Train2game News GameBlast16

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Donations to GameBlast, the UK’s biggest charity gaming marathon weekend, have smashed the £120,000 raised during last year’s event.

More than £170,000 has so far been pledged in online and offline donations, with more still to come. The final total will be announced next week.

Last weekend saw over 400 individuals and teams from across the world undertake hundreds of events and gaming marathons to raise money for Oxfordshire-based charity SpecialEffect, who help people with physical disabilities to be included in the gaming community by creating personalised technological solutions.

Headline streaming events were hosted by GameBlast partners Jagex and GAME, attracting thousands of viewers and raising over £120,000 between them. A further £50,000 was raised by individual streamers and teams, comprised of friends and colleagues.

The madness began at 12.00 on Friday 26th February, with Jagex staff undertaking a series of extreme challenges during a 24 hour livestream at their Cambridge HQ, including plenty of gunge action from ‘Get Your Own Back’ presenter Dave Benson Philips! Real-world auction items, such as signed merchandise and a tour of the Jagex offices, combined with contributions of in-game wealth via the RuneScape Well of Goodwill mechanic, encouraged their generous community to pledge over £100,000 in donations, more than triple what they raised in 2015.

The baton was then passed to GAME, who hosted their own 24 hour livestream at their Basingstoke offices from 10.00 Saturday 27th February. Guests included Wheelchair Basketball European gold-medalist Mark Fosbrook, Microsoft’s Graeme Boyd (aka. Acey Bongos) and comedian John Robertson. GAME stores across the country also joined in with their own events and collections, including auctioning off fifty ‘life size’ Vault Boys for bids upwards of £250 each (the highest price paid being £1,500)! In total, GAME have so far raised over £20,000 and counting, more than double what they achieved last year.

In one of the most heart-warming stories to come out of the event, the William Merritt Disability Living Centre in Leeds staged their own 24 hour GameBlast event, with many of the young people who took part using accessible controllers created by SpecialEffect. Other partners who contributed to the unprecedented success of GameBlast16 include ukie, Multiplay, Insert Coin, Face-It and Twitch, alongside many more companies and industry figures from as far afield as India, Norway and LA.

Summing up their experience of Game Blast, one team commented: “This is the first time we’ve ever been involved in the event. It was fun for all of our community and the staff were brought closer together by taking part too!”

Mick Donegan, CEO of SpecialEffect, said: “Once more, I’ve been completely amazed by the awe-inspiring generosity of the gaming community and the games industry. The money raised will enable us to make an immense and immediate impact on the lives of many more disabled people by enabling them to play mainstream video games. A huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone involved – I can’t help feeling both proud and humbled at the same time.”

The dates for GameBlast17 have just been announced as 24-26 February 2017.

Train2Game News GameBlast16 almost here

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Gamers’ charity SpecialEffect have set the countdown clock running for GameBlast16, the UK’s biggest charity gaming weekend.

The event, held over the weekend of 26-28 February, is aiming to raise £150,000 to support the work of SpecialEffect, who help people with disabilities to access and benefit from video games.

Over 200 individuals and teams of gamers from around the world have already signed up to fundraise through their own gaming marathons and gaming events during the three days.

Many major names in the video games industry are backing the event, including GAME, Jagex, Twitch, Multiplay, FACEIT and ukie.

Both GAME and Jagex are planning 24-hour livestream events from their headquarters, with their streams featuring gaming personalities and giveaways. GAME will also be running a number of GameBlast16 fundraising initiatives in their 320 UK stores throughout February.

“GameBlast16 is going to be the biggest yet!” said Dr Mick Donegan, the charity’s CEO. “AND it’s the best excuse to game ever! The funds raised will enable us to help more people like Ben (http://bit.ly/14Chyt3), who never thought he’d be able to play video games again because his weakening condition stopped him using a standard controller.”

“GameBlast16 is an opportunity to bring together people to do what they love and level the playing field for people with disabilities at the same time.”

“There’s still time to get fully involved, and we’re inviting everyone from the global gaming community and industry to join us.”

More details about GameBlast16, including registration pages, can be found at http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/gameblast

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 18.01.16

cod_blackops3Despite a 24 percent drop in sales, Call of duty Black Ops 3 is still holding firm at the top. Grand Theft Auto V has risen from fourth to second and FIFA 16 is number three. No new games in the charts.

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Week ending 16 January 2016

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
2 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 4
3 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 2
4 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 3
5 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 6
6 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 8
7 WWE 2K16 2K 7
8 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 5
9 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
10 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 13
11 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 16
12 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 14
13 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 11
14 JUST DANCE 2016 UBISOFT 16
15 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 19
16 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 18
17 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
18 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 17
19 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 18
20 GUITAR HERO LIVE ACTIVISION
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games 11.01.16

cod_blackops3Another chart with no new entries but FIFA 16 has moved up a couple of spaces to number two. Call of Duty Black Ops 3 is still the number one game this week.

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Week ending 9 January 2016

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
2 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 4
3 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 2
4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 5
5 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 3
6 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 6
7 WWE 2K16 2K 9
8 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 8
9 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 7
10 BATTLEFIELD 4 EA GAMES
11 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 12
12 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 14
13 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 13
14 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 17
15 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016 SEGA 20
16 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 19
17 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 10
18 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
19 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 16
20 HALO 5: GUARDIANS MICROSOFT 11
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 14.12.15

cod_blackops3Next weeks Christmas number one is a threehorse race between the usual suspects; This weeks number one Call of Duty Black Ops 3, FIFA 16 and this years big new comer, Star Wars Battlefront. There are no new games in the charts this week.

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Week ending 12 December 2015
POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 2
2 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 3
3 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 1
4 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 5
5 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 7
6 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 4
7 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 12
8 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 8
9 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 6
10 WWE 2K16 2K 10
11 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 9
12 LEGO DIMENSIONS LEGO DIMENSIONS 13
13 JUST DANCE 2016 UBISOFT 19
14 HALO 5: GUARDIANS MICROSOFT 11
15 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 17
16 RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 14
17 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 18
18 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016 SEGA 15
19 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 16
20 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 20
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 07.12.15

FIFA-16FIFA 16 once again takes the number one spot with Just Cause 3 making its debut at number fourand Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege enters the chart at number six.

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Week ending 5 December 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 1
2 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 2
3 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 3
4 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX
5 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 4
6 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT
7 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 7
8 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 6
9 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 5
10 WWE 2K16 2K 14
11 HALO 5: GUARDIANS MICROSOFT 8
12 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 11
13 LEGO DIMENSIONS LEGO DIMENSIONS 13
14 RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 9
15 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 12
16 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 10
17 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 19
18 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 17
19 JUST DANCE 2016 UBISOFT 18
20 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 10
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 03.12.15

FIFA-16No new games this week but in the lead up to Christmas FIFA 16 has retaken the number one spot from Star Wars Battlefront.

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Week ending 28 November 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 4
2 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 2
3 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 1
4 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 3
5 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 12
6 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 12
7 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 8
8 HALO 5: GUARDIANS MICROSOFT 11
9 RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 5
10 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 20
11 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 7
12 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 19
13 LEGO DIMENSIONS LEGO DIMENSIONS 6
14 WWE 2K16 2K 9
15 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
16 SKYLANDERS SUPERCHARGERS SKYLANDERS 16
17 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 14
18 JUST DANCE 2016 UBISOFT
19 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 13
20 GUITAR HERO LIVE ACTIVISION 17
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Train2Game News GameBlast 16

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Gamer’s charity SpecialEffect today announced GameBlast16, the UK’s biggest gaming marathon weekend. People of all ages are invited to play video game marathons or hold gaming-related events to help people with disabilities benefit from the fun and inclusion of video games.

The charity is calling for teams of friends, family members or work colleagues to sign up to undertake their own sponsored video game marathons or gaming-related events anytime during the weekend of 26-28 February 2016.

“It’s the best reason to game ever. Gamers can enjoy doing what they love best and level the playing field for people with disabilities at the same time,” said Mick Donegan, the charity’s Founder and CEO.

“People like Ceyda (LINK), who’s always wanted to join in with her friends and family, but her cerebral palsy meant that she couldn’t use a standard controller. The funds raised through GameBlast16 will help us change the lives of many more people like Ceyda through the gift of gaming fun and inclusivity.”

GameBlast is the charity’s biggest annual gaming event. Over £120,000 was raised through GameBlast15 last February, and SpecialEffect are aiming to reach a target of £150,000 in 2016.

Teams and individuals can sign up for Gameblast16 at
http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/gameblast

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 26.10.15

AC SyndicateAssassin’s Creed Syndicate has managed to knock the power house that is FIFA 16 off the top spot. Guitar Hero Live rocked its way to number three and The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes couldn’t quite breach the top ten landing at number eleven.

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Week ending 24 October 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT
2 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 1
3 GUITAR HERO LIVE ACTIVISION
4 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 2
5 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 5
6 LEGO DIMENSIONS LEGO DIMENSIONS 4
7 DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING ACTIVISION 3
8 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 6
9 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 9
10 METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN KONAMI 7
11 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TRI FORCE HEROES NINTENDO
12 WATCH DOGS UBISOFT
13 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 10
14 SKYLANDERS SUPERCHARGERS SKYLANDERS 13
15 THE WITCHER III: WILD HUNT BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT
16 RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015 BIG BEN 17
17 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 11
18 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 20
19 JUST DANCE 2016 UBISOFT
20 LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 19.10.15

FIFA-16A few new games have been added to the charts this week the highest new game is at number eight with the latest instalment of the Tales series, Tales of Zestiria. Lower down the chart at number twelve is WRC 5 and the latest Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest Heroes has debuted at number eighteen, FIFA 16 remains in the number one spot.

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Week ending 17 October 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 1
2 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 2
3 DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING ACTIVISION 3
4 LEGO DIMENSIONS LEGO DIMENSIONS 4
5 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 6
6 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 5
7 METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN KONAMI 8
8 TALES OF ZESTIRIA BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT
9 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
10 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 13
11 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 15
12 WRC 5 BIG BEN
13 SKYLANDERS SUPERCHARGERS SKYLANDERS 14
14 ANIMAL CROSSING: HAPPY HOME DESIGNER NINTENDO 7
15 MAD MAX WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 11
16 NBA 2K16 2K SPORTS 9
17 RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015 BIG BEN 16
18 DRAGON QUEST HEROES SQUARE ENIX
19 SUPER MARIO MAKER NINTENDO 18
20 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 17
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