Train2Game News Genesis Does

Genesis Does.

A simple phrase that threw down the gauntlet against the competition.

More than just a catchy slogan that defined the strengths of the SEGA Genesis (Mega Drive) and its innovative library filled with arcade hits, those two words defined the confidence (and swagger) SEGA personified at a time when the competition was fierce.

30 years later, the SEGA Mega Drive remains beloved in the hearts of fans the world over.

In honor of this remarkable launch, SEGA have reimagined the classic Genesis Does commercial to bring fans back to the glory days of the 16-bit revolution.

This time, however, the focus is on the powerful line-up of the SEGA Mega Drive Mini.

Watch the new Genesis Does commercial!

What did the Mega Drive mean to you?

Let SEGA know for a chance to be featured in their video:
https://www.sega.com/mystory

Train2Game News MageDok

An innovative team of monitor specialists have created the ultimate on-the-go external gaming monitor that enhances laptops, consoles and Android smartphones for a better gaming experience and boosted productivity.

MageDok is available on Indiegogo now with special pricing: https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/b97a7ff6.

When it comes to having fun and getting things done, it’s difficult to do on the small screens of mobile devices. But carrying around a full-size, high-def monitor that is fast enough for games and powerful enough for work is inconvenient and unpractical.

Now, there is a solution: the super-portable, high-end gaming and productivity monitor MageDok. This versatile new monitor is lighter, faster and more vivid and operates at a high refresh rate of 144Hz to keep gameplay smooth and images accurate. At only 1.21 lbs. with USB-C, mini-HDMI connectivity and plug-n-play operation, it’s the ultimate monitor with a more expansive view for work and play.

“When we looked at the available portable monitors on the market today, we realized a lack of an affordable option with features that satisfy the unique needs of professional gamers. Our goal was to create the kind of on-the-go monitor that we ourselves would love – one that is fast enough for the latest games, yet affordable enough for work, travel and study. MageDok is the result of our efforts. It is super-fast, lightweight and practical. It simply does it all,” said Benny Xu, CEO of MageDok.

Gamers have particular needs when it comes to playing at the top level. Other portable monitors lack the refresh rates necessary for the latest games. The 15.6″ offering from MageDok is the answer. It has a 144Hz refresh rate that eliminates lag and motion blur on first-person shooters and racing games. It also utilizes AMD FreeSync that reduces screen tearing and display stutter to ensure perfectly smooth gameplay. MageDok delivers an unparalleled, fast and smooth gaming experience that is compatible with Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, smartphones and laptops.

In addition to gaming, MageDok offers an expansive view for smartphones that eases eye strain and boosts productivity. The extra screen allows more efficient work on multiple tasks, apps or documents at the same time. It eliminates task switching and enhances speed performance and productivity with features such as portrait mode for a better view of documents, books or mobile websites. With 2K resolution, MageDok offers a vivid display quality, perfect for designers, filmmakers and photographers. There are other portable monitors on the market but none offer the affordable performance and advanced features of MageDok.

Today, work and play never stop. MageDok takes fun and productivity to new levels with a suite of portable monitors perfectly suited for gaming, travel, business and study. These innovative monitors set a new standard for mobile computing.

MageDok is available now with special pricing and incentives to reward early supporters. Learn more at the campaign page here: https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/b97a7ff6.

Train2Game News Roblox Hitting $100 Million

At RDC, its fifth annual developers conference, Roblox, an online platform bringing more than 100 million people together through play, unveiled the community was on pace to earn $100 million in 2019.

The company introduced a suite of tools to empower its global community of creators to build and more easily collaborate on immersive and massive 3D experiences.

“The Roblox creator community thinks of things we could never imagine, and their continued growth is our future,” said David Baszucki, founder and CEO, Roblox. “With top Roblox experiences achieving more than 100,000 concurrent users and 1 billion plays, there’s no denying the power of user-generated content. We are committed to supporting our creator community with the tools and resources they need to realize even greater success.”

Over the course of the three-day event in California and at a viewing party in London, 500+ top Roblox creators from around the world gathered to hear keynote presentations, attend breakout sessions and participate in the annual Game Jam. The global community of more than 2 million creators spans from young creators getting their start in game design and coding, to teams of ten or twenty people forming studios.

“I’ve been a member of the Roblox community for over a decade, first as a player, then as a developer and now as CEO of RedManta, a game studio dedicated purely to Roblox development. Building and creating are a passion of mine, and from the early days I saw a future growing alongside the platform,“ said Alexander Hicks, RedManta CEO and RDC attendee. ”With new tools and technology to more easily create massive and beautiful games, we are pushing even our own expectations for what we can create on Roblox, like our upcoming experience, World // Zero.”

“What I love about Roblox is that it breaks down the barriers for game designers, giving them a chance to be creative, try new things, and share it with a massive player community,” said Robin Hunicke, Funomena Co-founder, who delivered a keynote address at RDC on game design. She added, “The enthusiasm and camaraderie from these young creators was fantastic, and they share my belief in the power of games to bring people together. I can’t wait to see what they create next!”

Immersive, Massive 3D Experiences
Roblox introduced game creation tools to help small teams of developers easily build massive, more realistic experiences that support hundreds of players. This technology builds on the existing networking support and hosting services the company provides for free, which automatically scales in real-time to meet player demand. As part of the toolset, creators can leverage Roblox’s new enhanced lighting system and updated terrain and other visual upgrades to make deep, rich experiences that rival top mobile games. In addition, the company is enabling the community to easily build competitive matchmaking, which will ensure players of similar skill-levels can compete against one another.

Collaboration Tools
Roblox will make Roblox Studio fully cloud-based by the end of 2019, allowing team members to collaborate simultaneously. All development files will be completely online and provide native support for collaborators across various computing platforms. Creators will be able to manage permissions, versioning, and rollbacks, allowing for more efficiency across all aspects of the development timeline.

New Ways to Monetize
Roblox also extended the power of user-generated content to its development platform, allowing creators to build and monetize development assets and tools in a new Developer Marketplace. In addition to offering a new channel to monetize their work, the Developer Marketplace will also help strengthen the overall experiences on the platform by crowd-sourcing solutions to help make development even easier. Creators will be able to sell game design tools including plug-ins, vehicles, 3D models, terrain enhancements, and more.

Localization Support
To further support the platform’s growth internationally, Roblox announced improvements to its localization platform making it easier for creators to offer experiences in Roblox’s supported languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and Spanish.

Advanced Analytics Powered by Microsoft Azure PlayFab
Roblox outlined details of its earlier announced collaboration with Microsoft Azure PlayFab, making PlayFab’s LiveOps analytics service available for free to the company’s top 10,000 creators.

By delivering real-time analytics to their creators, including trends in player behavior, purchase history, and game telemetry, Roblox expects to empower those game creators to make their games even more successful and enjoyable for players. Some creators may choose to go even further with other LiveOps practices, such as updating their game more frequently, running live events, segmenting their players or targeting communications. This new service is driven by PlayFab’s data pipeline and can support hundreds of thousands of games events per second coming from Roblox.

Crystin Cox, Director of Live Operations at Xbox Game Studios Publishing, who also presented the benefits of the new service for game creators at this year’s RDC, commented, “LiveOps is driving growth, both in terms of player engagement and monetization, for the most popular games and platforms available today. LiveOps represents a new approach to game design combined with a better process driven by experimentation and we’re excited to offer Roblox developers a new way to think about their players.”

For more information on Roblox visit their website

Train2Game News XIII Remake Put Back

After revealing the game’s teaser last April, Microïds and PlayMagic are announcing today a new release window for XIII.

The remake of the world-famous cel-shading FPS, which became a cult classic after its original release in 2003, is now set for a release in 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and Mac.

“We are thrilled with PlayMagic’s work so far. This additional development time is needed to reach the level of polish we’re aiming for. The announcement was greeted by an overwhelming response from the community and we’ll make sure to deliver the best possible game to our fans.” says François Coulon – Head of Production at Microïds.

Play as the famous Thirteen, accused of assassinating the President of the United States. You’ll wake up injured and suffering from amnesia on Brighton beach; the only clues to your past will be a small key and a mysterious tattoo of the Roman numerals XIII on your collarbone. It’ll be up to you to find the answers during this 34-level solo game. Don’t worry: you’ll find an entire arsenal of weapons to help you on your journey.

The remake of XIII will be available in 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC and Mac.

Train2Game News Pixel Game Maker MV

Pixel Game Maker MV, the intuitive yet fully-featured 2D game engine from Playism and Kadokawa Corporation, and sister software to RPG Maker which sold more than 2,000,000 copies worldwide, will craft adventures on PC and exit Steam Early Access in Q4 2019.

Alongside the launch out of Early Access with version 1.0 of Pixel Game Maker MV will come with an array of UI improvements, Steam Workshop support, a free demo version, and more updates addressing issues raised by Early Access users.

The engine’s accessibility allows first-time developers and seasoned creators alike to construct deep games from scratch, without any programming experience. Native engine features include a built-in physics engine, particle effects, support for up to four-person local multiplayer, and the ability to install and create add-ons using JavaScript.

Pixel Game Maker MV comes with more than 15 sample games, each with assets licensed for distribution in users’ games including some created by Takumi Naramura, lead designer for the La-Mulana franchise. Artists can also import their own graphics to create everything from adventure, shooter, and racing games. The options are endless – the only limitation is the imagination.

“Many of the most amazing ideas for games spring from the minds of people who play games the most, but don’t have the technical skills needed to bring their visions to life,” said Shunji Mizutani, founder, Playism. “With Pixel Game Maker MV anyone can become a developer without learning how to code.”

Pixel Game Maker MV is available via Steam Early Access (Windows only) for $84.99 USD/€71.99 and supports Japanese, English and Simplified Chinese. Upon 1.0’s launch, the price will be set at $99.99 USD/€84.99.

For more information, please visit the Pixel Game Maker MV official website

Train2Game News SEGA Retrotainment On A Yacht

REZtron Ltd., invites you to a
night of RETROTAINMENT like no other for an end of summer
pop-up…

Expect 80s & 90s SEGA nostalgia, competitions, drinks, dancing, a silent disco and much more…

All on top of Europe’s most exotic Mega Yacht Hotel, Sunborn, moored in the Royal Victoria Dock.

Re-live the golden era of gaming with legendary titles on all four generation
of SEGA consoles, Master System! Mega Drive! Saturn! Dreamcast!

  • Legendary games including Golden Axe, OutRun, Space Harrier, Sonic 2, Ecco the Dolphin, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter II, Ecco Altered Beast, Pac-Man, R-Type, Streets of Rage, Alien Storm, Thunderforce, Super Monaco GP, California Games, Virtua Racing, Revenge of Shinobi, Italia ’90, Micro Machines 2, Virtua Cop, Virtua Fighter,SEGA Rally, Virtua Tennis , Crazy Taxi, House of the Dead 2,Power Stones, Soul Calibur, Marvel Vs Capcom and many more will be there to keep you retrotained…
  • Retro games displayed on Retro CRT TVs and Huge Projector screens on walls and ceiling
  • SILENT DISCO – (3-Channels) Switch between 80s, 90s and even a retro game music channel throughout the night with our amazing LED lit headphones
  • Dance , Sing and Play retro games in front of a stunning panoramic view of the city skyline that’ll sure to keep your phone busy
  • Sonic speed run Competition + Prizes Giveaway!
  • WIN AN ORIGINAL MEGA DRIVE
  • Photographer will be there capturing all the antics

AND MORE…. 8, 16, 32 and 128-BIT Yacht Retrotainment Awaits…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwF_tbOcivg

The Yacht Retrotainment experience will take place on Saturday August 31st, 6pm til 12am at Sunborn.

Tickets can be bought through Eventbrite.

Further details on REZtron’s upcoming events or for retro gaming private hire & corporate bookings please visit Reztron.co.uk

Train2Game News London Pokémon Center Pop-Up

The Pokémon Company International is excited to announce its plan to
open a special pop-up Pokémon Center retail location in London this
October.

Located in Westfield London
(Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush W12 7GF) and open only for a limited time
from October 18 to November 15 2019, the store will give fans a chance
to browse and purchase a range of Pokémon Center-branded products,
including exclusive designs not found anywhere else.

The pop-up Pokémon Center London celebrates the highly anticipated launch of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield video games for Nintendo Switch this November; paying tribute to the United Kingdom’s role in inspiring the design and feel of the all-new Galar region players will explore in the games.

Further details on opening times, products available to purchase and additional in-store activities will be revealed in the coming months.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be released worldwide on November 15, 2019, exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

Train2Game News Share Your SEGA Mega Drive Story


What was your first encounter with the SEGA Genesis?

Did your parents buy you one after you discovered it in a local toy store
ad?

Perhaps you saved up all that hard-earned money, working the paper route and mowing lawns, in order to afford one?

Or maybe your next-door neighbor was lucky enough to own one and you always found time to visit.

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the SEGA Genesis and this fall’s
release of the Genesis Mini, we invite you to send us a video clip
sharing your personal story with the legendary console.

The process is easy, as you can record and submit straight from your phone!

Revisit that long summer vacation playing Phantasy Star IV, perform a cover of your favorite in-game song, share your amazing cosplay, do your best “SEGA!!” scream with your friends – we want you to show off your creativity and love for the Genesis!

Send your clip by August 13 for a chance to be included in our compilation video! But before you do, we have some tips for recording your video:
  • Camera Setup: Talk directly to the camera, just like you’re doing a video chat.
  • Video length: Please keep your video submissions no longer than 1 minute in length.
  • Using your phone: Please hold your phone on its side and record your video horizontally (landscape mode).
  • Lighting: Ideally record during the day, with indirect lighting – avoid drastic face shadows.
  • Sound: Please record in a quiet location and avoid background noise.
  • Clothing: Please avoid logos or complex patterns on your clothing.
Once you are done recording, please visit our submission page at https://www.sega.com/mystory to submit your video.
No need to be perfect – we want our fans to speak directly from the heart.
Non-English speakers are welcome. Don’t miss this chance to share your
story with the world!

Train2Game News Save Classical Video Game Music

A new registered charity has been created to help preserve 8-bit
computer game music for future generations.

“8-Bit Symphony” aims to
arrange, perform, promote and preserve Commodore 64 and other 8-bit game music via orchestral recordings, worldwide concerts or score performances, chipmusic awareness events, scorebooks, retro-museum showings, and other exciting projects.

The charity’s first recording project is being funded by a Kickstarter.

8-Bit Symphony Pro is a double CD album of classic 8-bit music, recorded by the Czech Studio orchestra in Prague .

This follows the recent successful
concert of C64/Spectrum/Amstrad music, 8-Bit Symphony – Hull 2019,
performed by Hull Philharmonic Orchestra at Hull City Hall, a
performance made possible by the kind support of Hull College and its
CEO Michelle Swithenbank. Footage from that concert and interviews with the team will shortly be broadcast during a segment on BBC1’s “The One Show”.

The charity has been founded by Chris Abbott of C64Audio.com.

C64audio.com has been publishing music and representing game music composers since 1997.

Past successful Kickstarters run by C64Audio.com have included orchestral scores, live concerts, CD, DVD and Bluray, games, and even books.

“It’s a really exciting time!
After our recent success in Hull we want to be able to bring more music
to the fans and celebrate the talent of composers. The charity will help
ensure that Commodore 64 music (and more) can be performed and enjoyed, like Zelda, Tomb Raider and Mario already are, all over the world.

If we don’t preserve the music, it will be lost forever to history”

“Our biggest goal would be to eventually reach the Albert Hall.

Wouldn’t that be amazing?

That journey started decades ago… though we’d also settle for London Symphony Orchestra and the Barbican too…!”

The Kickstarter starts on the 9th August and can be found at 8-bit-symphony.com

Train2Game News One Special Day 2019

One Special Day, the games industry’s biggest annual day of fundraising, returns on Friday 4th October 2019 and already some of the giants of the industry have pledged their support.

Over 50 partners from across the games industry including SEGA, Codemasters, Jagex and Zynga will be rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in the event, which promises to be the biggest yet. Many companies will be donating a day of their income from game sales whilst others will stage their own fundraising events.

All the funds raised will support the work of SpecialEffect, the games industry charity dedicated to levelling the playing field for disabled gamers.

Since its inception in 2016, One Special Day has been supported by developers and gamers from all over the world and has raised over £900,000. The vital funds enable SpecialEffect to help disabled gamers both the UK and around the world through personalised help, developer support and initiatives such as EyeMine, software for controlling Minecraft with the eyes.

SpecialEffect CEO and Founder, Dr Mick Donegan, said “We’re overjoyed with the response again this year and very grateful to our One Special Day partners. The day unites the worldwide games industry and their fantastic communities of gamers because they all understand what incredible work we’re doing here. SpecialEffect has a profoundly positive impact on the lives of disabled gamers and events like One Special Day play a huge role in enabling us to reach more in the coming year.”

Companies including Rocksteady, Space Ape, Miniclip, Seriously, Outfit7 and Rare have also signed up. Craig Duncan, Rare Studio Head, said “Because of their unique work, SpecialEffect hold a special place in our heart, and indeed the whole of the video games industry, so we’re looking forward to making One Special Day 2019 the biggest so far.”

Rich Eddy, Director of Communications at Jagex, added “Our RuneScape community has celebrated SpecialEffect’s incredible work for many years, so there was no question that Jagex would be a proud supporter of this year’s event and play a big part in One Special Day. By putting the fun and inclusion back into the lives of those with physical disabilities to play video games, the work of SpecialEffect really levels the playing field”.

For more information on how your company can get involved in One Special Day, email Nick Streeter at nick@specialeffect.org.uk or go to www.onespecialday.org.uk