Train2Game News War Child Charity Campaign

War Child UK – the specialist charity for children caught up in conflict – has today announced a ground-breaking new charity campaign, in association with dozens of games content creators, developers and publishers.

  GAME ACTION will incorporate two key strands: The War Child Winter Streaming Festival, and The War Child Winter Sale.  All money raised will help to fund War Child’s mission: to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in war. 

  The War Child Winter Streaming Festival will run from October 23rd to November 28th. A ‘celebration of gaming culture’, gaming fans from all over the world will be able to tune in to watch many of their favourite streamers having a blast online, all while raising money for a good cause. Kicking off with a 11-hour marathon stream from DIVA, Game Action will also feature the global reveal of Football Manager 2022 Xbox Edition. War Child has also partnered with various streamers and creators to bring incredible content to their fans across the five weeks. All streams will be free to view on Twitch.tv and donations will be taken via Tilitify.

  The War Child Winter Sale will run from November 2nd to 9th and will be War Child’s largest sale to date. With dozens of games across multiple genres, gamers will be able to grab a bargain on Steam or Google Play and know that some or all of the royalties will be going to War Child.

  Head of Gaming Partnerships at War Child, David Miller explained, “2020 and 2021 have been incredibly tough for everyone in and around games. We knew that something different and innovative was needed if we were going to maintain our position as one of the leading charities working in the games space. The reaction of creators, devs and publishers to our plans has been overwhelmingly positive and we are so incredibly thankful to everyone for their continued support of War Child. We hope that everyone involved has a great time with this and comes back next year for more!”

  The full schedule of events for the War Child Winter Streaming Festival will be made available at launch on War Child’s social channels. The participating games in the War Child Winter Sale will be announced on Steam at 10am on November 2nd.

To find out more about War Child you can check out the following links:

Web: https://www.warchild.org.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warchilduk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WarChildUK
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/warchilduk/

Train2Game News Voting Opens For 39th Golden Joystick

Voting opens today in the 39th Golden Joystick Awards presented by GamesRadar+, the world’s largest public-voted games awards show, attracting millions of votes every year.

Players from all over the world will decide which games, developers, publishers and personalities will take home this year’s Golden Joystick Awards.
 

Fans are invited to vote in 20 categories including ‘Best Storytelling’, ‘Best Studio’, ‘Most Wanted’ and the coveted ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’.

Voting closes at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT / 11pm GMT on Friday, November 5.
 

This year the awards are also celebrating ‘50 Years of Games’* with two special awards – ‘Ultimate Game of All Time’ and ‘Best Gaming Hardware of All Time’. These two special awards will open for voting once the main voting categories close in early November.
 

All the winners will be revealed in a virtual celebration of games on Tuesday, November 23 with an all-digital awards show across all major streaming platforms.
 

Daniel Dawkins, Content Director, Games explains more: “Last year’s Golden Joystick Awards was our first all-digital show – and our most-viewed awards ever, reaching over 12 million total views. For 2021, we’re streamlining the viewing experience by trimming the number of categories and nominees in each shortlist, allowing us to focus on key awards and the brilliant people who drive the games industry forward.
 

“Trimming the shortlists has made judging even more hotly-debated than ever, but we’re thrilled at the diversity of this year’s nominees, which reflect the importance of indie games and long-running service games during 2021 where a number of high-profile titles have faced unavoidable delays. We’re thrilled to see Wildermyth and Psychonauts 2 leading the shortlist with four nominations each, alongside huge titles such as Call of Duty: Warzone, Resident Evil Village and Ratchet and Clank.
 

“This year’s Golden Joystick Awards is really special, since we’ll be celebrating 50 Years of Games, and the launch of the world’s first commercially available coin-op, Computer Space in November 1971. You can look forward to a sweeping retrospective of the industry we love so much – including some of its most-loved games and faces – plus an evolution of our virtual-stage from last year’s show. To cap it all, we’ll be inviting people to vote for their Ultimate Game of All Time and Best Gaming Hardware of All Time – which I’m sure won’t be contentious at all.”
 

The 2021 Golden Joystick Awards public voted categories are:
 

  • Best Storytelling
  • Best Multiplayer Game
  • Best Visual Design
  • Best Game Expansion
  • Best Audio
  • Best Performer
  • Best Indie Game
  • Still Playing
  • Studio of the Year
  • Best Gaming Community
  • PC Game of the Year
  • Best Gaming Hardware
  • Mobile Game of the Year
  • PlayStation Game of the Year
  • Xbox Game of the Year
  • Nintendo Game of the Year
  • Ultimate Game of the Year
  • Most Wanted Game
  • Ultimate Game of All Time voting opens in November
  • Best Gaming Hardware of All Time voting opens in November

Two additional category winners will be selected by a panel of journalists from brands including gamesradar.com, pcgamer.com, Edge magazine, Retro Gamer, and Play, plus Future’s trusted network of freelance writers. These winners will be revealed on the night.
 

  • Breakthrough Award
  • Critics Choice Award

Voting opens today and closes at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT / 11pm GMT on Friday, November 5.
 

For more information visit Golden Joystick Awards 2021 or follow The Golden Joysticks Awards on Twitter and Facebook   #GoldenJoysticks

Train2Game News Gotham Knights Story Trailer

Warner Bros. Games and DC have revealed a new story trailer for Gotham Knights, the upcoming open-world, third-person action RPG in development by Warner Bros. Games Montréal.

Debuted at DC FanDome, the video features the game’s main antagonist, the fabled Court of Owls, a secret society made up of Gotham City’s wealthiest families. The trailer also introduces Oswald Cobblepot (also known as The Penguin), the infamous DC Super-Villain who seemingly knows important details about this omnipresent silent predator and the threat it poses to Gotham and its new guard of DC Super Heroes – Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin.

  As part of DC FanDome, fans were also treated to a behind-the-scenes featurette for Gotham Knights, with commentary from Jim Lee (Comic Book Artist, Publisher & Chief Creative Officer at DC), Scott Snyder (Writer & Co-Creator of “The Court of Owls”), Greg Capullo (Comic Book Artist & Co-Creator of “The Court of Owls”), Patrick Redding (Gotham Knights Creative Director, Warner Bros. Games Montréal) and Ann Lemay (Gotham Knights Narrative Director, Warner Bros. Games Montréal), who all expand on the Courts of Owls origins, lore and inspiration in bringing this elusive enemy to the interactive world of Gotham Knights.

  Gotham Knights allows players to step into the roles of Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin, a new guard of trained DC Super Heroes who must rise up as the protectors of Gotham City in the wake of Batman’s death. The game will be playable either solo or as a two-player, online cooperative experience.

You can enjoy the new story trailer for Gotham Knights below:

  To learn more about Gotham Knights, visit GothamKnightsGame.com or join the community conversation on Twitter (@GothamKnights), YouTube (GothamKnights), Instagram (@GothamKnights), Facebook (GothamKnights) and Discord (GothamKnights).

Train2Game News Suicide Squad Kill the Justice League Story Trailer

Warner Bros. Games and DC today unleashed a new story trailer for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, the genre-defying, action-adventure third-person shooter in development from Rocksteady Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham series.

  Debuted at DC FanDome, the brand-new story trailer sheds light on the origins of Amanda Waller’s infamous Task Force X (a.k.a. the Suicide Squad) as Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang and King Shark grudgingly embark on their mission to take down the World’s Greatest DC Super Heroes, The Justice League.

Featuring an original narrative set within an expansive open-world Metropolis, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League puts the four DC Super-Villains on a collision course with an invading alien force and DC Super Heroes who are now laser-focused on destroying the city they once vowed to protect. All the while, the squad must be mindful of the lethal explosives implanted in their heads that could go off at the first sign of defiance.

Enjoy the story trailer below:

Squad: Kill the Justice League will be available worldwide in 2022 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC. To learn more, visit SuicideSquadGame.com or join the community conversation on Twitter (SuicideSquadRS), Instagram (SuicideSquadRS), YouTube (SuicideSquadRS), Twitch (Rocksteady), Facebook (SuicideSquadRocksteady) and Discord (SuicideSquadRS).

Train2Game News Guildford Games Festival 2021

Following on from a stellar 2020 event that featured more than 50 local studios, we can today excitedly announce that the Guildford Games Festival will return for its 2021 showcase this December.

Watch the announcement here! https://youtu.be/jQaaXldu_Kk

The digital festival – which will be kindly supported by headline sponsor Media Molecule, as well as Microsoft, Em3, Guildford Borough Council,  Charles Russel Speechlys, Microsoft, Nordisk Games, the University of Surrey, Hello Games, Criterion, Supermassive, and Perpetual – will take place on Friday 3rd December 2021 and will be streamed on Twitch, with other platforms TBC. 

Set to take part are: Purveyors of jump scares – Selen Ceri & Emily Cook of Supermassive Games, Jonny Hopper & Mike Ducker of Glowmade- a Guildford Indie Studio who have recently partnered with Amazon Gaming, and the team at EA Criterion. Viewers can also expect more than one appearance from headline sponsors Media Molecule plus developers from many other Guildford studios and businesses.

Like previous events, the Guildford Games Festival 2021 – or #GGFest21 for short -has been devised to celebrate Guildford’s significant achievements in the games development industry, with an aim of attracting new talent to the area and encouraging young people to consider careers in tech.

This year’s festival will take place as a digital event on December 3rd, and will be preceded by a physical awards ceremony the previous evening at the The Boileroom in Guildford, supported by the good folks at Glowmade, Liquid Crimson, Renaissance PR, Stellar Entertainment, and Supermassive.

According to Lauran Carter, Head of Communications at Liquid Crimson, last year’s event was a huge success, with more than nine hours of high quality, original video content, including both industry and consumer talks and workshops.

“Last year’s Guildford Games Festival blew us away, and we were able to help generate £2.8 million of sales on Steam for local studios in a special sale,” says Lauran Carter  “Guildford is a special place in the UK games scene – it’s been home to big studios for the last 25 years – but we’re proud that the Guildford Games Festival has proved itself capable of reaching out beyond our shores and grabbing the attention of the wider worldwide industry.”

The Awards will take place at The Boileroom on the 2nd December. The Guildford Game Dev Community will be encouraged to nominate their peers and colleagues via online voting form and the Guildford Games Devcord/Discord. The evening will be supported by music from Professor Elemental and hosted by Lauran Carter. The VIP attendees can expect *quite* the quirky shindig!

The Guildford Games Awards shines a spotlight on the individuals achieving amazing things within the Guildford Game Dev community. With categories such as Creativity, Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion as well as the Guildford Hero Award, the ceremony offers an opportunity for local developers to unite and celebrate the achievements of their community.

Nominations will be encouraged from all devs in the GU postcode, and will be judged by our panel of talented industry judges, featuring a line up of esteemed Guildford Developers and Creatives. The Guildford Game Dev community are encouraged to nominate their colleagues and peers via an online form: https://guildfordgames.typeform.com/to/Fh5USIKJ

The winners of the awards will be announced on social media on the night, follow @GuGamesFest and @liquidcrimson on twitter for the winner announcements as they come in, as well as the official guildford.games for news yet to come

You can watch The Guildford Games Festival live on twitch on the 3rd December, start time TBC, and if you’re a Guildford Developer you can join the official devcord for a watch-along party!

Train2Game News Acer Announce New Gaming PC

Acer today announced the expansion of its Predator gaming portfolio with new Predator Orion 7000 series desktops, featuring powerful performance in a stunning design, and two smart 4K gaming projectors.

Further enhancing the gaming experience is the Predator gaming desk, which offers two practical surface options and a convenient storage rack.

“Predator Orion 7000-series desktops are premium, powerful rigs for serious players who demand incredible performance from even the most demanding titles,” said Jeff Lee, General Manager, Stationary Computing, IT Product Business, Acer Inc.

“In order to offer that next-level performance, we’re excited to be among the first companies bringing the new 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs to our product portfolio.”

“12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors are a huge innovative leap forward for game performance and industry-leading memory, I/O and connectivity,” said Marcus Kennedy, General Manager of Gaming and Esports, Intel.

“Powering the pinnacle of its performance is the new performance hybrid architecture that combines two all-new compute cores to deliver blistering performance for high frame rates and multi-tasking performance that modern gamers expect.”  

Predator Orion 7000 – Upgradeable, Liquid-Cooled Gaming PC
The powerful new Predator Orion 7000 series (PO7-640) gaming desktops provide users with everything necessary to take on the latest generation games—and the next. Designed for hard-core gaming enthusiasts, these new upgradeable gaming PCs will be equipped with the latest 12th Gen Intel® Core overclockable processors, up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 series GPUs[[1]], and up to 64 GB DDR5-4000 RAM.

The stunning, EMI-compliant chassis features transparent, tempered glass side panels showcasing two 140 mm (5.5-inch) Predator FrostBlade 2.0 front fans and a third 120 mm (4.7-inch) Predator FrostBlade 2.0 rear fan that can be lit with a dazzling array of ARGB colours. The top of the Orion 7000’s case features an opening, making it possible for users to replace this 120 mm (4.7-inch) fan with a 240 mm (9.45-inch) one, while integrated PredatorSense software lets gamers control the ARBG lighting, fan speed and overclocking. Accenting the bold lighting and design is an illuminated teal blue Predator logo on the chassis’ front and an easily accessible teal prism-refraction power button on the system’s top.

Beyond these eye-catching aesthetics is exceptional thermal management, with the three aforementioned Predator FrostBlade 2.0 fans in addition to an AIO liquid CPU cooler and advanced airflow management to effectively cool system components. The FrostBlade fan’s thin and curved blades are designed to smoothly increase airflow without causing turbulence and to quickly dissipate heat. In addition, the fan’s wear-resistant and fully-sealed rifle bearings prevent lubricant leaks and the ingress of dust in order to maintain stability and extend the computer’s lifespan.

Intel® Killer 2.5G LAN gives gamers a competitive edge by detecting and prioritizing game traffic over other network traffic, resulting in smoother and faster connectivity for online games and streaming media. Intel® WiFi 6E (AX211)[1] and 2×2 MU-MIMO technology provide fast and secure wireless connectivity. A gaming beast, the Predator Orion 7000 provides plenty of ports for leveraging the latest gaming accessories. On the chassis’ front for quick access are three USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type C, and two audio jacks. On the back, there are three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, one USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C, two USB 2.0 ports, and three audio jacks.

Featuring ample storage, the rig includes a 2.5-inch USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C hotswap drive bay, 2x M.2 PCIe 4.0 NVIMe SSDs (up to 1 TB each) and two 3.5-inch SATA3 HDD (up to 3 TB each).

Predator GD711 and Predator GM712 Gaming Projectors
The Predator GD711 is a smart 4K LED gaming projector that is compatible with both console and PC gaming systems. The projector also features a built-in app market[[2]] that offers users access to a variety of streaming services. The Predator GD711 features a wide color gamut that amounts to 125% of the area ratio of Rec. 709[[3]], covering most of the color space within the gamut in addition to a significant area outside of it to offer gamers impressive levels of colour saturation. 4,000 LED lumens of brightness, high dynamic contrast and HDR10 performance ensures that content looks brilliant.

The projector includes several modes that users can shift between depending on their mood. Standard mode offers 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution for enjoying movies and videos in sharp detail, while two game modes—one for bright scenes, another for dark ones—let users pick frame settings optimized for the aesthetics of the game they’re playing. The Predator GD711 projects images with a variable refresh rate mode[[4]] of 1080p@120 Hz for consoles or up to a blazing fast 1080p@240 Hz for PCs, delivering buttery smooth performance even in the busiest of scenes. Furthermore, projecting at just 23 dBa when in ECO mode, this game-ready home theatre won’t break your immersion, either.

The Predator GD711 features a throw ratio of 1.22, which means it supports a wide range of throw sizes. Acer’s recommendation is a 100-inch screen thrown from just 2.70 m (8.85 ft). It also comes with the convenience of a 10W speaker and remote control that has an antimicrobial[[5]] coating on its surface and buttons. Excellent airflow dissipates heat, helping to deliver a long 30,000-hour lifespan. Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports for PCs and consoles, audio out for an extra speaker and three USB Type-A ports: One for the projector’s hidden wireless dongle, another for connecting wireless accessories, and another for DC 5V-out that also enables users to update the device’s firmware.

For users who prefer lamp-based projectors, the Predator GM712 is also available with 4K resolution and 3,600 ANSI lumens of brightness.

Predator Gaming Desk
The large 55-inch Predator gaming desk (PGD110) provides ample room for a gaming system, monitor, accessories, and more. Gamers can choose from two surfaces: one coated in easy-to-clean, stylish carbon fibre or another covered with a custom-designed Predator mouse pad. Outfitted with ample storage space, the Predator gaming desk comes with a rack for storing gamepads and/or cartridges, a headphone hook, a cup holder, and a tray tucked in the back for AC adapters. It also has the convenience of a headset cradle to save desk space, a cup holder to prevent spills, and a cable management cutout on each side of the desk to keep cables organized and out of the way. The desk is sturdy with the ability to hold up to 120 kg (264 lbs).

Pricing and Availability
The Predator Orion 7000 (P07-640) will be available in North America in Q2’22; in EMEA in Q1’22 starting at EUR 2,199; and in China in Q1’22, starting at RMB 20,000 and UK from £3500.

The Predator GD711 Projector (GD711) will be available in EMEA in December starting at EUR 1,499; and in China in November, starting at 11,999.

The Predator GM712 Projector (GM712) will be available in EMEA in January 2022 starting at EUR 1,399; and in China in November, starting at 10,999.

The Predator Gaming Desk (PGD110) will be available in EMEA in December starting at EUR 229.
Exact specifications, prices, and availability will vary by region. To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.com.
Visit Acer’s press kit for product images and specifications, or visit the next@acer press room to see all announcements.

Full product review here – https://bit.ly/3oYuNR5

Train2Game News World Esports Day 2021

The British Esports Association is proud to announce that it will host the second annual World Esports Day, due to take place on Saturday 23rd October 2021, and bring people together for a global celebration of esports. 

Following on from the success of last year’s activities, the event is coming back bigger and better to increase awareness of the positive impacts that esports has on society.

The campaign aims to celebrate all things competitive gaming,including the players, tournaments, streams, content, as well as other areas that help to build up the industry. 

World Esports Day is backed by the British Esports Association, as well as having further support from the Global Esports Federation, Singapore Esports Association and Twitch. 

After raising money for Special Effect in last year’s event, this year the selected charity is COVAX.

‘COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, abbreviated as COVAX, is a worldwide initiative aimed at access to COVID-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the World Health Organization.’ 

In light of the pandemic, British Esports decided it was best to support this charity in its journey to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to countries all around the world.

Funds raised will go straight to COVAX and allow more people globally to be protected amidst the current global situation. 

There are several ways to get involved with #WorldEsportsDay, whether you are an individual or organisation.

Some of the many things to do include: hosting an event, running a stream, doing an educational piece or even just promoting esports through social media. 

To give some inspiration, these are some of the activities completed last year:


RAF vs student show matches
Warzone Tournament
Fundraising Stream
Social Media Post
Merchandise Promotion


World Esports day allows for organisations to let their creativity shine through and help to celebrate all of the positive aspects of esports with people from around the globe. 

 
Download our activity deck:


British Esports has created a deck for individuals and organisations to gain more of an understanding about the day itself, as well as how they can get involved. 

This deck outlines the processes behind things like donations to give you more of an understanding about what happens in a more detailed way. 

The deck can be found here.


As well as the deck, there are also several assets and resources available to help get activities started, and for you to show your support for the campaign. 


These include:
– Social media templates
– Streaming overlays
– Donation ticker
– High-quality logos


All of the World Esports Day assets provided have the space for individuals and organisations to include their own branding, whilst showing their support for the day.


If you have any questions about the day, or how to get involved, contact us through info@worldesportsday.com, alternatively make sure to check out the World Esports Day website.


Already have a plan for an activity?

Fill out the form here to let us know what you’re doing to celebrate so we can help support.

Remember to use the hashtag #WorldEsportsDay and let us know what you are doing to celebrate.

Train2Game News Win The Ultimate Xbox Room

Does your gaming set-up have everything you need? Are you able to enjoy your games to their full potential? If the answer is ‘No’, Xbox and GAME are giving you the opportunity to completely transform your gaming space with an unbelieveable prize.
 

Be the envy of your friends and enjoy every minute of gaming with a custom fitted setup courtesy of Xbox and GAME.

They are offering one lucky winner a fully equipped Xbox and PC gaming setup that delivers the best possible gaming experience in time for Christmas!
 

Any GAME Reward card holding customers who have purchased an Xbox Series S between the 1st October to 1st November, will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win the ultimate gaming room!

This includes any customers who have taken advantage of the GAME Xbox Series S trade-in deal that ran from 1st until 10th October.
 

What can you win?

An Xbox Series X console, two years of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, an Xbox Wireless Controller, Xbox Wireless Headset, 65”TV, a Majority K2 Sound bar, two snakebyte gaming chairs, Gioteck TX70 Multi-platform Gaming Headset, PC Tower, PC desk, Gaming keyboard and mouse, Elgato webcam and Mic, £500 in GAME Elite Reward points and much, much more.
 

This sensational competition runs from 1st October and lasts until 1st November 2021.

Click here for more information and the terms and conditions.

Train2Game News PC Building Simulator Free For A Limited Time

Today we’re excited to announce that players in record numbers are now enjoying PC Building Simulator!

The cult-hit/repair ‘em up has been claimed over 2.5 million times since launching on the Epic Games Store yesterday as the free game of the week, with the first million achieved after just three hours of availability.

The game is also enjoying its highest ever number of concurrent users, with 1500% growth compared to previous peak numbers on PC. The title originally launched on Steam in 2018 and is currently preparing for the arrival of its biggest ever career mode expansion.
 
To celebrate the overwhelming response from fans, on the Epic Games Store we’re discounting the full range of DLC for PC Building Simulator for the remainder of its free week promotion, with 10% off all workshop DLCs and a chunky 50% off the Esports Expansion career pack.

Don’t worry if you’ve already bought the DLC on the Epic Games Store – players who have already jumped in will automatically receive a partial refund to match the new prices. 
 
In PC Building Simulator, build and grow your very own computer repair enterprise as you learn to diagnose, fix and build PCs. With real-world licensed components and comprehensive hardware and software simulation, you can plan and bring your ultimate PC to life.
 
PC Building Simulator is currently available free on Epic Games Store through October 14.

Check out the store page for more information.

Train2Game News Play Sea Hero Quest To Aid Alzheimer’s Research UK

After a successful journey gathering data from 4.3 million participating players, the groundbreaking citizen science app Sea Hero Quest is now available for studies of cognition and spatial navigation.
 

Sea Hero Quest started out in 2016 as a consumer mobile game to help scientists understand navigational abilities across the life course. By building a picture of how navigation ability changes in the general population, players could contribute to research identifying changes characteristic of early Alzheimer’s disease.
 

Originally led by Deutsche Telekom alongside Alzheimer’s Research UK and leaders in gaming, technology, academia and research, the award-winning app quickly became a citizen science phenomenon.
 

Tim Parry, Director at Alzheimer’s Research UK, helped to bring the app to the public. He said: “We were really humbled by the response. It was more popular than we could ever have expected, and we ultimately collected data from over 117 years of combined game play. People from all over the world downloaded Sea Hero Quest and provided anonymised demographic information so that we now have an incredible wealth of data relating to navigation ability as we age.”
 

Although the consumer version was removed from app stores when the original project concluded, Alzheimer’s Research UK has once again partnered with game developers GLITCHERS, University College London, the University of East Anglia, and web developers BoldLight to create a bespoke version for researchers.
 

Parry continues: “While clearly we embarked on the project with dementia studies in mind, we want to mobilise this resource towards the greatest possible benefit for global research. The app is free for researchers in any field, and we have developed a highly-usable study administration dashboard, with guidance and support for those looking to use it in their studies.”
 

This new phase of the project aims to provide researchers with a controllable, sensitive, safe, and easy way to administer digital cognitive assessment of navigation ability. The system allows researchers to create and fully manage prospective studies, invite targeted groups of participants to play through an easily download from the Android or Apple app stores, and provides access to study participants’ data in real time.
 

Prof Hugo Spires from University College London collaborated in the development and validation of the Sea Hero Quest app. Prof Spires’ team has led the analysis of the anonymous player data. He said: “Our validation testing showed that performance in the game is strongly correlated with performance in real-world tasks. While data gathered from citizen science projects is inherently noisy compared to lab research, the unprecedented scale of the project so far means that our benchmarking data far exceeds the accuracy of previous research in this area.
 

“The citizen science element of this project has already revealed new insights into human spatial navigation at a planet-wide scale. We’ve found that these abilities are clustered according to economic wealth and gender inequalities globally, and this may have significant implications for cognitive testing in cross-cultural studies and multi-centre clinical trials.”
 

Prof Michael Hornberger from the University of East Anglia had the original idea for the project. Prof Hornberger has been leading on applying the platform to dementia research. He said: “While obvious difficulties navigating commonly occur alongside cognitive problems in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, emerging evidence suggested that subtle navigation changes can precede memory deficits by many years. Detecting these changes could potentially allow for earlier diagnosis and, ultimately, earlier intervention. The challenge we have is reliably distinguishing the navigation changes we see in healthy ageing from the early signs of Alzheimer’s.
 

“The data from the mass-market phase of Sea Hero Quest is now helping to overcome this. My team has used the platform to show that we can detect people who are at genetic risk of Alzheimer’s based on how they play the game. These are people without deficits in standard neuropsychological testing.
 

“We are still in the early stages of our work with Sea Hero Quest and what it can help us to learn about the early stages of dementia. I hope that other areas of medical and psychological research take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the new phase of the project so that we maximise the potential of this powerful platform for research.”
 

To find out more about how to use Sea Hero Quest for research visit: www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/seaheroquest