Train2Game News MageDok

An innovative team of monitor specialists have created the ultimate on-the-go external gaming monitor that enhances laptops, consoles and Android smartphones for a better gaming experience and boosted productivity.

MageDok is available on Indiegogo now with special pricing: https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/b97a7ff6.

When it comes to having fun and getting things done, it’s difficult to do on the small screens of mobile devices. But carrying around a full-size, high-def monitor that is fast enough for games and powerful enough for work is inconvenient and unpractical.

Now, there is a solution: the super-portable, high-end gaming and productivity monitor MageDok. This versatile new monitor is lighter, faster and more vivid and operates at a high refresh rate of 144Hz to keep gameplay smooth and images accurate. At only 1.21 lbs. with USB-C, mini-HDMI connectivity and plug-n-play operation, it’s the ultimate monitor with a more expansive view for work and play.

“When we looked at the available portable monitors on the market today, we realized a lack of an affordable option with features that satisfy the unique needs of professional gamers. Our goal was to create the kind of on-the-go monitor that we ourselves would love – one that is fast enough for the latest games, yet affordable enough for work, travel and study. MageDok is the result of our efforts. It is super-fast, lightweight and practical. It simply does it all,” said Benny Xu, CEO of MageDok.

Gamers have particular needs when it comes to playing at the top level. Other portable monitors lack the refresh rates necessary for the latest games. The 15.6″ offering from MageDok is the answer. It has a 144Hz refresh rate that eliminates lag and motion blur on first-person shooters and racing games. It also utilizes AMD FreeSync that reduces screen tearing and display stutter to ensure perfectly smooth gameplay. MageDok delivers an unparalleled, fast and smooth gaming experience that is compatible with Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, smartphones and laptops.

In addition to gaming, MageDok offers an expansive view for smartphones that eases eye strain and boosts productivity. The extra screen allows more efficient work on multiple tasks, apps or documents at the same time. It eliminates task switching and enhances speed performance and productivity with features such as portrait mode for a better view of documents, books or mobile websites. With 2K resolution, MageDok offers a vivid display quality, perfect for designers, filmmakers and photographers. There are other portable monitors on the market but none offer the affordable performance and advanced features of MageDok.

Today, work and play never stop. MageDok takes fun and productivity to new levels with a suite of portable monitors perfectly suited for gaming, travel, business and study. These innovative monitors set a new standard for mobile computing.

MageDok is available now with special pricing and incentives to reward early supporters. Learn more at the campaign page here: https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/b97a7ff6.

Train2Game News Pixel Player Handheld System

My Arcade, the go-to source for all things retro gaming, announced today the European shipping of the Pixel Player™ Handheld Gaming System.

Available across Europe for the first time, the Pixel Player™ packs an incredible 300 8-bit style games into its diminutive frame, offering an exhausting choice of nostalgia-driven challenges to gamers of all ages.

Ideal for those yearning for the classic days of gaming, the Pixel Player™ is endlessly comfortable to play with a landscape orientation for the screen and an ergonomic grip ensuring you don’t drop your game in the heat of the action. Astonishingly, for those preferring the portrait design of old, My Arcade has you covered, with the very same product available in an alternative design available under the name Pixel Classic™.

Pre-loaded with eight Data East™ titles, including BURGER TIME™, KARATE CHAMP™ and BAD DUDES™, the Pixel Player™ brings the classics back to life wherever you are!

Ideal for gaming on the go, the Pixel Player™ features volume control and a 3.5mm headphone jack to connect headphones and is powered by batteries or any micro-USB cable.

“My Arcade is dedicated to bringing the joys of arcade and retro gaming to today’s gamers, and the Pixel Player™ has been developed to replicate the 8-bit thrills of gaming’s greatest era,” commented Amir Navid, Creative Director for My Arcade.

“Classic titles like BURGER TIME and KARATE CHAMP are fan-favourites and we’re delighted to bring them to existing and new players alike alongside a great roster of titles they’ll fall in love with too.”

The Pixel Player™ from My Arcade is available in store and online from Amazon and other leading game retailers.

For more information on My Arcade and its wide array of retro gaming products, please visit myarcadegaming.com and facebook.com/MyArcadeRetro and follow on Twitter @MyArcadeRetro.

Train2Game News IMGA 15 Winners

The International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) today announced the winners of their 15th edition.

In total, the jury selected 16 winners from a shortlist of 153 nominees that were previously hand-picked from nearly 800 submissions, with a 16th winner selected by the public.

The internationally acclaimed game Florence won the Grand Prix as well as the Best Meaningful Play and Excellence in Storytelling. The game Flippin Filip won the Jury’s Honorable Mention, while thousands of online voters chose Cooking Diary ®: Restaurant Game as the winner of the People’s Choice Award with more than 500 votes from all over the world.

The IMGA introduced a new category “Feel Good Games”, games that are intended to get you in a more relaxed mood. The game Valleys Between, made by Little Lost Fox, New Zealand.

“I’d like to thank our jury, for all their hard work: the 350 jury members who gave their scores online, working through the 800 submissions and the 15 jury members who gathered in Helsinki this February to judge the 153 preselected games,” says Maarten Noyons, Founder of the IMGA.

We want to thank all our sponsors: Rovio, Supercell, Resolution Games, Matchmade and Mobile Action and the City of Helsinki, host of the 15th IMGA judging session.

Winners of IMGA special category prizes include:

Excellence in Visual Art and Design: CHUCHEL, AMANITA DESIGN, CZECH REPUBLIC

Best Multiplayer Game: BRAWL STARS, SUPERCELL, FINLAND

Best Quickplay Game: ODDMAN, SET SNAIL, DENMARK

Guilty Pleasure: BACON – THE GAME, KAMIBOX, GERMANY

Best Meaningful Play: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Excellence in Gameplay: BRING YOU HOME, ALIKE STUDIO, SPAIN

Excellence in Storytelling: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Best Technical Achievement: ASPHALT 9: LEGENDS – 2019’s ACTION CAR RACING GAME, GAMELOFT, SPAIN

Best Upcoming Game: AGATHA KNIFE, MANGO PROTOCOL, SPAIN

Excellence in Innovation: GLADIABOTS, GFX47

Excellence in Audio: ELOH, BROKEN RULES INTERACTIVE MEDIA / JCSTRANGER / SALON ALPIN, AUSTRIA

Best Feel Good Game: VALLEYS BETWEEN, LITTLE LOST FOX, NEW ZEALAND

Best VR Game: NARROWS, RESOLUTION GAMES, SWEDEN

People’s Choice Award: COOKING DIARY ®: RESTAURANT GAME, MYTONA, RUSSIA

Jury’s Honorable Mention: FLIPPIN FILIP, DEEDEMA GAME STUDIO, IRAN

Grand Prix: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Held during gaming week in San Francisco, the 15th IMGA ceremony was presented by the Australian host Maude Garrett at the Minna Gallery, followed by an exclusive after-party hosted by Rovio who celebrated the 10 years of Angry Birds, the party had over 700 guests.

Train2Game News Celebrating 10 Years of Angry Birds at IMGA

In 2018 the mobile games industry reached the legal age of 21 years.

Growing from zero to 53 Billion US$, according to Newzoo, mobile games popularity is a worldwide phenomenon.

One of the industry’s most spectacular success stories is Angry Birds, which is set to celebrate its official 10th birthday in December.

Today Rovio Entertainment and the International Mobile Games Awards (IMGA) announce that they will toast a decade of Angry Birds and the 15th anniversary of the IMGA.

In San Francisco, on 19th March, at an invitation-only event, the IMGA will announce the winners of the 15th IMGA. The ceremony will be followed by the After Party, themed around a 10th anniversary celebration of Angry Birds.

“10 years ago I played an early build of Angry Birds, a game which was immediately nominated for one of the Awards. I feel fortunate that we were one of the first to play the game before it became a worldwide success. Today I am proud that Rovio will celebrate the 10 years of their success with us.” Says Maarten Noyons, founder of the IMGA.

“For Rovio, this year is about celebrating an incredible decade while simultaneously looking toward a bright future,” says Ville Heijari, CMO of Rovio Entertainment. “We look forward to celebrating the state of the mobile games market with IMGA and raise a toast to its continuing growth.”

For more information visit http://www.imgawards.com/

Train2Game News Nintendo Switch Sales

Nintendo Switch set two new records from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday.

It became the best-selling Nintendo console in U.S. history for that five-day period, surpassing even Wii system sales.

Nintendo Switch also had its best-selling week ever in the United States. In fact, according to Adobe Analytics, Nintendo Switch was among the most-purchased items online on Thanksgiving Day and the overall top-selling video game product online for the Black Friday-Cyber Monday time period.

Strong demand resulted in shoppers buying more than $250 million in Nintendo products from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures, demonstrating that Nintendo has something for everyone this holiday season. That sales total accounts for video game systems like Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, retro systems like Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition and Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition, as well as all Nintendo-produced games and accessories. Total U.S. hardware sales for Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday increased 45 percent over the same period in 2017.

And that doesn’t even take into account that one of the most anticipated video game events of the year is still to come: the Dec. 7 launch of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game. As previously announced, the game has become not only the most pre-sold Nintendo Switch game of all time, but also the most pre-sold Super Smash Bros. game ever in the series.

Unless otherwise noted, the following data from Nintendo covers Nov. 22 to Nov. 26, and is specific to the U.S. only:

Nintendo Switch

  • Nintendo Switch hardware sales grew 115 percent compared to the same period in 2017.
  • Lifetime sales of Nintendo Switch, which is entering only its second holiday season, have reached more than 8.2 million units.
  • Sales of first-party games, including digital downloads, topped 1 million units Nov. 22-26, beating 2017’s totals by 78 percent.
  • Nintendo Switch games Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! have hit combined U.S. sales of more than 1.5 million units since their Nov. 16 launch.
  • Super Mario Party surpassed lifetime U.S. sales of 1 million units, becoming the fastest-selling game in the Mario Party series and the fifth million-selling first-party Nintendo Switch game in the U.S. alone, joining The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Thanks in part to strong Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday sales, the total installed base for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has hit 22 million.
  • Additionally, after 12 months of availability, lifetime combined sales of the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon games crossed 2.2 million.

Classic Gaming Systems

  • Also aided by strong Nov. 22-26 sales, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system surpassed lifetime sales of 2.5 million.
  • And the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system surpassed lifetime sales of 2 million.0

Remember that Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access.

For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/ or https://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

Train2Game News PC Connects London

Everything you know about PC games development is wrong… or at least it soon will be.

In 2019, the PC games industry is going to change significantly and forever.

Steam’s dominant position is starting to wane with challenges from multiple directions, including renewed competition from the likes of Origin and GOG, newcomers including Discord and Tencent’s WeGame as well as publishing giants like Activision, Bethesda and CD Projekt deciding to go it alone.

Thought to be dead, the streaming market has received a new lease on life with big players like Microsoft, EA and Google adding their considerable weight to this sector, with speculation from top publishers including Ubisoft that this is the industry’s future.

Fellow tech giants Microsoft promise the advent of Netflix for games with new rental models. New cloud tech innovations such as Improbable’s SpatialOS will make it easier than ever to make bigger, more immersive games, whilst other technology such as blockchain will offer new ways to engage and involve users.

Investment and consolidation will continue so we’ll see more companies acquired like Jagex or floated like Team 17.

Meanwhile, the volume of games flooding the market will put ever more pressure on discovery, old-school premium games will be challenged by free-to-play and service-based projects that demand more player time, marketing is more of a challenge than ever and channels will continue to evolve, while the Asian markets’ rise to dominance continues unabated.

PC Connects London
On January 21st and 22nd, 2019, PC Connects London will shine a light on all of these trends and more. It will explain the realities of the current markets, and offer developers, publishers and the whole industry essential strategies to survive and thrive. Plus the continuation of IPOs, acquisitions and new splintered startups.

We’ll bring together representatives of key players from across the ecosystem – the marketplaces, both triple-A and indie publishers, the indie developers, the tool makers and the analysts. We’ll have representatives from the biggest and best companies from all around the world.

500 delegates will hear from 50 speakers from the world of PC gaming as they deliver five conference tracks covering everything from getting your game to market to 2019: The PC Revolution.
https://www.pgconnects.com/london/pc-connects/

Five conference tracks
Kicking things off is the returning State of Play, which will be taking the pulse of the market as it is right now, with our lineup of speakers and overall smart people sharing data to give an indication of what the current zeitgeist is.

Digital Discovery also makes a comeback, giving attendees insight into how to get games noticed in a saturated marketplace where consumers have more choice than ever.

Codeshop: Design and Development replaces last year’s PC Games University, providing technical talks that will take the audience behind the scenes on the biggest games to give them an edge over the competition.

Finishing off the first day is The Long Game which charts the shift from fire-and-forget retail releases and gives insight and advice into running a service-based project – both from a development standpoint and a community/marketing one.

And now the main event – The PC Revolution. This will be looking at the shifts happening in the market right now and looking at what impact they will have on the PC games space. We’ll be covering new tech, changes in the retail space, shifting business models and how to capitalise on emerging markets such as China.

Indies, mobile and blockchain too
As well as the vibrant indie showcase expo space, PC Connects London is also the setting for the first PC Indie Pitch of 2019, kicking off another hot year of competition around the world.

Your ticket will also give you full access to Pocket Gamer Connects with all the benefits of insight from the mobile development ecosystem, as well as our first iteration of Blockchain Gamer Connects on UK soil, shining a light on another disruptive technology.

Book Now!
Early Bird tickets are available now for a 20 per cent discount. Book your tickets at https://www.pgconnects.com/london/registration/

Train2Game News International Mobile Gaming Awards submissions open

The International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) has now opened the call for submissions for their 15th annual Global edition.

What started in 2004 in Monte Carlo has now grown to be the largest competition for mobile games in the world, with additional region-specific events and competitions in China, Southeast Asia, and Middle East North Africa.

All mobile game makers, from indie developers to established studios, publishers, students and researchers from all countries are invited to enter their games into this year’s competition. Participants have until December 31, 2018, to submit their entries. The competition is free, and entrants may submit multiple games for consideration.

Following the deadline for submissions, an online judging panel will determine the shortlisted nominees who will then be revealed as the 15th IMGA Global finalists in February. This year’s winners will be determined by a panel of industry experts and revealed during the annual International Mobile Gaming Awards ceremony in San Francisco, at Minna Gallery on March 19, 2019.

Last year’s awarded games include Hidden Folks (Adriaan de Jongh), Life is Strange (Dontnod), Tokaido (Funforge Digital), Old Man’s Journey (Broken Rules) and many others.

“Mobile Gaming represents more than 50% of the games industry today,” says Maarten Noyons, IMGA’s CEO and founder. “More people play mobile games than PC and console games combined. At IMGA, we’re proud to be part of this industry. For almost 15 years, we have been celebrating the ever-increasing quality and stunning innovation of mobile games, and have witnessed huge advances over the years, from augmented reality to AAA-quality mobile productions. I’m already looking forward to what lays ahead for 2019, and which games we will be playing in our online and on-site judging sessions to come.”

The IMGA Global competition is also open to AR and VR games. Eligible games must be published in 2018 or have yet-to-be published and must be downloadable in a playable version.

Entrants from across the globe can submit their games for consideration on the official IMGA website.

Train2Game News Retro Gaming Silent Disco on a Yacht

REZtron Ltd., invites you to a night of SEGA RETROTAINMENT like no other…expect competition, drinks, magic, dancing, silent disco and much more…all on top of Europe’s most exotic Mega Yacht Hotel, Sunborn, moored in the Royal Victoria Dock….

Re-live the golden era of gaming with legendary titles on all four generation of SEGA consoles, Master System! Mega Drive! Saturn! Dreamcast!

  • Legendary games including Golden Axe, OutRun, Space Harrier, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter II, Altered Beast, Pac-Man, R-Type, Streets of Rage 2,Alien Storm, Sonic 2, Road Rash II, Thunderforce III, Super Monaco GP, California Games,V irtua Racing,Shadow Dancer,Italia ’90, 8 – player Micro Machines 2, Virtua Cop, Virtua Fighter 2,SEGA Rally, Virtua Tennis ,Crazy Taxi, House of the Dead 2,Power Stones, Soul Calibur,Marvel Vs Capcom and many more will be there to keep you retrotained…
  • Retro games displayed on Retro CRT TVs and Huge Projector screens on walls and ceiling
  • SILENT DISCO – ( 3 – Channels) Switch between 80s, 90s and even a retro game music channel throughout the night with our amazing LED lit headphones
  • Dance , Sing and Play retro games in front of a stunning panoramic view of the city skyline that’ll sure to keep your phone busy
  • Sonic speed run Competition + Prizes Giveaway!
  • WIN AN ORIGINAL MEGA DRIVE + Sonic the Hedgehog game
  • Stay inside the sky bar or check out the top deck with a gorgeous view of London (one for all you sunset instagrammers!)
  • Photographer will be there capturing all the antics
  • Welcoming drink sponsored by Asahi

AND MORE….

8, 16, 32 and 128-BIT Yacht Retrotainment Awaits…

Video of last Yacht Retrotainment:

The Mega Yacht Retrotainment experience will take place on Friday August 31st, 6pm til 12am at Sunborn. Tickets are £20 and can be registered through Eventbrite.

Further details on REZtron’s upcoming events or for retro gaming private hire & corporate bookings please visit Reztron.co.uk or email events@reztron.co.uk
For up to date news on our retrogaming geekery please check us out on the following social media channels…

Twitter: @theREZtron
Facebook: facebook.com/theREZtron
Instagram: instagram.com/REZtron

Train2Game HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro RGB gaming mouse

HyperX®, the gaming division of Kingston® Technology Company, Inc., today announced that it is shipping the HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro RGB gaming mouse.

The Pulsefire FPS Pro features the Pixart 3389 sensor for accurate tracking and utilizes premium Omron switches with 20M click durability, six programable buttons, and onboard memory to save up to three custom profiles through HyperX NGenuity software.

The Pulsefire FPS Pro is built with an ergonomic, lightweight design suitable for either palm or claw grip users. It provides three DPI presets from 800, 1600, and 3200 DPI all available at the touch of a button. The non-slip side grips offer secure handling and the optimal weight distribution of only 95 grams is ideal for rapid movement. The HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro also features a flexible braided cable and large mouse skates for a smooth glide effect.

“HyperX is excited to expand our line of HyperX accessories with the new Pulsefire FPS Pro RGB gaming mouse,” said Julien Millet, business manager, HyperX. “Our goal was to complement the HyperX suite of gaming peripherals, offering a combination of performance and customization for professional and enthusiast gamers alike. The Pulsefire FPS Pro meets performance needs and has a comfortable design for hours of gaming.”

A full-featured gaming mouse, the Pulsefire FPS Pro includes customizable native DPI settings that support up to 16,000 DPI and onboard memory for customizable lighting and effects with up to three profiles for on-the-go gaming. HyperX NGenuity software offers LED lighting and RGB customization of the mouse wheel and HyperX logo. In addition, NGenuity advanced tools include personalized sensor performance, macros and DPI settings.

HyperX takes the motto We’re All Gamers to heart. Whether you are an amateur or professional player, our goal is to meet or exceed customer expectations with every gaming headset, keyboard, mouse or mousepad we design.

Specifications and Dimensions

Mouse
Ergonomic: Ergonomic
Sensor: Pixart PMW3389
Resolution: up to 16,000 DPI
DPI presets: 800 / 1600 / 3200 DPI
Speed: 450ips
Acceleration: 50G
Buttons: 6
Left / Right buttons switches: Omron
Left / Right buttons durability: 20 million clicks
Backlight: RGB (16,777,216 colors)
Light effects: 1 RGB lighting zone and 4 brightness levels*
On board memory: 3 profiles
Connection type: USB 2.0
Polling rate: 1000Hz
USB data format: 16 bits/axis
Dynamic coefficient of friction: 0.13µ**
Static coefficient of friction: 0.20µ**
Cable type: Braided
Weight (without cable): 95g
Weight (with cable): 130g

Dimensions
Length: 127.60mm
Height: 41.90mm
Width: 71.10mm
Cable length: 1.8m

* Per zone RGB lighting customizable with HyperX NGenuity software
** Tested on HyperX FURY S Pro Gaming Mouse Pad.

The improved Pulsefire FPS Pro RGB gaming mouse is available through the HyperX network of retail and e-tail outlets for £49.99 MSRP and is backed by a two-year warranty. Country or region shipping information is available online for the Pulsefire FPS Pro RGB gaming mouse.

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.