Train2Game News Free Drag And Drop Narrative Creation

RichCast, the new creative studio and publishing platform, has partnered with Global Game Jam to support its 2022 event.
 

RichCast (www.richcast.com), which recently won a prestigious TIGA Award for Best Technical Innovation, is now inviting anyone to build and publish their own interactive narrative experiences and games using its simple, intuitive ‘no code’ drag and drop interface.
 

The Global Game Jam is the world’s largest game creation event, taking place from January 20th-30th 2022 – and Jammer registrations are open now.
 

The annual GGJ weekend (https://globalgamejam.org) stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression.
 

RichCast is the brainchild of three highly respected and experienced UK games industry veterans: Neil Campbell, plus Philip and Andrew Oliver – aka The Oliver Twins. It enables people to create original and diverse content that blurs the line between literature and entertainment, complete with voice and touchscreen controls, HD video, audio-visual effects and AI voices that bring new worlds – and words ­– to life.
 

Creating a RichCast experience requires no knowledge of programming or script languages, making it the simplest way to create original interactive content. It’s even easier to use than the Scratch programming language.
 

RichCast also has a competition open to creators, with £10,000 (~US$13,200) of prize money up for grabs.
 

Head to www.richcast.com, download the Early Access RichCast App for PC or Mac, and hit Create to get started.
 

Enter the competition at www.richcast.com/competition and submit your best RichCasts by midnight on January 7th 2022. There are four categories:
 

  • Best Fiction
  • Best Non-Fiction
  • Best Use of Audio
  • Best Use of Visuals
     

The winner of each category will receive £2,000 each, while runners-up will each receive £500.

The competition is free to enter and open to anyone over 13 years of age.

For full terms and conditions, visit www.richcast.com/competition
 

RichCast is currently free, with the plan to add fair monetisation in 2022 to ensure content creators receive royalties for their great experiences.
 

“The RichCast software has been developed with a goal of democratising the creation and distribution of high quality, interactive narrative content,” explained Philip Oliver, CEO of PANIVOX, the start-up behind RichCast. “Global Game Jam is a much-respected event that encourages creativity in interactive entertainment around the world, and urges the individuals who take part to try out new technology. The synergies between our two organisations couldn’t be stronger, so we’re delighted to be partnering with them to help more people take part in this brilliant annual event.”
 

Rich Hebblewhite, Senior Lecturer in Computing at Wrexham University and GGJ 2022 Regional Organiser (UK & Ireland), said: “The GGJ embodies the idea that in today’s connected world, we can come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using games as a medium. As such, promoting tools that empower people from all backgrounds and skill sets is hugely important to us – and the PANIVOX team has produced such a platform with RichCast.
 

“Having been involved with Global Game Jam for more than a decade, it’s exciting to see new technology such as RichCast driving creativity and innovation at the grass roots of the industry.”
 

To learn more about RichCast and register for Early Access visit www.RichCast.com

RichCast Launch Video: https://bit.ly/RichCastRevealVideo 

Train2Game News Free Women In Games Virtual Event

The Women in Games Careers & Networking Expo will provide a unique opportunity for anyone to gain valuable insights into the many career options and pathways available in games and esports – and, importantly, put you in touch with studios and organisations who are currently hiring.

This full day of talks and networking is unmissable – whether you are planning your first steps in games and esports, or looking to take your career further forward.
 
A truly global event, the Women in Games Careers & Networking Expo will run from 8am to 10pm GMT to allow delegates from all over the world to attend virtually. A series of talks throughout the day will throw the spotlight on influential and inspirational women. They include:-
 
Alice Middleton, Programmer, The Multiplayer Guys
Donna Morrison, People & Culture Manager, Gram Games
Elizabeth Loverso, VP Product Development, Red Storm Entertainment
Eve Crevoshay, Executive Director, Take This
Heather Bales, Game Product Owner, Big Fish Games
Helen Fitzhugh, UEA Researcher into HR Practices, University of East Anglia
Hollie Bennett, Head of Influencers & Development, Frontier Developments
Jade Cavanagh, Events & Social Manager, London Esports
Kate Edwards, CEO, Geogrify
Steph Marcus, Lead UX/UI Designer, Sprung Studio
Sandra Castro, Journalist, Tan Grande Y Jugando
Sofia da Silva, Environment Artist, Gunzilla Games
 
The day has been designed to allow time for visiting our virtual booths in the Expo area, where the likes of Riot Games, Unity, Virtuos Games, Dovetail Games, Sports Interactive, StarStable, Cloud Imperium, AWS, G into Gaming, GINX TV, Grads In Games and more will be discussing opportunities within their organisations.
 
You can also meet up with friends and peers, old and new, using Hopin’s Networking feature. You can choose between chat roulette or speed meeting; you can meet for the first time and get in touch again using the video chat in a virtual one to one. Or look for your existing connections at the event and arrange to meet for longer catch-ups.
 
Don’t miss this must-attend event. Register for your free ticket today.

Train2Game News PC Building Simulator Free For A Limited Time

Today we’re excited to announce that players in record numbers are now enjoying PC Building Simulator!

The cult-hit/repair ‘em up has been claimed over 2.5 million times since launching on the Epic Games Store yesterday as the free game of the week, with the first million achieved after just three hours of availability.

The game is also enjoying its highest ever number of concurrent users, with 1500% growth compared to previous peak numbers on PC. The title originally launched on Steam in 2018 and is currently preparing for the arrival of its biggest ever career mode expansion.
 
To celebrate the overwhelming response from fans, on the Epic Games Store we’re discounting the full range of DLC for PC Building Simulator for the remainder of its free week promotion, with 10% off all workshop DLCs and a chunky 50% off the Esports Expansion career pack.

Don’t worry if you’ve already bought the DLC on the Epic Games Store – players who have already jumped in will automatically receive a partial refund to match the new prices. 
 
In PC Building Simulator, build and grow your very own computer repair enterprise as you learn to diagnose, fix and build PCs. With real-world licensed components and comprehensive hardware and software simulation, you can plan and bring your ultimate PC to life.
 
PC Building Simulator is currently available free on Epic Games Store through October 14.

Check out the store page for more information.

Train2Game News Summer of Unreal

Escape Studios has been commissioned by Epic Games to deliver the Summer of Unreal, a free pan-European Unreal Engine training course for 1,000 animators and CGI artists, in collaboration with a range of academic institutions and skills development organisations from across the Continent.
 

The Summer of Unreal will commence on 26th July 2021 and will run across four weeks in partnership with the following European institutions:
 

Mark Flanagan, Education Partner Manager, Epic Games said: “The Summer of Unreal is an incredible opportunity that is open to professionals in animation and VFX all across Europe, and we couldn’t be happier to invite the industry to participate. Escape Studios is a wonderful partner who, along with a number of Europe’s best animation schools, are running this programme, which is set to be the biggest Unreal Engine training that we’ve undertaken to date. We’re excited to help all learners find new ways to tell awesome stories and express their creativity using Unreal Engine.”
 

Saint Walker, Deputy Dean of Escape Studios, said: “The Summer of Unreal is a fantastic opportunity for animation and 3D CGI professionals across Europe to discover more about the cutting-edge technology on offer with Unreal Engine.
 

“We’ve worked with top animation companies to create a novel animation-centric way of teaching Unreal Engine, in one of the most ambitious training programmes that Escape Studios has been involved with – our vision of a pan-European festival of learning in Unreal Engine has gained us amazing academic partners in the form of some of the best animation schools in the world. We invite learners across Europe to join us. Make your summer staycation Unreal!”
 

The Summer of Unreal will be taught online in English and is free-of-charge to professionals working in the animation, motion graphics and VFX industry who want an informal group experience of learning Unreal Engine over the holiday period. The course will feature daily workshops covering all the major aspects of using Unreal Engine interspersed with practice time, teamwork, as well as demonstrations and masterclasses from some of Europe’s premiere companies and artists showing how they use the platform in their work.
 

Mark Spevick, Escape Studios’ Head of 3D VFX will be the main ‘showrunner’ for the Summer of Unreal. The unique role used in Escapes’ larger courses ensures that tutors get to hear and address the most important questions from the online shop floor through Mark’s advocacy. Mark combines teaching and programme design with senior industry experience, having worked at Peerless Camera, the production house co-owned by Terry Gilliam.

For more information and to register for the Summer of Unreal, visit: www.SummerOfUnreal.com

Train2Game News First Black Game Pros Mixer

Ubisoft today announced the first UK Black Game Pros Mixer to be held on Friday, 11th December. 

The online event, which is being held in Europe for the first time, will be hosted by co-founders Kurston Timothy, Development Tester at Ubisoft Toronto and Leon Winkler, Ubisoft Director of International Events and will feature a full programme of panels, key notes and interviews with some of the UK industry’s most successful black professionals. 

The free event will take place from 3pm to 6pm GMT and complimentary tickets will be available from this link.

The mission of The Black Game Pros Mixer is to generate and foster more representation and diversity in the broader video game industry.  The events facilitate networking and dialogue with relevant speakers as well as shine a light on under-represented job profiles to demonstrate the many pathways for people of colour to enter and thrive within the industry.

Leon Winkler, said, “It’s our goal to reach out to and actively engage with communities representing people of colour to show off how viable and diverse the opportunities within our industry are.” He added: “We’re delighted to be welcoming some of the most inspiring British professionals to contribute to this by sharing their experiences and knowledge about the UK industry, covering topics that are meaningful for both themselves and our community.”

The three-hour event will feature the following elements:

KEYNOTES:

  • Chella Ramanan, Jr Narrative Designer at Ubisoft Massive – How did I get into the Industry?
  • Sian-Selina Grant, Partnerships Manager at Newzoo – Data and the UK Gaming Industry

PANELS:

  • Breaking into the UK Games Industry: including panelists Rosemary Buahin (Games Category Lead, Xbox UK and Ireland), Lauren Dillon (Sr. Account Director at Premier PR London) and Adam Campbell (Director of product at Azoomee and founder of POC in Play) – Moderated by Leon Winkler
  • Being and staying successful in the UK Gaming Industry: with Stephanie Ijoma (founder of NNESAGA), Marcus Bronzy (award winning presenter) and Timi-Abajomi Ofarn (co-founder of The Nerd Council) – Moderated by Kurston Timothy
  • Making the Industry truly diverse: including panelists such as Mr Midas (award winning Video Game TV Presenter and Content Producer) and Nigel Twumasi (co-founder of Mayamada – The World’s First Manga Network) – Moderated by Kurston Timothy

INTERVIEWS:

  • Mr Midas (Interviewed by Leon Winkler)
  • Stephanie Ijoma (Interviewed by Leon Winkler)

Ahead of The Black Game Pros Mixer – UK Edition, Ubisoft will be hosting another edition of the event for those working in the African games industry on 3rd December in partnership with the FEJA game event, for more information, please visit the following link.

Train2Game News Discover Free Games Anywhere

Digiwalls Media has released the latest feature on GamerPower and enabled new API functionality that is free for all users.

The new API system, available here, allows any user to find and track gaming giveaways programmatically by platform, giveaway type or even a specific giveaway at the press of a button.

This feature further expands on GamerPower’s already impressive functionality that delivers gamers the best giveaways in the world of gaming.

Whether it is on PC, Steam, Mobile or a specific console, GamerPower provides instant access of giveaways across the internet and keeps its users, who pay no cost for the service, up-to-date with instant access to giveaways from all the world’s leading game publishers.

The addition of the new free API gives users unprecedented ease of access to giveaways that mean the most to them and this feature is slated to be expanded on with the addition of other search criteria in the future as well as through the implementation of user feedback.  

Interested users can check out the free service through the link above or by visiting GamerPower directly at https://www.gamerpower.com

Train2Game News Free AirConsole Games

AirConsole, a globally leading platform for casual games, today announced that they will provide everyone with free access to all of their video games during the month of November in a new attempt to stop the spreading of the coronavirus.

While Europe and other parts of the world are facing a renewed  increase in coronavirus cases, the Swiss gaming company AirConsole is doing what it can to help the millions of people in quarantine across the globe.

AirConsole is a cloud based video game console that is accessible from every home through the web browser or Android TV. Smartphones are used as gamepads. No additional hardware is required for a full video game console experience. AirConsole boasts a library of 160 games across a variety of genres.

“During the first lockdown AirConsole was able to help millions of people to stay entertained with their families and loved ones. We received overwhelming positive feedback from our community and with people returning to StayHome we understood that it was time for us to act again,” says Rafael Morgan, Head of Product at AirConsole. “Today we’ve decided to give everyone access to the full platform for free for two weeks. We know that a lot of people are affected by lockdowns and quarantines at the moment, and that many will be looking for new forms of entertainment.”

“It’s been a tough time and we would like to help as many people as possible,” says Andrin von Rechenberg, CEO at AirConsole. “After the first lockdown we increased the number of family friendly games on AirConsole. It’s important to us that people without a lot of gaming experience feel welcome as well!”

As in the previous solidarity campaign, players will be able to use the promotional code “919 2020” and get two weeks of full access to AirConsole’s 160 games, which are normally available as part of a subscription called AirConsole Hero.

Get access to the full version of AirConsole:


1. Download the AirConsole App from Apple’s AppStore or Google Play.
2. Launch the app and insert the following code when the numpad appears: “919 2020”
3. The full AirConsole experience will be unlocked for two weeks.
4. Open www.airconsole.com on your desktop browser, connect your smartphone as the gamepad by following the simple instructions and start playing instantly.

The code is valid until November 30th, 2020

Train2Game News Play Xenoverse 2 FREE

Do you fear jumping into the deep end of the pool? Are you afraid of leaping head-over-heels in love? Is commitment difficult for you?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then there is a solution in the form of DRAGON BALL Xenoverse 2 “Lite”, a free version of the game that will be available for download starting Wednesday, March 20th for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One.

New players entering the Xenoverse 2 through the “Lite” version of the game will be able to experience the following:

  • Play five-story episodes, ‘Raditz’s Attack’, ‘The Saiyan Threat’, ‘Ruckus on Planet Namek’, ‘The Ginyu Force Strikes’ and ‘The Galactic Emperor’, from the main game.
  • Take part in Online Battles and Online Quests – with the option to play against those with the full version of the game (Online events and expert missions will remain exclusive to owners of the full game)
  • Compete in Hero Colosseum mode, with all content and online matches
  • Additionally, players will be able to transfer saved data from the “Lite” version to the full game if they choose to purchase the full version of DRAGON BALL Xenoverse 2

Enjoy saving the universe with Goku and friends!

Train2Game News CopperCube game engine now FREE

CopperCube is the most easy to use 3D game engine and now it’s free to use.

CopperCube is a 3D authoring tool for creating interactive 3D games, apps and websites, without programming developed by Ambiera. It focuses on a user friendly interface which makes it possible create 3D games very easily and Ambiera have now announced the release of CopperCube 6.0.

The just released version 6.0 is a big step forward.

In addition, CopperCube 6 is now free to use. Users can develop games, sell them, publish them on Steam, any App Store, any website, with the free edition.

A major new version of the game engine with new features like post processing effects, new lighting system, WebGL 2 support, FBX import, and much more.

In order to support the development of CopperCube, there are two editions which have a few more features: CopperCube 6 Professional and CopperCube 6 Studio Edition, which can be bought if wished.

The following new features are added in version 6:

– CopperCube now comes as free edition, which includes nearly all of the features previously only available in the professional edition.
– Post-Processing Effects
– Full FBX import with Animation
– New lighting system
– Unified colors and lighting
– DDS support
– WebGL 2 support
– Loading screen image
– Multi Selection
– WebGL automatic pointer lock
– Freeze Scale command
– Better Wireframe mode
– Automatic DirectX installer
– Scene Metrics tool
– Nicer User Interface
– More terrain generation options
– Lots of performance improvements
– Updated Lightmapper
– Improved OpenGL renderer
– Improved WebGL font rendering
– Automatic clip prevention for FPS camera children
– and many more smaller new features.

To learn more visit https://www.ambiera.com/coppercube/

Train2Game News Elder Scrolls Online Free

Bethesda will host a Free Play Week for The Elder Scrolls Online starting tomorrow and running all the way through April 18 across all platforms, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac. 
That’s seven full days for players to adventure through Tamriel, build and grow characters, conquer Delves and Dolmens, and unravel another incredibly epic Elder Scrolls saga.

Maybe you’ve been reading about the enormous new Chapter, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, coming June 6 or you’ve heard about how players at Game Informer, MMORPG.com, and MassivelyOP.com all voted ESO the ‘Best MMO of 2016’ and wondered what you might be missing. This is the best  chance to find out for free and hone your skills before heading back to Vvardenfell in June.

The Free Play Weekend will include:

    No Restrictions: Access to the full The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited base game. Go where you want, when you want, and with who you want in the massive open world and build your hero however you see fit.

    500 Free Crowns: Everyone receives 500 Crowns to spend in the Crown Store on fun costumes, unique pets, helpful scrolls, and more.

    Progress Retention: Any characters created, Crown Packs purchased, or Crown Store items bought, as well as any progress made during the Free Play Week will carry over when you purchase the game.

    Try and Buy … At a Discount: During the Free Play Week, you’ll enjoy a discounted price on either The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (the base game) or The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition, which includes the base game as well as the four major DLC packs: Imperial City, Orsinium, Thieves Guild, and The Dark Brotherhood.

Whether you’re looking to quest online with your friends, or just want to head back to Tamriel by yourself for another epic Elder Scrolls adventure, ESO provides you the freedom and flexibility to play how you want to play.

How and When to Get into the Free Play Week

Steam, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players can begin downloading today at 3pm British Summer Time.

Players should navigate to The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on the PlayStation Store, the Xbox Store, or Steam and download the game. Once the game is downloaded and players have created an account, they can login and play immediately.