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The Yorkshire Games Festival Is Back!

 
From LEGO Video Games to The Last of Us: 3 Weeks To Go Until The Yorkshire Games Festival Brings Gaming’s Big Hitters To Bradford
Minecraft, Star Wars: Battlefront VR And Overcooked All Set To Feature

With a remit both to celebrate games culture and introduce a new generation to the science and art of games development, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford is excited to announce the return of the Yorkshire Games Festival, back for its second year.In 2016, attendees were treated to talks from the likes of Warren Spector, John and Brenda Romero, Rhianna Pratchett and Charles Cecil amongst others, setting the tone for all the events to come. This year sees Bradford College return as Headline Sponsor, and organisers are aiming to match, if not surpass, that same high standard.

Running from Wednesday 8th November to Sunday 12th November, 2017’s event will see speakers who have worked for the likes of award-winning studio TT Games,  Frontier Developments, Criterion Games, Ninja Theory, Wargaming, Naughty Dog, and the talent that created mega multiplayer hit Overcooked, take to the stage to offer their insight on the industry.

But the Yorkshire Games Festival isn’t just about great speakers. The first day of the festival  – Wednesday 8th November – will serve as a dedicated ‘School’s Day’, expanding the festival to KS2 and KS3 kids looking to learn how to make a great game; from teaching how to code through to creating a cracking story. It’s all part of a package designed to bridge the gap between gaming fans and the talented folks who make them.

“There are scores of brilliant games events all across the UK, across Europe even, but we want to take a different approach with the Yorkshire Games Festival,” offers Festival Director, Kathryn Penny. “Across the five days, we’ll be bringing some of the industry’s brightest and best to Bradford to discuss frankly what they’ve learned from being behind some of the most creative and successful titles out there. In the midst of all this will be the next generation – the games industry’s future stars, lapping up that expertise and that knowledge for the years ahead.”

As well as the talks, those looking to find their feet in the industry will also benefit from a dedicated Business of Video Games workshop,  and a networking event designed to enable people to make vital connections in a relaxed environment. And this is all in addition to Let’s Play! – a weekend of gaming designed with families and gamers of all ages in mind.

The headline sponsor of the festival

The schedule, in brief, includes:

Wednesday 8th November, 2017

School Day: A free day of activities for schools, with special events for KS2 and KS3 children to cover all elements needed to make a great game

Thursday 9th November, 2017

Talks: Presentations by Destiny 2 videogame writer Martin Korda, Arthur Parsons – Head of Design, TT Games – who will examine the legacy of TT Games and delve into the making of his current game, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, Director of Special Projects at Wargaming.net Tracy Spaight, Louise McLennan and Sebastian Hickey of Elite Dangerous developer Frontier Developments, and Dominic Matthew from Ninja Theory
Workshop on the Business of Video Games

Friday 10th November, 2017

Talks: Keynote speech from former Naughty Dog VFX artist Iki Ikram to talk about his work on The Last of Us and Uncharted 4, legendary composer and musician David Wise, Overcooked’s Oli De-Vine and Phil Duncan, Kieran Crimmins and James Svensson of Criterion on Star Wars: Battlefront VR Mission, Gang Beasts’ creators James Brown and Michael Brown of Boneloaf
Meet the Developers networking event

Saturday 11th November, 2017 and Sunday 12th November, 2017

Let’s Play Weekend –  Scores of special events, many of them free, extending beyond the National Science and Media Museum, encompassing games showcases, arcade games, WiFi Wars (charge applies), Minecraft workshops and The Displaced, a live-action multiplayer game!

The full schedule can be found over at the Science & Media Museum website. Tickets for the speaker events on Thursday 9 November and Friday 10 November can also be purchased there, with prices starting from £35. The Let’s Play Weekend  is free to attend, but some events are charged for.


 

Best selling games of week 1 2017

So the first week of 2017 is over and the mad rush by developers and publishers to get their latest title out for Christmas is over, but which one is the most popular? read on to find out.

As we reach the end of a year our focus drifts from what has actually been released to what is going to be released and what are we going to be spending our money on. Depending on where you look the definitive list of the most popular games will depend on marketing agendas and hype, for example a games store or website will put on their adverts “Number 1 selling title blah de blah” to get you to jump on a hype train, which I am always guilty of. There is however a definitive list that does exist, this list shows the most sold games out there right now and is allegedly bang up to date, and to be honest the results are quite shocking.

Older titles still feature heavily with games such as Tom Clancy’s The Division and Rocket League still going very strong, presumably this is down to these games being heavily discounted during end of year sales pushing their sale figures through the roof. There is however and even older games that sit about midway on the chart that have been out for quite some time. Surprisingly enough blocky builder Minecraft is still seeing strong sales proving that even the most basic idea can capture a world and it’s imagination. There are no surprises though as to who sits on the top spots. Forza Horison 3, Battlefield 1, FIFA 17 and Watchdogs 2 all sit pretty showing no signs of being budged and deservedly so.

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It is sometimes easy to become a bit scepticle of “official charts” though because they don’t always reflect what you believe is actually happening. I looked through the list and I was shocked to find that Titanfall 2 plays no part in the top 20 games chart at all. From gaming communities overwhelmingly positive feedback of the game and the fact it is now available on all major formats didn’t provide Titanfall 2 with enough push to make it on the list, but when games such as GTA V are still on there and going strong, I don’t know just how accurate these charts can actually be.

Titanfall 2 Technical Test

So, Lego, Pokemon and some PS4 exclusives are on the list but can you guess which game takes the top spot on the charts at the end of week 1 of 2017?

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. To be honest it wasn’t that hard was it, can you remember a time when CoD didn’t appear on an end of year or beginning of year chart? no me neither. What we can do now is sit tight and see just how the charts pan out, there are some amazing titles just over the horizon and with most incorporating a VR experience we will have to see just how much this changes the shape of games sales.

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If you want to see the full list then a quick click or search of  “games sales charts uk” into a popular search engine will take you there, there are still a few shockers on there…ahem… Homefront: The Revolution being one of them!

To see just how 2017 shapes up, stick with TiX for all things Xbox.

 

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition officially announced

Back in September TiX gaffer Rich Berry posted that a Brazilian classification board had released an image that Bulletstorm had been rated and was heading to Xbox. Just like something from a Mission Impossible film, screen shots of Bulletstorm were also found on a USB stick flooding E3 2016 with rumours about the game. Well it seems all the rumours were true as People Can Fly and Gearbox publishing have officially announced Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition will be released on April 7th 2017.

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The 2011 Bulletstorm was Gearbox Software’s break from the Gears of War titles. We have to except that we are in a world of remakes now and it’s only right that the more overlooked titles get a chance at a new market. Bulletstorm has everything the original had and more,  it will come with the unique “Skillshot” system that rewards you for executing the most creative and deadly kills imaginable, this adds a touch of arcade to the whole game. Bringing a game bang up to date doesn’t just mean messing with the visuals a bit, so People Can Fly have made Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition 4k compatible, if you can support it. As an added sweetener the king himself Duke Nukem makes an appearance, I’m sold.

Set to launch on  Xbox One and Windows PC  Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is the definitive Bulletstorm experience, including:

  • The Total Package – All previously-released content including all maps, modes, and more on your favorite modern platform
  • New Overkill Campaign Mode  –  Blast your way through the campaign by starting with an unrestricted arsenal of weapons and Skillshots
  • New Echo Maps  – Showcase your skills on six brand-new levels for the score-based Echo Mode
  • Killer Visuals – Presented with updated models, environments, and animations all running at a smoother framerate than ever before
  • The Art of Destruction – Orchestrate masterful kills by mixing fast-paced gunplay with unique kick, slide, and leash combos
  • Visceral Audio – Bask your ears in Skillshot glory with newly remastered audio effects
  • Duke Nukem’s Bulletstorm Tour – Pre-order the game and get the option to play through the entire Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition campaign as Duke Nukem, featuring a fully rerecorded script and brand-new lines from the original voice of Duke

So just in case you haven’t seen any new games for 2017 it’s time to start your list, put Bulletstorm at the top, I loved the first one so lets hope this bring a touch of nostalgia as well as new content.

Agony set for hellish 2017 release

The survival horror genre has seen some massive changes over the years. Games such as Resident Evil set a course for game developers to push boundaries and see exactly what scares the living bejesus out of us gamers. As players we love to be scared, a morbid fascination into the occult or just plain simple jump scares in games has us going back for more and more. With the introduction of VR, the horror genre doesn’t seem to be dying off, in fact it looks to be ever more popular.

With all that aside MadMind Studios are grabbing the horror genre, sprinkling a little of their disturbing dust on it and setting it free to the masses. With a line up of developers that have worked on the likes of The Division, The Witcher 3 and Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, Agony is a game we will definitely have to take seriously.

Agony see’s you as a tormented soul fresh in the depths of hell with no memory of how you got there. You will have the ability to control the minds of others, giving you the necessary skills to progress through each stage. The ultimate goal is to escape hell which will mean a meeting with the all powerful Red Goddess.

I must warn you though, like I said the horror genre has seen some changes, Agony pushes the envelope a long way and some people may find some of the footage disturbing. Put it this way there’ll be no “That was too close; you were almost a Jill sandwich.” quotes in this game.

Now if that wasn’t enough Madmind also released an extended gameplay trailer, I’ll warn you again, this is no picnic either.

MadMinds depiction of hell is a quite a disturbing one don’t you think. As you can see from the intro Unreal Engine 4 is the driving force behind this game, the same engine that gave us the epic visuals in Gears of War 4 and many other titles. With that said the power of the Unreal Engine will definitely make this a game visual work of art. Just watching the trailer gave me the same sense of dread I felt the moment I launched the very first Silent Hill, and I wasn’t disappointed with that.

Agony is set to be released on PC and Xbox One some time in 2017, I for one am really looking forward to it. I’ll probably only play about 10 minutes of it before I’m scared out of my my mind but hey, I’ll give it a bash.