Train2Game News The 100 Best Video Games (that never existed)


Solaris is delighted to announce it will publish The 100 Best Video Games (that never existed), an outrageous – and, frankly, hilarious – new title from the redoubtable Nate ‘Frog Croakley’ Crowley, this September.
Solaris signed the book following the ever-surprising Crowley’s exploits on Twitter. After rashly tweeting he would dream up an imaginary computer game for every favourite said tweet received, Crowley found himself engaged in an epic quest to conjure up hundreds of entirely fictional titles.

The results, ranging from ‘chilling’ MMO Hawks Versus Voles Online to sidescreen scroller / cockney beat-‘em-up BeastEnders and beyond, were by degrees hilarious, touching, grotesque, and – crucially – entirely made up.

The tweets soon went viral, garnering coverage on prominent sites including Buzzfeed and Rock Paper Shotgun, at which point the author evolved the concept to include fan donations to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

Solaris – the publishing arm of video games developer Rebellion – saw the potential for a print collection of the best of the tweets featuring artwork from in-house video games artists, and lo, a book was born.

Since the Twitter project the book is based on was run as a fundraiser for amphibian conservation, Crowley will continue to honour frogs and their other moist pals by donating 15% of sale proceeds to ZSL. The money will go towards habitat conservation and breeding programmes for critically endangered amphibians.

Solaris Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Oliver commented:

“Nate Crowley is a man with a boundless imagination. Add to that a sense of humour that is cuttingly satirical, while not being shy of the odd Viz-esque bit of smut and silliness, and what you have is one of the funniest and weirdest writers around: an author for our post-truth world, who takes those post-truths and turns them into things of wonder.”

Nate Crowley commented:

“Having done some initial work with the art team at Rebellion, I’m staggered by their level of talent and experience – I think they are really going to make this project shine. Being able to call on a small army of professional artists to draw my silliest ideas is a power I should never have been allowed to wield, but I will endeavour to use it wisely. I’m very grateful to all the folk who donated to ZSL in support of the original twitter project, and am happy to say a split of my proceeds will go directly to amphibian conservation. Let the games begin!”

“If these games did not exist, it would be necessary to invent them” – Voltaire

The 100 Best Video Games (that never existed) is the world’s first post-truth gaming book.

From 1980s hits like Star Trek: Bee on the Bridge, right through to modern classics like 90s Goth Soccer and BinCrab Destiny, this high-end retrospective takes the reader on a lavish tour of the most memorable and groundbreaking games never to have been made.

Painstakingly illustrated by a team of genuine industry artists, and written by professional over-imaginer Nate Crowley, this book doesn’t just throw out silly ideas – it expands on them in relentless and excruciating detail.

As well as the 100 games featured, articles throughout the book examine an entire fictional history of games, with hundreds more existentially challenged titles referenced.

If you end up with a lingering temptation to Google Desert Git 2 or Gorilla Sky Justice to check it’s not real, this book has done its job…

Train2Game News 2016 E3 Twitter Trends

E3-logoWith E3 2016 over, Twitter has taken a look at the most talked about titles of the conference following a week of press conferences, gameplay reveals, ‘behind-the-scenes’ sneak peaks and hands on demo’s.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild from Nintendo America is coming out on top of the charts with more than double the number of mentions of its nearest rival, Battlefield. Sneaking in at last place, news that Vicarious Visions are working to remaster fan favourite Crash Bandicoot has helped him secure his spot in the top ten.

Twitter is where game publishers, the gaming media, popular game streamers and entertainers, eSports leagues, teams, players and commentators interact with their most engaged fans and with one another. Last year, there were nearly 84 million Tweets about gaming in 2015 in the US alone, according to Crimson Hexagon.

The top 10 most Tweeted about games of #E32016 are below:

E3 2016 Twitter Trends

Train2Game News Insomnia57 Twitter partnership

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Multiplay, organiser of the UK’s largest gaming festival, Insomnia, and a subsidiary of GAME Digital plc (“GAME Digital”), the UK’s leading video gaming specialist, today announced a new event partnership for Insomnia57, with Twitter, showcasing two apps throughout the event, as well as providing enhancements to broaden online conversations at Insomnia57.

Twitter, which reaches over 320 million monthly active users, is bringing two of its new, exclusive apps to the event: Q&A and Challenger. After a successful field test at Insomnia56, Twitter is returning to fully integrate the apps for the duration of the gaming event for the first time. The apps will help users to connect, share and engage with their favourite content across Insomnia57 through dedicated channels, so everyone can easily join the conversation.

Multiplay, which already sees Twitter as one of its main channels of communication to reach the Insomnia community, will be strengthening this connection throughout the festival.

As well as using the exclusive apps, Multiplay will be deepening the conversation on Twitter, using data visualisation to showcase and engage with their social audiences in real-time. Twitter will help bring to their attention live, branded and curated conversations, helping Multiplay amplify Insomnia57 through on-screen activation and audience participations from platforms.

Tapping into Twitter’s first-hand experience, Multiplay will ensure visitors, special guests and Insomnia staff will be able to effortlessly socialise with one another in a dedicated hub of online activity.

“Some of the biggest spikes in conversation on Twitter are driven by gaming – it’s the ultimate platform for people to connect on a global scale. Arming Insomnia57 with our talent apps is the perfect way to harness the conversation even more across that weekend of activity, and we can’t wait to see the results,” said Julia White, Media Partnerships, Twitter UK.

“Twitter is a huge platform for Insomnia visitors, with thousands of Tweets sent by visitors at the festival,” said Craig Fletcher, Founder and CEO of Multiplay. He continued: “With these apps introduced to the event by Twitter, content creators, publishers and developers will be closer to their fans than ever. This partnership will make the event easily visible online for fans in attendance and those around the world, showcasing Insomnia’s truly accessible and family friendly environment.”

Q&A App is exclusive to special guests, enabling YouTube and Twitch stars attending Insomnia to effortlessly keep in touch with their fans by answering their questions via the app. Available throughout the weekend of Insomnia57, people will be able to read the Q&A conversations on the @MultiplayEvents Twitter account as well as our special guest’s channel.

The Challenger App is created for visitors of Insomnia57, where people will be able to search and find members of the Insomnia team around the NEC Birmingham. Visitors will be encouraged to show off their ‘game face’, which will be shared and linked to the @MultiplayEvents Twitter account and stamped with #myi57.

Insomnia57 will take place at The NEC Birmingham, 25-28 March, 2016. Tickets for Insomnia57 are on sale now and can be purchased from the official website at https://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/.

Train2Game News: Games Industry News – 07.06.13

Son of NorIt’s Friday so it is time for a Train2Game industry news round up!

stillalive studios celebrated after its Kickstarter campaign, to raise $150k to fund the completion of its debut 3rd person action adventure PC/Mac/Linux title; Son of Nor, was a success, making $151,175 at its close. The team are now putting all efforts into the completion of the highly anticipated game and have announced its launch onto Steam Greenlight and call for support and people’s votes on the platform. The link to this can be found here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=143053545. During the month long crowd-funding project the studio announced a number of exciting partnerships that will allow players to use integrated hardware such as the Emotiv EPOC; a revolutionary personal interface for human computer interaction, a so called Brain Computer Interface (BCI); the partnership will allow players to control character actions, such as telekinesis, terraforming and magic with the power of their minds and Oculus Rift; that will allow players to immerse themselves in the lore and adventure of Son of Nor deeper than ever before by using this hugely exciting virtual reality device in game.

SpongeBob SquarePants fans can build their very own Bikini Bottom with Nickelodeon’s brand-new city building app, SpongeBob Moves In. Released and available worldwide, SpongeBob Moves In features a stylized 2D design and gives fans a whole new way to interact with the hit animated series. The game is available on iOS and costs £1.49. In the game, players build Bikini Bottom to their own tastes and are tasked with keeping the city’s residents happy by making all their wishes come true. As players advance in the game, they can unlock exclusive-to-the-app, untold stories about how their characters, including SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Plankton, Squidward and Sandy, first arrived in the town. Written by the SpongeBob SquarePants series writing staff, these stories are told through brand-new animated short videos unlocked throughout the game.

Diablo 3 is coming to the Xbox 360 as well as PlayStation, Blizzard has announced. The action role-playing game launches on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 3rd September 2013. The game is already announced for PlayStation 4, although that version is without a release date. There is currently new word of an Xbox One edition. If you pre-order the PS3 or Xbox 360 version and you’ll get the Infernal Helm in-game item. You can wear this at level one and gain an experience bonus to boot.

Telltale games have been using their twitter account to tease and excite fans. They have been using the Vine app to show little six second clips showing characters that are drawn in the same art style as The Walking Dead game. It started with the Day 2 trailer, which is interesting as the first episode of Season 1 was Day 1. It shows a missing persons board and someone hanging up a picture of a character called Vince. Vine 2 is titled Day 220, and it’s the same missing persons board with Bonnie being added to it. Bonnie apparently stood outside the White House once. Vine 3 shows a man named Russell, who, by the looks of it, seems to be a recent graduate.

Finally, Masahiro Sakurai took to Twitter to confirm the news today of the brand new Smash Bros. He said (via Google translation): “In Nintendo Direct delivery of 23:00, June 11, New video of “Smash Bros.” will be unveiled for the first time. Simultaneous world, here for the first time! Do not miss.” You can watch it from 3pm UK time. Sakurai is serving as producer on the new Smash Bros. game, which is a Wii U/3DS crossover in development at Namco Bandai.

Train2Game News: Mid-week round up – 24.10.12

Steams Workshop, which is used to create content for games such as Team Fortress 2 and Skyrim, has turned one. The user created content has subsequently earned “millions of dollars” for their creators and Steam themselves.

The Greatest Video Game Music 2, the follow-up to the best-selling video game album of all time, will be released worldwide on Nov 6 and has been performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra. The digital soundtrack album will include 17 new orchestral renditions of video game theme songs like Halo, Batman: Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and the ever-so classic Final Fantasy VII.

Following the success of Borderlands 2, an iOS spin-off has been confirmed with a release date of October 31. The game sees you play as the original 4 vault hunters from the first Borderlands in a wave-based survival game. Additionally, in true Borderlands style you can earn experience and level up your characters, unlocking new skills and abilities with each character having their own set of unique skills and abilities.

The first reviews of Hitman: Absolution have surface in Official Playstation Magazine UK and Official Xbox Magazine. Both magazines gave the game 9 out of 10. OPM said “This is the peak of the series so far” and OXM said “it a triumph of stealth and sandbox design that retains everything that fans have ever loved about the series”.

Wish Studios, a newly formed studio in Brighton, is working with Sony to develop a new IP. While other details about the partnership remain shrouded in secrecy, the status of Wish’s new client will likely serve as a significant help to the recently founded start-up’s presence in the industry.

A report by Google has said that over 50% of people use their tablet for gaming. The only activity performed more than gaming on a tablet is checking emails. The study, which was commissioned and published by Google, found that 51.5 per cent of its participants used their tablet for gaming in a two-week period.

The new dashboard for the Xbox was launched yesterday. It includes an internet explorer app giving the console a browser and the newly launched Xbox music which is similar to that of Spotify. The update also saw the removal of the Twitter and Facebook apps.

In an interesting collaboration, a new mod was made for the MMO World of Warcraft which sees the newly introduced pet battles become Pokemon battles. The aptly name WOWkemon sees a short tutorial by Professor Birch describing the Pokémon-ified battle screens and ability menus with the familiar sounds, screen effects, and even the font closely resembling the style of the handheld game legend.