Train2Game News Ultimate Game of 2019

Voting is now open in the Ultimate Game of the Year 2019 category for this year’s Golden Joystick Awards.

The voting shortlist is only open for one week, so vote now for your game of 2019. Voting closes on Friday November 1st at 5pm GMT.

The shortlisted games are:

  • Apex Legends (EA / Respawn Entertainment)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Activision Blizzard / Infinity Ward)
  • Control (505 Games / Remedy Entertainment)
  • Disco Elysium (Studio ZA/UM / Studio ZA/UM)
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Nintendo / Intelligent Systems)
  • Gears 5 (Xbox Game Studios / The Coalition)
  • Outer Wilds (Annapurna Interactive / Mobius Digital)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom / Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Activision / FromSoftware)
  • Telling Lies (Annapurna Interactive / Furious Bee)
  • The Outer Worlds (Private Division / Obsidian Entertainment)
  • Untitled Goose Game (House House / Panic Inc.)

Daniel Dawkins, Content Director, Games and Film at GamesRadar+ said:
“As this console generation reaches maturity, we’ve never seen such a diverse field of Ultimate Game of the Year nominees: free-to-play shooters, the rebirth of FMV storytelling, hardcore RPGs and a meme-generating goose. Based on Golden Joystick Awards voting so far, indie games are more than capable of competing with AAA blockbusters, and this UGOTY shortlist is too close to call. The Ultimate Game of the Year award – now in its 37th year – holds a special place in the industry’s affections since it is voted for by the people who buy and play games. Every vote makes a difference.”

The main event will be hosted by comedian Danny Wallance, with a pre-show, hosted by Alix Wilton Regan.

The whole event will be live streamed via the Golden Joystick’s Twitch channel from 3:30pm GMT, so viewers can follow all the action live on the night.

The Golden Joystick Awards honour the games and developers that have transformed the global games industry in 2019. The event features over 20 categories, the majority of which are voted for by the public. The event was first held in 1983 and since then it has grown to become the world’s largest public voted gaming awards brand.

To stay up to date with news from the Golden Joystick Awards follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

Train2Game News Pixeljam Complete Mega-Bundle

The PIXELJAM COMPLETE mega-bundle is the definitive collection of creative output from one of the older indie game studios around: Pixeljam Games.

Pixeljam has strived to establish itself over the last 14 years as a developer of small and pure entertainment experiences that often focus on the strange, humorous or everyday details of life.

PIXELJAM COMPLETE contains over 20 DRM-Free games, including but not limited to:

Dino Run DX : prehistoric multiplayer racer

Gamma Bros : SHMUP about brotherly love

Glorkian Warrior : galaga-esque cartoon platformer

Cheap Golf : surreal minigolf adventure

Last Horizon : ambient space exploration

Wrath Of Pegasus : mythological aerial brawler

Snowball! : winter-themed pinball

Potatoman Seeks The Troof : potatosophical platformer

The collection also includes browser games that are finally available to play offline, soundtracks to every game, prototypes and alphas from unfinished projects, concept art, comics, wallpapers, Gifs, design docs, idea sketches and much more.

For more information, please visit pixeljam.com

Train2Game News Ugly Nintendo Christmas Jumpers

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Geek Store, home of the best official video game, movie, TV show, and comic book merchandise, is always ready for Christmas.

That’s why they’re already preparing for the festive season – thanks to an official range of knitted Xmas sweaters!

Designed and manufactured by the merchandise experts at Numskull, the range of official sweaters features 18 new designs – including Spyro, Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and more!

If you’re a fan of all things Nintendo, you’ll want to jump in early on the set of official Nintendo sweaters, exclusive to Geek Store!

Super Mario Christmas Jumper / Ugly Sweater

Ohhhh, Mamma Mia! What better garment to wear this festive season than rocking a 100% knitted Super Mario Christmas jumper? Charm the socks off Princess Peach with this winter piece, as it showcases all your favourite Mario characters in patch embroidery throughout the front. Not to forget, the gorgeous snowflake details and Power Stars dotted around makes this a staple wardrobe addition for any Mario enthusiast.

Official Pokémon Christmas Jumper / Ugly Sweater

Do you want to be the very best? Like no one ever was? Fulfil your potential as a true Pokémon master for Christmas with this high-quality knitted jumper. Emblazoned with a patch embroidery of Pikachu rocking a Santa hat and the three original starter Pokémon, this winter sweater is one for all Pokémon fans looking to embody the Christmas spirit!

Official Super Mario Princess Peach Christmas Jumper / Ugly Sweater

Gain a loyal following of Toads for the festive season with this high-quality knitted Christmas jumper, capturing Princess Peach’ iconic colours of pink. To add a classic seasonal taste, its decorated with cute snowflakes, bells and stars. Emblazoned with a patch embroidery of Princess Peach herself, this winter garment is sure to make you feel like a royal member of the Mushroom Kingdom!

These are:

– Official Nintendo products

– Exclusive to Geek Store

– 100% knitted (not printed!)

– Handcrafted high-quality patch embroidery and enhanced details

– Premium quality yarn for extra comfort

– Unisex design and fit, and can be worn all year round

– Available in sizes 2XS, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL

– Worldwide shipping – available right now!

– Princess Peach size 4XL and Super Mario size S are currently on preorder, estimated release mid-November

Geek Store’s exclusive Nintendo Christmas sweaters are available worldwide.

Go here to find out more

Train2Game News Pixel Game Maker MV Game Development Challenge

The Pixel Game Maker MV Game Development Challenge, a contest seeking talented developers using the intuitive yet fully-featured 2D game engine from Playism and Kadokawa Corporation, is now underway.

Taking place until March 30, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. PT, the competition offers a grand prize award of ¥1,000,000 JPY (approx. £7,539) and opportunities to be among the first Pixel Game Maker MV creations published on Nintendo Switch. In addition to the grand prize, there are award categories for side view, top view, multiplayer games, and more. Winning entries may also be adapted into books, comics, and more.

Sister software to RPG Maker, which sold more than 2,000,000 copies worldwide, Pixel Game Maker MV puts 2D game development in the hands of first-time developers with no programming knowledge while maintaining the flexibility, power, and depth required by long-time game creators through extensible scripting.

Featuring native physics and local multiplayer support as well as 20 sample games and a host of modern, sci-fi, and fantasy assets, Pixel Game Maker MV makes it easy to get started prototyping. Developers can carry their games through to completion using the assets to hand or import their own to create top-down or sidescrolling action games in any genre.

“If you can imagine it, you can create it with Pixel Game Maker MV,” said Noboru Mogami, producer, Kadokawa Corporation. “With this contest, we’re hoping to find amazing talents to highlight and nurture. We’ve already seen some truly wonderful things come out of our community so far and we’re looking forward to the delights our creators still have in store for us.”

Pixel Game Maker MV is available now on Steam in Japanese, English and Simplified Chinese for $84.99 USD/£67.99.

The full official rules can be found on the Pixel Game Maker MV Game Development Challenge page. For more information about the engine, please visit the Pixel Game Maker MV official website, Facebook page and follow @PixelGameMaker on Twitter.

Train2Game News Gayming Live Career Help

A full day of careers advice, CV polishing, job opportunities and more will be held during the Gayming Live week, which is being held throughout London from Monday September 30th.

On Wednesday October 2nd, people interested in a career in games are invited along to Soho Radio on Great Windmill Street, London, where staff from multi-award-winning specialist games recruitment agency Amiqus will be on hand to provide advice on the multitude of positions options available – and, importantly, how to get a foot on the careers ladder.

What’s more, visitors to the event will be even be able to apply for jobs there and then.

This event is suitable for people of all levels, whether you’re new to the industry, or a seasoned pro looking for their next big move!

In addition, there will be a series of careers-focused radio shows broadcast throughout the day. These can be accessed via http://www.sohoradiolondon.com.

“We’re delighted to be able to be hosting the Careers Day during the Gayming Live week,” said Liz Prince, Business Manager at Amiqus. “We know that there are many, many students who desperately want to move into the exciting world of video games, but don’t know where to start. Similarly, we want to show those who aren’t necessarily gamers that there’s a place for them within games – whether that’s in programming, marketing, design, audio, media or beyond. We look forward to welcoming anyone with an interest in games to Soho Radio.”

Robin Gray, Co-Founder of Gayming Magazine, and the brainchild of Gayming Live added: “Our Careers Day during Gayming Live is for everyone with an interest in working in games, not just those within the LGBTQ community. We look forward to welcoming students and more along to Soho House, and hopefully kickstarting some new careers!”

Sponsored by Chappy, Green Man Gaming’s Pride Run, Mediatonic, Amiqus, Fusebox Games, Modern Wolf and Failbetter Games – and supported by Ditch The Label, Soho Radio, Jaegermeister and Magic Notion – Gayming Live will take place from September 30th until Saturday October 5th, with a series of events taking place at a pop-up shop in Great Windmill Street, London. A dedicated Gayming radio show will take also take place throughout the week, with all the events and initiatives throughout Gayming Live designed to bring the community together and replicate the ethos and fun of the Gayming magazine itself.

Highlights of the Gayming Live week include:

  • Discover the art of gaming – an exhibition of LGBTQ game artists
  • Pride Run preview & competition – check out the dance-tastic new game from Green Man Gaming
  • LGBTQ industry mixer – grab a drink and network with fellow industry professionals
  • Careers workshops – CV polishing and advice, courtesy of Amiqus
  • Ginny Lemon’s 8-Bit Drag Show – Video games meet drag queens
  • Writing for video games – Story writers from Fusebox Games will be offering top tips and ideas

These events are FREE to attend. The itinerary and locations can be found here – https://gaymingmag.com/gayminglive2019/