Train2Game News One Special Day Today

Some of the biggest names in the world of gaming will be coming together in partnership with their communities today to help the gamers’ charity SpecialEffect transform the lives of disabled gamers all over the world.

Now in its third year, One Special Day is a flagship fundraising day for SpecialEffect and is supported by a stellar line up of over 50 partners across the games industry including SEGA, Supercell, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Seriously, Miniclip, Rovio, Splash Damage, Nordeus, Outfit 7, Logitech, CCP and many others.

PC and mobile partners are donating a day of their UK revenue (and in some cases making corporate donations) to help the charity get more of the world’s most severely disabled people enjoying the fun and inclusion of digital gaming. A Humble Bundle Store promotion was also launched last night to go alongside the One Special Day Humble Bundle, and fundraising events are taking place across the UK.

Nikki, the mother of Chase, a young gamer with a severe form of cerebral palsy that SpecialEffect has helped, is urging other gamers to play games, buy games and donate to One Special Day:

“Gaming is a huge part of our lives and I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it is that Chase can game thanks to SpecialEffect.”

For more information on who is taking part in One Special Day 2018 and to find out how you can support the biggest games industry fundraiser of the year, go to www.onespecialday.org.uk or call Nick Streeter on 01608 810055.

Train2Game News Square Enix Humble Bundle for GamesAid

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UK Games Industry Charity Stars In Line Up For ‘Choose Your Own Charity’ Feature In Videogaming Pack

Running from 11am PT (7pm GMT) today until January 5th 2016, the third Square Enix Humble Bundle offers gamers the opportunity to get their mitts on a wealth of amazing gaming content and do a good deed or two at the same time – helping ensure it’s a very merry Christmas for one and all.

Running over two weeks there are two fantastic bundles of gaming goodness for players to enjoy and great charities to benefit from.

Humble Inc operate a pay-what-you-want system where the consumer decides how much they want to pay for the games and where their hard earned cash will go. It’s an awesome set up that provides vital funding for charities such as the small children and youth based causes GamesAid supports to continue vital work throughout the year.

GamesAid would like to thank Square Enix, Humble and the individuals that have helped pull together an amazing gaming package the contents of which can be found below:

Here is the lineup of the bundle:

1st Week
Last Remnant
Life Is Strange Episode 1
Tomb Raider I, II + III
Murdered: Soul Suspect
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Just Cause Collection
Front Mission Evolved
Gyromancer
Yosumin
20% off Just Cause 3 (Coupon)
33% off Life is Strange Season Pass (Coupon)
Lara Croft & the Temple of Osiris
Tomb Raider: GOTY Edition
Hitman Absolution: Elite Edition

2nd Week Addition
Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Tomb Raider: Legend
Tomb Raider: Underworld

Link to the bundle:

www.humblebundle.com

Train2Game News GamesAid Christmas Gifts

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Today, GamesAid announces three great ways to give to the games industry charity this Christmas.

As the wisest men and women know, there is no need to travel afar this Christmas to bring joy to thousands of disadvantaged and disabled children and young people who are supported by the video games industry through GamesAid.

This year, there are three great ways to include GamesAid on your gift list;

GIFT ONE
Humble Bundle presents Codemasters
We are thrilled that our friends at Codemasters are supporting GamesAid and The Prince’s Trust with their latest Humble Bundle offer, which will run from November 24th, 11:00am PST to December 8th, 11:00am PST
Their terrific line up includes:
GRID 2
GRID 2 Drift Pack
DiRT Showdown
Overlord™
Operation Flashpoint Complete (1&2)
Hospital Tycoon
Colin McRae Rally
GRID Autosport
Grid Autosport Road & Track Car Pack
Overlord II
Overlord Raising Hell (Expansion)
Grid 2 Spa- Francorchamps Track Pack
Coupon: 25% off Overlord: Fellowship of Evil
Coupon: 25% off DiRT Rally
GRID Autosport Season Pass
DiRT 3 Complete Edition
GRID 2: All In DLC Pack

“At Codemasters we have seen the difference GamesAid has made for many children and young people and we are proud to throw our support for them via our Humble Bundle to help GamesAid do good things” said Frank Sagnier, CEO, Codemasters

GIFT TWO
The Yogscast ‘Jingle Jam 2015’

The Yogscast Jingle Jam is a 24 day live stream marathon, with all your favourite Yogscast presenters playing games live via the Yogscast Twitch channel twitch.tv/yogscast to raise money for charity.

Since it first launched in 2011, the annual Yogscast Jingle Jam has raised over £1.71M, and GamesAid are excited to be named as one of the charities who will receive money from their 2015 drive.

The Yogscast Jingle Jam 2015 will begin on Tuesday 1st December and will run until 24th December. Viewers can tune-in and choose to donate to charity purely to support the Jam but they can also gain access to a special Jingle Jam Humble Bundle of great PC games.

GIFT THREE
Games On Song

The games industry choir is back, and is aiming to raise more money than ever with their live Christmas Concert. Nearly 40 members of the games industry will take to the stage at St Stephen’s Church, Rosslyn Hill, London on Wednesday 16th December to sing a seasonal selection of festive tunes for GamesAid.

Tickets are on sale now via Golden Giving, priced £20 / £10 aged 16 and under, with extra surprises, mince pies, and mulled wine on the night.

“The choir have put in so much to make this a great evening of traditional carols, solos and game inspired songs” said Ian Chambers, Musical Director of Games On Song. “Join us to help raise more than ever for GamesAid.”

Make the wise choice! Spread some cheer and help us spread the word this Christmas!

Feel good and follow all the latest news @GamesAid

Train2Game News Indie Game Making Contest Celeb Judges

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The Indie Game Making Contest (http://contest.gamedevfort.com), whose prize pool is connected with the Humble Game Making Bundle (www.HumbleBundle.com ) is ready to announce both new products in the bundle and the addition of critically acclaimed Extra Credits (https://t.co/6fxGray4c4) as celebrity judges for the event. So put on your developer hat and enter to win thousands of dollars across 21 or more prizes!

The success of the bundle, which has passed 1 million in gross sales, has unlocked new software including Play Canvas and Pro Motion 6.5. Not only does each bundle purchase help charity, but a percent of the developer cut goes to the contest as well, making the prizes higher every day. The grand prize at the midway point currently stands at over $20,000 USD, in addition to non-cash benefits such as promotional and production aid by Degica, whose sponsoring the event.

In addition to these great prizes and charities, Daniel Emmons joins the panel of guest judges. Daniel is part of the Extra Credits team, focused on the acclaimed Design Club, which hosts a twitch live stream event 4 times a week at http://www.twitch.tv/extracredits in addition to their work on the main Youtube Channel at https://t.co/6fxGray4c4. Daniel joins Ed Greenwood, author of Forgotten Realms, ex-fragdoll Kimberly “Sabre” Weigend, and last year’s winner, Team Isolation, creators of Remnants of Isolation, which is available on Steam at http://store.steampowered.com/app/360010/.

So get involved! Head over to www.HumbleBundle.com , get all the goodies you need, and enter the IGMC at http://contest.gamedevfort.com/ for your chance to win big prizes and free promotion of your games.

Train2Game News Humble Game Maker Bundle

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Axis Game Factory is pleased to announce it’s involvement in this summer’s Humble “Game Maker” Bundle that is currently running and will commence on July 21, 2015.

As a powerful development suite of software, AGFPRO is featured with six of it’s products in this year’s promotion and is participating in the Indie Game Dev Competition that is open to anyone from now until August 7, 2015. The Grand Prize pool continues to grow and is based on the total sales of the Humble “Game Maker” Bundle in addition to many other prizes for a variety of categories and genres.

AGFPRO is the ideal game creation software and is a comprehensive toolset, designed to provide game developers and enthusiasts alike with a powerful and rapid level creation, terrain and vegetation editing, lighting and atmosphere system that puts the power to create in anyone’s hands. AGFPRO is stand-alone, but also works seamlessly with the Unity 5 game engine, to allow developers the ability to sell a commercial product.

The Axis Game Factory products included in this massive promotion include the main application, AGFPRO v3.0, Premium, Voxel Sculpt DLC, Drone Kombat DLC, Zombie FPS DLC and the latest Zombie Survival Pack DLC. All of the add-on products expand the users player experience, allowing the option to either make casual and fun games that users can “Build, Play and Share” with friends or to take their creations into Unity and commercialize on their own.

The Humble “Game Maker” Bundle includes a huge array of products that include game creation software, DLC’s, add-ons, music, games and coupons/credits that total almost $2,000.00 USD in retail product. Gamers are encouraged to “get their gaming on” and make an original product based out of the many tools offered in this “pay what you want” bundle.

The contest can be found at http://www.contest.gamedevfort.com and will be judged by a variety of industry veterans and celebrity judges. Led by game publisher, Degica’s Global Director, Mitchell Scott, he adds, “Last years inaugural Indie Game Making Contest was an incredible success with a grand prize of $10,000 and over 800 entries. This year the prize is even bigger as it’s tied to sales of the Humble Game Making Bundle. It’s currently at $16,500 (and counting). We’re very excited to see what everyone comes up with for this years contest!”

Axis Game Factory’s AGFPRO, it’s suite of seven (7) DLC’s and latest stand alone application, GeoVox, empower developers to rapidly create game maps, sculpt terrain and design levels quickly and easily. With over 500 assets pre-stocked in the warehouse, along with 28 pre-set themes and simple maps, users can begin creating levels in literally minutes, making it the perfect software for any professional or gamer that want to start creating amazing game levels without having to program, model or animate. And by using stand out features such as “Scene-Linking” allow users to connect levels and expand their worlds together, “Co-op Collaboration” for up to 8 users in Premium, and using the “Game Packager” instantly allows users to share their creations as an .exe file and send to anyone to play for free makes this software suite a must-have in this expansive Humble “Game Maker” Bundle!

Train2Game News Deep Silver charity money raised

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Deep Silver’s Humble Bundle sales have totaled a sensational 1.89 Million US-Dollar for charity since the start of the co-operation between the publisher and Humble Bundle, Inc, in July 2013. Both partners are proud and thankful for the continuous support and the strong commitment to donate.

With brands like Saints Row and Metro being part of the offers, Deep Silver has become one of Humble Bundle’s biggest partners. With its unique approach, Humble Bundle offers a package of games. The price is up to the client, in the same way he or she can choose how much of the money goes to the publisher, Humble Bundle itself or to charity.

“We are stunned by the huge number that our buyers have donated over the last year,” says Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Deep Silver/Koch Media. “This success is a clear sign to keep investing in the strong relationship with Humble Bundle and continue to offer attractive packages in the future.”

“Teaming up with Deep Silver to delight millions of gamers around the world while raising nearly 2 million dollars for charity has been absolutely awesome,” said John Graham, co-founder and COO of Humble Bundle. “Deep Silver is one of our favorite publishers to work with and we are excited by what might be possible in the future.”

Top five beneficiaries are Child’s Play ($530,000 reiceved), American Red Cross ($520,000), Charity: Water ($320,000), Save the Children ($300,000) and World Vision ($84,000).

Train2Game News Humble Bundle supporting SpecialEffect

SpecialEffectThis weeks Humble Bundle sale is supporting the great team at SpecialEffect to help advance the great work they do.

This sale is brought to you by Devolver Digital, purveyors of fine digital entertainment wares such as Broforce and Hotline Miami! Each title has been hand selected by the Devolver team as games outside of their roster, save for Dungeon Hearts and Foul Play, that they enjoy playing and want other folks to check out! Pay what you want to enjoy the fast-paced, strategic action-puzzler, Dungeon Hearts, the quirky Western action adventure game, The Real Texas, and a retro-inspired album of games, Cryptic Sea EP.

If you’re feeling generous, pay $6 or more to also receive side-scrolling brawler, Foul Play, get in on the randomly-generated, action RPG beat-’em-up, Legend of Dungeon, and the claustrophobic quick-reflex game, KRUNCH Digital Collector’s Edition. Paying $10 or more will get you all of the titles above plus fast-paced, “rogue-lite,” bullet-hell Tower of Guns.

These games seperately would cost you just under $100 but with the humble bundle paying $10 will get you the lot.

You can purchase the bundle by visiting https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly

The money raised will go to SpecialEffect to helping them with cases like Rob who you can view in the heart warming video below.

Train2Game News: Yogscast and Humble Bundle raising money for charity

YogscastYogscast have teamed up with Humble Bundle to raise money for several different charities this Holiday season.

People who donate $25 to this Humble Bundle will receive over $200 worth of games including; Torchlight, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Shank 2, Magicka: Wizard Wars (Early Access), Sonic All-Star Racing Transformed and Napoleon: Total War. With this Bundle not only will you receive all those games but even a couple of bits of DLC, including an exclusive Yogscast War of the Vikings Hat.

The money raised by this Humble Bundle will be used to support great charities like; Oxfam, SpecialEffect, Little People UK, GamesAid, and War Child.

Yogscast have created this video to explain what they are doing in more detail:

If you want to donate and get some great games visit https://www.humblebundle.com/yogscast

Train2Game News: Humble Bundle 8

Humble Bundle 8The eighth official Humble Bundle has been out for a few days and has some amazing games included.

This latest pay-what-you-want affair for charity comes with Little Inferno, the charming puzzler with a killer soundtrack; the subterranean Metroidvania adventure Capsized; the profoundly beautiful first-person stroll-’em-up Dear Esther; the minimalist narrated platformer Thomas Was Alone; and the colourful multiplayer platformer Awesomenauts.

If you pay above the average, which at the time of writing is $5.45, you also get the highly popular Hotline Miami, which Eurogamer gave a massive 10/10, and the chirpy, abstract exploration game Proteus.

Every title in the bundle is available for PC, Mac, and Linux, which several of these games are debuting on with this bundle.

Proceeds are split between the developers, Child’s Play, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the bundle organisers. As per the usual routine, you can decide which of your money goes where.

The Bundle has already made $1,295,199.86 (and rising) from 227,826 sales. It reached the $1m milestone after just 18 hours. Currently the customer that has paid the most for the bundle is Markus “Notch” Persson with a purchase price of $5,000.

You can enjoy an amusing video detailing the Humble Bundle 8 below:

To purchase the Humble Bundle 8 you can go to www.humblebundle.com

Train2Game News: Community created games

Double Fine are asking the public for their opinions on the games of the annual Amnesia Fortnight and BioWare is asking the public where they think Mass Effect 4 should go.

This year, Double Fine has decided to change up its Amnesia Fortnight event by allowing fans to choose which ideas get made into games, live-streaming the entire development process, and then releasing those titles as a Humble Bundle.

The Amnesia Fortnight is a two-week prototyping period where Double Fine employees split into small teams to brainstorm and develop inventive new titles. Previous Amnesia Fortnight titles have included Costume Quest, Stacking, Middle Manager of Justice, and Iron Brigade.

The first step is for players to head to the Double Fine forums to discuss their favourite game ideas. Players then head to the Double Fine Humble Bundle page to vote for their favourite games.

After the first week, the four most popular ideas will be developed into prototypes. The teams have two weeks to make their games, with 2 Player Productions filming the entire development process and posting videos each day.

Double Fine founder Tim Schafer said “We do it to test out new ideas, and to test out new project leaders who feel ready to have a project of their own. Many of the games we’ve released in the last few years have come from the Amnesia Fortnight process. It’s really a great morale boost for the team, and a highly effective way to develop new game ideas”

Of course this being released through Humble Bundle means that a portion of the money made will go to the charity Child’s Play.

In addition BioWare has asked fans whether Mass Effect 4 should be a sequel to the existing trilogy or take place before the trilogy.

Mass Effect overlord Casey Hudson canvassed fans via his Twitter account, he wrote “Parsing through your thoughts on the next #ME game. Would you be more interested in a game that takes place before the trilogy, or after?”

A game set in the series past has many viable options like the war between the Rachni and the Krogans to the war between Turians and Humans following the Relay 314 Incident.

A game set later in the series’ history would have to tackle Mass Effect 3’s various ending choices, which leave the galaxy in varying states of repair.

It’s not the first time BioWare has asked fans their thoughts on the next Mass Effect game. BioWare previously questioned their fans on what they would like to see in Mass Effect 4.

BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy said earlier this month “While Mass Effect 4 will be very respectful of the heritage built over the course of the first three games, with the original trilogy now concluded and the switch over to a new engine, we are exploring new directions, both on the gameplay and story fronts,

“You can still expect the pillars the franchise is known for to be fully intact though, including diverse alien races, a huge galaxy to explore, and of course rich, cinematic storytelling.”

From stories such as these and services like Greenlight and Kickstarter it seems that the public will start taking great effect on how and what games are made. This could see an interesting wave of fan made games come soon, from AAA to Indie titles.