Train2Game Hits Eurogamer Expo 2011 with Students, Gurus and more

 

Train2Game will be taking Eurogamer  Expo 2011 by storm with its biggest presence yet inviting anyone interested in joining the games industry to meet course advisors, current students and the brains behind the syllabus at the Train2Game stand.

Furthermore, keep your eyes peeled for Train2Game students across the show floor in bright orange T-shirts and grab the opportunity to hear more about the course, its future and how you can join the industry.

As part of Train2Game’s commitment to face-to-face time as a key part of students’ education, the show also provides another opportunity for those currently enrolled to touch base with their tutors and meet fellow course mates in the flesh. Building on the strong community established on the Train2Game forums, when the students come together, it’s often a key catalyst for spin-off projects and experiments.

Train2Game will also be running a competition for students to share photos of themselves wearing their T-shirts and win an iPad 2 with accompanying iOS Developer account, kick-starting their ability to develop for the platform. In addition, every photo uploaded to the Train2Game Facebook page will result in a donation to the charity, Child’s Play; a charity which donates consoles, games, books and toys to sick children in hospital.

“Our students are the best out there – they love the industry, they know their stuff and one day they’ll be exhibiting at events like Eurogamer for themselves” said Train2Game Course Director Tony Bickley

“In the meantime, we’re delighted to have hundreds of independent ambassadors representing us at the show, alongside our own stand for anyone who wants to learn more.”

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game competition: Codebox #1 – calling all coders!

Here it is the first of the new Train2Game monthly competitions – this month is the turn of the coders. We will need you to go to Student World to read the Terms and Conditions, they can be found in the ‘classroom section’.

All the information you need to enter is on the Competition thread on the Train2Game forum.

When submitting your entry you must confirm in the body of the email that you have read, understood and accept these Terms and Conditions.

Send your answers in to codeboxcompetition@drstudios.co.uk.
Closing date for entries is Monday, September 12th. We will announce the winners the following week.

The prize: The awesome Asus nVIDIA 3D GeForce GTX 560 TI DirectCu II TOP Graphics Card (1GB) worth nearly £200.00!

AND two runners up will also each receive a pair of tickets to the Eurogamer.

Due to the nature of floating point values, the exact result will be impossible to store in a double, so the winner will be the Search() function which comes the closest. In the event of identical results, the speed of the Search() function will be taken into account. In the event of identical speeds, the result will be drawn out of a hat. The decision of the judges will be final.

Good luck!


					

Train2Game interview with UFC Undisputed 3 Producer Neven Dravinski

 

Train2Game was at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from 17th August to 21st August. While there, we spoke with UFC Undisputed 3 Producer Neven Dravinski.

In an in-depth interview, he discussed what his role as producer involves, the game design process, the art & animation techniques used to model fighters, and much more.

Dravinski also reveals how he got into the games industry and gives advice on what Train2Game students should do to follow in his footsteps. Read the full interview below, or listen to it via Train2Game Radio.

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game at Gamescom: Interview with Halo: Anniversary developers 343

 

Train2Game were at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from 17th August to 21st August. While there, we spoke with 343 Executive Producer Dan Ayoub and Producer Dennis Ries about the upcoming and Halo: Anniversary.

In a wide ranging interview they discussed what elements of game design make Halo such a successful franchise, new features including 3D and classic mode, and offer Train2Game students advice on how to get into the games industry. 

Read the interview here on the Train2Game blog, then leave your comments here or on the Train2Game forum.

UK Charts: Deus Ex Human Revolution topples Zumba Fitness

Train2Game students will probably be relieved that for the first time in a very long time, Zumba Fitness isn’t top of the charts. The slow summer released schedule is at an end and Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the new UK No.1.

The Xbox 360 is the most popular format for Dues Ex: Human Revolution, with 57% of sales on the system.  Interestingly, Human Revolution debuts at No.1 while selling just 26,000 fewer copies than Deus Ex: Invisible War did in its entire selling life.

Long time chart topper – as often reported by the Train2Game blog – Zumba Fitness drops to No.2 with a 10% drop in sales, while Rugby World Cup 2011 debuts at No.3. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean drops to No.4, with a resurgent Call of Duty: Black Ops re-entering the top ten to take No.5.

Familiar names make up the following positions with, Cars 2, FIFA 11, Dirt 3 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, occupying No. 6 to No.9. Discounts see Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood complete the top ten.

The UKIE Gfk Chart-Track All Formats Top 10 for the week ending 27th August 2011 is therefore as follows:

1. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Square Enix)
2. Zumba Fitness (505 Games)
3. Rugby World Cup 2011 (505 Games)
4. LEGO: Pirates of the Caribbean (Disney Interactive)
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision)
6. Cars 2 (Disney Interactive)
7. FIFA 11 (EA)
8. Dirt 3 (Codemasters)
9. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Warner)
10. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft)

Releases this week included Driver San Francisco, Bodycount and Madden NFL 12.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Deus Ex: Human Revolution debuting at No.1? Will it stay there for awhile? Or will No.1 change often as various titles are released over the coming months?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: UKIE Games Charts©, compiled by GfK Chart-Track]

Train2Game at Gamescom: Interview with F1 2011 Chief Game Designer Steve Hood

 

Train2Game was at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from 17th August to 21st August. While there, we spoke with F1 2011 Chief Game Designer Steve Hood of Codemasters in a wide ranging interview.

Subjects included new Game Design features, how building for multiplayer differs to single player, adapting to the sports new rules and F1 2011’s art.

Hood revealed how he started in the games industry and gave Train2Game students advice on how to get in. Read the full interview below, or listen to it on Train2Game Radio.  Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game monthly student competitions

Train2Game Competition prize - NVIDIA Graphics card

Train2Game are running one student competition per month, this month it’s the turn of the coders!

Are you a coder on Train2Game’s Developer course? If yes, then this month’s feature competition is for you!

The prize: The awesome Asus nVIDIA 3D GeForce GTX 560 TI DirectCu II TOP Graphics Card (1GB) worth nearly £200.00!

AND two runners up will also each receive a pair of tickets to the Eurogamer.
That’s got to be worth a little of your time!

What do you have to do? Check the Train2Game forum on Monday, August 29th when we will post up the problem that we’d like you to solve!

Train2Game at Gamescom: Interview with RAGE Creative Director Tim Willits

 

Train2Game  attended Gamescom from 17th August to 21st August.  During our time in Cologne we were fortunate enough to get hands on time with RAGE and speak to Creative Director Tim Willits.  

During our interview he discussed the ideas, design and development process behind RAGE. Willits also reveals how he got into the industry through modding, and suggests Train2Game students should do the same if they want to follow in his footsteps.

Read the interview with RAGE Creative Director Tim Willits below, or listen to it on via Train2Game Radio.

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game at Gamescom: Metro Last Light interview

Train2Game  attended Gamescom from 17th August to 21st August.  During our time in Cologne we were fortunate enough to speak to Metro Last Light Producer John Block.

He discussed improvements over Metro 2033, keeping the game faithful to the books and the game design process. He also reveals how he got into the game industry and offers advice to Train2Game students as to how they can too.

Read the interview below, or listen to it via Train2Game Radio. Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game at Gamescom: Interview with Star Wars: The Old Republic Associate Lead Designer Emmanuel Lusinchi

 

Train2Game was at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from 17th August to 21st August. We caught up with Star Wars: The Old Republic Associate Lead Game Designer Emmanuel Lusinchi to discuss a variety of subjects.

These include, tailoring game design for an MMO, keeping the narrative in check with the Star Wars universe, the importance of community testing and the reasons behind PvP sport Huttball.

Lusinchi also revealed how he started in the games industry and gave Train2Game students advice on how to get in. Read the full interview below, or listen to it on Train2Game Radio. Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.