Train2Game News Golden Joysticks 2017 2 week countdown


The world’s largest public voted gaming awards will be held November 17th in London. 

Every vote counts, as the most tightly-contested Golden Joystick Awards in recent memory closes public voting in only two weeks (Friday 3rd November) so if you want to make sure your favourite game wins, vote NOW at goldenjoysticks.com or using the Golden Joysticks Facebook Voting Bot! Every person who votes will receive a free videogames e-bookazine[i] worth up to £15.99 after they vote.        

This year’s event will take place at London’s Bloomsbury Big Top, on November 17th and will be hosted by comedian Danny Wallace.  It will also be exclusively livestreamed via Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and community. The Golden Joystick Awards live stream will cover all the awards and a pre-show hosted by Kotaku UK editor Keza MacDonald and comedian and games journalist Ellie Gibson. To view the Twitch stream, click here.       

The Golden Joystick Awards presented with OMEN by HP honour the people and products that have transformed the games industry in 2017. The event features 25 categories, the majority of which are voted for by the global gaming public. The event was first held in 1983 and since then it has grown to become the world’s largest public voted gaming awards brand.

Some categories are incredibly close and your vote could make the difference for your favourite game; as breakout indie titles jostle with familiar AAA hits for the coveted Golden Joystick trophies. Dan Dawkins, Global Editor-In-Chief, GamesRadar+ said: “So far we have had millions of votes across the awards categories which include ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’, ‘Still Playing Award’ and ‘Most Wanted’ game. Only a few votes are splitting key categories, with some potential shocks in the offing, so if you don’t want your favourite game to miss out, vote now!”
Please see below for three of the shortlisted game categories, for the full list of shortlisted games and to vote visit goldenjoysticks.com or use the Golden Joysticks Facebook Voting Bot.     

Ultimate Game of the Year Shortlist

    Assassin’s Creed Origins – Ubisoft

    Destiny 2 – Bungie

    Dishonored 2 – Arkane Studios

    Horizon: Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games

    Monument Valley 2 – Ustwo Games

    Persona 5 – Atlus

    PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – PUBG Corporation

    Resident Evil 7 – Capcom

    Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo EPD

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo EPD

    What Remains of Edith Finch – Giant Sparrow
                                 

Best Indie Game of the Year in collaboration with Square Enix Collective Shortlist

    Dream Daddy – Game Grumps

    Everything – David OReilly

    Friday the 13th: The Game – IllFonic

    Night in the Woods – Infinite Fall

    Pyre – Supergiant Games

    Slime Rancher – Monomi Park

    Stories Untold – No Code

    Tacoma – Fullbright

    Thimbleweed Park – Terrible Toybox

    What Remains of Edith Finch – Giant Sparrow

                           

Esports Game of the Year presented with OMEN by HP Shortlist

    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Infinity Ward

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – Valve

    Dota 2 – Valve

    FIFA 17 – Electronic Arts

    League of Legends – Riot Games

    Overwatch – Blizzard

    Rainbow Six: Siege – Ubisoft

    Rocket League – Psyonix

    SMITE – Hi-Rez Studios

    StarCraft II – Blizzard
To stay up to date with news from the Golden Joystick Awards presented with OMEN by HP follow on Twitter or Facebook.

Train2Game News One Special Day 2017 results


SpecialEffect announced today that the games industry partners involved in their One Special Day fundraising event have so far raised a total of over £300,000 for the charity.

Revenue from game sales and in-game purchases in the UK – and in some cases worldwide – has helped smash the charity’s £100k target for the event. Over £250k of the total was raised by the mobile games industry partners and their communities.

Many companies also contributed through game-themed events, gaming auction items and livestreams before or during the fundraiser on 29 September.

All the money raised will go towards SpecialEffect’s work in creating ways for people with physical disabilities to experience the fun and inclusion of video games.

“This total is way beyond all expectation. We cannot thank all our games industry partners enough for coming together to support people with disabilities,” said Dr Mick Donegan, founder and CEO of SpecialEffect. “It’s an astonishing, game-changing total for us. It funds not only our lifelong one-to-one work with people who need our help, but also our collaboration with developers in making games more accessible to severely disabled gamers worldwide.”

“We’ve had an amazing time working with our partners during this event. The games industry and their communities have our heartfelt thanks for the tremendous generosity they have shown.”

The industry partners involved in the event were Seriously, Unity, Supercell, SEGA, Double Fine, Codemasters, Rovio, Playdemic,  Yogscast, Space Ape, Nordeus, Twitch, Ripstone, Frontier Developments, First Touch Games, Bossa Studios, EA Mobile, 505 Games, New Star Games, Boombit Games, Bungie Foundation, The Chinese Room, Curve Digital, Playground Games, Ubisoft Reflections, Firefly Studios, GAME, Nomad Games, MAG Interactive, Zeptolab, eRepublik Labs, Everywear Games, Lightneer, Payload Studios, Sumo Digital, Fresh Planet, Cooperative Ventures, Future plc, Gamesindustry.biz, nDreams, London Studio (Sony), PlayRaven, Prettygreat, Dots, Futureplay, Glu, Halfbrick, Digital Legends, SOVR, Rare, Insert Coin, Remedy Entertainment,  NaturalMotion/Zynga, SEGA Hardlight, Plan of Attack, Yakuto, Tactile Entertainment, UKIE, Rebellion, Bandai Namco, Sports Interactive, Creative Assembly, Tundra, Humble Bundle, EA, Escape Technology, Razer, Dingit.tv, Fingersoft, Make Real, Jam City and Disruptor Beam.

More details about the event and a full list of partners can be found at http://www.onespecialday.org.uk

The charity plan to announce a final fundraising total at the end of October, and the date for One Special Day in 2018 has been set for Friday 28 September.

Train2Game News Ataribox


Atari®, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, today released new information about Ataribox, a product that brings gaming and more to the living room. 

The launch also signals a return by Atari to creating its own hardware in a broad eco-system of accessories and content.  Since being announced three months ago, the Ataribox has received more than 90,000 registrations on Ataribox.com. 
Ataribox has a unique modern design, influenced by iconic Atari products such as the Atari 2600. Technology wise, it is powered by an AMD customized processor with Radeon Graphics technology. Ataribox will offer games and more: bringing a full PC experience to the TV, it will also include streaming, applications, social, browsing, and music.  

Ataribox will run a Linux OS, with a user interface customized for the TV. Ataribox will launch with a large back-catalog of Atari classic games, and current titles from a range of studios.  Additional details on content and partnerships will be released at a later date. Given the open nature of the OS, players will also be able to access and play compatible games from other content platforms.

“With Ataribox, we wanted to create an open system, a killer product where people can game, stream and browse with as much freedom as possible. Atari games and content will be available as well as games and content from other providers,” said Fred Chesnais, Atari Chief Executive Officer. “We also wanted to launch Ataribox with our community, and reward our fans with exclusive early access, special editions, and include them as active participants in the product rollout.”

Ataribox will first be made available via the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform this fall, with targeted global launch in Spring 2018. The expected price range will be $249-$299 USD depending on specific editions and memory configurations. 

“People are used to the flexibility of a PC, but most connected TV devices have closed systems and content stores. Ataribox is an open system, and while our user interface will be easy to use, people will also be free to access and customize the underlying OS,” said Feargal Mac, Ataribox General Manager. “We’ve chosen to launch Ataribox with Indiegogo given their focus on delivering technology products, and their strong international presence in over 200 countries, allowing us to reach and involve as many Atari fans around the world as possible.”

Today, new assets are released on Ataribox’s social channels including 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/atariboxofficial/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/atariboxproject. People can get access to early information and additional details by signing up at www.AtariBox.com . 

Train2Game News Super Miniboss Controller


​Inventive console accessories manufacturer Nyko today unveiled Super Miniboss, a wireless controller for the Super NES Classic Edition game console. 
Designed to complement the retro style and feel of the console, Super Miniboss enables cord-free gameplay and features a turbo button for fast inputs. The addition of a turbo button make the Super Miniboss perfect for fast paced shooters games. 

Super Miniboss is built specifically for the Super NES Classic Edition, and follows the success of Nyko’s Miniboss for the NES Classic console in 2016. Super Miniboss is now available for pre-order at GameStop.com and Nyko.com for an MSRP of $19.99, and will soon be available for pre-order on Amazon.com. The controller will begin shipping from GameStop and Nyko around the console’s launch, with Amazon.com to follow. 

“Our original Miniboss wireless controller for the NES Classic allowed gamers to break free from the limitations of a wired controller and play from the comfort of their couches, and we wanted to extend this experience to the new SNES Classic Edition,” said Chris Arbogast, Nyko’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “Super Miniboss provides a simple, wireless alternative that doubles the gameplay range of the original corded controller and complements the style of the updated console.”  

Super Miniboss Key Features:

    -Precise button mashing action with complete wireless freedom

    -Dedicated turbo button for super fast input

    -Home screen functionality – just hold the turbo button and hit select

    -Ergonomic face buttons, triggers, and a true D-Dad

    -Cord-free gameplay

Train2Game News UK Funding Financers List


Fundamentally Games is pleased to announce its new, free and publicly accessible resource for the U.K. games industry, The Financers List. 

This comprehensive resource provides a directory of all sources of financing available to the games industry in the U.K., from Venture Capital though to government grants and loans.

The resource is curated to provide the most up-to-date snapshot of financial offers available, covering local, national and international level funding across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. 

The list will be regularly reviewed to ensure it remains accurate and relevant to developer needs, with Fundamentally Games welcoming input from the industry to keep it up to date. With creative sector entrepreneurs often citing lack of access to cash as a barrier to success, there is a clear and pressing need for such a list, as industry body  UKIE highlighted earlier in the year, noting that “Access to finance is a key barrier to growing the interactive entertainment industry in the UK.”

Ella Romanos, co-founder of Fundamentally Games, remarks “We often work with developers who are searching for funding, and one of the key challenges they face is simply knowing which funding options are  out there. The funding landscape has become complex and vast; we hope that having a directory of funders will give companies a useful starting point for their funding research.”

To see the directory, visit www.financers.fundamentallygames.com .

Train2Game News IMGA 2017 Global Gaming Awards


The IMGA has today opened their call for entries in the 2017 edition of their global gaming awards. 

Now in its 14th year, the IMGA invites all game makers – indie developers, studios, publishers, students and researchers – from all countries to enter their game. Participants have until December 31, 2017 to submit their entries. The competition is free, and entrants may submit multiple games for consideration. 

After an online judging selection to determine the shortlisted nominees, the 14th IMGA Global finalists will be announced in February. The winners will be revealed during the award show in San Francisco on March 20, 2018, which will be taking place at the same time as GDC (Game Developers Conference) and Game Connection. Last year’s Grand Prix winner was the worldwide hit Pokémon GO (Niantic). Previous awarded games include Her Story (Sam Barlow), Monument Valley (Ustwo), Badland (Frogmind) and many others.

“For the 14th year running, the IMGA will highlight the top achievements in the gaming world. As usual with its two-round unique judging session, the competition will give big studios and indie developers an equal chance of winning the Grand Prix. We can’t wait to discover the best games of the year!” says Maarten Noyons, IMGA’s CEO and founder. “Moreover the talent and creativity of a woman or a man will be honoured by the Game Artist of 2017 Award, a new category that was launched last year.”

Developers, studios and publishers from all continents are invited to enter their mobile games from September 15 until December 31. The IMGA Global competition is also open to AR and VR games. Eligible games must be published in 2017 or have yet to be published, and must be downloadable in a playable version. Entrants across the globe can submit their games for free on the official IMGA website.

Train2Game News One Special Day 2017


Gamers’ charity SpecialEffect and social video platform Twitch are putting the finishing touches on a truly special eight-hour livestream as part of One Special Day.

One Special Day is a fundraising day organised by SpecialEffect to benefit gamers with disabilities. Set for broadcast from Twitch’s London headquarters and streamed live on Twitch (twitch.tv/specialeffectteam) from 2-10pm on Friday 29 September, the event features popular Twitch creators, games, and new technology tailored for disabled gamers.

Amongst the growing list of Twitch Partners already confirmed are Cyborgangel, xLindsayJane, Meganyyy, LeahLovesChief, KellyJean, Fremily, AOAATube, B0aty, Jay1fifaking, and PhantomSFX. They will be playing a wide range of popular titles, including Overwatch, Destiny 2, PUBG, Runescape, and new release FIFA 18, as part of the charity’s One Special Day campaign. 

In addition, the stream will feature exclusive content from The Yogscast (including SpecialEffect Vice President Mark Turpin) and Hat Films, who have created a series of ‘stretch goal’ videos to encourage donations. 

Other activities planned for the broadcast include live demonstrations of some of the technology used by SpecialEffect in their work with severely disabled gamers. The featured Partners will have opportunity to play their favourite games using adapted controllers, to give them and their viewers a better appreciation of how the charity makes gaming more accessible for hundreds of people with disabilities across the country. 

This will include an ‘eye-gaze’ lap-time competition running on Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, where guests will compete to set the fastest time using only their eyes to control the car on screen! The stream will also include a host of highly desirable giveaways, including a full-size replica of the Tex Mechanica foundry’s “The Last Word” hand cannon, a concept 3D model created for the Destiny game by the talented Eric Newgard at Impact Props (courtesy of the Bungie Foundation).

Tom Donegan, Events Coordinator at SpecialEffect said: 

“It’s been a real honour to work with Twitch in planning this incredible broadcast. We’re so delighted by the line-up of partners involved and can’t wait to show them some of the tech we use in helping people with disabilities to game, who would otherwise have no opportunity to do so. This is yet another fantastic example of the games industry coming together to support our work, in celebration of One Special Day. I can’t wait to see what the livestream has in store – whatever happens, it’s going to be an exciting 8 hours!”

Last year, One Special Day raised almost £100k towards SpecialEffect’s work.

Train2Game News Big Indie Awards 2017


Steel Media, the publisher of leading mobile gaming site Pocket Gamer, b2b portal PocketGamer.Biz and the popular PG Connects events series, has announced the launch of the brand new Big Indie Awards 2017 in association with indieSky.

Launched back in 2013, the Big Indie Pitch has rapidly grown into the definitive indie developer pitching competition and this year Steel Media has hosted 19 Big Indie Pitch events around the world for mobile, PC and VR developers.

Now the company is bringing that up to a round 20, with the first ever Big Indie Awards grand finale on November 21st 2017 in Shenzen, China. The awards are a chance for all independent mobile developers and small studios – including those who have pitched at a previous event and those who haven’t had the chance – to put their game forward for a chance of global recognition. With a prize fund worth over $25,000 and a paid trip to the awards ceremony itself, this is one competition that no indie dev can afford to miss out on.

All indie developers that have a mobile game project either in the works or released this year are welcome.

How does it work?

Developers are invited to submit their game by October 6 2017, at http://www.bigindieawards.com

After creating a longlist, a panel of expert judges including journalists, influencers and developers will rate each game to create a shortlist that will be announced to the world. The top three teams will then get the chance to spend a couple of days meeting Chinese companies and exploring the beautiful coastal city of Shenzhen, with all flights and accommodation paid. The competition builds to a climax with teams presenting their games on stage at a live awards ceremony in Shenzhen on November 21, when the final winners will be revealed!

Who can enter?

Any mobile indie developer who has a game released in 2017 or has one in production that’s scheduled to launch in the next six months can enter the competition.

All previously shortlisted Big Indie Pitch entrants since September 2016 will be fast-tracked onto the longlist.

What can you win?

There’s an array of prizes worth over $25,000 up for grabs, including $15,000 of marketing promotional spend on Steel Media’s many websites; tickets and expo tables at a Pocket Gamer Connects event worth $5,000; and $5,000 cash. Oh, and of course, paid trips to China including flight, accommodation and visa for at least the top three teams. Naturally, there’ll also be a fair amount of media coverage, an award trophy, and global adoration.

Who’s behind all this?

The Big Indie Awards 2017 are the latest grand plan from the Steel Media team (the firm behind Pocket Gamer, PG.Biz, PG Connects, the Global Connects Parties and of course the Big Indie Pitch itself), but it wouldn’t be possible without the support and love of the folks at indieSky.

Who is indieSky?

indieSky is iDreamSky’s indie platform for indie developers. iDreamSky has published hit titles such as Monument Valley, Subway Surfers, Temple Run series, Toy Blast, Horizon Chase, Gardenscapes and many others in China. indieSky’s aim is to partner with indie developers from all around the world to bring awesome games to gamers – the company slogan is, “We Publish Awesome Indie Games!” You can find out a lot more about at http://indie.idreamsky.com/

How to enter!

Think your game could win? Head to http://www.bigindieawards.com/ and a gameplay video so we can take a look. You’ll be notified if you’ve made the list. Terms and conditions apply, details on the website. Entries must be mobile games. Teams that enter will need at least one member with a valid passport who could travel to China on November 18–22, 2017.

Train2Game News Return of the SNES Classic Edition


Due to incredible demand for the upcoming Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system, Nintendo plans to ship the retro-inspired product into 2018. 

Originally, shipments were announced to cease at the end of this calendar year.

In addition, more units of Super NES Classic Edition will ship on its Sept. 29 launch day in the U.S. than were shipped of NES Classic Edition all last year, with subsequent shipments arriving in stores regularly. Fans have shown their unbridled enthusiasm for these Classic Edition systems, so Nintendo is working to put many more of them on store shelves.

The Super NES Classic Edition system features 21 legendary Super NES games such as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Metroid. Launching on Sept. 29 at a suggested retail price of only $79.99, Super NES Classic Edition plugs directly into the TV using the provided HDMI cable, and comes with two wired controllers. For more information about Super NES Classic Edition, visit http://www.nintendo.com/super-nes-classic

Next summer, Nintendo will also bring back the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system with new shipments. More information about the timing of the return of NES Classic Edition will be announced in the future.

NES Classic Edition features 30 classic NES games such as the original Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong. For more information about NES Classic Edition, visit http://www.nintendo.com/nes-classic/ .

Train2Game News Yorkshire Games Festival

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The Yorkshire Games Festival returns for its second year, once again showcasing some of the greatest talent and titles from across the videogames spectrum, as well as providing gamers and budding game makers unrivalled access to the industry.

The festival, organised and run by the National Science and Media Museum, offers insights into all aspects of the games industry, from studios such as the award-winning TT Games, Frontier Developments, Criterion Games and Naughty Dog, as well as hosting live shows and events such as WiFi Wars and the Let’s Play! Weekend, which features a wealth of games and activities.

Yorkshire Games Festival 2107 is proud to welcome back Bradford College as its Headline Sponsor, and, for the first time, will dedicate a day to school groups as it increases its scope for inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the many aspects of videogame design, development and coding.

Festival director, Kathryn Penny, said: “Last year was a fantastic success, which we’ll be building on this year as we once again welcome some of the top studios, games designers and developers from around the world, the UK and Yorkshire, to share their experience and advice, and of course, demo some games. I think we’ve included something for anyone interested in videogames, and we’ll hopefully inspire a few future stars.”

Schools Day: 8 Nov

This year’s Yorkshire Games Festival kicks off with a day dedicated to school groups. Pupils will get access to specially created talks, workshops and activities covering all the elements that make a great game, from coding to storytelling and design. This day is for education groups only – booking details can be found at https://www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/learning .

Delegate Programme: 9 and 10 Nov

Highlights for the Delegate Programme start with an insight into the UK-based studio responsible for some of the most iconic games in recent memory, as Arthur Parsons, Head of Design at TT Games, discusses his lead role on various titles within the LEGO videogame franchise, including the LEGO Marvel series, LEGO Batman series, LEGO Harry Potter series and many other familiar titles. Arthur will also delve into the making of his current game, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2, an all-new, original adventure scheduled to launch in the UK on November 17.

Tracy Spaight has worked in the industry since 2005 under many guises from project specialist to game developer. He now acts as Director of Special Projects at Wargaming.net, the developers and publishers of the World of Tanks online game, and will be talking about bringing history alive through gaming, AR and VR and the World of Tanks phenomenon.

Frontier Developments’ Louise McLennan and Sebastian Hickey will be revealing all about the development of BAFTA nominated Elite Dangerous – the latest (and some say, greatest) version of the legendary space combat and trading game from UK games luminary David Braben OBE. Louise started her career at Disney Interactive and is now the lead UI designer on Jurassic World Evolution. Sebastian, an alumni of the University of Bradford, is the lead UI designer on Elite Dangerous.

YGF 2017 is a homecoming for Iki Ikram, the award-winning VFX Artist, as he started his career more than 25 years ago while studying Graphic Design at Bradford College. Iki will be giving the festival’s keynote presentation on his work as an FX Artist at Naughty Dog and how visual effects were used to build an impactful narrative in games such as Uncharted 3, Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us, as well as other work on titles such as the PlayStation’s EyeToy, Singstar, The Getaway, and the Killzone series. This session is presented by Bradford College.

Legendary composer and musician David Wise has been producing game soundtracks since 1987, including many of UK developer Rare’s classics such as Battletoads, Donkey Kong Country and Diddy Kong Racing. More recently, Wise has composed music for Sheffield developer Sumo Digital’s Snake Pass and for Playtonic Games’ smash hit platformer Yooka-Laylee. He will be discussing some of his most famous works and giving advice to any musicians interested in making soundtracks for videogames.

Kieran Crimmins and James Svensson from Criterion Games will host a session on their development work as Art Director and Producer respectively for Electronic Arts’ Star Wars Battlefront VR Mission. They’ll be discussing how they recreated the Star Wars universe in virtual reality, along with a few of their trade secrets, including how to hide a Star Destroyer!

Other guests include Phil Duncan and Oli De-Vine, aka indie development team Ghost Town Games, whose debut game Overcooked was made from their lounge and recently took home the BAFTA for Best Family Game and Best British Game.

Let’s Play! 11 and 12 Nov

This year introduces the festival’s Let’s Play! weekend, with a host of activities designed for families and gamers of all ages.

The two-day event includes the Yorkshire Games Showcase, as the regional games industry descends on the National Science and Media Museum, bringing the best in new, upcoming and under-the-radar titles. As part of the showcase, Creative England’s GamesLab Leeds programme will be offering advice and demonstrating some of the projects they have funded across the Leeds City Region. Elsewhere Videogames, But… shows the diversity of the medium with small, experimental and unusual, yet beautifully formed games.

The Museum also welcomes back the Impact Gamers LiVE! show to the Museum’s Pictureville Cinema (Saturday only – tickets £2/£3), which takes audience participation to a new level, inspiring children to get involved in games and coding. The Impact Gamers team will also be bringing along their homemade arcade games – all created by young people from Bradford (free to play).

The Yorkshire Games Festival is produced by the National Science and Media Museum in partnership with the games business network Game Republic.
Ticketed events are now on sale via www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk/yorkshiregamesfestival