Train2Game News Student Studio lands lucrative contract

LDP OnlineAppatier Limited has begun a project for a training provider; creating a Pizzeria to teach employees about ‘Kaizan’

John Esslemont and his team are designing a game for online training provider LDP-Online as part of a paid contract. The art of Japanese organisation is combining with the modern phenomenon of videogames (and pizza), as Appatier Limited design an app to teach employees about management. John also used the opportunity to say he supports Train2Game and the work it does for students.

The team is currently working on a pizza game that teaches people about ‘Kaizan’ which is Japanese for organisation. The educational game lets people learn about management and perfect running a team. It sounds simple but designing a game where multiple actions have to time together to the second, has been a challenge. It’s the first game of its kind that John is aware of, but he expects lots more in the future.

John has had a good experience with Train2Game and loves the staff; he learnt lots about games development and self-motivation. Says some students don’t get the most out of Train2Game and they are to blame for not applying themselves. That many students have gone on to setup indie studios and work at AAA Developers. Extremely appreciative of the staff at Train2Game and grateful to them for getting him where he is today.

John is using all his own project management skills to get the job done, and working with his team on the project. The job came through his Train2Game network of contacts. His advice to other students looking to get professional contracts is get out there and ‘work your butt off.’

John Esslemont, Director, Appatier Limited: ‘The experience was good with Train2Game and the staff that work for them are amazing! With Train2Game I learnt a lot of aspects of game development through the course and other students along with a load of self-study which is essential to learning in any field.’

‘I see some people feeling disgruntled with Train2Game that they haven’t learnt anything or haven’t progressed and feel the need to blame Train2Game. That is complete rubbish, I know a tonne of students who are now into AAA games, or indie games studios, it all takes self-discipline to get anywhere in this field. Sorry just felt like I needed to get that in there.’

‘Without train2Game and I sincerely mean this, I doubt I would be where I am, the staff there I have got to know over the past couple years have been amazing with me, especially Harry & Eric, those guys are the boyo’s.’

‘Right now we are working on a restaurant style game that is designed to help people learn Kaizan, which is a Japanese term for organisation essentially. The client is LDP-Online. It will but will be available via LDP-Online and the App Stores. We hope this will be the first of many projects.’

‘The point of the game is for you to think like a manager, you must position your staff and give them jobs to complete. The app will be used for training purposes on the Kaizan principle.

‘If your staff do a terrible job that is of course down to you, and you must learn how to adapt to this fast to get your staff in a rhythm, which will in turn generate you more profit and help you complete the game. It is in terms of thought a small game, turns out all the inner workings like timings, staff jobs, etc are a little more complicated than we first thought.’

‘The job came through a contact of Train2Game, part of the training providers network. As a student they were aware of me and then I got put forward for the job, and was lucky enough to get it. I haven’t seen very many of games like this, mostly because I haven’t searched for them, but I 100% believe that this sort of thing will grow exponentially in the training markets.’

‘The biggest thing I feel that is helping me personally is my ability to manage a team and understand the whole process while being involved in every aspect of the game’s design and development. I am a programmer, but also project manager along with the director so I have to organise everything and make sure everyone is working to deadlines and plans, if they are not that needs to be changed or adapted to the current situation.’

‘I’ve not worked on anything like this at all, in fact it was our first 2D game so we had to learn a lot of the basics and setups to get this right. Once you feel comfortable making games you tend to throw yourself into it really. It has gone really good up to now, some hiccups but nothing serious which is always good.’

‘The timings and how everything is structured has been difficult, the game is designed in such a way that the timings need to be near perfect for it to work. For example is a guy is walking from point A to point B but he needs to take 7 seconds to arrive there, we then need to dynamically change his speed so that it only takes him 7 seconds to get there. Simple math but lots of things like this piling up and all intertwining can become a bit of a brain dead moment.’

‘My advice for other students looking for their first paying client: Put yourself out there; go to the Unity forums, Unreal forums, UpWork and more. Honestly apply for everything within your skill set or what you think you can do. Do not ever be put off by someone asking for something you don’t know what to do right now as that is part of learning. So if you see a job you like the look off and have say a basic understanding of what needs to be done and how you would roughly do it, then go for it!’

‘Once you have your client, work your butt off for them, but also remember to not let them think they own you, define what your work will involve and work to what you both agreed. If they want changes, that is fine, if they want more features or something similar charge them for your time!’

‘I learnt that the hard way!’

For more information contact: mark@train2game.com
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 02.03.16

2996287-fcp_announce_screen_001_embargo_oct_6_9am_pst_1444078333_1444148126.jpgA new game has taken the number one spot this week and it is Ubisoft’s Far Cry Primal and in second is Plants vs Zombies:Garden Warfare 2 by EA Games. In the lower half of the top twenty the only new game is Bravely Second: End Layer in number twelve.

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Week ending 27 February 2016

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 FAR CRY PRIMAL UBISOFT
2 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE 2 EA GAMES
3 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 3
4 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
5 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 5
6 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 4
7 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 6
8 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 7
9 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 8
10 STREET FIGHTER V CAPCOM 2
11 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 10
12 BRAVELY SECOND: END LAYER SQUARE ENIX
13 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 11
14 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 19
15 POKEMON SUPER MYSTERY DUNGEON NINTENDO 9
16 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 14
17 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 16
18 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 12
19 WWE 2K16 2K 13
20 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 17
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 22.02.16

cod_blackops3This weeks number one is still Call of Duty Black Ops 3 but we have a new number two with Street Fighter V. Lower down the chart is Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon at number nine.

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Week ending 20 February 2016

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
2 STREET FIGHTER V CAPCOM
3 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 3
4 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 2
5 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 4
6 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 5
7 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 8
8 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 6
9 POKEMON SUPER MYSTERY DUNGEON NINTENDO
10 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 10
11 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 9
12 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 7
13 WWE 2K16 2K 20
14 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 13
15 DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING ACTIVISION 11
16 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
17 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 14
18 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 17
19 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 16
20 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 18
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 06.02.16

cod_blackops3Some new entrants to the charts this week with Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 at number three and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth at number eleven. XCOM 2 has just managed to squeeze in to the top twenty at number twenty. The number one game is Call of Duty Black Ops 3 once again.

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Week ending 6 February 2016

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 2
2 LEGO MARVEL AVENGERS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 1
3 NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM 4 BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT
4 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 3
5 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 4
6 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 6
7 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 5
8 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 7
9 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 20
10 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 12
11 DIGIMON STORY: CYBER SLEUTH BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT
12 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 15
13 DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING ACTIVISION 13
14 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 14
15 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 9
16 WOLFENSTEIN: THE OLD BLOOD BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
17 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 17
18 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 19
19 RESIDENT EVIL ORIGINS COLLECTION CAPCOM 10
20 XCOM 2 2K
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 25.01.16

cod_blackops3Call of duty Black ops 3 is still number one in the charts this week but there are some new games! Resident Evil Origins collection has entered the charts at number six and just behind at number seven is Life is Strange.

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Week ending 23 January 2016

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
2 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 3
3 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 2
4 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 5
5 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 4
6 RESIDENT EVIL ORIGINS COLLECTION CAPCOM
7 LIFE IS STRANGE SQUARE ENIX
8 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 6
9 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 8
10 DISHONORED: DEFINITIVE EDITION BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
11 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 9
12 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 10
13 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 13
14 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 12
15 DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING ACTIVISION 20
16 THE EVIL WITHIN BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
17 TERRARIA 505 GAMES
18 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 19
19 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 11
20 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 18
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 18.01.16

cod_blackops3Despite a 24 percent drop in sales, Call of duty Black Ops 3 is still holding firm at the top. Grand Theft Auto V has risen from fourth to second and FIFA 16 is number three. No new games in the charts.

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Week ending 16 January 2016

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
2 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 4
3 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 2
4 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 3
5 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 6
6 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 8
7 WWE 2K16 2K 7
8 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 5
9 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
10 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 13
11 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 16
12 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 14
13 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 11
14 JUST DANCE 2016 UBISOFT 16
15 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 19
16 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 18
17 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE BETHESDA SOFTWORKS
18 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 17
19 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 18
20 GUITAR HERO LIVE ACTIVISION
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games 11.01.16

cod_blackops3Another chart with no new entries but FIFA 16 has moved up a couple of spaces to number two. Call of Duty Black Ops 3 is still the number one game this week.

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Week ending 9 January 2016

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
2 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 4
3 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 2
4 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 5
5 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 3
6 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 6
7 WWE 2K16 2K 9
8 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 8
9 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 7
10 BATTLEFIELD 4 EA GAMES
11 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 12
12 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 14
13 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 13
14 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 17
15 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016 SEGA 20
16 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 19
17 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 10
18 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
19 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 16
20 HALO 5: GUARDIANS MICROSOFT 11
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 04.01.16

cod_blackops3For the first chart of the year things are as similar as ever with Call of Duty Black Ops 3 in the number one spot and Star Wars Battlefront in second. No new games in the charts but Destiny has snuck back in to the top 20 after Christmas.

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Week ending 2 January 2016
POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
2 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 2
3 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 4
4 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 3
5 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 5
6 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 9
7 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 7
8 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 6
9 WWE 2K16 2K 10
10 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 12
11 HALO 5: GUARDIANS MICROSOFT 13
12 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 8
13 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 18
14 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 14
15 RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 15
16 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 11
17 DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 DISNEY INFINITY 20
18 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 17
19 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 19
20 DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING ACTIVISION
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 22.12.15

cod_blackops3In the christmas edition of the charts Call of Duty Black Ops 3 has kept the number one spot.

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Week ending 19 December 2015
POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 1
2 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 2
3 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 3
4 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 4
5 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 5
6 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 7
7 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 6
8 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 8
9 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 9
10 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 11
11 WWE 2K16 2K 10
12 JUST DANCE 2016 UBISOFT 13
13 HALO 5: GUARDIANS MICROSOFT 14
14 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 19
15 RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 16
16 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 17
17 LEGO DIMENSIONS LEGO DIMENSIONS 12
18 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 20
19 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 15
20 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016 SEGA 18
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Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 14.12.15

cod_blackops3Next weeks Christmas number one is a threehorse race between the usual suspects; This weeks number one Call of Duty Black Ops 3, FIFA 16 and this years big new comer, Star Wars Battlefront. There are no new games in the charts this week.

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Week ending 12 December 2015
POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III ACTIVISION 2
2 STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT EA GAMES 3
3 FIFA 16 EA SPORTS 1
4 FALLOUT 4 BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 5
5 MINECRAFT: STORY MODE TELLTALE GAMES 7
6 JUST CAUSE 3 SQUARE ENIX 4
7 ASSASSIN’S CREED: SYNDICATE UBISOFT 12
8 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 8
9 TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW 6: SIEGE UBISOFT 6
10 WWE 2K16 2K 10
11 UNCHARTED: THE NATHAN DRAKE COLLECTION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 9
12 LEGO DIMENSIONS LEGO DIMENSIONS 13
13 JUST DANCE 2016 UBISOFT 19
14 HALO 5: GUARDIANS MICROSOFT 11
15 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 17
16 RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 14
17 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 18
18 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016 SEGA 15
19 FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 MICROSOFT 16
20 NEED FOR SPEED EA GAMES 20
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