Train2Game News Games Developers on Twitch

Twitch Games DevTwitch has added a new category that focuses on games development, offering an insight into the game creation process.

The new category – simply titled Game Development – allows studios to stream footage of their developers working on the game, whether its creating artwork, designing levels or tweaking gameplay mechanics.

The category actually launched on October 16th, according to Polygon, and so far has a few devs showing off their work-in-progress.

“We conducted a Twitch Town Hall session at PAX Prime, which is when we let our community share ideas they would like to see implemented on the platform,” said Twitch’s director of community and education Marcus Graham, aka djWHEAT.

“The idea of having a section for game developers was suggested and it resonated with the audience, so that inspired us to add it as a category.”

Source: Develop

Train2Game News The Cinema Suite

unity-logoCinema Suite (www.cinema-suite.com) today announced a special limited-time bundle price on The Cinema Suite, a high quality cinematic toolkit for the Unity Game Engine (www.unity3D.com).

The Cinema Suite bundles four editor tools – Cinema Director, Cinema Mo Cap, Cinema Pro Cams and Cinema Themes – that can deliver outstanding visuals for professionals and amateurs alike easily and affordably. The Cinema Suite is available for a special introductory price of $100 through the end of November.

“Cinematic tools were one of the most requested features at Unity Unite this summer,” said Dan Gamsby, co-founder and CTO at Cinema Suite. “We have an easy to use collection of tools that streamline the process for creating quality video content within Unity, whether you want to create cutscenes and promotional video content for your game, or need a full-featured pre-visualization tool for your film project.”

Cinema Director, a tightly integrated, fully-featured timeline editor, saves users days and even weeks of work. Users can easily sequence in-game events for their Unity project and create captivating cutscenes in a fraction of the time that it would take by writing manual scripts or programming. Setting up camera shots, controlling events, adding multi-track audio and transitions make these projects come to life in much less time.

Cinematography in Unity has never been easier. An industry-standard lens tool kit, Cinema Pro Cams lets users create cinematics in Unity using cameras that act just how they would in the real world. Select film lens size, aperture, aspect-ratio, stereoscopic 3D settings and more, all accurate to industry standards. Cinema Director and Cinema Pro Cams can be used together as a very powerful real-time previz tool in Unity, leveraging Unity’s real-time graphics rendering engine.

Users looking for a way to quickly create their own animations can use a Microsoft Kinect with Cinema Mo Cap, the first motion capture solution native to the Unity environment. Users can quickly put their project in motion, by capturing animations from the comfort of their studio or home. Simple animations can now be achieved without laborious manual key-framing, or renting a professional Mo-Cap studio at a huge expense. Models are automatically rigged and generated inside the Unity project, and are 100% compatible with Unity’s animation system.

Finally, users can fine-tune the overall atmosphere of their project with Cinema Themes, a vast collection of Look Up Textures (LUTs) for Unity Pro. Scenes can be made to look dark and horrific, happy and bright, or even out of this world in minutes. Users can choose from over 50 themes to help find that perfect mood.

Train2Game News Eurogamer 2014 Video

Train2GameTrain2Game was at Eurogamer last month and we have put together a video from some of our students who were in attendance about there thoughts on the Train2Game course. Enjoy the video below

Train2Game News Booty5

Booty5Booty5 is two technologies fused into a single product to bring easy HTML5 2D game development to HTML5 game developers.

The first part is an easy to use, fast, free and compact professional quality HTML5 game engine written using JavaScript which is free and open source (available on Github). Booty5 enables the creation of complex 2D mobile and desktop games using an easy to use API, including a large range of features:

- Support for mobile and desktop games
– Global and local game resource management
– Scene and Actor (sprite game objects) management
– Particle systems
– Animation via Timeline and tweening
– Image, text and geometric shape rendering
– Physics using Box2D via Box2DWeb including multiple fixtures, joints, materials and shapes
– Sprite atlas and frame based bitmap animation
– Actor docking to screen edges and other actors
– Scene and actor clipping, including to circular and polygon shapes
– Scene and Actor touch detection
– Scene cameras and touch panning
– 3D sprite depth
– Input, including touch
– Audio play back
– Auto scaling and resizing to fit different sized gaming displays

The second part is a professional quality game editor and integrated development environment (IDE) that provides easy HTML5 2D game development using drag and drop. Create your game and write your code directly in the editor and hit test to view your changes immediately.Create game levels / layouts, code editing, testing, import SVG / TexturePacker, assisted editing, physics, user properties and more

Booty5 is currently available for free download from htttp://booty5.com

Train2Game News FIFA for SpecialEffect

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Chris Cook, Community Manager at GamePointsNow/GameKeysNow, today announced that he will be making an attempt to break the Guinness World Record  for “The Longest Video Game Marathon On a Football Game” by playing FIFA 15. 

The attempt aims to smash the current record of 48 hrs 5 minutes and help raise funds on behalf of the awesome charity Special Effect.

“I’ve been playing FIFA games since they first started way back on the Mega Drive, so couldn’t think of a better way to raise money & awareness for a truly amazing cause,” said Chris Cook, “As someone who has seen firsthand how gaming can help enhance lives, I could not think of a better charity to lend my support to”.

The event will be taking place at the popular gaming themed cocktail bar Loading Bar in Dalston, North London between the 5-7th November 2014 and members of the public are encouraged to come a long and join in, have a drink and more importantly, donate to Special Effect!

Online donations can be made via Chris’ JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/FifaWR

The record attempt will be streamed live (internet stability permitting) via Twitch.tv (http://www.twitch.tv/GamePointsNow) and will feature giveaways from big name supporters like Insert Coin Tees, QWERTEE, Campo Retro clothing, Papa Johns Pizza, Hauppauge and more. There will also be opportunities for people to challenge Chris to online matches throughout the entire attempt.

Train2Game News Destiny DLC

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Activision and Bungie today announced that Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below will be available for download on December 9th.

The Dark Below marks the first expansion to the universe since Destiny’s record-breaking launch in September and features all-new weapons and gear to earn through new story, co-operative and multiplayer activities.

“Destiny was created as a living universe, which has allowed us to improve the experience post launch in real-time,” says Harold Ryan, President of Bungie. “It also gives us insight into the things players are looking for in new content. We’ve seen from feedback that people want new activities, gear and weapons and of course the immensely popular Raid. The community helps shape our development decisions and that’s really important to us.”

Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below will feature the following:

o   New weapons, armour and gear to earn, including Legendary and Exotic items
o   Light Level cap raised to 32 and five additional Bounty slots added
o   New story quests and missions – after years hiding amongst the Hive shadows, a new character, Eris, has come forth bearing an ominous warning: The Hive seek to summon a god, Crota, to destroy the Earth. Find Eris in the Tower to take on special quests that include three new missions where you will increase your Light and earn new rewards
o   New co-operative Strike, The Will of Crota, pits you and your Fireteam against Omnigul as she works to expand the Hive army at the command of her master, Crota
o   Three new competitive multiplayer arenas
§  Pantheon – set deep within the Black Garden in an ancient Vex temple that features Vex-designed landscapes and tight corridors
§  Skyshock – an old interplanetary defence array that offers both vehicle and infantry engagements
§  The Cauldron – an abandoned Hive ritual site that offers close-quarter combat
o   New six-player Raid, Crota’s End, set deep within the depths of the Hellmouth
o   PlayStation platforms will also get access to an exclusive co-operative Strike, The Undying Mind and an exotic weapon, and more (timed exclusive until at least Autumn 2015)

Players can purchase The Dark Below individually (£19.99), or as part of the Destiny Expansion Pass (£34.99), which includes both Expansion I and Expansion II, on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Train2Game News Commando Kiwi Update

Commando KiwiTrain2Game Student Studio, Commando Kiwi, the winners of the 2012 Make Something Unreal Live competition are back and under new management!

Train2Game Student Adam Sherratt is now the head of Commando Kiwi and they have been working hard since we last heard from them.

After deciding that the project they had started following the Make Something Unreal Live contest was slightly more ambitious than they first anticipated they made the executive decision to start a new IP using the framework they had already created for there winning game at MSUL.

However, with life getting in the way, a few of the original Commando Kiwi members left on to new ventures which left the team struggling until Adam came up with a plan to revitalise the studio. Several of the team volunteered to be mentors at the recent Train2Game Game Jam which put them in excellent position to scout for new team members.

The studio was back up to eight members and ready to get to work on their next game.

When asked about the studios new project Adam said “The game is a 3rd person action adventure RPG style game with cinematic combat sequences that play very similarly to battles in final fantasy 7, 8 and 10. Our aim is to bring a console quality gaming experience to mobile. By using the unreal engine 3 we will be able to offer incredible visuals, a strong sound track and a great story to produce a truly immersive game world on mobile. Initially the game would be released on iOS for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch but if things go well we will port it over to Android too. If you follow Commando Kiwi on Facebook you will see we have just started to leak information and concept art and we have a new company logo.”

Now the next stage for Commando Kiwi is they will be displaying their game at Appsworld and Platform Expo this year to spread the word and receive feedback from the public to make the game as best as it can be. So if you are attending either event go and say hello and give them your support!

The studio is intending to start a Kickstarter campaign in the future as currently everything they are doing is having to come out of their own pockets and they want this game to be the best that it can be.

You can follow Commando Kiwi on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/comkiwi

Train2Game News Big Huge Games returns

DomiNationsBig Huge Games is back from the dead, once again under the helm of its original co-founder Brian Reynolds and on course to publish its first mobile game next year.

In its first life, Big Huge Games faced a series of troubles. The PC developer was acquired by THQ back in 2008 but the publisher decided to sell the studio just over a year later when it first began experiencing financial difficulties.

Big Huge Games was saved by Kingdoms of Amalur dev 38 Studios. Sadly the latter also went bankrupt last year, with its assets – and Big Huge Games – being sold in an auction last November.

It was in that auction that Reynolds purchased the rights to the Big Huge Games name, now revealing that his previously announced studio SecretNewCo is a revival of the fallen developer, according to GameSpot.

Headed up by Reynolds and his fellow Big Huge Games co-founder Tim Train, the new studio will focus on mobile games starting with strategy title DomiNations, due on 2015 for iPhone, iPad and Android. The game marks a return for Big Huge to the strategy genre and will be released through a partnership with Nexon.

“I have had a history of going where I perceive the biggest market to be,” Reynolds told Gamespot. “I certainly perceive mobile, free-to-play as being the biggest market; the opportunity to reach the largest number of players. And so, that’s exciting to me.

“It’s the same reason I went to Facebook games – boy, were a lot of people playing Facebook games. And then even more started playing. It was certainly interesting when I was at Zynga – it really opened my eyes to ‘Wow, how many different kinds of players play games than used to play them when I started in 1991′. I never would have dreamed both the kinds of players and the numbers of players that are out there.”

You can check out the launch trailer for Dominations below:

This story just goes to show there may be set backs but you are never down and out!

Source: Develop

Train2Game News Insomnia 53

InsomniaMultiplay, hosts of the UK’s biggest gaming festival is pleased to announce Insomnia53, taking place November 21st – 23rd at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and set to feature tons of brilliant, focused activities suitable for gamers of all ages and backgrounds.

Everything you’ve come to expect from the Insomnia Gaming Festival will be in abundance; there will be special guests from the world of YouTube and Twitch including SkyDoesMinecraft, TheDiamondMinecart and The Sidemen (featuring KSI, Vikkstar and more).

Also featured are Minecraft-orientated activities, high-level open esports tournaments, a packed exhibition hall featuring playable games galore and of course the UK’s biggest 24hr LAN gaming network featuring thousands of switched-on gamers.

The fun doesn’t end at 6pm though, with activities and parties going on well into the early hours putting the ‘insomnia’ into Insomnia.

Returning for its second year are the Insomnia Awards; a bespoke community-driven ceremony celebrating the last year in gaming, all wrapped up in a night of action and entertainment.

Anyone attending the event can nominate and vote on their selected winners and be in with a chance of winning a copy of the Insomnia Awards Game of the Year.

“Each year, we’re humbled by the passion of our community and their commitment for the Insomnia Gaming Festival,” said Craig Fletcher, CEO & Founder of Multiplay. “This festive gaming show encapsulates another 12 months of incredible growth, driving us to do more, to do better, and to continue to make Insomnia the best weekend of awesome videogame-related fun you can find in the UK.”

With so much more to be announced, this year’s final Insomnia event will be one to remember, so head online now to book your tickets: http://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/

Insomnia53 takes place from November 21s – 23rd at Coventry’s Rich Arena in England.

For more information and to buy tickets for Insomnia53 visit http://insomniagamingfestival.com with more announcements to be made in the coming weeks.

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 27.10.14

Fifa 15FIFA 15 remains in the number one spot for another week andBayonetta 2 makes its debut at number seven. Towards the bottom of the top twenty, the Borderlands Collection has come in at number sixteen, Civilation: Beyond Earth is number eighteen and Just Dance 2015 is number nineteen.

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Week ending 25 October 2014

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 - FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 1
2 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 9
3 THE EVIL WITHIN BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 2
4 DESTINY ACTIVISION 7
5 MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 4
6 BORDERLANDS: THE PRE-SEQUEL! 2K GAMES 3
7 BAYONETTA 2 NINTENDO -
8 FORZA HORIZON 2 MICROSOFT 5
9 ALIEN: ISOLATION SEGA 6
10 SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM SKYLANDERS 11
11 DRIVECLUB SONY COMPUTER ENT. 8
12 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 13
13 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 DISNEY INFINITY 15
14 SUPER SMASH BROS. NINTENDO 12
15 F1 2014 CODEMASTERS 10
16 THE BORDERLANDS COLLECTION (1 & 2) XBOX 360 CLASSICS -
17 WATCH DOGS UBISOFT 11
18 CIVILIZATION: BEYOND EARTH 2K GAMES -
19 JUST DANCE 2015 UBISOFT -
20 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE EA GAMES 17
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