Train2Game News XSplit Broadcaster on Steam

XsplitStreaming superpower SplitmediaLabs and chat lurkers Devolver Digital have launched the pioneering and top-selling streaming software XSplit Broadcaster and Gamecaster on Steam [http://store.steampowered.com/app/433800/].

XSplit free is available now on Steam for – well, free – and the fully featured XSplit Premium is available for $9.99 per month.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering up with Devolver Digital to bring XSplit to players on Steam” said John Howe Marshall, CMO for SplitmediaLabs “Getting started with live streaming right now couldn’t be easier, and we’re looking forward to ushering in a new wave of awesome content creators and help them shape the future of gameplay broadcasting.”

XSplit Broadcaster is one of the most popular and widely used applications for live Internet broadcasting, with a user base ranging from hobbyists to prominent professional casters in more than 150 countries. XSplit allows users to record or live stream any type of media, while taking advantage of TV-like broadcasting features that anyone can learn to master.

XSplit Gamecaster is the world’s easiest live streaming and recording solution, allowing for users to upload and share their greatest gaming moments to popular video services such as Twitch and YouTube, at just the click of a button.

Both XSplit Broadcaster and Gamecaster have recently undergone a feature-wide update. XSplit 2.8 includes a major design upgrade for Gamecaster as well as new features including Unlimited Scenes, YouTube Gaming Chat Support, Custom URI support, and more. These platforms receive over 7,000 sign-ups per day and well over 200,000 new users every month.

“There will never be a time in my life that I understand nerds watching other nerds play nerd games on the internet,” said Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker. “That said, you should buy XSplit from me and then stream all sorts of nonsense and get them subs.”

Train2Game News Sega sales increase since 90s

SEGAThe popularity of SEGA’s Mega Drive and Genesis line-up has just hit its highest point since the early 90’s!

Following the launch of the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Hub on Steam on the 28th April, over 350,000 Mega Drive and Genesis titles have been purchased on Steam by fans worldwide looking to either experience this classic content for the first time, or take advantage of the all-new Steam Workshop modding support implemented with the free update.

The modding scene is taking off too with hundreds of custom ROMS being uploaded by the community since the launch.

“We’re really chuffed that the fans have got behind this update,” said James Schall, Director of Digital Distribution for SEGA Europe. “350,000 sales is a phenomenal achievement for content which is over 20 years old! It shows that there’s still a huge following out for the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis, reinvigorated by the fantastic community of modders out there uploading great content.”

For more information about the SEGA Mega Drive & Genesis Classics Hub, check out the launch trailer here or log on to www.sega.co.uk .

Train2game News Train2Game student joins UK studio

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Looking to make next step into the Games Industry Muir Halleron is volunteering with Games Development studio Atom Republic.

Muir who’s originally from the US now lives in Leeds with son and cat, has been with Train2Game for three years. At this stage coming to the end of the course and looking at City & Guilds qualifications.

Muir is volunteering with Atom Republic as a moderator, working on its Atom Universe social world, a project which is now available on PS4 and Steam.

Muir sees networking and working with professionals as a huge plus and has learnt a great deal from the experience. Now plans to use the experience to get into making games or as a foot in the door as a moderator or QA.

Train2Game student, Muir Halleron ‘I’m an American ex Pat and have been living in the UK for 15 years. Currently I live in Leeds, West Yorkshire with my teenage son Paul and our cat Felix. For the last 3 and a half years I’ve been studying T2Gs Computer programming and Game Design course.’

‘I’ve finished the programming part of the course and am on the last optional module that I’ve chosen (Design module D15 – Seeking Employment). In addition to this, I am currently working on the C&G diploma assignments. I’ve met lots of other students through my time on the course which is a huge positive. Another highlight is meeting some of the T2G staff a few years ago at a gaming convention in London.’

‘With only one month left of the six months extension I was given to do the C&G assignments, I am definitely feeling the pressure right now and have been all year. Out of the four assignments, I only have two of them complete, with another nearly done and the fourth about at the halfway mark.’

‘Working between 8 – 10 hours per day, 7 days a week, I should be able to get the last two remaining assignments working well enough to turn in on time though. I am 100% looking forward to finishing and will be taking at least a month off to unwind once it’s all done.’

‘Currently I’m working with Atom Republic as a volunteer forum moderator. Atom Republic is made up of a small team of developers and they are currently working on Atom Universe, a social world much like PS Home was before Sony retired it.’

‘So far, it’s been a good experience. I’ve worked with their Community Manager before, which is good, as it allows a bit more rapport. We know how the other works and have similar work ethics, which really help us to work together well.’

‘Through volunteering, I’m learning the different ways to manage the gaming community and how to develop and encourage a healthy community. The moderation team is larger than I’ve worked with previously, but I would say it’s just the right size, allowing everyone to get to know each other. ‘

‘Atom Republic is currently developing Atom Universe, as I said above. It is Free to Play and is currently available to the public on PS4 and Steam, where it’s in Early Access.’

‘As for personal projects, I have a few that I’d like to work on, but they’ve been put on hold until after I’ve completed the C&G assignments.’

‘I don’t think I’ll be applying for a job with Atom Republic, just because they live outside commuting distance from where I currently live. However, the experience will most likely serve me well when I do start applying for jobs around the Leeds area.’

‘Once I’ve finished the C&G assignments, my plan is to flesh out and improve on my knowledge and ability in C# and Unity as well as C++ and DirectX 11. I plan on doing this by designing and making a game or two in each language. These will then become a part of my portfolio, with which I hope to use to get a job in either the gaming industry or in a non gaming specific programming position, if any are available. If not, I should be able to get in on the ground floor so to speak in either QA or community management.’

Atom Republic, Atom Universe http://www.atomrepublic.com/AtomUniverse/
For more information contact: mark@train2game.com
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Train2Game News Game Tycoon 2

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Game Tycoon 2 launches on to Steam Early Access and all other leading retailers of digitally downloaded PC games today, Friday 30 October 2015.

Welcome back to the industry!

Game Tycoon is back and just as the games industry has evolved, so has Game Tycoon.

Choose from one of three development studios and develop the video game hits of tomorrow for PC, console, handhelds, smartphones and other platforms.

As an indie game developer, you find yourself mixing it with the big boys. To survive, as an indie in this cutthroat business, you will need to be creative and nimble. Spot the niche, back your hunches and go for it!

Experience the thrill and fascination of game development through the eyes of a development studio. Uses technologies and follow industry trends from 1980 right up until 2030. All of which are in even more detailed than before.

Will you become a Game Tycoon?

Key Game Features:

    -Cartoon style graphics

    -Three different characters to choose from

    -Detailed overviews and several game locations to choose from

    -20 missions, each with inclusive tutorials and one endless game

    -Integrated privacy with approachable status symbols

    -An accurate replica of video games economics

    -Use different software and hardware technologies dating back to 1980 through to the modern era, along with many development techniques

    -Available in English and German

    -Varied soundtracks

You can visit the official website at http://www.sunlight-games.com/en/

Train2Game News Grandia 2 remastered

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Classic Dreamcast game and personal favourite of mine, Grandia 2 is being remastered.

After an overwhelming response to an April survey asking players for future PC releases of Game Arts’ portfolio,  GungHo Online Entertainment America (GOEA) announced today that  Grandia II Anniversary Edition, theremastered version of the classic JRPG originally released for Dreamcast ,  is now availableon  Steam and  GOG.com for Windows PC. As part of this celebration,  Grandia II Anniversary Edition  is available for a limited sale price of $14.99, a 25 percent discount from the SRP of $19.99.

Developed by Game Arts, creators of the  Lunar and  Grandia  series, and published by GOEA,  Grandia  II is considered a high point for the developer with the game’s unique characters, mature storytelling, memorable music and fantastic battle system. In this classic tale of a band of adventurers destined to save the world, players take the role of Ryudo, a hardened mercenary, and go on an epic journey filled with magic, new friendships and surprises as the party seeks a legendary weapon once wielded by a deity.

Grandia II Anniversary Edition  features numerous technical improvements from the original, such as visual upgrades to textures, lightning, and shadows through anti-aliasing, as well as game controller support, Japanese voice acting, and a new difficulty level for a hardcore experience. Other features for the title include:

    Steam Trading Cards
    Steam Achievements
    Steam Cloud Save Support
    Selectable Video Options
    Remapable Keyboard and Gamepad Support
    PC Resolution and Aspect Ratio Support
    UI Updates to Reflect New Control Schemes
    Dreamcast VMS Save File Support

You can enjoy the trailer below

http://youtu.be/6JSxsv6kSV8

Train2Game News Extra Credits EDU curation channel

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After a successful initial beta, the Extra Credits EDU curation channel on Steam formally launched today!

Created in partnership with teachers from Nordahl Greig High School in Norway, the list makes it easy for teachers and students alike to find good educational games along with basic guidelines to use them in class. Given the correct mindset and approach, even commercial titles such as Assassin’s Creed and Bioshock can become valuable teaching and learning tools.

Developers at Slitherine (Commander: Europe at War and To End All Wars), 11 Bit Studios (This War of Mine) and Little Worlds Interactive (The Counting Kingdom) have thrown their support behind the project by providing teachers who use the Curators list with free video game licenses. The team at Gamindex have also begun writing full, educationally-focused reviews to help teachers who wish to learn more about the games on the Extra Credits EDU curation list.

While the curation channel has moved into a formal release, the effort to grow the list continues. The games featured vary greatly in their content, complexity, and theme, and are assembled thanks to the continued efforts of volunteers.

Experienced educators are invited to improve the list by reaching out to tobias@extra-credits.net with their suggestions.

Train2Game News Motorhead game expansion

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Motörhead are celebrating their 40th anniversary and a new album is on the way – the perfect time for Rock & Metal fans and gamers alike to experience a video game based on the iconic band and their unique attitude.

The collaboration between Motörhead, Global Merchandising and Haemimont Games will merge the world of Rock and Games in ways never seen before:

Based on the highly acclaimed “Victor Vran” Action-RPG that is already available on STEAM, this official and exclusive Motörhead expansion will feature an entirely new storyline, new enemies, weapons and skills! The expansion, titled “Motörhead through the Ages”, will be entirely Motörhead themed and the established “Victor Vran” universe will be extended with new adventures to experience and bosses to fight.

The Motörhead game will consist of new game environments that have not been seen in the original game. Traverse war-torn landscapes and cities, Wild-West-inspired landscapes and the Dark Ages Castle where the Queen of the Damned resides, all heavily inspired by and based on Motörhead’s history, lyrics and general attitude.

Motörhead define the themes of the game as Victor faces evils relevant to our own world – religious fanatics, corrupt politicians and power-hungry oppressive rulers. During these quests he will be supported not only by the newly designed Motör-Weapons, -Powers and -Skills, but also a soundtrack with over a dozen tracks, partly never heard before!

Give “Victor Vran” a go to prepare for “Motörhead through the Ages”!

Train2Game News Handheld Steam

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SMACH Zero will be the first handheld console that runs Steam OS, offering a new way of playing Steam games everywhere.

The final specs of SMACH Zero are the following:

– AMD embedded G-Series SoC “Steppe Eagle” with Jaguar-based CPU and GCN-based Radeon graphics.
– 4 GB RAM memory
– 32GB internal memory and SD Card Slot
– USB OTG
– 5-inch Touch screen with 720p resolution
– Configurable tactile gamepads
– HDMI video output connection
– Wi-Fi conectivity
– Bluetooth connectivity
– 4G mobile network connectivity (PRO model only)

The hardware specification offers a balance between performance and cost, that will permit to play more than 1,000 games in Steam from the day one.

The console keys scheme will be similar to the latest version of the official Steam Controller, making use of two touch pads, a control stick, 7 buttons on the front face and 6 in the rear.

SMACH Zero is expected to be launched in 2016. More information about price and availability will be given during the next Gamescom, in August 2015.

SMACH is a third party, not developed by Valve Corporation. SMACH Zero is officially the new name for Steamboy Project.

Train2Game News Tabletop Simulator

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After a little over a year with support and feedback from the community, Berserk Games’ first title, Tabletop Simulator, leaves Early Access and releases in full force on Steam for $19.99 and is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. (http://store.steampowered.com/app/286160)

Tabletop Simulator is a unique blend of multiplayer physics, a sandbox, and a prototyping tool. Create your own original games and rules, import 3D models & cards, set up complete dungeons for an RPG gathering, manipulate the physics, create hinges & joints, and of course flip the table when you are losing the game. All with an easy to use system integrated with Steam Workshop. Most importantly, you can do anything you want in Tabletop Simulator. The possibilities are endless!

Main Features include:

·         Online sandbox with unlimited games to play how you want.
·         Create your own mods easily with full Steam Workshop support and 3D model importing.
·         Up to 8 people can play together on the same table & talk on in-game voice chat.
·         Team system with voice and text chat.
·         Hotseat mode allowing you to play locally on the same computer.
·         Browse the internet, listen to music, and watch videos in multiplayer, in-game on a tablet.
·         Perfect for RPGs – build your very own roleplaying dungeons with our modular tileset, RPG Kit and tablet.
·         Great admin tools to enable or disable player permissions and to eliminate griefing in public games.
·         Included game modes: Backgammon, Cards, Chess, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Custom, Dice, Dominoes, Go, Mahjong, Pachisi, Piecepack, Poker, Reversi, RPG Kit, Sandbox, Solitaire, Tablet

Berserk Games have also partnered with Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment to bring Superfight into Tabletop Simulator as official DLC. Superfight is the viral card game sensation in which players use cards to create ridiculous characters, and then argue about who would win in a fight. Superfight is now available for $4.99.  (http://store.steampowered.com/app/367330)

Dan Murray, President of Skybound Interactive states, “The entire Skybound team is thrilled to expand the universe of Superfight with Tabletop Simulator. We look forward to seeing Superfight live in the digital world for years to come.”

Read about and purchase the box set of Superfight at http://www.superfightgame.com

You can enjoy the trailer for Tabletop Simulator at
https://youtu.be/lKZVGZEuCHo

Train2Game News Steam machines from SYBER

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SYBER, a new division of CyberPowerPC, today announced it is taking pre-orders for its new Steam Machines series, which offer the ultimate in PC Console solutions to bring the PC gaming experience to the living room.

Customers can select from three models with a starting price of $499, all of which can be configured with a number of hardware options, including high-performance CPUs, graphics cards, gaming memory, solid state drives, graphics cards, and gaming peripherals.

Syber Steam Machines provide the best living room access to the greatest games and user-generated content available. Steam Machines offer the in-home streaming capabilities of Steam Link, which transports your games from your PC to your TV, plus the ability to locally install and play the entire library of native SteamOS titles.

Syber’s Steam Machine series gives gamers more power and more customization than standard video game consoles. Customers can start with the Steam Machine I, which features an Intel Core i3-4160, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 1GB, 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD with a starting price of $499.  The advanced Steam Machine X features an Intel Core i7-4790K CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics, 16GBs RAM and 1TB HDD at $1,419.

The first three models are available for pre-orders at www.sybergaming.com/products/steam-machine.aspx