Train2Game News Cartoon network on Xbox One


Cartoon Network has launched the Emmy® Award-winning Cartoon Network app on Xbox One, allowing fans to stream their favorite Cartoon Network shows seamlessly from consoles. 

The app is free to download today via the Xbox Games Store.

The Cartoon Network app puts the best of Cartoon Network’s wide array of original programming all in one place, including select full-length episodes from hit series like Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Teen Titans Go!, Ben 10, O.K. KO!, We Bare Bears Mighty Magiswords and more. 

Watch exclusive “See It First” premieres before they air, hilarious clips, customized video mixes and other exciting content. Fans are able to access Cartoon Network’s award-winning programming on Xbox One devices by logging in with their TV service provider user name and password. 

Additionally, select episodes and bonus content are available on the app for fans to enjoy without authentication.

With over 20 million downloads, the Cartoon Network app is also available on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV through the App Store, as well as Android devices via Google Play.

Train2game News Warhammer 4k Tactical Objectives App Update

homescreenDerp Studios release 2.0 update to Warhammer 40,000: Tactical Objectives App.

Studio with former Train2Game students release major update to its Games Workshop licenced app.

Our friends at Derp Studios are releasing a major update to its Warhammer 40,000 tactical objectives app. Building on its already successful first release and taking part in the wider Games Workshop ‘Digital Assault’ and Warhammer Fest, which take place this weekend.

The update includes New Decks for the Tau Empire, Farsight Enclaves, Cadia, Raven Guard and Chaos Daemons. The update also includes some major new features: Users now have the ability to draw a card without advancing the turn counter, users may now manually add and subtract victory points from their total score and all purchased tactical objective cards are now downloaded from a server which has reduced the core app size significantly.

The latest update went live on Monday 9th May 2016 on both the Apple and Google Play app stores. To promote the release of the 2.0 update Derp are participating in Games Workshops’ “Digital Assault” on the Apple App store on 12th-19th May 2016. The Warhammer 40,000: Tactical Objectives App AND all other Games Workshop Products are 50% off (including in app purchases).

The event coincides and celebrates Warhammer Fest, in which Derp Studios will be attending at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK on the 14th and 15th May.

Chris Ledger, Derp Studios: ‘We’re delighted to launch 2.0. It’s been a long time coming, the community suggested some things and Games Workshop had released some new decks as well which we wanted to ship.’

‘The release of the original app was received really well. I know it can do a lot better though. Raising awareness of the app is the most challenging part. The app’s been doing fine, people are enjoying the convenience of it and should do even more with the latest update.’

‘It’s a nice feeling when people enjoy something you’ve designed. It’s nice in general to see a project come to fruition, especially a project that is well received. The UK, USA and Canada are the ones mostly buying it. We’ve had the odd download from the Far East which is pretty exciting. Even though Games Workshop is a UK company, their franchises are known worldwide.’

‘Most people either play at home or at their local gaming club or Games Workshop store. However we’ve been asked whether the app will be compatible for tournaments (which are extremely popular in the USA).’

‘Games Workshop have been fab, they’re very supportive and help out wherever they possibly can. Massive shout out to the licensing team, they’re the ones working with developers and publishers of all sizes.’

‘The previous version took up a lot of storage space on device. We’ve managed to fix that so IAP’s are purchased and then downloaded as opposed to them all being on the app behind a paywall. So we’ve resolved that issue.’

To see the full list of games and apps that are half price during this period go to: https://itunes.apple.com/collection/games-workshop/id25182?fcId=1107612129&ls=1&app=itunes

If you’d like to keep up to date with the Warhammer 40,000: Tactical Objectives App and Derp you can do so at the following social media addresses:

http://www.derpstudios.com
http://facebook.com/derpstudios
http://facebook.com/WH40kTO
@DerpStudios

For more information contact: mark@train2game.com

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Train2game News Europe launch of Miitomo

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Don’t miss out on being a part of a Nintendo first! Throughout the day on Thursday 31st March, Miitomo, the company’s first-ever smart device application, is rolling out in several countries across Europe.

Miitomo, which recently launched in Japan and has already passed one million downloads, is a free-to-start social experience that lets users spark one-of-a-kind conversations with friends in a whole new way using Mii characters.

Getting started with Miitomo and being a part of this Nintendo milestone is easy. After downloading the app for free from the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad,along with Android devices, users create a Mii character and customise facial features like eyes and hair, as well as voice and personality.

Users can also use the camera on their smart devices to snap a photo of themselves, which can be used to create a Mii, or they can simply import their Mii from their Wii U or Nintendo 3DS family system using a QR Code.

Once their Mii is ready, users can add friends who already have the app in person, or by linking the app with their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts.

After that step is complete, it’s time to answer some questions! Miitomo creates conversations and turns discussions into a form of play by prompting users to answer all kinds of fun questions.

How would you define your fashion style? What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? If you were given ten grand to spend in one day, what would you do? The answers get shared among friends, sparking interesting conversations – part of the fun is discovering unexpected facts about your friends. When users hear how their friends respond to questions, they can give answers, a “heart”, or a written or picture comment.

To preregister for Miitomo, sign up for a Nintendo Account at https://miitomo.com before 31st March to receive an email when the app is ready to download. People who create their Nintendo Account and preregister before 31st March will also receive Platinum Points for the new My Nintendo rewards programme, which will simultaneously launch with Miitomo.

My Nintendo is much more than a rewards programme: it’s a comprehensive service that also rewards users for interacting with Nintendo products and services in a variety of ways. Miitomo users who link the app to their Nintendo Account will be able to take advantage of My Nintendo to enhance their experience.

Platinum Points can be earned by interacting with Nintendo apps and services, including Miitomo. Gold Points are earned when purchasing downloadable games from the official Nintendo website or Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

Both Platinum and Gold Points can be redeemed for rewards like games, download content, in-app items and Nintendo eShop discounts.

Users who sign up for a Nintendo Account before the end of April will also be able to download Flipnote Studio 3D to their Nintendo 3DS system for free.

To claim the download, users must link their new Nintendo Account to the Nintendo Network ID they use on their Nintendo 3DS family system, then use the download option on the Flipnote Studio 3D page on the official Nintendo website between 31st March and 30th April.

In addition to Miitomo and My Nintendo, from the afternoon of 31st March users with a Nintendo Account and linked Nintendo Network ID will be able to purchase select Wii U and Nintendo 3DS software, using their Nintendo eShop balance, from the Nintendo of Europe website. The user’s purchased software will then be downloaded via SpotPass and installed automatically, ready for play the next time they pick up their system.

This new purchase option serves as an additional resource to the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, and makes purchasing software and earning My Nintendo Gold Points even more convenient
Thursday March 31st is set to be an exciting day for Nintendo fans, with the following key launches:

· Miitomo will roll out in several European countries throughout the day.

Stay tuned to Nintendo’s official Twitter account to find out when the app is available in your country.

· In the early afternoon, My Nintendo will go live at https://my.nintendo.com

· At the same time, users can buy downloadable games from the Nintendo of Europe website

For more information about Miitomo and My Nintendo, visit https://miitomo.com.

For further updates:
Miitomo website https://miitomo.com

Train2game News Joystick App

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Coming soon to iOS and Android, Joystick is an incredible new app set to revolutionise the way gamers can consume news in the future!

Joystick is the World’s First one-stop destination where they can watch all live gaming tournaments across Youtube, Twitch & Azubu.

Joystick will also allow users to create a bespoke personalised news feeds in which they can follow their favourite pro-gamers across all social media and keep up with all different types of gaming news plus watch entertaining game shows.

The Joystick GUI is slick, intuitive and a bespoke news feed can be created in seconds. The user will select their choice of platform, genre and topic before being presented with their personally crafted news feed.

The Joystick trailer is available to watch: https://youtu.be/4ej77ZESa-4

Joystick You’re In Control…

Train2Game News Warhammer 40,000 Tactical Objectives app out now

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Former Train2Game students now professional developers launch official Games Workshop app just in time for Christmas

Independent Video Games and Apps developer, Derp Studios, today release its tactical objectives app created with Games Workshop to accompany the Warhammer 40,000 board game. The team which includes Train2Game students has been working with Games Workshop to create the app.

The app has been designed to assist in playing the latest version of the popular table top game, offering a digital version of tactical objectives cards which previously were only available on limited edition print runs. This is one of the first ever official licensed hobby apps which supports the Warhammer 40,000 table-top game.

Chris Ledger, CEO and Lead Designer of Derp Studios; “The Warhammer 40,000:  Tactical Objectives App is one of the first hobby Apps to directly support the Warhammer 40,000 table-top board game.  The aim of the App is to enable players who don’t have a physical copy of either the regular or faction based Tactical Objectives cards to be able to own their factions deck, since the physical copies are on limited print runs.”

“Players of Warhammer 40,000 (the tabletop wargame) will benefit from the app a lot with this being the digital version. We’ve added a couple of decks.  We’ll be constantly adding decks to the app and we do have a couple of features we want to add later on down the line too.” 

“Things are going well with the folks at Games Workshop.  Everyone’s pretty busy and they have a lot of cool stuff going on, especially on the video game licensing side. Games Workshop are really good work alongside with.  They’ve been really supportive and have provided a lot of assets for us to use.  So far it’s been nothing but positive and a really enjoyable experience!”

“The development process has been very challenging and had its ups and downs but we got there in the end.  For Derp Studios this app alone is a big milestone in the company!  I’m not sure what the future holds for more hobby apps within the Warhammer 40,000 IP, however if I’m unable to produce another hobby app then I’d happily make a small licensed video game for them.”

iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/warhammer-40-000-tactical/id990952051?ls=1&mt=8

Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.derpstudios.GWtacticalObjectives

Comments on the app:

Dale Platt “Most useful 40k gaming APP ever made”

Pork Chop Gaming “5* Tactical Objectives at your fingertips”

Website:  www.derpstudios.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/derpstudios
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/derpstudios

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Train2Game News Warhammer 40,000 Tactical Objectives app gets release date

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Former Train2Game students now professional developers, Derp Studios announce officially licenced Games Workshop app will arrive 18th December 2015

Independent Video Games and Apps developer, Derp Studios, announce official release date for its tactical objectives app created with Games Workshop. Warhammer enthusiasts will be able to add the app to their Christmas wish list, with the release date set to the 18th December 2015.

Independent Video Games and Apps developer, Derp Studios, has created a tactical objectives App to accompany the Warhammer 40,000 board game. The team which includes Train2Game students has been working with Games Workshop to create the app.

The app has been designed to assist in playing the latest version of the popular table top game, offering a digital version of tactical objectives cards which previously were only available on limited edition print runs. This is one of the first ever officially licensed Tactical Objectives apps which supports the Warhammer 40,000 board game.

Chris Ledger, CEO and Lead Designer of Derp Studios, “Derp Studios was formed late 2011 during Make Something Unreal Live 2012 hosted by Train2Game and Epic Games, where we developed a mobile title based on the Fighting Fantasy IP.  Since then we’ve done a couple of self-funded projects and most recently we have become Games Workshop Licensees!”

“The Warhammer 40,000:  Tactical Objectives App is one of the first hobby Apps to directly support the Warhammer 40,000 table-top board game.  The aim of the App is to enable players who don’t have a physical copy of either the regular or faction based Tactical Objectives cards to be able to own their factions deck, since the physical copies are on limited print runs. So the app is fairly niche as it appeals to Warhammer 40,000 table-top players, however that doesn’t mean the target audience is small in any way!”

“Games Workshop are really good work alongside with.  They’ve been really supportive and have provided a lot of assets for us to use.  So far it’s been nothing but positive and a really enjoyable experience!”

“For Derp Studios this app alone is a big milestone in the company!  I’m not sure what the future holds for more hobby apps within the Warhammer 40,000 IP, however if I’m unable to produce another hobby app then I’d happily make a small licensed video game for them.”

Website:  www.derpstudios.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/derpstudios
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/derpstudios

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Train2Game News Student in local paper

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Warhammer app Developer interviewed by local newspaper

The Train2Game blog recently posted an article about Derp Studios releasing a fully licensed accompany App for the incredibly popular Warhammer 40,000 table top game.

Since we highlighted this incredible feat, the story has been placed in the popular regional newspaper The Gloucestershire Echo.
Chris Ledger who heads up Derp has been working with the Train2Game Communications team on the launch of the App.

The Train2Game team bought the story to the attention of The Gloucestershire Echo as part of Train2Game’s ongoing commitment to supporting students and their development as professionals in the video games and related industries.

If you would like to hear more about Derp creating the ultimate fully licensed Games Workshop App, make sure to keep an eye on the Train2Game blog.

Read the full interview on the Gloucestershire Echo here

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Train2Game News: Ten tips from CNS to keep your apps safe

Hut-3 1The people at CNS security firm who we interviewed at the end of last year have sent us ten recommendations for staying safe when developing games and applications for mobile devices.

Input Validation

Never assume that the end user won’t try something stupid. If the
application asks the user to enter a number into a field, they could
legitimately type ‘one’. If the application doesn’t check that the input is
a number before trying to process it, it may lead to a security
vulnerability.

Sanitise Onward Data

Don’t rely on the receiving service to filter the content your application
sends. For example, if gamer tags or high scores are sent from the game onto
a third party score site. Attackers may be able to attack the third party
via your application, potentially putting your application at risk.

Least Privilege

Never request that your application be run as a system level account like
root or Administrator. If a bug exists in your application and an attacker
manages to exploit it, they may be able to run commands at the program user
level, with access to the system account meaning the attacker could take
over the entire computer.

It is very rare that an application or game would need a high privilege
level to run, and often operating systems provide APIs to developers that
allow them to access system devices (e.g. graphics cards) without having to
directly run as a system user.

Keep it Simple

Nothing is gained by having overly complex code. Clear and concise code
allows errors to be spotted quicker, and also allows multiple people to
write the code at once without running into problems. If another person or
team takes over development, proper code layout and commenting can reduce
the amount of time required to become familiar with the program, allowing
for faster development of patches and updates.

Tamper Prevention

Important data such as high scores should be kept in a place that the user
cannot modify, preferably on a server where they can be audited and checked
for validity. Storing important data on the device may allow users to easily
cheat in the game.

Transport Security

If information which is potentially sensitive (e.g. user’s address, contact
information, credit card number, etc.) is transmitted over the Internet, it
should be done so over a secure connection, ideally one that uses SSL / TLS
and uses certificates to validate the end server.

Information which is not transmitted in this way can be observed,
intercepted, or even modified by an attacker before it reaches the server.

Encoding is not Encryption

If sensitive data is to be stored, ensure that it is properly encrypted
rather than encoded, using a strong and public encryption algorithm.
Encoding is not a secure way to store data, as anyone with knowledge of the
encoding algorithm can easily retrieve the encoded information. With
encryption, even if the attacker knows the algorithm used (and it should be
assumed that they do), they still have to find the secret key before they
can decrypt the information.

Never try to invent your own encryption algorithm. Cryptographers have
worked for years to create a small set of algorithms that are considered to
be secure by Information Security specialists, which should give you an idea
of how hard creating secure encryption algorithms is!

Fail Safe

Make sure that if your application crashes, is doesn’t drop into a
development or debug mode, but rather catches the exception and returns the
user back to their desktop or home screen.

Mobile Devices

If developing for a mobile device, make sure to look into and make use of
any security features and APIs that the manufacturer provides. An example of
this is the data protection API from Apple for iOS.

Don’t Use Untrusted APIs

There are plenty of APIs out there on the Internet, but not all of them can
be trusted. Make sure to search for any related vulnerabilities in the API
before using it, and if possible, only use open source APIs that have large
communities behind them. Some closed-source APIs are also secure to use, but
be wary and always do proper research on them before including them in your
application.

Train2Game would like to thank CNS for these helpful tips to keep you safe!

Train2Game News: Xbox One SmartGlass app available now

Xbox One SmartGlassThe release of Xbox One is nearly upon us but before Xbox One arrives on Nov. 22, you can download the Xbox One SmartGlass app today.

The Xbox One Smartglass App is separate from the Xbox360 app that you may currently own on your smartdevice. You may remember from the Xbox One launch announcement that Microsoft are planning on making this app a lot more integral to your console experience.

Of course you may wonder what the point to getting the app would be before the console is even released. Until the console is released you may want to try these three things to wet your appetite for the next generation console:

  • Search for the perfect game. Don’t waste any time – search for new Xbox One games so you can jump right in when your console is ready. Xbox One SmartGlass also lets you view information such as game details, achievements and challenges so you’re ready to get going with your favorite games. You can even check out the Game DVR clips already uploaded by the community!
  • Keep up with friends. Connect with friends and the Xbox Live community even before you finish setting up your console. Use the app to see what your friends have been up to, check out their latest achievements, or read your messages while you’re waiting.
  • Personalize your dashboard. Pin your favorite games and apps to the Home screen so you jump into your favorite activities right when you finish setting up your console and log into Xbox Live.

Connecting Xbox One SmartGlass to your Xbox One is easy. Just use the same wireless network on your Xbox One SmartGlass-enabled device as your Xbox One and open the app to automatically connect to your console. Once synced, you can use Xbox One SmartGlass to fly through your console set-up by using gestures to navigate and your device’s keyboard to log in to Xbox Live.

Additionally, Microsoft have partnered with developers to deliver some amazing experiences for movies, games and apps available on day one and beyond worldwide. These include Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, Dead Rising 3, Just Dance 2014, Battlefield 4, Internet Explorer and Machinima.

The Xbox One SmartGlass app is available for download now on all iOS, Android and Windows 8 smart devices.

Train2Game News: SpecialEffect Windows Phone 8 app released

SpecialEffect SpecialEffect, the UK charity that helps people with disabilities to play computer games, have released a free Windows Phone 8 app.

The charity are confident that the app, designed at no charge to the charity by Des Gayle of Altered Gene Studios (http://alteredgenestudios.com), will form a vital part of their communications strategy in spreading the word about how they raise the quality of life for gamers with disabilities.

Des is an ambassador of SpecialEffect and has taken part in many fundraising activities for them, including the British 10K run and several footballing events.

“With gaming getting bad press in some quarters it’s even more important that we can increase our communication channels about how gaming can be a force for good,” said the charity’s Communications Officer Mark Saville. “The app contains news, information and links to many wonderful video case studies that show how we’re bringing families together through video games. It’s targeting something that often gets overlooked – that people with disabilities have lives beyond simply ‘being disabled’ and want to enjoy themselves with everyone else.”

The app can be downloaded at
http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=e2802437-3a6c-49b2-91eb-fe5499575b9f