14 Aug 2014
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BAFTA Ones to Watch nominees: Too Mainstream

The three BAFTA Ones to Watch nominees have been announced, and last (but not least) we’re having a look at Too Mainstream's game, Sagittarius

Sagittarius is a first-person shooter created for use with Oculus Rift. In the game, you assume the role of a spy who has infiltrated an enemy base and is attempting to escape whilst under enemy attack. Travelling on a moving chariot and armed with a cross-bow - aimed using Oculus Rift - you must try to get back to safety…alive! 

Too Mainstream had travelled from India for the 2014 Dare to be Digital competition, which was held in Dundee last weekend. After receiving their nomination, Vivek Deshpande, one of the creators of Sagittarius, said: “We’re elated, we really didn’t think we’d win. All the Dare to be Digital games are incredible. After this, we’ll go back to India and develop the game further, and are hoping to release it in the near future.”

Want to find out more? 

Check out Too Mainstream’s Facebook and Twitter pages. 

The winner of the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award will be announced at the British Academy Games Awards early next year.

14 Aug 2014
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BAFTA Ones to Watch nominees: Torque

The three BAFTA Ones to Watch nominees have been announced, and next up we’re checking out Torque's game, Don’t Walk: RUN! 

Don’t Walk: RUN! is a local multiplayer game inspired by a range of B movies.  Whilst certain players take the role of hapless tourists, trapped in a chaotic environment, another player assumes the role of film director and tries to cause as much havoc as possible by interacting directly with their surroundings… flipping cars, redirecting traffic, causing explosions… you name it! 

At the international game competition Dare to be Digital, Manchester-based team Torque were not only nominated for the BAFTA Ones to Watch award, but were also announced the winners of the Channel 4 Award. The team will receive £25,000 to start a business and complete their game, which will then be published by the broadcaster. 

After receiving both pieces of news, Niall Taylor from the game development teamsaid: “This is amazing, I don’t believe it – we nearly fell off our chairs. Everything has completely changed in our lives in the last eight weeks.”

Want to learn more about Don’t Walk: RUN? Follow Torque on Facebook and Twitter

The winner of the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award will be announced at the British Academy Games Awards early next year.

13 Aug 2014
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BAFTA Ones to Watch nominees: Overly Kinetic

The three BAFTA Ones to Watch nominees have been announced, and today we’re casting a spotlight onto Overly Kinetic and their game, Chambara

Chambara is a multi-player samurai stealth game, inspired by a cult classic episode of the Cartoon Network series ‘Samurai Jack’. Formulated solely from binary colours, games review site Indie Love have referred to the game as ‘a really cool and stylized version of that one really awkward Windows display theme called “High Contrast”’.

The Overly Kinetic team is composed of students from the University of Southern California. On receiving the nomination at Dare to Be Digital, Kevin Wong from Overly Kinetic said: “We’re all really honoured and really excited to get a BAFTA nomination, and to see all the children come to our booth and enjoy the game so much. That’s what we live for.”

Want to find out more? 

Check out Overly Kinetic’s twitter page, as well as Chambara's website, where you can download a weekly prototype of the game.

The winner of the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award will be announced at the British Academy Games Awards early next year.

BAFTA Ones to Watch in association with Dare to be Digital 
On Sunday 10 August, the nominees for the BAFTA Ones to Watch award were announced.
The University of Abertay’s Dare to be Digital competition is an annual game-making event giving student designers the opportunity to develop, build and showcase their work. 15 teams are selected as finalists, with a panel of industry experts selecting their top three games. The teams then become the sole nominees for the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award. Last year’s winner was Size DOES Matter.
This year’s nominated games are: 
Chambara
Don’t Walk, RUN! 
Sagittarius
The winner will be announced at the British Academy Games Awards next year.
Find out more about BAFTA Ones to Watch.
11 Aug 2014
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BAFTA Ones to Watch in association with Dare to be Digital 

On Sunday 10 August, the nominees for the BAFTA Ones to Watch award were announced.

The University of Abertay’s Dare to be Digital competition is an annual game-making event giving student designers the opportunity to develop, build and showcase their work. 15 teams are selected as finalists, with a panel of industry experts selecting their top three games. The teams then become the sole nominees for the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award. Last year’s winner was Size DOES Matter.

This year’s nominated games are: 

Chambara

Don’t Walk, RUN!

Sagittarius

The winner will be announced at the British Academy Games Awards next year.

Find out more about BAFTA Ones to Watch.

07 Aug 2014
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We sent Yogscast Kim behind the scenes at Sony to find out more about Project Morpheus, one of the latest developments in virtual reality gaming!

Watch the full series here.

The Rockstar Games team with Hideo Kojima backstage at the British Academy Games Awards earlier this year. Entry for next year’s Games Awards are now open! Click here for more details.
25 Jul 2014
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The Rockstar Games team with Hideo Kojima backstage at the British Academy Games Awards earlier this year. 

Entry for next year’s Games Awards are now open! Click here for more details.

23 Jul 2014
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"The best thing anyone can do that wants to get into games is to start making games."

We spoke with Chris Hansell, Creative Director of SingStar, to find out what it’s like to work on the long-running series and his advice for those starting out.

21 Jul 2014
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The winners of the YGD competition have been announced! Join Yogscast Kim as she speak to the finalists and watch highlights from the ceremony featuring Hat Films, Conor Maynard and magician Ben Hanlin

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