.com/ #ewigconf Tickets are still on sale.

Train2Game News A Gamer’s Guide to Gaming

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A Gamer’s Guide to Gaming includes everything you need to gain a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the modern era of the videogame industry, all in one book.

A year in the making, and benefiting from over 25 years of accumulated knowledge and insight, A Gamer’s Guide to Gaming is out and available now on Amazon, Kindle, and digital distribution service Gumroad.

Written by videogame industry professional Olivers Snyders, A Gamer’s Guide to Gaming includes a treasure trove of information on videogames, the people behind them, the industry surrounding them, the culture that nurtures them, important trends of today, and exciting technologies of the future.

Anyone new to this wonderful, weird, amazing, heart-warming, thought-provoking, awe-inspiring, and at times loathsome world will gain an immense understanding of who makes games, how they’re made, and which six major groups contribute to the growth and evolution of the industry, while learning about the eight major life cycles that a videogame must go through to become a product ready for fans to enjoy.

Even if you’ve been following videogames for years, A Gamer’s Guide to Gaming will help you to expand your appreciation of the industry with detailed, sub-surface answers to questions about what makes a game fun, successful, addictive, and even ‘great’ in the eyes of fans, while spotlighting important trends of today that will dramatically impact future innovations. The book also discusses how the world will react to new technologies, like virtual reality, and how new online services and a few young upstarts are slowly revolutionising how we play, buy, and discuss games in the future, leaving traditional publishers, developers, retailers, and press outlets to struggle to adapt and survive.

And just what are videogames, anyway? What are they today – for better or worse – and what does their potential allow for them to become? And how will the fans themselves radically affect the course of the industry over the next four years?

No matter your familiarity, if you’re curious to learn more about videogames, A Gamer’s Guide to Gaming contains everything you need to begin, continue, and enjoy that journey.

For more information, and to read a lengthy excerpt from the book regarding what makes a game ‘fun,’ visit the official A Gamer’s Guide to Gaming website:

www.AGamersGuideToGaming.com

Train2Game News Sheldon Gilmore in The Advertiser

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Train2Game student Sheldon Gilmore featured in local newspaper

Iron Man enthusiast interviewed in Herts Advertiser newspaper and online video

After originally appearing on the official Train2Game blog, Train2Game’s resident Iron Man has received a write up in his local paper and a video interview on the paper’s website.

Sheldon Gilman has featured many times on the Train2Game blog and even contributes regular blog updates charting his progress in creating awesome Cosplay. His local newspaper in Hertfordshire has now featured him in the newspaper in a story all about his cosplay ambitions and also interviewed him at his family home for the paper’s website.

Sheldon has been working with the Train2Game Communications team who are regularly charting his progress on the blog. The Train2Game team bought the story to the attention of The Herts Advertiser as part of Train2Game’s ongoing commitment to supporting students and their development as professionals in the video games and related industries.

If you would like to hear more about Sheldon and his progress creating the ultimate Iron Man suit, make sure to keep an eye on the Train2Game blog.

Read the full interview and watch the video here

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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 24.08.15

Lego Jurrasic WorldAnother week with no new games entering the charts what so ever. LEGO Jurassic World remains in the top spot for a fourth week running.

All formats

Week ending 22 August 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 1
2 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 2
3 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 4
4 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE EA GAMES 7
5 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 8
6 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 5
7 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 9
8 DYING LIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 10
9 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 3
10 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 13
11 DESTINY ACTIVISION 14
12 RARE REPLAY MICROSOFT 6
13 RORY MCILROY PGA TOUR EA SPORTS 11
14 LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 15
15 FAR CRY 4 UBISOFT 17
16 F1 2015 CODEMASTERS 12
17 TERRARIA XBOX 360 CLASSICS 18
18 THE WITCHER III: WILD HUNT BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT 16
19 WWE 2K15 2K SPORTS 19
20 LITTLEBIGPLANET 3 SONY COMPUTER ENT. 20
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2015 UKIE Ltd

These charts cannot be reproduced either in print or online without obtaining permission from Ukie. If you wish to reproduce the charts in print or online, please contact david.smith@ukie.org.uk for the appropriate license.

Train2Game News UK Stand at Gamescom Immensely Popular

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UK stand at gamescom expo generates £31m in potential business for exhibitors at Ukie’s most successful event to date

Ukie’s royal stand at the gamescom expo in August has achieved a record £31m potential business for UK games businesses and attracted over 2,500 visitors, making it the games trade network’s most successful since they started running the UK stand in 2012.

The UK was also the official country partner for this year’s expo, further raising the profile of the UK’s games and interactive entertainment sector to an international audience. Fittingly, the stand this year was the biggest that Ukie has ever had at gamescom, with 60 companies represented on the stand during the three day event.

Ukie held networking events on the stand, with a drinks reception sponsored by Multiplay and Dovetail Games, and a second networking event sponsored by UKTI Germany and UKTI Korea. Visitors to the stand topped another Ukie high, with over 2,500 people visiting, including investors, overseas platforms, VIPs and international press.

The Royal Box presentation area was a new addition to the stand, and was used by companies to showcase new games, host press announcements, and deliver industry insider seminars, covering a range of subjects including UK tax credits, investments, and a talk from Women in Games. 

Dr Jo Twist, CEO of Ukie, said, “We are always proud to represent the community of UK games companies at gamescom, and to do so this year as the official country partner made it an even better opportunity to promote the fantastic work that is being done in the UK. The size and buzz of this year’s stand is a real testament to the growth that we are seeing in the sector and being able to bring these businesses to a global audience is something that Ukie is really honoured to do every year. We look forward to making 2016 even bigger and better than this year’s brilliant achievement.”

The stand also saw the return of the UK Game of the Show Award, sponsored by Green Man Gaming, which was awarded to Robo Pixel Games’ upcoming release Gunnihilation. James Batten, Art Director at Robo Pixel Games, said “We’re thrilled and amazed Gunnihilation won UK Game of the Show, there are so many other amazing projects going on out there – we’re in disbelief! Thanks so much to everyone in, on and around Ukie at gamescom 2015!’

The Ukie staff on the stand were once again joined by three student helpers, who were sponsored to attend the expo as part of the Ukie Student Membership Scheme. The students were selected as part of the programme’s sponsorship award to get the next generation of games talent attending relevant games events.

Train2Game News Pokkén Tournament worldwide release

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The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo today announced the upcoming release of Pokkén Tournament for Nintendo’s Wii U.

Currently an arcade game available only in Japan, Pokkén Tournament for Wii U will be released worldwide in spring 2016.

Developed in collaboration with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., producers of TEKKEN®, one of the most successful fighting-game franchises in history, Pokkén Tournament brings Pokémon to life in a way never before seen, where Pokémon in battle move in direct response to the player’s actions. The intuitive controls make this fighting game accessible to players of all skill levels, and the stunning visuals emphasise the size and power of each Pokémon.

“Pokkén Tournament combines the best elements of a traditional fighting game with an authentic Pokémon experience,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “Fans will be thrilled to see their favourite Pokémon battle in a whole new way.”

For more information, please visit: http://pokemon.com/uk/pokemon-video-games/pokken-tournament/