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Train2Game News Age of Algorithms


The first of a portfolio of free online courses commissioned by Creative Skillset is now open for business.

Age of Algorithms, developed by London Geometry (LG), aims to equip professionals working in the Creative Industries with the necessary maths skills to enhance and advance their careers by working more effectively in technical environments. In addition, the game is attractive to anyone wishing to brush up and refresh their existing maths training and also has a wide appeal.

Set in a medieval environment, this 2D physics-based game sees the player firing cannonballs to hit balanced and stacked targets aided by the maths they learn in the game. Hints and tips allow players to progress quickly into the game with the levels getting gradually harder as the puzzle-like equations become more complex. Topics covered within the game include: triangle geometry, angles, trigonometry, radians, vectors, velocity displacement and projectile trajectories.

Developed in Unity, Age of Algorithms is a browser-based casual maths game for Internet Explorer (PC), Firefox (PC/Mac) and Safari (Mac).

Sue Harrison, e-Learning Project Manager at Creative Skillset says, “Our learning resources have to be engaging, interactive, fun and above all relevant in the spaces that we know professionals from the Creative Industries inhabit as well as producing a product for a wider audience. Age of Algorithms serves that core audience”.

Professor William Latham, Founding Director at London  Geometry says, “In Age of Algorithms we are pushing the boundaries of education by integrating maths learning into the domain of a physics-based casual game. We are combining fun and learning”.
Creative Skillset will roll out further free online courses in the coming weeks and months with content on film making for the web, brand storytelling, fashion, animation, creative collaboration, commercial photography, film production, and visual effects.

To start the free online course, register now on the Age of Algorithms website www.ageofalgo.com

Train2Game News Video Games Prototype Fund


The new Prototype Fund announced in the July Budget, following concerted lobbying by Ukie, has been launched today.

The Fund will have £4 million over the next four years with which to aid access to finance for both present and future games talent.

The Video Games Prototype Fund, run by the UK Games Talent and Finance CIC, will provide grants of up to £25k to help businesses turn ideas into working prototypes, used to attract private investment. Young and start-up companies will benefit from the scheme,  which is aimed at small and micro-businesses in the UK games industry. An emphasis will also be on nurturing new talent in the sector, with mentoring opportunities and skills support being provided along with the financial backing to successful applicants to the fund.

The project takes over from the Abertay Fund, which supported many earlier businesses to access finance when it ran from 2010 to 2014.

Access to finance is an ongoing problem for fledgling games development businesses attempting to create and retain new Intellectual Property. This financial and business support in the early stages of a studio’s opening will bridge the gap until private investment can be procured. Support for smaller, regional companies will indirectly help larger companies by developing the talent pipeline and stimulating the creation of more IP in the UK.

Successful grant applications will be decided upon published criteria, including potential for commercial success, viability and scalability.

CEO of Ukie, Dr Jo Twist, responded to the announcement, saying:

    We lobbied for this kind of support and we are pleased to see the Fund launch. It has enormous potential for the future of the UK games industry. Access to finance has been an on-going challenge for small and micro games businesses, and the financial support of the fund, as well as the mentoring opportunities that are provided, will open doors to a huge amount of unearthed games talent in the UK. Ukie is really proud to continue to support this project. It is one more step towards the UK becoming a world leader in games development.

Further information about how to apply for the Video Games Prototype Fund and the criteria can be found on their website.

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 12.10.15

FIFA-16Another chart with Fifa 16 at number one. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is the first new game this week at number two with Rock Band 4 making its début at number ten.

All formats
Week ending 10 October 2015

9 NBA 2K16 2K SPORTS 3
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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 BBC Three showing eSports in Wembley


For the first time, BBC Three will be offering live coverage of the League of Legends World Championships live from Wembley. Beginning on Thursday 15 October, action from all four days of the quarter finals will be available online.

Coverage will be hosted by Radio 1 DJ and avid gamer Dev Griffin. Julia Hardy will be interviewing players and fans in the arena with gaming casters Leigh ‘Deman’ Smith and James ‘Stress’ O’Leary offering their expert commentary.

BBC Three and BBC Sport are teaming up to deliver all the action using the platform previously used for live sporting events and Glastonbury coverage, where live video, pre-recorded video, text, audio and social commentary can sit side by side.

Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, says: “We jumped at the chance to collaborate with BBC Sport and bring this massive UK event to a wider audience. BBC Three will always experiment with new ways to deliver content that young people want, in ways they want. I think this is an exciting way to cover something millions of young Brits love, in a BBC Three way.”

Leigh ‘Deman’ Smith, commentator, says: “I’m delighted to be part of the BBC’s coverage at Wembley Arena. Worlds has been amazing so far and it’s great to see the BBC getting involved and raising awareness of esports in the UK.”

League Of Legends has over 27 million gamers playing the game every day, with over 70 million hours of last year’s championships watched by fans across the globe.

Train2Game News First look at vTime


Starship, the UK-based innovation studio, today unveil a first glimpse of mobile social VR network, vTime, with the release of a new video and screenshots. Set for launch in November, vTime offers friends and family a compelling new way to spend quality time together in virtual reality.

Using just a smartphone and a VR headset, cross-platform network vTime allows users to meet-up and interact with people around the globe. Combining breath-taking virtual locations with intuitive and hands-free controls, vTime users can chat, enjoy music, and share images, videos, and spherical media in rich virtual environments. Running on 3G and 4G cellular networks as well as Wi-Fi, vTime transforms the smartphone into a passport to the metaverse.

vTime users are able to personalise their experience by customising the appearance of their avatar, hosting virtual meet-ups and creating friends lists. 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 vTime Mono – a 2D window into the vTime metaverse through which they can interact and chat with other participants using a tablet. Users are also able to view live public exchanges happening within vTime through Spectate Mode, accessible through tablet, phone and PC.

“vTime brings social VR to virtually everyone, from virtually anywhere on virtually any device,” explains Starship CEO Martin Kenwright. “We’ve taken complex technology and made it simple, beautiful and accessible. Just download the vTime app, put on your headset, and you’re vTiming.”

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.

View the trailer for vTime at http://www.youtube.com/?#/watch?v=k8BSftnVMRA

Train2Game News Best Games at EGX voted by the public


The results are in: visitors to EGX 2015 have overwhelmingly chosen Star Wars Battlefront as their Game of the Show.
Star Wars Battlefront enjoyed a huge presence on the show floor. EA’s booth featured a 20 v. 20 battle arena in which the Rebel Alliance faced-off against the might of the Galactic Empire at the famous Battle of Hoth. The game was also playable on the PlayStation booth where the co-op Survival Mode entertained gamers. EA stole the social media show with the inclusion of a full scale TIE Fighter – the ship and pilot were photographed throughout EGX.
EGX 2015 provided a brilliant platform to launch new hardware – Virtual Reality exploded onto the UK at the event with HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift all playable ahead of their upcoming retail debuts. HTC Vive, powered by Steam VR, proved particularly popular, wowing the crowds with its fully-immersive 3D world and netting a very impressive second place. Elsewhere, Ubisoft had a particularly successful show in the eyes of gamers with three of its games in the top 10. Square Enix was also notable with two titles including the 6th placed Just Cause 3. 
Indie gaming proved incredibly popular with the Indie MEGABOOTH, Rezzed Zone and Leftfield Collection packed with gamers enjoying stacks of unique game experiences on offer. The wonderful Rezzed Sessions made their debut at EGX this year, rounding off a hugely successful indie area. With over 350 screens of indie gaming on offer this year it’s especially impressive that Gang Beasts landed Indie Game of the Show by a strong margin. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide and Aaero rounded off the top three.
“Gamers from across the UK and beyond descended on the NEC, Birmingham to welcome EGX to its new home”, said David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events. “With the ever-growing EGX community scoring both the venue and the accessibility of the location more highly than 2014, we know EGX is ideally situated as the premier gaming event in the UK. The incredible size and popularity of the indie gaming area means we’re extremely excited for our upcoming London event, EGX Rezzed. Featuring both indie and AAA games, we can’t wait to return in April to Tobacco Dock”.

EGX 2015 at the NEC was a huge success. Here are just a few of the highlights:

●        Over 75,000 attendees arrived to play this and next year’s best games
●        40% were attending an EGX event for the first time
●        Upwards of 45% of visitors travelled 100 or more miles to attend
●        62 exhibitors, from AAA publishers and indie developers to YouTubers, streamers, eSports, retailers, universities, trade bodies and beyond
●        1800+ mainstream and specialist press generated over 400 pieces of coverage
●        More than 250 playable games across PC, console, browser and mobile
●        Over 350 screens of indie gaming
●        Playable Virtual Reality from HTC Vive (powered by Steam VR), PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift
●        Over £100,000 worth of eSports prizes awarded
●        1.1 million minutes across 40+ unique show floor and Developer Session live streams were viewed on http://www.youtube.com/EGX throughout the course of the show
●        37 Ukie Video Games Ambassadors and guest speakers across 16 Ukie Careers Bar sessions advised the next generation of games industry professionals on how to land a career in games
●        More than 6000 school, college and university students attended – 20% increase over EGX 2014
●        30+ exclusive announcements and game development presentations, panels and Q&As across the Developer Sessions and Rezzed Sessions
●        91% of visitors reported they use EGX to decide which products to buy
●        90% of visitors intend to visit EGX again and will recommend the event to their friends

Here’s the full top 10 EGX 2015 Games of the Show:

1.       Star Wars Battlefront
2.       HTC Vive / Steam VR
3.       Tom Clancy’s The Division
4.       Rise of the Tomb Raider
5.       Halo 5: Guardians
6.       Just Cause 3
7.       Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
8.       Total War: Warhammer
9.       Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
10.   Elite: Dangerous

The full top 10 EGX 2015 Indie Games of the Show are:

1.       Gang Beasts
2.       Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
3.       Aaero
4.       Black and White Bushido
5.       Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
6.       Move or Die
7.       The Escapists The Walking Dead
8.       Worms WMD
9.       Eitr
10.   Thumper

The London-based EGX Rezzed is taking place at Tobacco Dock from 7th to 9th April, 2016. Tickets will go on sale at http://www.egx.net/rezzed on Friday 16th October.

Train2Game News OnePlay netflix of gaming


OnePlay brings downloadable video games to public libraries

Several online services have in the past been touted the Netflix of gaming, but one player seems to finally deliver on the claim: OnePlay.

OnePlay is set to become one of the biggest forces in digital gaming offering users the chance to play more than a 1.000 titles for PC and Android devices for a small monthly fee or for free at your local library.

So how can you play games for free at your local library?
OnePlay deliver games based on the same principle libraries already use for books. Libraries pay OnePlay to be able to offer the service for free for their users. Users can then easily signup for OnePlay to borrow/play any game they want and even buy games at a favorable price, should they want to.

OnePlay already has several libraries signed up for the service, in USA, Europe and Australia

Lasse Jensen, CEO OnePlay, states:  “It has been great experiencing our successful beta launch in USA, now we look forward to rolling out the service in USA, Europe, Latin America and Australia & New Zealand.”

No credit card or cash needed, nothing but a membership at the local library. By using this extremely consumer friendly setting, OnePlay opens up to a market with more than 200.000 libraries and 250+ million library users in USA, Latin America, Australia and Europe. Library users simply download games and play them offline on PCs, Android tablets and smartphones.
OnePlay aims to grow the number of publishers, offering games in the subscription service,substantially in the near future. For publishers they have the same friendly approach as they have with consumers. Publishers just need to deliver a DRM free version of their game(s), and OnePlay makes sure to add protection and take care of selling and/or lending the games.
OnePlay has a broad range of indie titles, kids’ games and blockbusters available for subscribers to download and play. OnePlay is always looking for more great games!

Train2Game News New Windows 10 Microsoft Products


It’s been an incredible few months for Microsoft. Since the launch of Windows 10 in July, we now have 110 million devices around the world running our new operating system. At an event in New York on 6th October, we announced the next chapter, unveiling a new era of Windows 10 devices from Microsoft.

Microsoft introduced a new Surface, Lumia and Band devices, as well as the latest developments from HoloLens and Xbox. They also announced the first ever laptop from Microsoft, the Surface Book.

Windows 10
Windows 10 is off to the fastest start in history – seeing upgrades at three times the rate of Windows 7 in the same period. With over 8 million business PCs already running Windows 10 as well, we’ve been so excited by the response from IT professionals and the public alike.

There have been more than 1.25 billion visits to the Windows Store too, signalling that people are enjoying everything the new store has to offer. With this huge interest, developers are seeing the benefits, meaning we are now attracting more and more universal Windows apps to Windows 10. Today Microsoft announced that Facebook will be building universal Windows apps for Facebook, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, and are excited to welcome new universal apps for Uber, Box, Candy Crush Soda Saga and many more.

New Windows 10 Devices from Microsoft
With Windows 10 already proving a hit, Microsoft are also excited to unveil a range of new devices designed to make the most of the new operating system and unlock new Windows 10 experiences.

Surface Book

Building on the companies reputation of reinventing new categories in hardware, they are introducing the new, ultimate laptop which brings together a powerful, high-performance laptop with accurate and responsive pen and touch support. Ultrathin, Surface Book comes with up to 12 hours of battery life, an impressive 6th Generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors and a 13.5 inch PixelSense Display which makes it not just beautiful to look at but natural and fluid to write on. The screen can also detach, so it can be used like a clipboard to sketch and take notes. UK pricing and availability will be confirmed soon.

Surface Pro 4

Microsoft has also introduced Surface Pro 4, the thinnest, lightest and most powerful tablet that can replace your laptop. Not only is it 30 per cent faster than Surface Pro 3, it’s quieter, runs cooler and is more efficient, with up to nine hours of battery life. At only 8.4mm thin, it also has a five million pixel screen, covering a 12.3 inch display which can be annotated on using a surface pen – complete with an eraser – which allows you to take screenshots and draw. Packed with new features, Surface Pro 4 enables everyone from students to professionals to get more done on the go. Starting at £859.99, the Surface Pro 4 is available in the UK for pre-order from 7th October and available for purchase from 12th November.


Also announced were three new smartphones: the next generation Lumia 950 and 950 XL, the first Windows 10 Lumia phones, and the Lumia 550. With more people using multiple devices during the day, Windows 10 provides a consistent experience so users can enjoy a seamless transition from one device to the next. With the new Microsoft Display Dock accessory, users can now connect their phone to a monitor and use it like a desktop PC, with a keyboard and mouse. Lumia 950, which has a 5.2 inch screen, and 950 XL, which has a 5.7 inch screen, will also feature 4K video capture, a 20 megapixel camera and Windows Hello log-in. Lumia 550, Microsoft’s most affordable 4G smartphone running Windows 10, is for people who value affordability with uncompromised quality. Lumia 950 and 950 XL will become available in select markets in November, whilst the 550 will begin rolling out in select European markets in December.

Microsoft Band 2

The new Band can help you live healthier and achieve more. It features a new curved screen, a barometer and apps for email, text, running, biking, the gym and golf. It’s more comfortable than ever to wear and comes with a two-day battery life, allowing people to set wellness goals and track their progress. Starting at £199.99, Microsoft Band 2 is available for pre-order 7th October and available for purchase in the UK on 19th November.


The world’s first holographic computer, powered by Windows 10, allowing developers to mix holograms into their world. Whether it’s for education, design, healthcare or entertainment, HoloLens creates innovative experiences that are impossible on any other device or platform. Following an impressive demonstration in New York, they announced that we are inviting applications for the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition.


The upcoming update bringing Windows 10 to Xbox One in November will provide the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever. Microsoft will also be launching backward compatibility so you can play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One for free as well as a host of exciting new games, making this Christmas one of the best lineups in Xbox release history.

Train2Game News Far Cry Primal


Today, Ubisoft® announced the development of Far Cry® Primal, the next exciting chapter in the critically acclaimed Far Cry franchise, set during the savage Stone Age.

Far Cry Primal hits shelves worldwide on February 23, 2016 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One.  The game will also ship on Windows PC in March 2016.

Developed by Ubisoft Montréal, in collaboration with Ubisoft Toronto, Ubisoft Shanghai Studio, and Ubisoft Kiev Studio, Far Cry Primal is a full-fledged single player experience that will take gamers to 10,000 BC in history, to a time when massive beasts like the woolly mammoth and sabretooth tiger ruled the Earth.

The award-winning franchise that stormed the tropics and climbed the Himalayas now brings its innovative open world sandbox gameplay to a time when humans were not at the top of the food chain, but were fighting to climb it, bringing together massive beasts, breathtaking environments, and unpredictable savage encounters.

Gamers play as TAKKAR, a seasoned hunter and the last surviving member of his hunting group. Arriving in the majestic and savage land of Oros, players will pursue one single goal; survive in a world where humans are the prey. They will meet a cast of memorable characters who will help them push back and tame the dangers of the wild. Players will journey as the first human to tame the wilderness and rise above extinction.  Along the way, they will have to hunt for food, master fire, fend off fierce predators, craft weapons and tools partly from the bones of slain beasts, and face off against other tribes to conquer Oros.

“The interesting thing about Far Cry is that it’s flexible, so when a team proposed to explore the idea of a Far Cry taking place during the Stone Age, we just said ‘let’s hear it!’  And the more we heard about it, the more we realised how much of a damn good idea it actually was,” said Dan Hay, Executive Producer, Ubisoft.

“The Stone Age is the perfect setting for a Far Cry game,” said Jean-Christophe Guyot, Creative Director, Ubisoft.  “Far Cry usually puts you at the edge of the known world, in a beautiful, lawless and savage frontier.  The Stone Age is, in a way, the very first frontier for humankind; it’s the time when humans put a stick in the ground and claimed land for their own, the time when we started climbing the food chain.  That came with conflict against other humans, of course, but also against nature itself.”

You can enjoy the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU0tlaY9ZGI

For more information on Far Cry Primal, please visit farcrygame.com

Train2Game NEws EGX 2015

egx2015I had the pleasure of attending EGX again this year, my fourth year in a row. This year however I took a slightly different approach.

Every other year I have just played the games at the event to see what the next big games are going to be like but as the event moved to its bigger venue at the NEC in Birmingham many of the games had a 3 hour plus wait.

All though I didn’t experience the games my self I did get to see many of them like Rainbow Six Siege which looked incredibly tactical, Tom Clancy’s: The Division which seemed more casual and accessible to casual players, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst which seemed to be just a modernised version of the original which in my opinion is no bad thing and finally Star Wars Battlefront which looks as good and exciting as we all hope it will be.

Instead of playing these games this year I took in the atmosphere and watched more of the talks. At the PlayStation stage I listened to Charles Cecil hold a Q and A on the Broken Sword series. It was truly heart warming to hear from a man who has been in the industry since the 80’s still have an incredible passion for the industry. He also dropped a hint that he may be working with comic book artist Dave Gibbons in the future.

Over on the Xbox stage, games personality Julia Hardy hosted a number of indie and triple A games coming to Xbox in the near future. She was also very passionate about the games she was covering with numerous interesting ID@Xbox games arriving soon.

In conclusion this year was again bigger and better than before with the move to Birmingham giving more space for bigger stands and more people.