Train2Game News Plays.tv

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Raptr, a leading optimization platform for PC gamers, today officially launched Plays.tv, a fun, easy way for gamers to capture their most interesting gameplay moments and instantly share them.

Dedicated to celebrating the pro in every gamer, Plays.tv gives all players a new way to memorialize their epic wins and fails as well as a community centered on reliving those moments with others. Raptr today also announced $14 million in new financing, some of which will be allocated to further expansion of Plays.tv.

“To me, chatting with my friends about all the funny and amazing things that happened in the game we just played is often as much fun as playing the game itself,” said Dennis “Thresh” Fong, founder and CEO of Raptr and an early eSports star. “Everyone experiences moments they want to remember when gaming; Plays.tv makes saving those moments as easy as taking a screenshot and provides a fun community to share them with.”

“At Team Dignitas, we’re always looking for new ways to engage with our fans,” said Michael O’Dell, Managing Director of Team Dignitas. “Plays.tv makes it super simple to capture highlight moments from our matches without the hassles of editing, and it’s awesome to have a dedicated community to share them with so our fans can relive those moments with us.”

Since introducing gameplay recording in Raptr nine months ago, Raptr users have captured more than four million highlight videos from their gaming sessions. Plays.tv was created to provide gamers with a dedicated home to showcase their favorite moments.

Also introduced today in Beta, the Plays.tv client is a free, fast, and simple way to capture, edit, and share gameplay clips and post them to your Plays.tv feed and other social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The Plays.tv client automatically starts recording during gameplay and uses hardware-accelerated video encoding to ensure minimal impact on performance. The Plays.tv client can optionally capture the user’s webcam (picture-in-picture) and can also automatically import videos recorded using other software such as OBS, Raptr, and Nvidia’s Shadowplay for easy editing and sharing. The Plays.tv client works with any PC game.

Gamers can use Plays.tv to:

    Instantly share short highlights from any game (up to the last 20 mins) 
    Edit and trim clips from full session replays
    Follow friends, eSports stars, popular streamers and others
    Simultaneously post videos to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social networks
    Relive amazing moments with friends and the community

Raptr’s new round of financing includes funding from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) as well as funding from existing investors Accel Partners, DAG Ventures, and Tenaya Capital. With this financing, the company has raised a total of $41 million in equity funding since its inception in 2007.

Train2Game News Game Music Connect

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Hailed as “The video game music industry’s event of the year” (Classic FM), Game Music Connect today announced its highly anticipated return to The Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, London on September 15, 2015. Early-bird tickets are available now at http://www.gamemusicconnect2015.com .

Building on the symposium format of two previous sold-out events, this year’s programme is set to feature sessions on the next frontier in video games – Virtual Reality (VR) – as well as further expanding on diverse practical topics ranging from live orchestral recording and interactive music engines through to sample library creation and showreel presentation. First announced session, ‘To Be Or Not To Be: Music for VR’, will be a discussion on the role of music in VR experiences, looking also at how the blurring of lines between sound and music in some games is bringing the work of composers and sound designers closer together.

Now in its third year, Game Music Connect is for aspiring and professional composers of all backgrounds and those interested in learning about the art and craft of creating today’s cutting edge video game soundtracks – featuring talks, practical demonstrations and round-table discussions with some of the world’s leading artists, innovators and decision makers in the world of music for video games.

Game Music Connect is founded by multi-award winning game and TV composer James Hannigan and celebrated game audio director, composer and industry commentator John Broomhall – who, with over one-hundred AAA game credits between them, joined forces in 2013 to create Game Music Connect in order to celebrate and explore the music of video games.

James Hannigan: “We’re back bigger than ever for 2015 and with a longer running time, too. As well as the hot topic of VR and its implications for the game soundtrack, we’ll be delving deeper into interactive music, looking at sample library creation with a major library developer, talking about mockups, demos and showreels with the composers and a lot more besides. Great speaker announcements and further details to come!”

For more information and to purchase tickets for Game Music Connect 2015, visit http://www.gamemusicconnect2015.com .

Train2Game News MobileSlots top 50 iconic games

gamerPac-Man, Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga have been named as some of the most
iconic games ever.

The experts at online gaming site, MobileSlots.com named the games they felt were the most iconic and have now announced the 50 most popular choices.

The list included games from both the past and present played on a range of
devices from consoles to phones.

Retro games from the seventies and eighties featured prominently on the
list, including Pac-Man, Pong, Space Invaders and Tetris.

Other blasts from the pasts included some nineties nostalgia from the likes
of Spyro, Rayman and Crash Bandicoot. Modern day entries included Call of Duty, The Last of Us and Minecraft. Addictive mobile games were also named like the infamous Snake 97 as well as Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds.

Many of the games on the list have since been remade but the classics are
the ones that made the cut.

A spokesperson for MobileSlots.com said: “The
gaming industry is now so huge and has so many different types of games but
when it comes down to it the most iconic ones are often the most simple.

“Judging from this list, the recipe to an iconic game is to have a great
storyline, an instantly recognisable protagonist and be incredibly
addictive.

“The gaming industry has come a long way since it begun, some of the games
on the list have gone to inspire movie adaptations, comics and merchandise.

“It’s great to see that some of the very first video games are still so
popular today.”

Results in full (in no particular order):

1. Pac-Man

2. Tetris

3. Golden Eye 007

4. The Legend of Zelda

5. Street Fighter

6. Tennis for Two

7. Pong

8. Super Mario Bros

9. Donkey Kong

10. Final Fantasy VII

11. Tomb Raider

12. Tony Hawks Pro Skater

13. The Sims

14. Minecraft

15. WWF SmackDown!

16. Resident Evil

17. Call of Duty

18. Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow

19. Crash Bandicoot

20. Spyro

21. Halo

22. Half-Life

23. Grand Theft Auto

24. Super Mario Kart

25. Sonic the Hedgehog

26. World of Warcraft

27. Assasin¹s Creed

28. Doom

29. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

30. The Last Of Us

31. Super Metroid

32. Roller Coaster Tycoon

33. Theme Hospital

34. FIFA International Soccer

35. Football Manager

36. Frogger

37. Candy Crush Saga

38. Flappy Fish

39. Snake 97

40. Space Invaders

41. Asteroids

42. Prince of Persia

43. Lemmings

44. Zork

45. Gran Turismo

46. FarmVille

47. King’s Quest

48. Angry Birds

49. Solitaire

50. Rayman

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 30.03.15

battlefield_hardline_3_wmBattlefield Hardline has retained the number one spot in the charts this week fending off newcomers Bloodborne which debuted at number two and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection at number three.

All formats

Week ending 28 March 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 - BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE EA GAMES 1
2 BLOODBORNE SONY COMPUTER ENT. -
3 BORDERLANDS: THE HANDSOME COLLECTION 2K GAMES -
4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 3
5 - FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 5
6 DYING LIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 4
7 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 8
8 FAR CRY 4 UBISOFT 18
9 - MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 9
10 THE ORDER: 1886 SONY COMPUTER ENT. 15
11 MARIO PARTY 10 NINTENDO 6
12 FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD SQUARE ENIX 2
13 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 10
14 RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS 2 CAPCOM 7
15 EVOLVE 2K GAMES 19
16 - FORZA HORIZON 2 MICROSOFT 16
17 HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION MICROSOFT 13
18 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 DISNEY INFINITY 11
19 WWE 2K15 2K SPORTS 12
20 DESTINY ACTIVISION 17
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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 Havok enjoying 2015

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Havok has enjoyed a strong start to 2015 with a variety of Havok-powered titles earning the highest industry accolades, including the BAFTA Best Game Award for Destiny and the Game Developers Choice Awards Game of the Year honor for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

These and other Havok-powered AAA games were acknowledged within critics and peer-voted awards ceremonies during the 2015 awards season and demonstrate a renewed and increasingly acknowledged appreciation for AAA developers in pushing the technological and design boundaries of gaming ever outward.

Havok has long maintained close partnerships with the key AAA developers who have crafted some of the most indelible and critically-acclaimed titles of all time. The recent award winning games are merely a small slice of the outstanding AAA games that chose to adopt Havok technology in the past year, including Sunset Overdrive, Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition, titles that Havok highlight as proof of a resurgent AAA gaming segment.

“At Havok, we’re proud of our AAA roots.  From your first uneasy steps into Rapture, the first time you use the Gravity Gun, and the first time your nemesis in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor openly mocks you after a bitter defeat, these are the experiences we remember, and these are the games Havok is proud to support via our technology and knowhow,” Says David Coghlan, President and Managing Director of Havok. “There are true visionaries at work at these game studios, and they’re the ones who create these worlds through their passion and talent. At Havok, we are proud to see these incredibly creative teams realize their visions by leveraging Havok Technology and Support. Hearty congratulations to all the teams at this year’s GDCAs and BAFTA Game Awards for their well-earned recognition and their landmark achievements in game development.”

Alongside critical acclaim there is ample evidence of the renewed optimism being felt in the AAA gaming segment. With console hardware sales buoyant and global home console software revenue forecast to top $24bn by 2017, it’s clear that the death of AAA console gaming has been greatly exaggerated. This buoyant market validates Havok’s strategy to be the world’s leading provider of technology to the AAA game development industry.
                                                                                                                                    
For further information, developers can visit www.havok.com

Train2Game News ChilliWorks GameJam

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Dundee based, game technology company, ChilliWorks, is gearing up to give away £1,000 to the best prototype game created with their new open source game engine, ChilliSource.

ChilliWorks is a new suite of game development tools created by Scottish mobile game studio, Tag Games. This week the company announced plans of their first official game jam, inviting teams to take part in the event.

ChilliWorks is offering competitors the chance to win £1,000 to the overall winner of the 48-hour ChilliSource Game Jam, where prototype games will be created with the ChilliSource engine. Submissions will be judged by the ChilliWorks team, based on style, mechanic, creativity and general fun factor.

The jam coincides with this year’s Dare to be Digital competition. A change in the application process that allows competitors to apply for Dare to be Digital with a pre-developed prototype, provides a timely opportunity for anyone taking part in the ChilliSource Game Jam.

Mike Herron, Head of Connected Technology at ChilliWorks says, “The first ChilliSource game jam is another significant milestone in the roadmap of the engine. It’s open-source so it’s out there for anyone to download and contribute to. The jam will give us the opportunity to get a lot of vital feedback from developers. We are big fans of Dare to be Digital so being able to support applicants through our game jam is a real added bonus.”

He goes on to say “We hope the ChilliSource Game Jam will encourage potential Dare to be Digital applicants to create something incredible using our engine and inspire anyone in two minds about taking part to get involved.”

The ChilliSource Game Jam is hosted remotely meaning teams can work from the comfort of their own home. The jam starts at 18:00 UTC on the 17th of April and finishes at 18:00 UTC on the 19th of April.

If you want the chance to take part, you need to email gamejam@chilli-works.com before the 16th of April and register your team.

Train2Game News GameBlast15 break last years record

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GameBlast, the UK’s largest charity video gaming marathon event, has raised over £120,000, smashing the £70k raised by last years’ fundraiser.

Gamers from across the world took on gaming marathons of up to 48 hours over the weekend of 20-22 February to raise money for gamers’ charity SpecialEffect, who help people with physical disabilities to experience the fun and inclusion of video games.

As well as the hundreds of individuals and teams that took part, over 50 games companies backed the event including GAME, Ginx, Twitch, Jagex, SEGA, Bossa, KING, Gamer Network, Frontier, Team17, Radiant Worlds, Fragers and Insert Coin.

Mick Donegan, SpecialEffect CEO, said, “We are genuinely blown away by the huge amount of support that we’ve had from gamers and the gaming industry all over the world. Everyone who contributed will make a massive difference, changing the lives of hundreds of people with disabilities who can only watch everyone else experience the many benefits of video games. A huge, heartfelt thank you from all the SpecialEffect team.”

Jagex, the developers and publishers of RuneScape were the biggest industry fundraiser. Their 24-hour marathon at their Cambridge offices raised £50,000.

The biggest individual total came from BBC Technology Correspondent and SpecialEffect VP Kate Russell, who raised £12,000

The dates for GameBlast16 are 26-28 February 2016

Donations for GameBlast can still be made at http://www.justgiving.com/gameblastlive

Train2Game News Mobile MOBA Beta

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Allstar Games, a leading mobile publisher, has today announced forthcoming mobile MOBA, Allstar Heroes, has now entered closed Beta in the UK.

The Closed Beta, which is currently only available to those with Android devices, will be playable from 26th March to 14th April. To get in on the mobile MOBA madness, head over to the Play Store and download the game now at: http://bit.ly/UKBetaTest

Allstar Heroes brings the complete MOBA experience to mobile devices, smashing together the strategy synonymous with the genre with the fast, fun, pick-up-and-play nature of traditional mobile titles.

“The arrival of the Closed Beta marks an incredibly important and exciting time for everyone here at Allstar Games” said Bea Wang, Vice President at Allstar Games. “We’ve poured our heart into making the game as fun as possible, and I hope everyone enjoys their time with it.”

To celebrate the launch of the Closed Beta, players can now register at the following link to earn in game rewards: http://www.allstarheroes.eu/special/UKBetaTestEvent/

Train2Game News Dragon age Inquisition story DLC announced

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BioWare, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, announced brand-new downloadable content (DLC) that expands the singleplayer experience for Dragon Age: Inquisition, winner of over 100 Game of the Year awards.

Now available for digital download, the Dragon Age: Inquisition – Jaws of Hakkon DLC adds an exciting new story arc to the campaign and expands on its already vast world with a new region of Thedas to explore. Dragon Age: Inquisition – Jaws of Hakkon is available first on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC via Origin for £11.99.

Dragon Age: Inquisition – Jaws of Hakkon will reveal the fate of the last Inquisitor and the powerful dragon he hunted. The new content expands the land of Thedas with a massive new playable area covered in mountains and lush forests, where danger lurks in the shadowy undergrowth. As players explore the vertical landscape and dense wilderness fighting off vicious enemies, they will collect legendary armour and weapons before unearthing an ancient secret that could destroy the world.

“We are humbled by the game’s reception so far but are not done with the world of Thedas just yet,” said Mike Laidlaw, Creative Director, BioWare. “We hope the new DLC speaks to our dedication of growing Inquisition with meaningful and exciting new content for our fans, new and old.”

Winner of over 160 industry awards, including more than 100 Game of the Year awards globally, Dragon Age: Inquisition is set in an epic, dark fantasy world where players are empowered to shape and drive their experiences. BioWare’s hallmark gameplay narrative will immerse players with engrossing choices that allow them to experience unique moments based on those decisions. Dragon Age: Inquisition is developed on an RPG game engine underpinned by EA’s cutting edge Frostbite 3 technology.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is developed at BioWare Edmonton with support from BioWare Montreal and other locations. Dragon Age: Inquisition – Jaws of Hakkon is available now for digital download first on Xbox One and PC as a timed exclusive.

Train2Game News PlayStation 4 update

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Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) today announced it will release system software update version 2.50, codenamed “Yukimura,” for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) system on March 26, bringing highly-anticipated and requested features to the system.

These forward-looking updates include the Suspend/Resume feature, which enables gamers to jump in and out of their games quickly and pick up where they left off. In addition, the PS4 system will add to its already robust set of social tools by making it easier than ever to connect gamers together, furthering its position as the best place to play with friends.

“With more than 20 million PlayStation 4 systems worldwide, PlayStation gamers are the foundation for our success. We are constantly listening to feedback from our growing community regarding improvements to make their PlayStation experience even better,” said John Koller, vice-president of platforms marketing. “We continue to focus on making PS4 the best place to play with friends. That’s why we’re delivering features like Facebook Friend Finder, Suspend/Resume to get into gaming quicker, a more streamlined Party and friending process, and new ways for users to see what their friends are playing so they can immediately get in and game together.”

Highlights coming to the PS4 system with “Yukimura” include:

Jump Back Into Games Faster with Suspend/Resume Suspend/Resume, which will be supported by nearly all PS4 titles, will allow PS4 owners to spend less time waiting for games to load and more time playing. Gamers will be able to suspend their game by putting their PS4 system into Rest Mode, and then quickly resume the game where they left off by pressing the PlayStation button on the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller, which wakes their system.

Back-Up and Restore Hard Disc Drive to External USB Drive “Yukimura” allows PS4 owners to back-up and restore the hard disc to and from an external USB drive. Hard disc drive data includes settings, saved data, screenshots and video clips as well as games, patches and download data.

PS4 owners will now be able to search for Facebook friends with their linked account. Friend requests and Real Name requests can be sent together in one step when adding a friend on the PS4 system. The update will allow users to easily view what their friends are playing by adding a “Friends Who Play This” section on each game detail page, while also highlighting which friends are currently online and playing it. The process to create a Party has also been streamlined with a reduction in the number of steps required. Additionally, the What’s New section will now feature a section where users can see what their friends are currently playing enabling them to join in the game if they own it or find out more on PlayStation Store.

PS4 owners have been sharing their most impressive gaming moments since the launch of the system, and with “Yukimura,” a screenshot will automatically be captured when a Trophy is earned, making it easy for users to share their favorite gaming moments with their friends. The update will also make it easy for players to share Trophy information to Facebook, Twitter or via Message by pressing the SHARE button. Additionally, users will now be able to sort their Trophy list by “Earned Date,” “Not Earned,” and “Grade,” as well as the option to remove games from the Trophy list that have zero percent completion.

Improved and Expanded Accessibility Options “Yukimura” introduces new options to customize the user experience with the PS4 system, making it easier for gamers with impaired vision and limited manual dexterity to play. Customized button assignments for DUALSHOCK 4 and a zoom feature for displayed pictures and inverted colors will be available for all system functions, apps and games. Text-to-speech and enlarged text will be available across the graphical user interface, including Message and Party, and enlarged text will also be enabled for use in the system’s browser. Bolder fonts and higher contrast UI will be available for all system applications but will not apply to games or third-party applications.

Additional features and updates introduced with “Yukimura” include:

*              Remote Play and Share Play: For games that support 60 fps, users will be able to stream those games with 60 fps for both Remote Play and Share Play on supported devices.
*              Automatic Installation for System Software Updates: Users will be able to automatically install future system software updates.
*              Sub-Account Upgrade: Users 18 years of age or older with sub-accounts will be able to upgrade to a master account directly on the PS4 system, removing restrictions on chat and enabling users to add funds to their Wallet, purchase content and more.
*              Verified Accounts: Verified accounts for game industry professionals, including developers, producers, designers and community managers will appear with a badge.
*              Dailymotion.com: Players will have the ability to upload video clips directly to Dailymotion via the SHARE button.

The PlayStation Vita system and PlayStation App for smartphones and tablets will also receive system software updates with the same timing as “Yukimura,” adding complementary features to those added to the PS4 system with the update. PS Vita update version 3.50 and PlayStation App update version 2.50 will add new accessibility options, including enlarge text, increase contrast and more. This update also enables PS Vita systems to support 60 fps streaming for Remote Play.

For more information, including the full list of features added to the PlayStation 4 system, PlayStation Vita system and PlayStation App, please visit: www.us.playstation.com