Train2Game News Gayming Awards To Be Broadcast On Twitch

Gayming Magazine are thrilled to announce that The Gayming Awards presented by EA Games will be exclusively broadcast worldwide on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/gaymingmag/, February 24th 2021, 20:00 GMT.

The Gayming Awards aim to commemorate the achievements of the wider, global gaming industry and how they have championed LGBTQ people through the creative medium of video gaming.

Alongside this announcement, Gayming Magazine will also be welcoming several new sponsors for the 2021 Gayming Awards. Xbox, PlayStation, Hangar 13, Sold Out Games and Rocksteady will be joining the cohort of sponsors already partnered with the event.

Each award category will be represented by a different sponsor, the list you can find below:

  • Game of the Year – EA Games
  • Gayming Magazine Reader’s Award – PlayStation 
  • Best LGBTQ Indie Game – Xbox 
  • LGBTQ Streamer of the Year – Twitch 
  • Industry Diversity Award – Square Enix 
  • Authentic Representation Award – Green Man Gaming 
  • Best LGBTQ Character – Rocksteady 
  • Best LGBTQ Narrative – Hangar 13 
     

On the Gayming Awards, Erin Wayne, Head of Community and Creator Marketing at Twitch, had the following to say: “Twitch is a place where people from all walks of life come together to share experiences and build community. The LGTBQIA+ community is one of the most passionate, welcoming, and engaging communities on Twitch and we are proud to support and recognize their achievements. We look forward to being the home for this year’s Gayming Awards, as well as presenting the award for the LGBTQ Streamer of the Year.”

Gayming Magazine has also revealed the official Gayming Awards 2021 t-shirt, made in collaboration with Seven Squared. Proceeds from the shirt will be going to the video games mental health charity Safe In Our World. The t-shirt is available now at this link.

 Kim Parker-Adcock, trustee of Safe In Our World, had the following to say on the collaboration, “We’re delighted to see Gayming Magazine and Seven Squared’s collaboration to create the official Gayming Awards 2021 t-shirt – this will support Safe In Our World in our mission and allow us to keep making positive change within the industry and beyond.” 

Critically-acclaimed queer comedian Suzi Ruffell will be hosting the evening, best known for her appearances on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Go 8 Bit and more. Suzi Ruffell has also had five sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival with stand-up shows racking up critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences alike.

You can find out more information on the 2021 Gayming Awards here: http://gaymingawards.com

Train2Game News KOTOR II For Mobile

It’s the long-awaited return of the Jedi Exile.

Aspyr and Lucasfilm today announced the upcoming launch of the epic Star Wars™ single-player, RPG classic Star Wars™: Knights of the Old Republic ll™—The Sith Lords™ on iPhone, iPad and Android devices on December 18. Experience the fan-favorite optimized for mobile devices.

“Fans have been asking for a mobile version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II for so long, and we’re thrilled to finally bring it to them,” said Elizabeth Howard, vice president of publishing at Aspyr. “We’re proud to continue working with Lucasfilm to bring classic titles like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II to modern platforms.”

Nothing is impossible with the Force! Watch trailer here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSV7MWL7T88

Set five years after the events from the award-winning Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Sith Lords have hunted the Jedi to the edge of extinction and are on the verge of crushing the Old Republic. With the Jedi Order in ruin, the Republic’s only hope is a lone Jedi struggling to reconnect with the Force. As this Jedi, players will be faced with the galaxy’s most dire decision – follow the light side or succumb to the dark.

  Key Features: 

  • Choose the light or the dark side of the Force as you progress through the story.
  • The choices made will affect the player’s character, their party and those who may join the quest.
  • Add fan favorite characters to your party including HK-47, Canderous Ordo, and Kreia!
  • Optimized for mobile play with new touch screen controls

Availability:
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic ll – The Sith Lords will be available for purchase in the AppStore and Google Play starting December 18 for $14.99 USD.

Train2Game Beta Test The Captain Is Dead

Are you ready to boldly go where no game has gone before? You are? Excellent, because Thunderbox Entertainment are looking for intrepid space explorers to help them put the final coat of polish on their new game, The Captain is Dead!

If you reckon you’ve got what it takes to kick alien ass, fix a busted spaceship, and save your crazy crew, then be sure to join the beta for this intense, Dilithium-fuelled strategy that’s the perfect mash-up of board and video game.

The only prerequisite to join in, is any kind of computer or mobile device! If you’ve got one of those, then you’ll be able to play the game for free for an entire month – all you have to do is sign up, and then let the dev team know if you spot anything a little bit woo (as they say in the Orion Nebula).

And don’t beat about the binary star system… be sure to proceed at maximum warp, because spots on the beta are limited to a few hundred per platform!

Featuring next-gen visuals from the 90’s, a banging, synthwave soundtrack, better-than-average voice acting, and more lasers than a Skrillex gig, The Captain is Dead will be dropping out of warp on Steam, iOS and Android on February the 1st, 2021… but all you speedy space cadets can join the beta to start playing before anyone else, so sign up today!

Enjoy the trailer below…

Train2Game Save Your Computer In Motherboard

Motherboard is a platformer/platform game in a unique setting.

The game world is the interior of the computer, the components of which serve its inhabitants to live worry-free in the digital world. 
The player takes on the role of a Bit – experienced worker, who, just like other people of its kind, is involved in extracting energy created by the laser dragon.

When Motherboard is attacked by a terrible virus, the hero of the game goes on a lonely journey to the city’s capital – Procesopolis, with the mission to stop the spread of infection. 

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The land inside your computer is waiting for you to visit it. Each of the components is a city, a settlement, or land inside the game universe.

Experience an unforgettable adventure! Visit the soaring towers Procesopolis, explore the endless voodoo swamp, or try to climb into the rotating sun. From a great wake-up call, bits and bytes work to live, enjoy and by the way, make your computer work at 100%.

Take control of the young Bit, which was the only one to resist the dark forces and now uses them against the enemy. Rescue your brothers and sisters, find shelter, and get to know what is behind the attack. Every day you use your computer to watch a movie, talk to friends, or listen to music. Now the computer needs your help!

The shadow of an unknown hostile force infected the peaceful world of Motherboard. Whoever he reaches becomes his soldier. It is unknown where he came from. Is this the ancient evil that has always inhabited the underworld? Or maybe it comes from the Land of the endless light and darkness? No one knows, but the enemy must be defeated. Otherwise, Motherboard will no longer exist!

Motherboard is an action-adventure game, settled inside the computer! Take on the role of the Bit – one of the inhabitants of the motherboard and help him to save the world from viruses!

Train2Game News First Black Game Pros Mixer

Ubisoft today announced the first UK Black Game Pros Mixer to be held on Friday, 11th December. 

The online event, which is being held in Europe for the first time, will be hosted by co-founders Kurston Timothy, Development Tester at Ubisoft Toronto and Leon Winkler, Ubisoft Director of International Events and will feature a full programme of panels, key notes and interviews with some of the UK industry’s most successful black professionals. 

The free event will take place from 3pm to 6pm GMT and complimentary tickets will be available from this link.

The mission of The Black Game Pros Mixer is to generate and foster more representation and diversity in the broader video game industry.  The events facilitate networking and dialogue with relevant speakers as well as shine a light on under-represented job profiles to demonstrate the many pathways for people of colour to enter and thrive within the industry.

Leon Winkler, said, “It’s our goal to reach out to and actively engage with communities representing people of colour to show off how viable and diverse the opportunities within our industry are.” He added: “We’re delighted to be welcoming some of the most inspiring British professionals to contribute to this by sharing their experiences and knowledge about the UK industry, covering topics that are meaningful for both themselves and our community.”

The three-hour event will feature the following elements:

KEYNOTES:

  • Chella Ramanan, Jr Narrative Designer at Ubisoft Massive – How did I get into the Industry?
  • Sian-Selina Grant, Partnerships Manager at Newzoo – Data and the UK Gaming Industry

PANELS:

  • Breaking into the UK Games Industry: including panelists Rosemary Buahin (Games Category Lead, Xbox UK and Ireland), Lauren Dillon (Sr. Account Director at Premier PR London) and Adam Campbell (Director of product at Azoomee and founder of POC in Play) – Moderated by Leon Winkler
  • Being and staying successful in the UK Gaming Industry: with Stephanie Ijoma (founder of NNESAGA), Marcus Bronzy (award winning presenter) and Timi-Abajomi Ofarn (co-founder of The Nerd Council) – Moderated by Kurston Timothy
  • Making the Industry truly diverse: including panelists such as Mr Midas (award winning Video Game TV Presenter and Content Producer) and Nigel Twumasi (co-founder of Mayamada – The World’s First Manga Network) – Moderated by Kurston Timothy

INTERVIEWS:

  • Mr Midas (Interviewed by Leon Winkler)
  • Stephanie Ijoma (Interviewed by Leon Winkler)

Ahead of The Black Game Pros Mixer – UK Edition, Ubisoft will be hosting another edition of the event for those working in the African games industry on 3rd December in partnership with the FEJA game event, for more information, please visit the following link.

Train2Game News A Merry Hyrule Christmas

Materia Collective is pleased to present A Merry Hyrule Christmas, a festive collection of music paying tribute to The Legend of Zelda and several beloved Christmas carols.

Produced by Eric Buchholz (Hero of Time) with a merry band of arrangers, these clever arrangements will bring cheer to both Christmas music and The Legend of Zelda fans.

With grandiose orchestra and choir combined with epic rock stylings, A Merry Hyrule Christmas has something for everyone.

The full tracklist for A Merry Hyrule Christmas is as follows:

01. Kakariko Village

02. O Sacred Light

03. Clock Town Sleigh Ride

04. Silent Knight

05. Carol of the Goddess

06. Dragon Roost Hymn

07. Din Rest Ye Merry Deku Scrubs

08. The Twelve Days of Christmas

A Merry Hyrule Christmas is the first album to combine music from The Legend of Zelda franchise with classic holiday tunes of various genres,” comments arranger and producer Eric Buchholz. “We have Zelda music with a Christmas twist, as well as Christmas music with a Zelda twist!. My goal was to create an album of videogame music that could blend in seamlessly with classic holiday tunes. I love the idea of folks being able to ‘trick’ their parents, grandparents, and family into listening to videogame music—without them realizing it!”

A Merry Hyrule Christmas is now available on all storefronts and streaming platforms:
A Merry Hyrule Christmas on All Storefronts

Train2Game News Non Interrupting Mobile Game Ads

Immersive in-game advertising, where non-interruptive brands ads are seamlessly integrated into gameplay, is emerging as an important new monetization channel, with 46.3% of mobile game developers citing it as a key opportunity for 2021.

In a global mobile developer survey by InGamePlay brand advertising platform, AdInMo, confirms that In-App Purchases (65.8%) and in-game advertising (53.8%) are still the most popular forms of monetization, but it is immersive brand ads, also known as dynamic in-game advertising, which are expected to see the largest growth next year. 

While interstitials (33%) and rewarded videos (40%) are currently the most popular in-game ad formats, more than a quarter of developers (26.7%) are planning on trialling dynamic in-game advertising within the next six months. Casual and hyper-casual mobile games are driving this trend, with 62% of developers planning to integrate the new ad formats in 2021.

Developers of Free-to-Play games must consistently balance retention and a quality player experience with the need to monetize. The limitations of performance marketing ads, which force the player to leave the game, is driving developer to seek new non-interruptive ad formats. 75% of developers surveyed rated ‘does not interrupt gameplay’ as their top feature in a monetization platform, even higher than ease of SDK integration (66%).

Kristan Rivers, CEO, AdInMo, said: “If gamers can’t or won’t actively spend on in-game content, advertising is the best method of generating revenue. 

“Developers clearly hate having to interrupt the player experience or worse force players to leave the game. InGamePlay brand ads are click-free and allow developers to earn new revenues, advertisers to engage new mobile audiences and most importantly players to carry on playing.”

This exclusive and previously unreleased survey data is from a study carried out in conjunction with Pocket Gamer’ in August and September 2020.

Train2Game News A Modern Experience Of A Retro Platform

Badgerpunch are a group of retro game developers that have teamed up to give you a taste of what recently released games are available for the Commodore 64!

This is a bunch of great games that will bring you back to more innocent times. Back when you only needed 8 bits, a can of coke, and lots of lovely big pixels to keep you happy!

Relive the heyday of the Commodore 64 with lovely new games that make the 38 year old machine shine! These games have been created with love from developers that cherish the nostalgic 8-bit experience.

This bundle combines holiday themed games and other recent paid and free games. For anyone that is looking for a collection of lovingly crafted escapes into yesterday’s hardware there is something for everyone. There are games for two players working together or competing, shoot-em-ups and platformers, number games and different takes on match-3 puzzles.

Whether you grew up in the mid 80s and want more games just the way you remember them or you’re just curious about new games for your grandparents’ dusty breadbin there is something for everyone in this bundle.

The C64 XMas Bundle is a collection of games to get the end of the year started in the right way!

The bundle will last from 00:00 at 1st of December through to midnight December 31st.

Link to Bundle landing page: https://www.badgerpunch.com/xmas/

Link to bundle buy page on itchio: https://itch.io/b/699/c64-xmas-bundle

You can enjoy the trailer below…

Train2Game News Develop Games Without Coding

Freejam, developers of the hit online game Robocraft with 13 million registered accounts are setting their sights on a new development adventure.

Gamecraft lets creators build games without ever needing to learn any coding. Everything in Gamecraft is built using blocks. There’s no need to pull up a complicated coding tool. Simply place blocks down, adjust their properties and wire them up to other block types to create your own games.

These can be shared online to be played by other players. There are already hundreds of games shared by the community that can be played right now.

Early in development: Gamecraft is smashing the barriers of entry for creativity!

As the game continues to evolve and the tools to create improve, the quality and diversity of games available to play will increase. Players will reap the rewards of playing hundreds of games across a multitude of genres, from first person shooters, vehicle simulators and platformers to fully playable arcade games and pinball machines. 

Creators have already shared over 700 playable games and 60 blueprint sets. Other creators can download these, place them in their game, expand upon it and then upload their own games online for others to play.

Recently, Gamecraft released a new update called Blueprints. Game director Mark Simmons who leads the team at Freejam said:

“Whether you’re a player and you want to try out the hundreds of games other people have made, or a creator and want to design fun games for others to play, the Blueprints update improves the quality and experience for everyone.

This is just the first of many major updates we have planned for Gamecraft and we’re hoping players will stay with us on our journey to make creating, sharing and playing better for everyone.”

“With the recent blueprints update, I can upload one of my designs, someone else can download it and use it at their level. Or they can take my design, expand upon it and then create something else.

At the moment myself and a few members from the community are collaborating on a train track set where we are each designing various track pieces, trains and carriages. It’s easy to collaborate and we are looking forward to seeing how the community create together”

“Unlike other game making platforms, we want Gamecraft to be accessible, powerful and fun to use.

It’s important that we get that right and as we work towards online multiplayer, players will also be able to build entire games together which will lead to better games for everyone to play.”

Gamecraft is now available for PC and is currently in Early Access on Steam.

Train2Game News Pokémon 25th Anniversay Tease

The Pokémon Company International teased its upcoming 25th anniversary celebration for the Pokémon brand during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.

A troupe of Pikachu danced to the original and iconic Pokémon theme song in New York’s Herald Square.

The electrifying performance ended with Pokémon Trainers unfurling a massive banner revealing the official logo for the celebration.

This year also marked the 20th consecutive year in which a giant Pikachu balloon floated among Manhattan skyscrapers and delighted fans during the Parade.

The Pokémon Company International invites fans around the world to stay tuned for more information about the very special upcoming celebration of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary in 2021.

You can enjoy a clip of the dancing Pikachu below…