Train2Game News NEW Pokémon Games

During yesterdays Pokémon Direct presentation, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, announced Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the newest additions to the main series of Pokémon role-playing video games.

Developed by GAME FREAK inc., Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be launching late 2019 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch™ system.

The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games take place in the Galar region. Galar is an expansive region with diverse environments— an idyllic countryside, contemporary cities, thick forest, and craggy, snow-covered mountains.

The people and the Pokémon who live there work together closely to develop the industries in the region.

Fans will have the opportunity to visit various Gyms in the Galar region in their quest to become Champion.

They will not be alone, since the newly discovered Pokémon they choose to be their first partner will be by their side.

“Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are the latest exciting adventures in the Pokémon video game journey that began twenty-three years ago on this day,” said Mr. Ishihara. “Since then, Trainers around the world have discovered new Pokémon, engaged in epic battles, and made countless memories along the way. We look forward to continuing this journey by exploring a stunning new region in the Pokémon universe when the games launch later this year on Nintendo Switch.”

The adventure begins in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield when players choose one of three new Pokémon—Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble. Grookey, a Grass-type Chimp Pokémon, is mischievous and full of boundless curiosity. Bursting with energy, Scorbunny, a Fire-type Rabbit Pokémon, is always running about. The stealthy Sobble, a Water-type Water Lizard Pokémon, shoots out attacks as it hides in water.

For more information about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, please visit www.Pokemon.com/SwordShield.

Train2Game News Games Media Brit List

Simon Miller will once again be laying the smackdown as host of the second annual Games Media Brit List awards.

That’s right people, the games media legend, host of The Miller Report, pro wrestler and all-around badass will be keeping order at what will be the best night of the year if you work in, around or with the UK’s games media.

The Games Media Brit List will once again celebrate the very best in games writing and broadcasting on Thursday, May 16th 2019 at London’s Rix Mix.

Returning after a rip-roaring inaugural 2018 event, the Games Media Brit List awards are open to anyone involved in the games and esports media – specialist consumer journalists, B2B reporters, vloggers, media brands, national media reviewers and more.

Miller said: “It’s a pleasure to host the second-ever Games Media Brit List, especially as there was that one Tweet which said it would never last that long. Just goes to show you can never truly rely on social media.

“I do look forward to seeing the industry’s best (and Chris Bratt) gathered in one place, though, to give much-deserved credit to all those who work so hard and show so much passion for games. You’re only as young as you feel! That doesn’t really tie in. I just thought it would be a nice way to end a quote…”

The Games Media Brit List awards provide a showcase of UK games media talent and will highlight achievements from the previous 12 months – whether for excellent reporting, influencer reach, or creative ingenuity.

The nominations period closes on Friday, February 28th – for a full list of categories and to nominate click here: https://www.gamesmediabritlist.com/enter-the-awards

As well as the awards themselves, the Games Media Brit List will once again bring together the games media community and the wider industry for an evening of entertainment and networking in the buildup to E3, the global industry’s leading trade event in LA.

And for finalists, the Games Media Brit List will once again be completely free to attend.

Train2Game News GameBlast19 SMASHES £100,000

People who took part in SpecialEffects GameBlast19 smashed the target of £100,000!

SpecialEffects CEO, Dr Mick Donegan recorded this video to show his appreciation

GameBlast took place over the weekend and saw participants raising money streaming their gaming marathons.

Since 2014 it’s raised over £680,000 and this year adds over £100,000 to that total.

All the money raised goes to support the SpecialEffect charity who work to help disabled gamers play their favourite games.

A representative of SpecialEffect said “You wouldn’t believe just how awestruck we are and grateful to everyone who’s given up their valuable time, energy, sleep and money towards this years’ event.

To watch hundreds of gamers cheerfully committing themselves to crazy hours of game time and taking on ludicrous forfeits, all in the name of helping disabled gamers to have a chance to shine has been both humbling and uplifting for the whole team here.”

If you would still like to donate go to https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/gameblast19

Train2Game News Devs.tv launches March 1st

Devs.tv will launch its new gaming industry platform on March 1st and starts a completely new streaming talk show at the same time.

Devs Talk is a new gaming industry talk show hosted by Devs.tv.

The first show of the first season will be streamed on March 1st at http://future.devs.tv.

The date is carefully picked to coincide with a National Futures Day in Finland. Great industry leading panelists will talk about the future of games and what are the key trends of the gaming industry in 2020-2030.

Devs Talk is a free monthly streaming show with new themes and guests each month. The show is produced in Helsinki, Finland at Devs.tv Studio.

The first show’s panelists are Adnan Selimovic (Founder of Data United and researcher in data science and user psychology), KooPee Hiltunen (Director of the Finnish game industry hub NeoGames), Natasha Bulatovic Trygg (Game developer, Entrepreneur, Academic & Teacher, Chairperson of IGDA Finland) and Vesa Raudasoja (Chairman of IGDA.org and Founder of Devs.tv). The host of the show is Björn Lindholm (Game Dev Company).

The first show’s agenda on March 1st is the following: 10.00 EST / 15.00 GMT / 17.00 EET: Welcoming words 10.05 EST / 15.05 GMT / 17.05 EET: Panel Introduction 10.15 EST / 15.15 GMT / 17.15 EET: Panel Discussion 11.30 EST / 16.30 GMT / 18.30 EET: Q&A with the panel 12.15 EST / 17.15 GMT / 19.15 EET: End of the stream

Devs.tv will be the primary resource and toolkit for anyone interested in the gaming industry. More info will follow on March 1st.

Train2Game News SpecialEffect GameBlast This Weekend

GAME is excited to announce that for the fifth year running they will be hosting their annual gaming marathon in support of SpecialEffect over the weekend of 22-24 February.

GameBlast is the UK’s longest-running charity gaming event, with hundreds of individual gamers, community groups and companies raising over £680,000 since 2014.

With GAME’s purpose to fuel the passion for gaming, SpecialEffect’s fantastic work is very close to company’s heart and the team believe that Gameblast is the perfect way to change the lives of disabled gamers.

Visit GAME’s Gameblast19 website www.gameblast.game.co.uk to see what the company have planned, including a detailed stream schedule and what’s going on in GAME stores and BELONG arenas around the country.

Presented by @bex_bomb from GAME’s Aberdeen store, the team will be live streaming from 10am on Saturday 23rd February, running through until 10am Sunday morning.

Here are just a few things taking place:

• Gameplay with hot new titles such as Trials Rising, GRIP, Anthem and Apex Legends
• GAME will be linking directly with SEGA’s Gameblast stream to play Sonic Allstars Racing Transformed
• There will be a speed run of Celeste & an Uno ‘Room of Doom’
• Various unique and exciting items will be part of GAME’s ebay auction, including a giant Vault Boy statue www.ebay.co.uk/itm/292970674384
• …and of course, a few challenges and forfeits as always!

Following its success last year, there will be the option in store for customers to donate their trade-in to charity, so why not pop in to see what’s going on and pick up a pin badge!

Train2Game News UK Games Consultancy

Award-winning industry pioneers Philip and Andrew Oliver today announce the launch of their new games consultancy business Game Dragons.

It follows their recent departure as studio heads of Rebellion Warwick.

Game Dragons aims to offer professional, impartial advice across a wide array of games industry business and technical fields but will be focused on delivering consultancy services to scale-up developers, investors and brand holders.

The brothers have been a leading part of the UK games industry since its inception in the early 1980s. Over the following 35+ years, they have established and run three companies, employed over 600 people and been responsible for creating over 160 games across all platforms, selling over 45 million units with a retail value in excess of £1.2bn.

They founded and ran the award-winning Blitz Games Studios for 23 years, and went on to sell their next business, Radiant Worlds, to Rebellion in 2017 for a multi-million-pound sum. They were founder members of trade association TIGA and BGI, and have been regular long-term high-level advisors to a variety of trade bodies, government agencies and business organisations.

Philip Oliver is excited by the new venture, “We’ve always been happy to informally support and advise other people as they build their businesses, and have been lucky enough to receive some of the same support from others, but it’s not always easy to do that when you’re bound by your own clients’ needs and NDAs. We’re now looking forward to being able to share our experiences in a truly independent way, and help people to succeed.”

Andrew Oliver agrees: “We’ve worked with some of the biggest publishing, technology, entertainment and software companies over our years in business, and we’ve seen a lot of things come and go. We know that this industry can be unpredictable and ever-evolving so we feel we’re perfectly placed to help other companies navigate their futures.”

To find out more visit www.GameDragons.com

Train2Game News Fork Parker’s Crunch Out

Developer Mega Cat Studios and publisher Devolver Digital have announced that their brand-new Super Nintendo release Fork Parker’s Crunch Out is complete and available for sale – all without a minute of development crunch.

Game collectors and Fork Parker groupies can grab one of the 500 remaining Fork Parker’s Crunch Out cartridge and box sets from the limited edition 1,000 produced: http://megacatstudios.com/products/fork-parkers-crunch-out

Fork Parker’s Crunch Out is a collaboration between Mega Cat Studios, Devolver Digital, and Take This for the label’s first-ever Super Nintendo Entertainment System release starring the company’s larger than life CFO, Fork Parker.

The game aims to raise awareness of the all too real issue of game dev crunch through a playful look at the pressures of game development, exaggerated by the menace that is a game publisher executive.

Devolver Digital is donating 100% of their profits from sales to Take This to support their ongoing efforts to raise awareness and combat mental health issues.

Learn more about Take This and their noble efforts: www.takethis.org.

Train2Game News Games Finance Market 2019

Momentum is building behind the upcoming fourth annual Games Finance Market, part of London Games Festival, which has secured participation from a number of world-renowned investors and game funders.

60 different investors are expected to attend the event on 3 and 4 April in central London, running during the wider 2-14 April 2019 London Games Festival. The event has grown in popularity since its 2016 debut and continues to attract investor heavyweights looking to fund new games businesses and hear innovative pitches.

Recent research has shown that the global appetite for games investments is soaring, with $5.7bn spent on games companies in 2018 – double the amount in 2017.

New to the Market in 2019 are a range of established world-famous investors who haven’t visited before but have been attracted to London and the Games Festival by its unique mix of talent, culture and cost-effectiveness. These include Accel, Balderton Capital, BigBen Interactive, Chucklefish, DMM, ExWorks Capital, Finstock Capital, Gameforge, Kowloon Nights, Private Division, and Triple Dragon.

They join other previously-confirmed attendees including All 4 Games, Altered VC, Authentic Media Group, BFI, Curve Digital, Goldfinch Entertainment, Greenlight Games, Green Man Gaming Publishing, ID@Xbox, Microsoft, London Venture Partners, Marvelous Europe, Miniclip, Northern Ireland Screen, PlayStack and SEGA.

Developers can still apply to be part of the market and get a chance to meet these visiting investors – more information can be found at http://gfm.games.london, while the deadline to apply is midnight GMT on Monday, 18 February 2019.

The Games Finance Market is part of London Games Festival and is backed by the Mayor of London. It is delivered by Games London, an initiative from Film London, the capital’s screen industries agency, and video games trade body Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment).

Find out more at www.games.london and follow @londongamesfest for more updates over the coming weeks and months.

Train2Game News Argos let you step in to Pacific City

To celebrate the highly anticipated launch of Crackdown 3, leading video gaming retailer Argos created a piece of interactive art to transport fans into the game’s Pacific City.

The 3D artwork, by artists 3D Joe and Max, was displayed outside the Old Street Argos store in London on Friday, offering customers the chance to experience the game in the real world.

Commuters and gaming fans were invited to step into the Crackdown 3-inspired optical illusion and explore the game’s Pacific City.

Crackdown 3 fans posted pictures of themselves leaping into the artwork of Pacific City on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ArgosxCrackdown3 throughout the day and those who showed Argos staff the picture received a small discount on the game.

Peter Wray, Senior Buyer at Argos, said: “We wanted to celebrate the launch of Crackdown 3 in a way that would captivate our customers and allow them to visit the virtual world in real life. We are confident that this experience will transport them into the stunning virtual world and get them even more fired up about grabbing a copy of the game to take home”.

Mike Rapson, Xbox Senior Category Manager at Microsoft, said: “We are delighted that our fans can experience the game in such a creative and interactive way. Crackdown 3 encourages players to destroy parts of the city to boost their abilities, so the artwork, which shows a London street falling into Pacific City, really brings this world to life.

3D Joe and Max are known for their immersive artwork and seemed like the natural choice for such a collaboration. We hope the illusion will dazzle both gamers and commuters alike, as well as demonstrating the vibrant gaming culture that exists in the UK.’

The long-awaited game is available now as a standalone product or with Xbox Game Pass, which provides unlimited access to over 100 Xbox games for one monthly price.

Game Pass customers have access to exclusive discounts and the latest Xbox games on the day they’re released, with new ones added every month.

Train2Game News The World Is Square

Scarlet Moon Records is excited to release THE WORLD IS SQUARE, a Valentine’s Day tribute to Squaresoft JRPGs from the SNES and PSX eras lovingly arranged by producer and videogame remixing pioneer Mustin.

Mustin – best known as the co-founder of OneUp Studios and The OneUps – arranges fan-favorite tracks from Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI, and Final Fantasy VII in a series of smooth ballads including live violin and guitar. Each track is dedicated to a special girl in Mustin’s life, making a perfect musical accompaniment for Valentine’s Day. THE WORLD IS SQUARE is licensed and available today:

THE WORLD IS SQUARE on Bandcamp
THE WORLD IS SQUARE on iTunes
THE WORLD IS SQUARE on Spotify

“I spent countless hours as a kid playing through these games,” notes arranger/ and producer Mustin. “Adulthood didn’t seem to hinder me in any way seeing as how I have bought every release and remake of Final Fantasy IV. Every one of these themes is a time travel device that takes me back to my youth – sharing the emotions of these characters on my screen. I hope the listeners share my nostalgia!”

The full track listing for THE WORLD IS SQUARE is as follows:

01. Fear of the Heavens (Secret of Mana)
02. Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV
03. Theme of Love (Final Fantasy IV)
04. Forest Butterflies [“Secret of the Forest”] (Chrono Trigger)
05. From the Bottom [“Bottom of the Night”] (Chrono Trigger)
06. Coin Song (Final Fantasy VI)
07. Lonely Girl [“Terra”] (Final Fantasy VI)
08. Serenity [“Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII”]

Digital purchases on Bandcamp and iTunes include a sleek digital booklet with artwork, track credits, and liner notes. A limited physical edition CD is also available on Bandcamp to enjoy the lovely cover illustration by Scarlet Moon graphic designer Connary Fagen in all its pixelated glory.