Train2Game News 20 Double Fine Years

Indie By Design, creator and publisher of books that celebrate and document video games and their creators, such as Independent By Design: Art & Stories of Indie Game Creation and Oddworld: Abe’s Origins, is delighted to partner with Double Fine Productions and Xbox to announce 20 Double Fine Years, a new art book capturing the spirit and storied history of Double Fine.
 
Featuring concept art, paintings, sketches, and renders from its digital and seldom seen physical archive, 20 Double Fine Years showcases the studio’s varied back catalogue as well as its upcoming Psychonauts 2. Alongside the art is behind-the-scenes insight from dozens of hours interviews with the studio’s founder, Tim Schafer, the exceptional Double Fine team and long-term collaborators – including Peter Chan, Anna Kipnis, Scott Campbell, Khris Brown, Peter McConnell and more.

The games, Amnesia Fortnights, Day of the Devs, company picnics, dubious early office space, dizzying success and flailing panic… discover what has made Double Fine so very mighty fine direct from the people who have contributed to its present and past as it moves towards a bright new orange and yellow future.
 
Tim Schafer: “Recently, I was looking back on the amazing 20 years we’ve had as a game company, and… I totally drew a blank. Seriously, my memory just isn’t what it used to be. So I summoned my court scribes and said, ‘Pen me a tome, worthy of the ages, so that I shall remember every amazing detail of this crazy ride we’ve been on, and so that nobody, not even I, forgets this amazing story.’ And so they did. Every up, every down, every crazy sideways shimmy we’ve ever done is in this illustrated manuscript for all to remember. Heroic ballad? Cautionary tale? You be the judge!”

20 Double Fine Years is available pre-order now from DoubleFineBook.com, shipping Q2 2021.

Train2Game News Mew in GAME

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Pokémon celebrates 20 years of “Gotta catch ’em all!” on February 27, and as part of the celebrations, fans are invited to head to GAME Digital PLC this February to discover and collect the first of the special Pokémon characters to be distributed throughout 2016!

Owners of Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X or Pokémon Y for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems can head into a local shop and collect Mew, the very first of the Mythical Pokémon!

Mew is said to possess the genetic composition of all Pokémon. It is capable of making itself invisible at will, so it entirely avoids notice even if it approaches people.

·         LEVEL: 100
·         TYPE: Psychic
·         ABILITY: Synchronize
·         MOVE: Pound

Mew’s appearance at GAME Digital PLC will take place from 1–28 February, and is timed to coincide with the release of the Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection—Mew scheduled to launch on 22 February. This is the first of the Mythical Pokémon Collections designed to celebrate Pokémon’s milestone year. It includes a special Mew promo card and a pin of the Mythical Pokémon, plus two Pokémon TCG: Generations booster packs and a code to unlock the cards in the Pokémon TCG Online.

Mew fans can head to one of GAME  Digital PLC UK’s participating shops and look for even more collectible items featuring the original Mythical Pokémon Mew, including a plush, a Mew figurine with Great Ball from TOMY, and an exclusive t-shirt designed by BIOWORLD Europe. All items are exclusive to GAME Digital PLC in the United Kingdom while stocks last.

Owners of Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X or Pokémon Y who wish to collect Mew for their game should head to the counter where they will receive a special code printed on a receipt at no charge.

What’s more, Pokémon TCG: XY—BREAKpoint, the latest expansion to the XY Series, will also be available in stores from 3 February!

This Mew bonanza comes hot on the heels of the Pokémon Company International’s announcement that they are celebrating 20 years since Pokémon first launched with the video games Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green in Japan for the Nintendo Game Boy in 1996.

Pokémon TCG: Generations boosters will be available within the specially labelled and designed range for this special year, starting with the Mythical Pokémon Collection—Mew and followed by new Mythical Pokémon Collections throughout 2016, each containing additional Pokémon TCG: Generations boosters. Four Pokémon TCG: Red & Blue Collections, each featuring one of the original superstars of the Pokémon world, will be released containing even more boosters.

Throughout 2016, even more collectible Pokémon characters will be distributed to owners of the hugely successful Nintendo 3DS games Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. After Mew, Darkrai, Arceus, and other popular Pokémon will be distributed during the 2016 celebrations!

Plans differ depending on the fan’s location, so be sure to visit Pokemon.co.uk/20 for more information about Pokémon 20, Train On projects, and join the conversation using #Pokemon20.

Pokémon. Twenty Years. Train On.