Train2Game News Retro Gaming Festival Hitting 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 3.

A limited number of early bird tickets for daytime sessions go on general sale on Thursday, May 24. They are available until June 21 – but once they’re gone, they’re gone. For access to priority booking from Tuesday, May 22, sign up to the Museum of Science and Industry mailing list at msimanchester.org.uk/powerup.

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 specialist areas for Pacman, Minecraft and Fortnite.

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.

Train2Game News Retro Games Celebration in Cardiff

The Arcade Vaults Brings an All-Day Celebration of Video Games to The Gate in Cardiff this Easter Holidays

The retro videogame event company, The Arcade Vaults, alongside The Gate Arts Centre in Roath, Cardiff, are organising a celebration of video games aimed at all ages and all types of game fans for the start of the Easter break.

“We’re taking the basic format from a smaller event last year and turning it up to 11. There’s going to be so much to do you may not have time for it all!” said CEO, Chris Munasinha.

On March 24th from 11am until 11pm, The Gate will be filled with five decades of consoles for the public to play. There’ll also be a huge Rocket League tournament, live speed-runs, Minecraft group sessions, team games on Spaceship Bridge Simulators, and a dedicated area for developer exclusives and talks in conjunction with Games Wales. The evening will feature live music including headliners Happy Fun Time Game Band and support act Atomic Supermen, as well as a board game area run by Rules of Play. And to celebrate this all, for the duration of March The Gate will feature an exhibition showing the best in artwork from, and inspired by, games.

Adults and children of all ages will be welcome with tickets for the event will cost £6 for adults and £4 for concessions for the day session. For the evening there is a separate charge of £5 a ticket. More information on specific sessions and tournament pricing will be announced via The Gate’s and The Arcade Vaults’ website and social channels.

Thomas Pritchard, The Arcade Vaults’ Content Producer says, “We had such a great time last year, and received some great feedback from our attendees, so being able to grow and build on that success is very exciting.”

Train2Game News Retro-Bit Generations

​This past June, Innex Inc®., an exclusive distributor of  Retro-Bit® unveiled the brand’s newest product at the 2016 E3 Expo –  Retro-Bit Generations, a plug and play console loaded with more than 100 classic retro games estimated to be available in the Fall of 2016 for $59.99.
Unlike the previous Retro-Bit consoles, which ran and read gaming cartridges, Retro-Bit collaborated with world-renowned gaming developers like Capcom, Data East TM, Jaleco LTD., IREM and more to provide a full-fledged roster of titles easily recognized and admired by the retro-gaming community such as, Ghosts’N Goblins™, Gun.Smoke™, Kid Niki Radical Ninja, Kung-Fu, Captain Commando™, Kickle Cubicle, Rival Turf, Super R-Type, The Super Bases Loaded Series, Knights of the Round, Brawl Brothers, Ring King and more! 

Along with a catalog of popular gaming titles, the Retro-Bit Generations is accompanied with two USB retro-style six button controllers and designed with a sleek user-friendly interface and AV and HDMI ports.  The console also includes an SD card slot allowing users to save or transfer archived game progress to other consoles.

“Retro-Bit has been known to make products for the hardcore retro gaming crowd, and we are thrilled that Retro-Bit created a product that is aimed at a wider audience. We believe that the Retro-Bit Generations is a fantastic introduction for beginners into the world of retro gaming, however, it includes a lot of titles that resonate with experienced gamers.” Said Ron Pang, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Innex Inc. 

With the success of Retro-Bit’s previous consoles (Super Retro-Trio® and the Retro-Duo®), which operates on gaming cartridges, the Retro-Bit Generations opens retro gaming to new patrons of all ages.  Retro-Bit continues to make great strides to bridge the gap of between gamers past and present.

Tain2Game News Android Retro Gaming Tablet

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The JXD S7800b has introduced itself as the ultimate Android retro gaming tablet. Capable of playing PS1, Dreamcast, MAME, N64 (and pretty much everything before it) the handheld has quickly become a favourite amongst the retro gaming scene.

Built on the Android operating system, the system is user friendly and intuitive, enabling you to navigate around your favourite retro games with ease using the touch screen or game controllers.

With 8GB internal memory the console is capable of holding thousands of your favourite retro games right out of the box. A Mini-SD slot enables you to expand the memory with up to an additional 64GB.

The HDMI port gives you the option of playing your games on your TV.

    Multiplayer using local Wi-Fi
    Play on your TV using HDMI
    Save and load your progress
    Add your own games via USB or downloading via the web browser
    Assign keys to your favourite touch screen games and use the controller
    Connect a USB controller for even easier use (including Xbox 360 controllers)

The full list of supported consoles/systems currently on the Android platform are: PS1, MAME, Dreamcast, N64, NeoGeo, Atari, NES, SNES, Gameboy, Gameboy Colour, Gameboy Advance, SEGA Master System, SEGA Mega Drive, CPS1, CPS2, Amiga, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and many more!

The JXD S7800b is available now at Europe’s Number One Gaming Destination, Funstock.co.uk.

Train2Game News: Merkury Games looking for Artist

merkurygames - CopyTrain2Game Student studio Merkury games is looking for new and experienced artists to join their studio.

Merkury games is built of several students of differing experience working as one to forward their respective careers. The studio specialises in retro style games with a twist which can be seen in their two previously released PC games.

The studio is looking for a voluntary artist to join the team who preferably has previous experience based on the retro games in the 8/16 bit drawing. The main requirements for the work will be around sprites, backdrops and concept art. They are looking for an individual who would be willing to take on this challenge. All serious applicants will be considered.

Lewis Gordon said about working at the studio “It’s an open, happy environment where any idea is welcomed and put to use. We are all about helping each other to learn and expand to get the most out of our career”

To be considered for the position please email your CV and an example of your work to recruitment@merkurygames.co.uk

To find out more about Merkury Games visit www.MerkuryGames.co.uk