Train2Game Alexa wants you to tell a story

A team of Texas gaming developers have launched a groundbreaking Alexa-based multi-player game that is taking gaming creativity to a new level. The ‘Story Builder’ Alexa Skill unleashes storytellers around the world to collaborate on new works – one line at a time – using just their imaginations and voices.

“Story Builder is unique to Alexa Skills because it’s all about tapping the immense creative potential of Alexa users,” said Lazy Samurais’ Dayan Yar. “Story Builder inspires hive-mind storytelling – multiple people are creating sagas that are not only completely new, but undreamt of by any single storyteller.”

The Austin-based game studio Lazy Samurais says Story Builder is available exclusively as an Alexa Skill, the DIY gaming platform offered by the popular Amazon cloud-based voice-service.

Alexa users simply active Story Builder from the Alexa Store, and start creating.

“You can say, ‘Alexa, create a story,’ and recite the first line of an entirely new tale,” Dayan explains. “Story Builder will read the story to other players around the world, asking them to add a line on a first-come, first served basis.” Each player contributes one line and the story grows and changes as it is shared. “The outcome is completely unpredictable and the possibilities are endless,” Dayan said.

“Creative writers don’t have to be nailed to their keyboards, working alone, anymore,” Dayan added. “Collaborating and tapping the amazing creativity of others is now incredibly simple. Story Builder is a real game-changer.”
Dayan said the launch version of Story Builder will have a 20-line maximum per story. “With a line limit, story tellers focus on a beginning, middle and end. The fun will be in the twists and turns the story takes as different creatives add a line at a time.”

Lazy Samurai is exploring variable story lengths for future versions. “The initiating story teller may select short, medium or long, with preset line limits for each one,” Dayan says. “There is unlimited creative potential in the concept, and we definitely want to integrate feedback from players about how improve the experience.”

Also, players can also create private stories with their Facebook friends. “It’s a fantastic new way to use Facebook,” he Dayan adds. “You get to launch a Story Builder session with the creative people you already know.”

Story Builder has other built-in features that add to the experience. “You can participate in multiple stories at the same time and get updates as stories develop,” Dayan said. Story Builder also allows gamers to rate stories, hear completed stories, and listen to Story Builder’s ‘Top Rated’ list anytime.

Train2game News Gfinity’s Tournament Builder

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Gfinity’s Tournament Builder is out now as a free download, exclusively for Xbox One – putting the power of eSports straight into your hands.

Gfinity have crafted a brand new app that give more power to you, the player. As part of a £1m investment in the world’s most advanced competitive gaming platform, the Tournament Builder app allows Xbox One players of any skill level to run or compete in player made eSports competitions.

For the first time, Xbox One gamers worldwide who want to play competitively can choose what, how and with whom they play. Gfinity Tournament Builder can be downloaded for free from the Xbox Marketplace, starting today.

Neville Upton CEO says “We are incredibly excited to launch our Tournament Builder app on Xbox One because like Microsoft, we are passionate about creating technology that is accessible to everyone – of all ages and abilities. Find out who is the best Rocket League player in the office in a head-to-head knockout cup; set up a Halo ladder for you and your mates to play in for bragging rights; or run your own FIFA league for your school…. It’s free and easy to use and perfectly compliments Xbox One’s Multiplayer features and we believe will make playing Xbox One games with friends even more fun!”

To celebrate the launch and get things started, Gfinity are also launching a Rocket League Tournament for Europe and North America – exclusively on Xbox One – with over $2,000 up for grabs in total prize money. Players simply need to download the Gfinity Tournament Builder app from the Xbox Marketplace to find out how to take part.

Tournament Builder gives players access to the following features;

–       Choose the game you want to build a competition for
–       Select a tournament format (Cup, League, Ladder) and name
–       Pick a tournament template using Gfinity rules or customizing your own
–       Decided whether to make your tournament public or invite only
–       Choose to make it an individual or team tournament and set the number of players
–       Create a dedicated tournament page with brackets and tournament details
–       Invite players and teams to take part in the tournament and accept or reject invites to a tournament
–       Post tournament results immediately online and resolve results conflicts
–       See all your tournaments in My Tournaments
–       View all your fixtures in My Fixture
–       Search for public tournaments or sign up to Gfinity Official tournaments