Train2Game News First Ever Scottish Games Week

Scottish Games Week, the first-ever week-long, Scotland-wide series of events focused upon videogames, will take place from October 24th-28th 2022.

Created and organised by the Scottish Games Network, with support from the Scottish Government’s Tech Ecosystem Review (STER) fund, Scottish Games Week will position the sector as a key part of Scotland’s digital future.

From design, development and publishing, to education and the application of games, the event series will showcase Scotland’s pioneering and diverse games ecosystem and act as a catalyst for a more connected and collaborative sector across Scotland, the UK and internationally.

In 2021 the global games industry was worth a staggering $192.7 billion USD, eclipsing many of the other key digital sectors such as cyber, data, AI, fintech and the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Scotland has played a pioneering role in the evolution of the games sector since the late 1980s and continues to produce some of the world’s most popular games, including Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft.

The programme for Scottish Games Week will take place across the whole of Scotland, with events being planned in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, as well as the Highlands and Islands and Scottish Borders.

Events within Scottish Games Week will include:

More Than Games – An event designed for a non-games audience, to help explain the transformative potential of the tools, technologies and techniques from gaming to other digital tech sectors, the wider creative industries, education, healthcare, the media and beyond.

Education Symposium – With eleven colleges and seven universities producing graduates with skills in game design, development and production, Scotland’s talent pipeline is world class. In the first event of its kind, the symposium will bring together educators and stakeholders from across the education and academic landscape.

Scottish Games Week Conference – A two-day industry conference in Dundee, the heart of Scotland’s gaming heritage, focusing on the cutting edge of game design, development, publishing, funding, and more.

Scottish Games Awards – The first ever Scottish Games Awards will recognise, reward and highlight the incredible creativity, technical expertise, business acumen and pioneering work being carried out across the country’s rapidly evolving games sector.

Satellite Events – The programme will also include several events across the whole of Scotland, from the highlands and islands to the borders, focusing on local clusters and topics relevant to each region.

Scottish Games Week will bring together game developers, publishers and educators as well as the broader games tech ecosystem and streamers. All of the events will be hybrid, offering the opportunity to attend in-person, or join an online stream to put games created in Scotland in front of a global audience.

Brian Baglow, director of the Scottish Games Network, said: “Scotland is home to an incredible games ecosystem. We have over 300 developers and creators across the country, from the largest studios, to part-time indie developers. Eleven colleges and seven universities in Scotland are producing graduates with games design, development and production skills.

“The games sector proved to be not just resilient to COVID-19, it positively boomed. In 2022 the global games market is projected to exceed $200 billion dollars for the first time. 

“Scotland’s games industry is the country’s secret weapon. The games ecosystem is far larger and more complex than anyone gives it credit for, with much to offer the wider creative industries, as well as other areas of the digital technology sector.

“Scottish Games Week will give this incredible ecosystem a global platform, showcasing, highlighting and supporting the incredible work being produced here in Scotland, as well as exploring all of the ways in which the tools, technologies and techniques from games can be utilised in everything from education, to healthcare and Scotland’s future as a digital society.”

Scotland’s Finance and Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said: “Scottish Games Week builds on the industry’s reputation thanks to advances made in centres of excellence for the sector like Edinburgh and Dundee.

“The games industry will play a key part in Scotland’s digital future and in our economy as a whole and is receiving continued Scottish Government support through the Scottish Tech Ecosystem Fund.

“The Fund is providing support for organisations to deliver meetups and events like Scottish Games Week – which create the best environment for entrepreneurs to succeed.”

Louise Blain, journalist and BBC broadcaster, said: “Games are the most successful entertainment medium in the world but people just don’t know Scotland’s part in that story in 2022. I’m thrilled to be heading up the Scottish Games Awards jury to recognise Scotland’s talent and, importantly, show it off on the world’s stage”

The development of Scottish Games Week is supported by an independent Steering Committee representative of the diverse ecosystem the event aims to serve. Members include: Louise Blain (journalist & DJ), Dr Amanda Ford (West College Scotland), William Huber (Abertay University), Joanne Lacey (AdInMo), Gary Penn (Denki), Nazan Ünlütürk (Zappaty) and Jim Woods (Sumo Digital).

Anyone interested in being part of the programme, attending or sponsoring any of the events should contact the SGW team at: hello@gamesweek.scot.

For all of the latest news and updates on the programme, and to secure tickets, visit: https://gamesweek.scot. You can also follow Scottish Games Week on social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scotgamesweek

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scotgamesweek/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/701845541217246

Train2Game News Elden Ring Launch Trailer

Your journey is about to begin Tarnished, a mere few days now separate you from venturing into the Lands Between and seek your place as Elden Lord.
 
Watch our latest trailer here but beware if you want to discover the game with unclouded eyes, as it contains characters and scenes never seen before.
 
ELDEN RING is available for pre-orders now and will launch on February 25, 2022, for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM.
 
The game offers a free Upgrade to PS5 for players who purchase the PS4 version and supports Smart Delivery for Xbox, allowing players to play on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S with a single purchase.
 
For more information about ELDEN RING and other titles from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe, please visit our website, follow us on Facebook, or join the conversation on Twitter.

Train2Game News Insomnia Game Festival Returns

Since its inception, Player1 Events have continued their endeavour to grow and diversify their flagship show, Insomnia, with the next event in the succession announced for 15th-18th April at the NEC, Birmingham.

Living up to its namesake, it’s now a 4-day gaming expo with a non-stop LAN running 24 hours a day alongside prominent esports titles, teams and tournaments.
 

With previous activations at the event such as The Call of Duty World League, Ubisoft Experience, WWE, League Fest and even a night of the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses music world tour. A concert consisting of a 66 piece orchestra and a visual accompaniment on an LED panel screen, all planned, promoted and event managed by Player1. 
 

Alongside the LAN, Insomnia Gaming Festival is the longest-running UK games festival featuring a huge exhibition with content, tech, activations and brands.

The event attracts an impressive 100,000 gamers each year, solidifying itself as a must-attend event for gamers and families alike.
 

With new ways to engage your attendees than ever before, events are in a truly unique position. It’s one of the reasons we’ve invested in the latest equipment so we’re ready for the exciting opportunities that come with the return to events. From casual titles to the latest AAA releases, we’re kitted out and can’t wait to get stuck in.“ Phil Crawford, Marketing and Social Media Manager, at Player1 Events remarked on their new and improved offering.
 

More recently, following a transformative 12 months in the industry, Player1 have focused on expanding their extensive inventory available for rental.

From entry level specification to the very latest high-end kit, their arsenal includes high-quality peripherals, PS5s, Xbox Series X’s and PCs well equipped with RTX 3080’s graphic cards to handle both intensive tournament and VR play.
 

The team supports a range of partners to help them deliver their events; including full show logistics management, conferences, esports events and bespoke gaming content. With these new additions and ample experience in the space, Player1 Events are primed for the return of in-person events, ready to support brands in developing their own activations and communities.

For more information on Player1 events and their upcoming hand in events, visit www.player1events.com.

Train2Game News A500 Mini Release Date

Retro Games have announced that the THEA500® Mini, a fully licensed reimagining of the much-loved 16-bit home computer, has now entered full production and is scheduled for release on March 25th 2022.

Over the past few months the final list of included games has been announced, culminating in today’s final game announcement, the seminal Stunt Car Racer from industry legend Geoff Crammond. 

This ground-breaking game received high praise from press around its launch in 1989, including a 93% in Amiga Format magazine and 92% in CU Amiga-64. Other recently announced games include Arcade Pool and Project-X Special Edition 93 from Team 17, F-16 Combat Pilot from Digital Integration and Super Cars II from Gremlin.

This brings the full games list to 25, every one a highly regarded and critically acclaimed Amiga classic. 

In addition, if you own other original Amiga games, these can be played via USB stick utilising the WHDLoad functionality of the THEA500®.  With users able to tweak setup, controller options and display settings.

The launch stock of the THEA500® Mini is expected to leave the manufacturing plant in early January 2022.  In addition, due to many fan requests, standalone “solus” packs of the Mouse and Gamepad will also be made available in selected territories.
 

Over the last couple of months, my team have been hard at work finalising the firmware of the THEA500® Mini as well as working closely with our manufacturing partners to ensure the highest production quality” said Chris Smith, CTO at Retro Games, “and as a commitment to our very loyal fans, we will also be shortly putting out a new Christmas THEC64 firmware update”.
 

In addition, we have in the past excelled at the unboxing experience and feel that this time we have surpassed expectations and will be bringing you our best looking product yet”, follows Paul Andrews, Managing Director at Retro Games.
 

Developed by Retro Games Ltd. and distributed by Koch Media, the THEA500® Mini comes with the original style 2-button mouse and newly engineered 8-button precision gamepad.

It hits the shops on March 25th 2022 with a suggested retail price of £119.99.

Watch the trailer here.

For more information, please visit www.retrogames.bizTwitter and Facebook.
 

Train2Game News Golden Joystick Awards Now Open

The Golden Joystick Awards is celebrating 50 years of video games by inviting the public to pick their favourite game and gaming hardware of all time.

The prestigious awards brand is now in its 39th year and is the world’s largest public-voted gaming awards event attracting millions of votes every year.

Voting opened yesterday at goldenjoysticks.com and closes at 3pm PST / 6pm EST / 11pm GMT on Friday, November 12.

Daniel Dawkins, Content Director, Games at event owner Future said: “We are delighted to celebrate 50 Years of Games in a landmark moment for the gaming industry. In November 1971, Computer Space* became the world’s first commercially playable arcade machine, birthing a $150bn industry from a 10-cent coin. We’re celebrating this milestone by inviting the public to vote for their Ultimate Game of All Time and Best Gaming Hardware of All Time. The results will be revealed in a truly special Golden Joystick Awards ceremony broadcast on Tuesday, November 23.

We assembled a diverse panel of industry luminaries to create a 20 game shortlist, considering factors such as critical reception, social impact, commercial success, legacy and influence, plus a measure of personal preference. We hope our shortlist represents the diversity and achievement of our 50-year-old industry, which – by definition – has been forced to exclude some truly exceptional games. You can find out more about the judging process on gamesradar.com and we can’t wait to find out which games and hardware the public will vote as their winners.”

Shortlisted games and hardware:

Ultimate Game of All Time Best Gaming Hardware of All Time
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Amiga 500
Dark Souls Atari 2600
Doom (1993) Commodore 64
Grand Theft Auto V Dreamcast
Half-Life 2 Game Boy
Halo: Combat Evolved Game Boy Advance
Metal Gear Solid GameCube
Minecraft Nintendo 64
Pac-Man Nintendo DS
Pokemon Go Nintendo Entertainment System
Portal PC
SimCity (1989) PlayStation
Street Fighter II PlayStation 2
Space Invaders PlayStation 4
Super Mario 64 Sega Mega Drive
Super Mario Bros. 3 Sega Saturn
Super Mario Kart Super Nintendo Entertainment System
The Last of Us Wii
Tetris Xbox 360
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ZX Spectrum

The Golden Joystick Awards are presented by GamesRadar+. The winners will be revealed on Tuesday, November 23 via an online broadcast. In addition to the two special ’50 Years of Games’ awards the event will also feature 20 more awards for the best games of 2021 including ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’, ‘Studio of the Year’ and more.

For more information visit Golden Joystick Awards 2021 or follow us on Twitter and Facebook #GoldenJoystickAwards #50YearsOfGames.

Train2Game News Evercade Cartridge Games

Blaze Entertainment and Edia Co Ltd are delighted to announce a new Evercade collection of twelve 16-bit retro games, originally released by the publisher Telenet Japan and Renovation in the US.
 
The Renovation Collection 1 cartridge will be releasing 12 games from the publisher in Early 2022 with pre-orders due to open in November 2021.

The list of games is as follows:

• Arcus Odyssey
• Beast Wrestler
• Dino Land
• El Viento
• Exile
• Final Zone
• Gaiares
• Granada
• Sol-Deace
• Traysia
• Valis: The Fantasm Soldier
• Valis 3

This collection brings something to the Evercade physical cartridge system that the community and users have been asking for. Rare titles, interesting imports, and a wider mix of great Japanese-developed video games.

The inclusion of JRPGs and Shoot ‘em ups will be of great interest to Evercade fans and to collectors who wish to get their hands on fully licensed versions of these games.

Like all Evercade releases, this will come with a physical clamshell case with a printed manual included. This will be the 23rd retro gaming cartridge from Evercade featuring home console releases and will be numbered as cartridge 23.

This new collection will also be playable on all Evercade systems and marks the start of an incredible lineup of cartridges and collections for 2022.
 
The Evercade gaming system is a cartridge-based, retro gaming family that provides gamers with fully licensed curated collections of games from the past, and new collections of retro-inspired independent titles.

The Handheld allows for gamers to play their games on the go while the VS (Releasing Nov 2021) will allow for cartridges to be played on your TV with up to four players.

Discover more at http://evercade.co.uk

Train2Game News Popular Retro Magazine

Whether you’re a 70s kid, an 80s C64 gamer or perhaps you’re from the modern era of tech, Popular Retro is for everyone!

This print magazine is an observation into the past, looking at fashion, gaming, books, film, television and much more.

Popular Retro is the 21st Century magazine that looks at life before the world of fast-living technology. And it’s an all-new look for Popular Retro which is finally meeting print, Popular Retro started life as a digital download publication only. One which predominately covered the recently re-released classic gaming computer THEC64 (one which you’re also in with a chance to win). As well as featuring food, toys, and games, but the readers seemed to keep wanting more, so in this magazine, you’ll be sure to find a heck of a lot more variety and content; film, television, art, and gaming, of course!

A note from the editor, Darren Randle,

“When I took over the Editorial role of PR, my mission was simple – to create the retro magazine that I would want to read! My team and I will take you back down memory lane, to a time where arcades were packed, cinemas were filled with smoke, kids kicked balls, TV was four channels and smart phones were not even a concept. It’s a celebration of the things we grew up loving and now sadly miss. Whether you are young or old, you’ll find an eclectic mix of fun from the past in each glossy issue.

For the first-time, Popular Retro meets print, and with an all-new look! A journey to our love of the 80s and 70s as we look at the early days of home computing, starting of course with the ZX81. A machine which has now turned 40! The Philips CD-i gets a massive retrospective insight, looking at machines, games and unfortunately, where it all went wrong. Don’t think horror lovers are left out, sink your teeth into the classic low budget movie, Evil Spawn and read about the brilliant vampire comics from your childhood. The popular “Great Moments in Computing” cartoon (formally published in the now sadly missed ‘Computer Shopper’ magazine by Dennis Publishing) finds a new home within Popular Retro, and we talk to Pystronik software in an exclusive interview. Rounding-off with a chance to with a THEC64 computer from Retro Games Ltd, and a ‘go old-school’ pull-out poster.”

In Popular Retro’s Issue 1, Volume 2, you’ll be sure to find, ‘The Real Ghostbusters’, a feature surrounding the ZX81, “A computer for the masses” and of course, a review of the classic ZX Spectrum game, Valley of Rains. Popular Retro is for the lovers of anything classic, looking back to a time once missed, allowing you to re-live your childhood, or for some younger people, provide an insight into life away from mobile phones. A simpler time where you could enjoy Ghostbusters on your television, Brothers in Arms blasting through your radio and the world of wacky B-movies like the 1987 Evil Spawn horror movie. You can be sure to find some special edition content too, time to see if you’ve won the VIC20 and you could be in for the chance to win a C64!

You can get the magazine via newsstand at https://www.newsstand.co.uk/popularretro

Train2Game News Godzilla Destruction

TOHO Games, the game label of Toho Co., Ltd. (Japan), today announced the upcoming release of mobile game “Godzilla Destruction” on Tuesday, April 27, revealing key art and a promo video as part of the announcement.

  “Godzilla Destruction” is an exciting and easy to play mobile game where players become the King of the Monsters himself and embark on a global rampage. Players control Godzilla with the tap of a finger to crush historical buildings in cities across the globe.

  In the new promotional video, Godzilla can be seen using his humongous body and devastating Heat Ray to topple major buildings around the world like toy blocks. This video gives fans a taste of the exhilarating action they can expect in “Godzilla Destruction”. Meanwhile, the key art (below) features the colossal Godzilla crossing the ocean as he advances toward a burning city shrouded in smoke. This powerful image depicts the heart-pounding moment the King of the Monsters makes his almighty presence known to the trembling human world.

This latest announcement follows last month’s reveal of three Godzilla Games for mobile worldwide, arriving this year: “Run Godzilla” (already available on mobile worldwide), “Godzilla Destruction”, and “Godzilla Battle Line”. As Godzilla’s path of destruction has carried “Godzilla vs. Kong” to the top of the box office, fans can look forward not only to the release of “Godzilla Destruction” but to the U.S. premiere of the anime TV series “Godzilla Singular Point” later this year.

  The pre-registration campaign for the mobile game “Godzilla Destruction” is now open. Additional information on pre-registration and on “Godzilla Destruction” can be found below.

  ■Pre-registration
To pre-register, do any of the following:

  (1) Follow the official Twitter: @GZ_destruction
(2) Follow the official Facebook: @GZ_destruction
(3) Pre-register on Yoyaku Top 10 (*Exclusive to Japan) 
Registration link:
iOS: https://yoyaku-top10.jp/u/a/MzE0MTI
Android: https://yoyaku-top10.jp/u/a/MzE0MTM

Train2Game News GameBlast21 Huge Success

The total raised for GameBlast21, the UK’s largest charity gaming weekend, has been confirmed at £228,300 ($317,800).

It’s more than double the original fundraising target for the event, and one of the biggest totals in its eight-year history.

Gamers across the UK and beyond took on gaming marathons and game-themed events over the weekend of 26-28 February to raise money for the charity, who help people with physical disabilities to experience the fun and inclusion of video games.

As well as the hundreds of individual gamers and communities who took part, many major names in the games industry supported the event, including Twitch, EA DICE, Mediatonic, SEGA Europe, Unit 2 Games, Fanatical, Insert Coin Clothing and Turn 10 Studios, alongside a host of esports teams and popular streamers.

In addition, several other companies including HyperX, Noblechairs, Fierce PC and Big Potato Games, showed their support for by creating some awesome limited-edition products and running giveaways to reward people for taking part.

“We’d hoped to raise £100,000 this year,” said Becky Frost, the GameBlast Event Coordinator, “so we’re amazed and humbled by the final figure. To have the support of so many gamers is a huge boost for the charity, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of everyone involved. As result of their generosity, many hundreds of people will be able to enjoy the magic of video games for many years to come. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part.”

The dates for GameBlast22 have been announced as 25-27 February 2022.

Donations for GameBlast can still be made http://bit.ly/3cytyA7

Train2Game News Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 Charity Event

Games Done Quick, a grassroots organization known for its speedrunning charity events, will host Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) 2021 Online this weekend, with a thrilling lineup of speedruns taking place on the official Games Done Quick Twitch channel.

Despite moving online amid the COVID-19 pandemic, AGDQ 2021 Online will find the world’s best speed-runners racing through a mixture of modern and classic games, all in the name of charity. The full schedule for the event, which runs from January 3-10, 2021, is now live at https://gamesdonequick.com/schedule

The event will also feature a brand new, virtual interactive crowd experience. GDQ Twitch subscribers can join the crowd on the GDQ website and use various emotes in the Twitch Chat to have the audience of Velocities (GDQ’s mascot) cheer on the runners, viewable by everyone. The interactive crowd experience will be available at GamesDoneQuick.com throughout the event.

AGDQ 2021 Online will be held this year in support of Prevent Cancer Foundation. Donations can be made directly to the charity during the event via the viewing page available at GamesDoneQuick.com. One hundred percent of all AGDQ 2021 Online donations go directly to Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Across the past decade, Games Done Quick has teamed with charities around the world, including Doctors Without Borders, AbleGamers, Organization for Autism Research, and Prevent Cancer Foundation, while bringing gamers together to marvel at the achievements of the most high-level speedrunners out there. To date, Games Done Quick has raised over $28 million for charity.

Last year, more than 2,750 people attended Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 in person, while the Twitch live stream saw a peak of 236,000 concurrent viewers. Through donations made during the event, more than $3.16 million was raised for Prevent Cancer Foundation.

AGDQ 2021 Online will be broadcast live on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick.

The event is sponsored by Twitch, The Yetee, Fangamer, NIS America, and Devolver Digital.

For more information, please visit GamesDoneQuick.com.