Train2game News Skylanders Celebrity Toy Auction

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Activision today announces it has teamed up with some of Europe’s top sports stars and entertainment personalities – including the UK’s very own Ben Collins (AKA ‘The Stig’) and former Formula 1 driver Max Chilton – who have designed seven customised Skylanders™ SuperChargers toys.

The collaboration will see Activision donate the exclusive toys to Make-A-Wish, the world’s largest wish-granting organisation. The charity will auction off the models to the highest bidder, with the proceeds helping to support the many wishes that Make-A-Wish grants to children with life-threatening medical conditions around the world each year.

Alongside Ben and Max, well-known personalities from the racing world such as Timo Glock, as well as French TV presenter Joan Faggianelli, kitesurfing champion Gisela Pulido and popular YouTubers St3pny and TheKing77 have lent their talents to the project. Each have designed their very own SuperCharged car, either a Hot Streak or Crypt Crusher – two vehicles from the latest Skylanders game, Skylanders™ SuperChargers, in which vehicles are brought to life for the first time. The designs have been sprayed onto models of the cars for superfans to bid on and raise money for Make-A-Wish.

Jon Stettner, president and CEO, Make-A-Wish International, added: “On behalf of my colleagues across Europe, I would like to thank Activision, and all the famous faces involved in the project, for this fantastic collaboration. We are thrilled with the unique vehicles that have been specially designed and the money raised will help us in our ongoing efforts to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.”

Former ‘Stig’ from Top Gear, Ben Collins: “As soon as I heard about this Skylanders activity I had to take part. Being a huge fan of racing and cars, I think Skylanders SuperChargers is really cool and I’m enjoying playing the game!  It’s a great idea to raise money for a highly deserving cause, like Make-A-Wish®, and getting to customise my own SuperChargers car was awesome.”

British racing driver, Max Chilton: “I’m really excited to be working with Skylanders on this activity. I love racing in SuperChargers so getting to customise my own HotStreak vehicle was awesome! Make-A-Wish® is a wonderful cause that does amazing work with children, so I’m proud to be supporting them with this campaign. My very own customised SuperCharger will be up for auction so make sure you look out for it – all proceeds will be going towards this incredibly deserving cause.”

To see all the auctions, click here: http://makeawish.vonality.com/, while links to the auctions for the vehicles that Ben Collins and Max Chilton designed can be found below:

·         Ben Collins: http://makeawish.vonality.com/collins
·         Max Chilton: http://makeawish.vonality.com/chilton

Happy bidding!

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 28.09.15

FIFA-16In a chart that has surprised no one, Fifa 16 is number one, knocking Destiny The Taken King down to second. Skylanders Superchargers comes in at number four this week and Blood Bowl 2, based on Games Workshop popular board game, is number fifteen.

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Week ending 26 September 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS
2 DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING ACTIVISION 1
3 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 2
4 SKYLANDERS SUPERCHARGERS SKYLANDERS
5 METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN KONAMI 4
6 PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2016 KONAMI 3
7 MAD MAX WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 5
8 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 7
9 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION 14
10 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 10
11 SUPER MARIO MAKER NINTENDO 6
12 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 8
13 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 12
14 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 16
15 BLOOD BOWL II FOCUS HOME INTERACTIVE
16 GEARS OF WAR: ULTIMATE EDITION MICROSOFT 11
17 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 DISNEY INFINITY
18 RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015 BIG BEN
19 TITANFALL EA GAMES
20 UNTIL DAWN SONY COMPUTER ENT. 13
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 13.10.14

Fifa 15Several new games have entered the charts this week including the highly anticipated Alien: Isolation from Sega. None of them were enough to kick Fifa 15 from the number one spot though. Alien: Isolation almost got there at number two with the next closest new release being Driveclub at number five. Skylanders: Trap Team and NBA 2k15 entered at numbers seven and eight respectively. The definitive edition of Sleeping Dogs was the final new game to enter the chart at number thirteen.

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Week ending 11 October 2014

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 1
2 ALIEN: ISOLATION SEGA
3 MIDDLE EARTH: SHADOW OF MORDOR WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 2
4 FORZA HORIZON 2 MICROSOFT 3
5 DRIVECLUB SONY COMPUTER ENT.
6 DESTINY ACTIVISION 5
7 SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM SKYLANDERS
8 NBA 2K15 2K SPORTS
9 SUPER SMASH BROS. NINTENDO 4
10 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 6
11 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 8
12 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 DISNEY INFINITY 7
13 SLEEPING DOGS: DEFINITIVE EDITION SQUARE ENIX
14 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE EA GAMES 13
15 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION 9
16 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
17 THE SIMS 4 EA GAMES 10
18 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 14
19 TERRARIA XBOX 360 CLASSICS 18
20 FROZEN: OLAF’S QUEST GSP/AVANQUEST 20
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Train2Game News: UK Top 20 Games – 21.10.13

GTA VGrand Theft Auto V has hold on to the top spot this week with FIFA 14 still behind in second. The highest new title is Skylanders Swap Force which has entered at number three. Swap Force doesn’t manage to match predecessor Skylanders Giants which made it to number two this time last year. Further down the chart is Nintendo’s Sonic: Lost World which has debuted at number eleven just missing out on a top ten spot.

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Week ending 19 October 2013

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 1
2 FIFA 14 EA SPORTS 2
3 SKYLANDERS SWAP FORCE SKYLANDERS
4 POKEMON X NINTENDO 3
5 POKEMON Y NINTENDO 4
6 BEYOND TWO SOULS SONY COMPUTER ENT. 5
7 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT 8
8 F1 2013 CODEMASTERS 6
9 JUST DANCE 2014 UBISOFT 7
10 DISNEY INFINITY DISNEY INFINITY 9
11 SONIC: LOST WORLD NINTENDO
12 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
13 KILLZONE: MERCENARY SONY COMPUTER ENT.
14 MAX PAYNE 3 ROCKSTAR 14
15 VIRTUA TENNIS 4: WORLD TOUR EDITION SEGA
16 THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE WIND WAKER NINTENDO 10
17 ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF NINTENDO 18
18 SAINTS ROW IV DEEP SILVER 11
19 LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
20 TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 17
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Train2Game News: Games Industry News – 15.3.13

Saints row IVIt is the end of the week so Train2Game news is bringing you a round up of games industry news.

Saint Row IV has got an official release date and teaser trailer today which was announced by the IP’s new owners, Deep Silver. What was originally imagined as a standalone expansion for Saints Row: The Third called “Enter the Dominatrix” became the basis for Saints Row IV after being re-purposed last year. “Enter the Dominatrix” featured the leader of the Saints being captured by an alien warlord and forced into a virtual reality simulation of Steelport. The game is being released on August 23 of this year. You can enjoy the suitably crazy trailer in the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ax5lfDVjF3w

The co-designer of the cult classic game Road Rash, Dan Geisler, has said that EA can’t do a decent remake of the hit bike racing title. He deduced that if they could have done it, they would have already. He voiced his opinions whilst taking part in an AMA on Reddit. When asked if a Road Rash game was possible for the mobile platforms. Dan replied “Absolutely! I would consider it a must.” So how likely is a new Road Rash? Dan said “As for Road Rash getting remade, a rose by any other name still can prick the shit out of your finger. I’m liking the chances of something really cool happening.” It sounds like a new Road Rash could be developed by the veteran but under a new name on mobile platforms.

A Crytek-authorised TimeSplitters game is in development for PC, built using the publisher’s sparkly CryEngine 3. TimeSplitters Rewind is being worked on by a team of fans – including members of the original TimeSplitters staff at Free Radical Design. Rewind will include multiplayer modes and challenges taken from the original three games, re-packaged in HD. Online play for 8-16 players and bots are in, project manager Michael Hubicka told Cooking with Grenades. But split-screen is out – CryEngine 3 simply does not support it at the moment. A demo is planned for December.

A new Warhammer 40k title is being developed by Slitherine. Slitherine are the publishers of tricky tactical strategy Unity of Command. Much of the details of the deal are being kept under wraps. All we know for sure is it’ll be a turn-based strategy, and that it’s being developed for multiple, as yet unnamed, platforms. Given Slitherine’s back-catalogue, this could mean the most faithful adaptation of tabletop Warhammer to date.

Finally, a new Pokémon game, Pokémon Rumble U, has been confirmed as a downloadable title that will feature all 649 pocket monsters battling it out, probably in a similar fashion to the last two games. As many gamers speculated when the Wii U’s NFC tech was first announced, you’ll be able to purchase Pokémon figurines, then place them on the NFC pad and have them appear in the game. It’s similar to how the popular Skylanders series works, except you won’t need a special accessory to link your figures with the game. You’ll also be able to level up your characters and record battle information on the toys themselves. Pokémon Rumble U is coming to Japan’s Wii U eShop on April 24. No news yet on North American or European release dates or pricing, but given the popularity of the Pokémon franchise, it will almost assuredly be heading our way soon.

Train2Game News: Mid-week round up – 16.01.13

Valve logoIt is that time of week for the Train2Game mid-week round up!

Valve has announced plans to to discuss a port of Team Fortress 2 to virtual reality goggles. The first talk will be programmer Joe Ludwig’s ‘What We Learned Porting Team Fortress 2 to Virtual Reality’ and it will explore the efforts of several employees over the last year to get the game to run in virtual reality goggles. In addition, Valve’s Michael Abrash will discuss the hardware challenges that lie ahead and possible solutions for virtual and augmented reality in ‘Why Virtual Reality is Hard (And Where it Might be Going).’

Square Enix have launched a new website to tease all fans of an upcoming iOS game. More information is to be released on January 17. The site has an image of what looks like a front end menu for the game which is called, Final Fantasy: All The Bravest. You can check out the website for yourself here: http://www.jp.square-enix.com/ff_atb/

Since Activision brought out Skylanders it has done very well and now Disney has seen it’s potential. They are now doing their own version with the announcement of Disney Infinity. Infinity will work in the same way as Skylanders, needing action figures and a “toy box” base to give players access to different worlds. Disney fans will recognize plenty of familiar faces, like Captain Jack Sparrow, the cast of the Incredibles, and Sully from Monsters Inc.

Surreal game creator Suda51 has revealed details of his next game, Killer is Dead. The game stars Mondo Zappa, a 35 year old American executioner that abides by a strict suit-and-tie policy and his left hand is a gun that can also transform into a drill and is used primarily to absorb an enemy’s blood for an “Adrenalin Burst” attack. The game’s antagonist is Victor, who can manipulate emotions through song. He’s appropriately styled to look like classic composer, except has a green face and glowing eyes.

Online and mobile are spearheading the game industry’s growth to a potential total valuation of $83 billion by 2016, according to new research. Conducted by Digi-Capital, the global games investment review states that online and mobile could have a revenue share of $48 billion in 2016, 55 per cent of the entire game industry. The biggest driver in mobile and tablet app revenue meanwhile will be free-to-play, which could deliver 55 per cent of revenue in the sector and account for 93 per cent of app downloads by 2016.

Train2Game News: UK Top 20 – 22.10.12

In the charts this week Skylanders Giants has come in at number two, leaving FIFA 13 still sitting pretty at the top for week number four and Bethesda’s Doom 3: BFG Edition has come in at number five.

Week ending 20 October 2012

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 –  FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 1
2 SKYLANDERS GIANTS SKYLANDERS
3 DISHONORED BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 2
4 JUST DANCE 4 UBISOFT 6
5 DOOM 3: BFG EDITION BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
6 POKEMON BLACK VERSION 2 NINTENDO 3
7 RESIDENT EVIL 6 CAPCOM 4
8 –  BORDERLANDS 2 2K GAMES 8
9 POKEMON WHITE VERSION 2 NINTENDO 5
10 XCOM: ENEMY UNKNOWN 2K GAMES 7
11 F1 2012 CODEMASTERS 9
12 007 LEGENDS ACTIVISION
13 THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 10
14 –  ROCKSMITH UBISOFT 14
15 PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2013 KONAMI 12
16 NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. 2 NINTENDO 15
17 SLEEPING DOGS SQUARE ENIX 11
18 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 19
19 FORZA MOTORSPORT 4 MICROSOFT 13
20 GRAN TURISMO 5 ACADEMY EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 16

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