Train2Game News Halloween on Pokémon GO

Halloween, players of the popular Pokémon GO mobile game will experience exciting treats from Niantic Labs, Inc. and The Pokémon Company International. 
Beginning Wednesday, October 26, through Tuesday, November 1, Pokémon GO Trainers will have the chance to catch some of the spookiest Pokémon available in the game with increased global encounters of Drowzee, Gastly, Gengar, Golbat, Haunter, Hypno, and, yes, Zubat. And, since it wouldn’t be Halloween without candy, Trainers will have the opportunity to earn more Pokémon Candy during this event as they explore the world around them in search of Pokémon.

“It’s been incredible watching people explore their neighborhoods and catch wild Pokémon all summer,” said Tatsuo Nomura, senior product manager at Niantic, Inc. “We would like to trick-or-treat in our own special way by giving Trainers the chance to catch more Pokémon and earn extra Candy this Halloween.”

During this period, every Pokémon caught will earn Trainers six Candies—twice the normal amount. The professor will also give Trainers two Candies instead of one for every Pokémon transferred to him. In addition, Buddy Pokémon will award four candies instead of the usual one. Pokémon Candies enable Trainers to evolve or strengthen their Pokémon, so players will want to walk and catch all the Pokémon they can to get their fill of Candy during this special event.

“The excitement of Pokémon’s 20-year celebration continues this Halloween with the first-ever in-game Pokémon GO event,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of consumer marketing at The Pokémon Company International. “We anticipate seeing many Pokémon-themed costumes during this anniversary year, and now Trainers can add Pokémon GO to their trick-or-treat route to receive Candy and add some of the spookier Pokémon to their Pokédex”

To learn even more details about the Pokémon GO in-game Halloween event, visit the official Niantic blog at PokemonGOlive.com.

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Train2Game News Halloween Hackathon

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WewanaPlay is going to show you how to make a game quickly by challenging coders to make a game in just 30 hours with their Halloween Hackathon which is supported by big name companies such as Unity.

WewanaPlay, an innovative Birmingham based gaming startup is now turning startup creator. This weekend WewanaPlay is offering a fantastic chance to see how a Hackathon works thanks to their Halloween themed event which will take place in their head office and will also be streamed live on Twitch for everyone to follow along.

The Hackathon will be streamed at http://www.twitch.tv/wewanaplay

The stream will be live between Sat 25th Oct, 9am until Sun 26th , 4pm UK time, supported by the tens of thousands of users of their smartphone application. WewanaPlay was actually started on a weekend hackathon and now they want to give back that experience to new gaming companies.

Talented individuals making up 3 or more teams will be tasked with developing a working Halloween themed game in just 30 hours. The teams are free to use whatever software they wish and develop for whatever chosen platform.

The event is being live streamed on Twitch and is open to anyone who wants to view it. If you are interested in seeing what games can be produced in 30 hours and how it can be done, come watch.  The WewanaPlay team will be there to welcome you!

WewanaPlay hopes this event will show how fun coding can be and hopefully show how within a short time, someone with coding experience can create something which the whole world can enjoy. Well… that’s the aim anyway! Remember Flappy Birds was said to have been made in just 3 hours.

WewanaPlay would love you to follow the event on the live stream and even challenge you to take part from your own homes.  If you think you can produce an awesome game in the same time frame as them, either on your own or as part of a team, then join virtually!

All you have to do is send a tweet to @Wewana_Play along with regular updates and perhaps even your own live stream. It will be interesting to see what games are made and remember there is a year subscription to Unity3D Pro up for grabs for the winner.

The teams will also be wanting feedback from those who just love to play games, so be sure to tune in and play test some awesome new games.

Team Fortress 2 gets another Halloween Update

Valve has once again released a Halloween update for Team Fortress 2. Last year the Pumpkin Patch gave Team Fortress 2 players a new map, new hats and new achievements, and now Valve have released a second Halloween update – ‘The Second Annu-Hell Scream Fortress Hauntdead Halloween Special’

The Scream Fortress update introduces a new map Team Fortress 2 in the form of Mann Manor. It’s an Attack and Defend map designed by the winners of the Art Pass contest and features loads of spooky surprises including the first ever Team Fortress 2 NPC Boss Monster!  The Horseless Headless Horseman is randomly generated and can kill a player with one hit. Team Fortress 2 teams may have to work together to take him down!

The Scream Fortress update also introduces the Haunted Halloween Gift, a gift drop that drops randomly, and there are plenty of new hats and weapons – though some can only be purchased through the Mann-Co store and only for the duration of the Halloween Event.

The Scream Fortress update also comes with new “Ghostchievements” including one for killing the Horseless Headless Horseman.  You can also try to grab any of the Scarechievements you may have missed last year.

The Team Fortress 2 Scream Fortress event runs from October 27th through to November 8th and you can read more on the official Team Fortress 2 Scream Fortress page

So Train2 Game, do we have any Team Fortress 2 players in the house? If so, will you be involved in the Halloween event? And what do you think about the introduction of the Horsless Headless Horseman?

You can leave your thoughts on the Team Fortress 2 Scream Fortress update here on the Train2Game blog or on the Train2Game forum.