Train2Game News Hideo Kojima Honored At NYGAC

The New York Videogame Critics Circle will honor world-renowned game creator Hideo Kojima, with its Andrew Yoon Legend Award in advance of the 10th Annual New York Game Awards ceremony later this month.

Hideo Kojima is awarded with the Legend Award tomorrow via Twitch and YouTube starting at 8pm ET. The Legend Award recognizes individuals and organizations that exhibit a significant, sustained body of work that shows exceptional achievement and innovation.

Past recipients of the Legend award include Reggie Fils-Aimé, Jade Raymond, Richard Garriott, Todd Howard, Rockstar Games, Ralph Baer and earlier this month, Jerry Lawson, Brenda Romero and John Romero.

“There’s no one like Hideo Kojima; he’s proved that he’s a legend among legends,” said Reggie Fils-Aimé. “In the game industry that has always focused on franchises and marketing, Mr. Kojima has always been honest with us and himself. Yes, Mr. Kojima can market with the best of them, but he knows how to tell a unique, epic story as clearly and robustly as anyone, and he injects you with something brand new every time he releases a game.”

“I’m very thankful for the New York Game Awards Legend Award; it’s a great honor,” said Hideo Kojima. “The word “legend” does kind of suggest someone with one foot in the grave, but I’m not quite a legend yet, so I’ll try my very best to live up to the award.”

“In New York magazine, I wrote that Mr. Kojima’s “intent is for players to find connection and relief through the experience” in DEATH STRANDING; but beyond human connection, his strong writing and thoughtful directing prove he’s a true artist,” said Harold Goldberg, founder and president of the New York Videogame Critics Circle.

Kojima is a writer, director and producer of some of the most celebrated video games; from Metal Gear Solid to DEATH STRANDING, Hideo Kojima’s creations are critically acclaimed for their cinematic presentation, creativity and innovation. With this, he’s regarded as one of the most influential game designers in the world.

Streaming of the Andrew Yoon Legend Award recipients lead up to the New York Game Awards 10th anniversary show on January 26; the previously ticketed and in-person-only event streams free for all to attend via Twitch and YouTube, with pre-show at 7:30pm ET and Awards starting at 8pm ET via Twitch and YouTube.

The annual New York Game Awards, presented by the New York Videogame Critics Circle, goes global with a virtual-only event, allowing for a group of presenters and performers that’s incomparable, including former Legend Award winners, performances by new and returning musical guests and a collection of industry greats.

The Awards celebrate the NYVGCC’s non-profit work in underserved communities, as well as the best games and game developers in the industry.

NYVGCC members are a culturally diverse and passionate group of videogame journalists from media outlets including Tom’s Guide, CNET, Time and The Washington Post; view a full list of members here.

For more information on getting involved through volunteering or fundraising with the NYVGCC, click here.

Train2Game Bews Fame Awards 2020 Winners

The Game Awards, the video game industry’s biggest annual year-end celebration, aired live in 4K UHD tonight from around the world, with special segments from Hollywood, London and Tokyo.

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II received top honors as the 2020 Game of the Year award recipient, plus Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Audio Design, Best Performance, Innovation in Accessibility and Best Action/Adventure. 

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood and video games including Brie Larson, Christopher Nolan, Gal Gadot, JackSepticEye, John David Washington, Josef Fares, Keanu Reeves, Nolan North, Reggie Fils-Aime, Stephen A. Smith, Tom Holland, Troy Baker joined in from around the world to take part in The Game Awards 2020 livestreamed event. 

The show also included a special live performance by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam, of “Future Days” from The Last of Us Part II soundtrack. Additionally, The London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) conducted by BAFTA and Emmy nominated composer Lorne Balfe, performed scores from the year’s stand-out games from London’s famous Abbey Road Studios along with a special performance of the music from Super Mario Bros. in honor of the game’s 35th anniversary.

While honoring the games and individuals who truly transformed entertainment, created camaraderie and community and pushed the envelope on innovation over the past year, The Game Awards – which celebrated its 6th anniversary this year – also featured incredible moments in gaming from the community and revealed a first look at titles from Square Enix, Bethesda, Annapurna Interactive, Epic Games, and more. 

The comprehensive list of winners can be found below: 

Game of the Year

The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog/SIE)
 

Best Game Direction

The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog/SIE)
 

Best Narrative

The Last of Us Part II (Neil Druckmann, Halley Gross)
 

Best Art Direction

Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch/SIE)
 

Best Score and Music

Final Fantasy VII Remake (Nobuo Uematsu, Masahi Hamauzu, Mitsuto Suzuki)

 Best Audio Design

The Last of Us Part 2 (Naughty Dog/SIE)
 

Best Performance

Laura Bailey as Abby, The Last of Us Part II
 

Games for Impact

Tell Me Why (Dontnod Entertainment/Xbox Game Studios)
 

Best Ongoing

No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Best Indie

Hades (Supergiant Games)
 

Best Mobile, Presented by LG WING, Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon

Among Us (InnerSloth)
 

Best Community Support

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Mediatonic/Devolver)
 

Innovation in Accessibility

The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog/SIE)
 

Best VR/AR

Half-Life: Alyx (Valve)
 

Best Action

Hades (Supergiant Games)
 

Best Action/Adventure

The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog/SIE)
 

Best Role Playing

Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix)
 

Best Fighting

Mortal Kombat 11/Ultimate (NetherRealm Studios/WB Games)
 

Best Family

Animal Crossings: New Horizon (Nintendo)

Best Sim/Strategy

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Asobo/Xbox Game Studios)
 

Best Sports/Racing

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 (Vicarious Visions/Activision)
 

Best Multiplayer

Among Us (InnerSloth)
 

Best Debut Game

Phasmophobia (Kinetic Games)
 

Content Creator of the Year, Presented by Adobe

Valkyrae

Best Esports Game

League of Legends (Riot Games)
 

Best Esports Athlete

Heo “Showmaker” Su / League of Legends
 

Best Esports Team

G2 Esports / League of Legends

Best Esports Event 

League of Legends World Championship 2020

Best Esports Host 

Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere

Best Esports Coach

Danny “Zonic” Sørensen 

Train2Game News Old School RuneScape wins at BAFTA’s

Old School RuneScape has been named EE Mobile Games of the Year at the 2019 BAFTA Games Awards.

The award, the only category open to a public vote, was confirmed at the gala ceremony held last night in London. Old School RuneScape, which launched on iOS and Android in October 2018, held off incredibly strong competition from five other mobile games, including Fortnite, Pokémon Go, and Clash Royale.

Old School RuneScape is the first comprehensive Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) to feature full cross-platform gameplay across PC and mobile devices and is uniquely driven forward by its passionate community. Since its launch on mobile, the game has been downloaded and installed on 6.4 million devices.

Phil Mansell, Chief Executive Officer, Jagex, said:

“This is astounding recognition by our players of all the great work and effort invested in bringing Old School RuneScape to mobile and making it a great British success story, and we want to say thank you to everybody who voted for us – it is very, very humbling. Since we launched on mobile just a few months ago, we have seen players return to Old School in their droves, with nearly six and a half million installs, and a resurgence of membership over the Christmas and New Year period that broke all records for the franchise. We’re looking forward to bringing new adventures to Old School RuneScape over the coming years, as well launching RuneScape on mobile devices in the months ahead.”

Old School RuneScape is part of the $1 billion RuneScape franchise and is based on the iconic MMORPG as it was in 2007. Featuring adventures for solo play through to 100-player raids and delivering new lands and new adventures that take it far beyond a purely nostalgic experience, Old School RuneScape’s popularity has continued to grow in its six years as a living game.

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.