Train2Game News The Gamers Brain

Game User Experience (UX) expert Celia Hodent is not surprised by the global success of Fortnite as this week brings together the top Fortnite players for the finals of the Fortnite World Cup Tournament.

With a total of $30 million in prize money at stake, the wildly popular video game earned over $1.8 billion in 2018 alone, and has 250 million players worldwide.

With a PhD in psychology, Hodent has worked extensively with some of the world’s most successful titles, including Fortnite (Epic Games), Rainbow 6 franchise (Ubisoft), and Star Wars games (LucasArts). Drawing on her vast experience, she is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, ” The Gamer’s Brain: How Neuroscience and UX Can Impact Video Game Design. ”

Experiencing a game happens in the player’s mind. The Gamer’s Brain thus provides readers with insight into how the human brain learns and processes information, while demonstrating how that plays out in the context of creating potentially multi-million dollar video games.

By distilling psychology and cognitive science research, as well as employing real-life industry examples, Celia breaks down the ingredients for successful and engaging video games, empowering game makers to develop their own unique game recipe.

You can read more in her recent article Understanding the Success of Fortnite: A UX & Psychology Perspective published on Gamasutra.

“No one could have predicted the sheer impact Fortnite would have on the game industry. From a UX perspective it shows that applying psychology and developing a UX strategy can resonate to engage and delight players. The Gamer’s Brain outlines this UX mindset by understanding how players experience games and by providing actionable insights that work across a wide range of industries.” said Celia Hodent.

As a UX expert and consultant, Celia currently travels the globe meeting with clients, speaking at events and presenting her sought-after Master classes on Game UX, Unconscious Bias & Inclusion, and Ethics. Celia provides clarity into the role UX plays in creating video games that are not only entertaining but also have the potential to become transformative cultural experiences.

The Gamer’s Brain is available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, (French coming soon), and can be ordered via: https://www.crcpress.com/The-Gamers-Brain-How-Neuroscience-and-UX-Can-Impact-Video-Game-Design/Hodent/p/book/9781498775502

Additional information on The Gamer’s Brain book, along with videos of Celia’s talks on the UX of Fortnite and about UX, AI, & dark patterns at UNESCO can all be found at thegamersbrain.com.

Train2Game News Controller Support for Fortnite Mobile

Gamevice announced today that its low latency, direct connect controller is now compatible with Fortnite mobile – well timed with Fortnite’s 60 frames per second update that recently launched for iOS and now some Android devices.

Fortnite for mobile is the exact same gameplay as Fortnite for console, and even allows you to play with your friends on other game systems – but mobile players were limited to only using a touchscreen. Now Fortnite mobile players can even the playing field against console rivals using Gamevice, with the precision of a low latency controller coupled with butter smooth 60 FPS on iOS. It’s the best way to compete against console counterparts!

Gamevice is the best Apple MFi partner with direct Lightning support, making it the most responsive controller on iOS devices. Read the full story on Gamevice’s recent blog post giving various details on technical aspects of iOS function, matchmaking and more.

Fortnite’s recent 7.3 update added full controller support for iOS and Android devices making Gamevice the key to getting the exact same experience as Fortnite for console. Now, mobile players don’t have to obscure their view by putting their greasy thumbs on the screen, they can simply snap on their Gamevice to experience unabated visuals and play at home or on the go.

The preferred controller of gamers everywhere, Gamevice creates a console experience on mobile devices to more than 1,000 video games including Street Fighter IV, Minecraft, NBA 2K19 and now Fortnite!

The controller has extended its critically-acclaimed functionality to users of smartphone-controlled devices including robots and drones like DJI’s Spark and Sphero’s SPRK+ robot. By providing precision control and an ergonomic design, Gamevice allows users to achieve a new level of usability and comfort over a mobile device’s touchpad interface, and offers the lowest latency of any mobile controller available.

With prices starting at £74.99, Gamevice provides lightning-fast control to video games and mobile controlled gadgets for popular iOS and Android smartphones or tablets on the market.

For more information on Gamevice, please visit gamevice.com.

Train2Game News NFL Tackles Fortnite

The National Football League (NFL) has teamed up with Epic Games, creator of one of the most popular video games in the world, Fortnite.

Beginning Friday, November 9, NFL team “outfits” will be available in the Battle Royale Item Shop. This unique opportunity will give Fortnite players the ability to purchase and customize up to eight outfits representing their favorite NFL teams.

In addition to NFL team outfits, there will be football-themed emotes, harvesting tools, gliders, and even a referee outfit, so players can bring their passion for football into Fortnite.

Once a player owns an NFL team outfit they will be able to choose a uniform from any of the League’s 32 teams and customize the jersey with a number of their choice (1-99). The NFL team outfits will be available as both male and female figures and can be customized with a different team/number each time a player uses the outfit in Fortnite.

The NFL team outfits will be available in Fortnite’s Battle Royale Item Shop starting November 9 at 7 pm ET.

The agreement represents the first time Epic has partnered on special outfits inside Fortnite, enabling players to blend their passions for games and sports.

“We see the popularity of Fortnite every day at the NFL as many of our players are passionate about this game,” said Brian Rolapp, Chief Media and Business Officer at the NFL. “This partnership represents a great opportunity for millions of NFL fans who are Fortnite players to express their fandom inside the game while at the same time exposing our brand to countless others.”

“We have so many football fans at Epic and we know a lot of the game’s fans share that same enthusiasm,” said Mark Rein, co-founder of Epic Games. “Allowing our players to represent their favorite teams in the game was too cool of an opportunity for us to pass up, and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!”

In Fortnite, NFL team outfits can be purchased from the Battle Royale Item Shop using in-game currency, V-Bucks. Once an NFL team outfit is purchased, it may be viewed and applied in the Locker tab.

Source: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000983715/article/nfl-teams-up-with-epic-games-enters-world-of-fortnite

Train2Game News Fortnite Christmas Jumpers

Don’t know your Floss from your Fresh? Thankfully, Merchoid have you covered this year with a new range of Fortnite 100% knitted Christmas sweaters!

Ranging from youth to adult sizes in a variety of designs, there’s something here for everyone this holiday season!

Christmas is a time to give that special someone in your life a personalised care package. The Flossin’ Around the Xmas Tree sweater is the perfect way to show your love whilst showing off your favourite moves! Featuring key elements from the game, this is an ideal sweater for any fan of the game and a brilliant present to lure them to the dinner table with!

Sleigh bells? Nah, we’ll take the Llama Bell any day! Show your love for the quirky quadruped with the And A Llama In A Pear Tree sweater. They’re usually super rare but we managed to attract a few of these cuddly fellas into our warehouse! Featuring a striking minimalist design, this is guaranteed to make you a talking point at the Battle Royale Map!

If you’re after something a bit more cosplay, why not do your Best Mates dance towards the Merry Marauder sweater? A fan favourite, this holiday skin can now be yours for every Christmas! Or every day for that matter! It’ll look even better when you bust out your Electro Shuffle!

For those who like their clothing a bit more huggable, the Brite Gunner inspired Have A Bear-y, Merry Xmas sweater is just the ticket. With a front and back design, this holiday skin has more than meets the eye! It also doubles as a Valentine’s Day sweater so you can get more out of those hard-earned V-Bucks!

The Fortnite Christmas sweaters are available to order now from https://www.merchoid.com/geeks-guide-to-ugly-christmas-sweaterjumpers/?view=fortnite

Train2Game News Sony 180 on crossplay

Sony have announced that crossplay is a feature that will be available.

Taken from the PlayStation blog:

“Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content. We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution.

The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective.

For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective. Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players. In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform.

This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change. We will update the community once we have more details to share, including more specifics regarding the beta timeframe, and what this means for other titles going forward.”

I for one am looking forward to seeing where a world of crossplay can take us.

Train2Game News Power Up Manchester

Retro gaming festival Power Up is set to return to Manchester with more consoles than ever before.

The two-week extravaganza will be at the Museum of Science and Industry from August 3rd.

Household names PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch sit alongside iconic retro consoles including the SNES, SEGA Dreamcast and the original educational computer, the BBC Micro. There are also specialists areas for Pacman, Minecraft and – for the first time in Manchester – multiplayer online game Fortnite.

Visitors will be able to relive the 80s and 90s with classics including games from the Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog series, plus movie games such as Batman, Robocop vs Terminator, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring.

For those who love driving games, there’ll be Destruction Derby and Road Rash, or players can try their hand at the ever-popular Lego series, a host of football games and – of course – Pac-Man.

It’s not all about solo play – visitors can tackle multiplayer classics of the retro and modern era like Goldeneye, Mario Kart 8 and Minecraft; immerse themselves in the world of virtual reality; play on the latest big releases, or tackle some arcade classics on special bartop arcade machines like Metal Slug, Frogger and the Street Fighter series.

Visitors to Power UP can see for themselves how far gaming technology has advanced in the four decades since early games like Pong carved out their place in pop culture. Modern innovations like PlayStation VR will provide a glimpse into what the future may hold.

Evening-only sessions will take place on Friday, August 10 and Friday, August 17, giving the opportunity to play 18-only games including DOOM, Resident Evil and Grand Theft Auto.

Ticket prices vary, visit msimanchester.org.uk/powerup for more information.