Recruitment through games?

This Danish company  was looking for good front-end developers. Of course these guys like to play games as well, so they started an in-game promotion with posters in the free online game Team Fortress 2. Check the video to know how it worked and how many applications they got!

Of course the american army has been doing so since 2005 and it has proven to be their most effective tool to find new recruits! You can read more about that on my blog here: http://gamingandbranding.blogspot.nl/search?q=america+army

 

Nintendo's Pre E3 2012 vision …

Social gaming according to mr. Iwata from Nintendo. The speech maybe boring, but the vision is sound…

For people that don’t know, please bare in mind that Nintendo was founded in 1889…, not 1989 ! It’s incredible that they have been innovating ever-since, sometimes revolutionizing the world with play.

Gran Turismo Academy Cup Winner is Belgian

Six PlayStation® gamers race Nissan 370Zs as part of WEC at Silverstone

Winner now embarks on intensive Driver Development Program before racing at Dubai 24H

Monday, 27 August, 2012: Belgian competitor Wolfgang Reip emerged victorious from over 830,000 European Gran Turismo® gamers when he was crowned Nissan PlayStation® GT Academy champion today at Silverstone.

The 25-year-old student from Lachutel will return to the UK shortly to embark on an intensive Driver Development Programme preparing him to race in the demanding Dubai 24 Hours in January in a Nissan 370Z GT4 car. The denouement of the gamer-to-racer competition was held as part of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) round at Silverstone – fittingly where former GT Academy champions Lucas Ordoñez and Jordan Tresson are racing in Nissan-powered LMP2 cars. The six final competitors raced on the world famous Grand Prix circuit in identical Nissan 370Zs. Starting from pole position, Wolfgang held off a challenge from second placed Andrea Cosaro and pulled out an unassailable lead to take the chequered flag.

After a long judges’ deliberation, when all of the data from the intensive week of driver training and each drivers’ future potential were considered, Reip was eventually announced as GT Academy 2012 European champion and took the top step of the podium at Silverstone.

“This is the most amazing day of my life,” said an emotional Wolfgang.” It is incredible, just incredible. I cried on the podium because there was so much emotion. It has been such a long week. There were so many different challenges and so much to learn and experience. To come out at the end of it as the winner, out of so many people who took part on Gran Turismo is just unbelievable.

“I was confident in the race. I really wanted to win it. It was quite amazing. It was a very difficult track because of the rainy conditions. There were constant changes, corner after corner the track got wetter in some parts and drier in others. I had the race under control. Andrea tried to pass me going into copse, but I knew I could re-pass him on the exit of the corner so it wasn’t a threat.”

Race Camp started when the 36 fastest PlayStation gamers from Europe arrived at Silverstone on Friday, 17 August. Split into six territory groups of six competitors, they were put through their paces in a variety of Nissan 370Zs, GT-Rs and other cars in many different challenges. The field was gradually reduced during the week as the impressive and experienced team of territory mentors decided which of their drivers had what it takes to make it through to the final stages of Race Camp.

“Race Camp has been really good. I am extremely impressed by the organisation and all that the competitors have done.” commented Benelux mentor Bas Leinders. “In the end, this was a very tough decision. In the race there were two guys who did a great job. The Italian, Andrea, started from the back of the grid but got a good start and was quickly up to second and challenging. For ‘Wolf’, it was hard to start from pole in the wet, but he was able to pull away until the last lap. Both have real potential and everyone felt they both deserve the chance to be racing.

“However, we had to make a decision, and the logical choice was the guy who had qualified on pole and won the race. I feel really strongly about this guy. He is top notch and can really do it. In the deliberation I put my reputation on the line arguing his case.”

Friday Fun: Janka looking for staff…

You might recognize a company or three… 😉

Gamescom 2012 Trailer HD

Just a small impression of Gamescom 2011 and 2012 games in 90 seconds!

I visited the Gamescom last year, but this year I went to E3 so I skipped the European version of the E3.

Welcome to my world! 😉

Sony PlayStation press conference

EA Press conference

I couldn’t find Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Press conference on YouTube unfortunately… ;-(

 

Virtual Reality for Real: Oculus by Rift

I remember seeing the last VR helmet in 2002 at the ECTS (the European Games Convention – similar to E3 and Gamescom but much smaller)… The guys at Rift are optimizing this technology I guess! After Eyetoy, Kinect, Layar, Wii-U and Google Glasses… why not?

If Cliff Bleszinski and John Carmack believe in it, who would I be not to believe in it!?

FRIDAY FUN: A Dutch – Real life Gamification concept by Achtung

Who-ever thought that peeing in a pot could become a competitive game? I saw peeball in London once, some 5 years ago, but this Dutch concept by Achtung is very nice as well! Check out the video – and no, that’s not a transsexual you see after 40 seconds, but a woman using a ‘plastuit’ (a pee-aimer for women – another great Dutch invention)…

Newzoo outlook on the Gaming market 2012

My good friend Peter Warman from Newzoo held this presentation during the Game Developers Congress in 2012

PlayStation competition: A New Console for TV in the making…

The Ouya is a new Android based game console and controller… they will go into prototype phase soon. It could turn out to become a real ‘Nintendo and PlayStation killer’. It’s Android-based and open to the game developing community. So Indie developers can go bananas creating innovative gameconcepts and the future sales platform could compete with iTunes, Steam and other online software stores.

Check out the video to learn more about this device and check out all the information you want here at the Kickstarter website!

Top 100 Core Games 2011

Since we are halfway the year, I’d thought I would post an overview of the ‘most wanted’ videogames of 2011 (better late than never) thanks to http://www.vgchartz.com. Please note that all games are in this list per barcode, so platform specific. Franchises like Call of Duty and Skyrim will appear more than once in this list.

Global Yearly Chart

2011

Pos Game Weeks Yearly Total
1
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (X360)
Activision, Shooter
8 12,572,486 12,572,486
2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3)
Activision, Shooter
8 10,337,498 10,337,498
3
Pokemon Black / White Version
Pokemon Black / White Version (DS)
Nintendo, Role-Playing
68 8,541,422 13,592,330
4
Kinect Adventures!
Kinect Adventures! (X360)
Microsoft, Misc
61 7,893,969 15,077,667
5
Just Dance 3
Just Dance 3 (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
13 7,315,661 7,315,661
6
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
Nintendo, Racing
195 5,349,103 31,207,754
7
Wii Sports Resort
Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
132 5,321,378 29,214,927
8
Wii Sports
Wii Sports (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
267 5,218,504 78,427,210
9
Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
10 5,149,873 5,149,873
10
Gears of War 3
Gears of War 3 (X360)
Microsoft, Shooter
15 5,074,357 5,074,357
11
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (X360)
Bethesda Softworks, Role-Playing
8 4,961,513 4,961,513
12
FIFA Soccer 12
FIFA Soccer 12 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
14 4,875,334 4,875,334
13
Super Mario 3D Land
Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
Nintendo, Platform
9 4,614,009 4,614,009
14
Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
10 4,465,636 4,465,636
15
Just Dance 2
Just Dance 2 (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
64 3,966,915 8,821,350
16
Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
Nintendo, Racing
5 3,934,728 3,934,728
17
Zumba Fitness
Zumba Fitness (Wii)
Majesco, Sports
59 3,885,160 4,237,194
18
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
Nintendo, Platform
111 3,720,152 24,676,339
19
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
9 3,451,198 3,451,198
20
FIFA Soccer 12
FIFA Soccer 12 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
14 3,154,704 3,154,704
21
Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
7 2,988,152 2,988,152
22
Wii Fit Plus
Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
118 2,958,254 19,983,357
23
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3)
Bethesda Softworks, Role-Playing
8 2,944,036 2,944,036
24
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii)
Nintendo, Adventure
7 2,907,835 2,907,835
25
Assassin's Creed: Revelations
Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (PS3)
Ubisoft, Action
7 2,825,603 2,825,603
26
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City (PS3)
Warner Bros. Interactive, Action
11 2,755,664 2,755,664
27
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops (X360)
Activision, Shooter
60 2,666,068 13,187,335
28
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City (X360)
Warner Bros. Interactive, Action
11 2,508,301 2,508,301
29
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops (PS3)
Activision, Shooter
60 2,460,751 11,166,636
30
Wii Party
Wii Party (Wii)
Nintendo, Misc
78 2,389,415 7,092,042
31
LittleBigPlanet 2
LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Platform
50 2,384,116 2,384,116
32
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)
Nintendo, Adventure
29 2,362,920 2,362,920
33
New Super Mario Bros.
New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
Nintendo, Platform
294 2,299,916 27,912,422
34
L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Adventure
33 2,268,806 2,268,806
35
Madden NFL 12
Madden NFL 12 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Sports
18 2,210,185 2,210,185
36
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii)
Sega, Sports
7 2,178,304 2,178,304
37
Killzone 3
Killzone 3 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Shooter
45 2,132,926 2,132,926
38
L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Adventure
33 2,094,526 2,094,526
39
Michael Jackson: The Experience
Michael Jackson: The Experience (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
58 2,072,106 3,797,066
40
Nintendogs + cats
Nintendogs + cats (3DS)
Nintendo, Simulation
45 1,967,332 1,967,332
41
Fable III
Fable III (X360)
Microsoft, Role-Playing
62 1,942,010 4,608,076
42
Forza Motorsport 4
Forza Motorsport 4 (X360)
Microsoft, Racing
12 1,854,407 1,854,407
43
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 5 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Racing
58 1,785,728 7,049,892
44
Madden NFL 12
Madden NFL 12 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
18 1,775,213 1,775,213
45
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)
Bethesda Softworks, Role-Playing
8 1,773,172 1,773,172
46
Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row: The Third (X360)
THQ, Action
7 1,769,981 1,769,981
47
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC)
Electronic Arts, Role-Playing
2 1,765,181 1,765,181
48
Donkey Kong Country Returns
Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii)
Nintendo, Platform
58 1,724,490 5,380,454
49
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (PS3)
Konami, Sports
14 1,656,383 1,656,383
50
Kinect Sports
Kinect Sports (X360)
Microsoft, Sports
61 1,623,845 3,861,021
51
Halo: Reach
Halo: Reach (X360)
Microsoft, Shooter
68 1,594,092 8,694,574
52
Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3 (PC)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
10 1,563,297 1,563,297
53
Kinect Sports: Season Two
Kinect Sports: Season Two (X360)
Microsoft, Sports
10 1,555,369 1,555,369
54
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary (X360)
Microsoft, Shooter
7 1,535,592 1,535,592
55
Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat (PS3)
Warner Bros. Interactive, Fighting
37 1,512,431 1,512,431
56
Mario Sports Mix
Mario Sports Mix (Wii)
Nintendo, Sports
58 1,381,157 1,880,889
57
Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Professor Layton and the Last Specter (DS)
Level 5, Adventure
76 1,377,621 2,052,803
58
Just Dance 3
Just Dance 3 (X360)
Ubisoft, Misc
13 1,375,345 1,375,345
59
Mario Kart DS
Mario Kart DS (DS)
Nintendo, Racing
320 1,374,508 21,612,602
60
Portal 2
Portal 2 (X360)
Valve, Shooter
37 1,368,273 1,368,273
61
NBA 2K12
NBA 2K12 (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Sports
13 1,346,818 1,346,818
62
Homefront
Homefront (X360)
THQ, Shooter
42 1,302,940 1,302,940
63
Dance Central 2
Dance Central 2 (X360)
Microsoft, Misc
11 1,298,620 1,298,620
64
Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row: The Third (PS3)
THQ, Action
7 1,290,993 1,290,993
65
Just Dance
Just Dance (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
111 1,272,675 6,428,941
66
Need for Speed: The Run
Need for Speed: The Run (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Racing
7 1,241,362 1,241,362
67
Just Dance Kids
Just Dance Kids (Wii)
Ubisoft, Misc
60 1,231,996 1,607,605
68
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (DS)
Nintendo, Puzzle
59 1,228,554 2,313,234
69
Dead Island
Dead Island (X360)
Deep Silver, Action
17 1,211,992 1,211,992
70
Dance Central
Dance Central (X360)
MTV Games, Misc
61 1,193,296 2,577,524
71
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PS3)
Ubisoft, Action
59 1,165,647 3,891,518
72
Rage
Rage (X360)
Bethesda Softworks, Shooter
13 1,134,651 1,134,651
73
Dead Space 2
Dead Space 2 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
49 1,130,877 1,130,877
74
Portal 2
Portal 2 (PS3)
Valve, Shooter
37 1,127,799 1,127,799
75
NBA 2K12
NBA 2K12 (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Sports
13 1,124,223 1,124,223
76
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure (Wii)
Activision, Action
12 1,122,169 1,122,169
77
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
192 1,111,508 8,833,303
78
Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat (X360)
Warner Bros. Interactive, Fighting
37 1,108,485 1,108,485
79
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
59 1,104,880 4,052,982
80
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
85 1,104,797 4,444,913
81
inFAMOUS 2
inFAMOUS 2 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
30 1,099,574 1,099,574
82
Sports Champions
Sports Champions (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Sports
68 1,073,885 3,067,776
83
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PC)
Activision, Shooter
8 1,071,198 1,071,198
84
Crysis 2
Crysis 2 (X360)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
41 1,064,187 1,064,187
85
Dead Island
Dead Island (PS3)
Deep Silver, Action
17 1,057,396 1,057,396
86
Dead Space 2
Dead Space 2 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Shooter
49 1,033,861 1,033,861
87
Kirby's Return to Dreamland
Kirby’s Return to Dreamland (Wii)
Nintendo, Platform
10 1,015,419 1,015,419
88
The Sims 3: Pets
The Sims 3: Pets (PC)
Electronic Arts, Simulation
11 987,084 987,084
89
Monster Hunter 3G
Monster Hunter 3G (3DS)
Capcom, Role-Playing
4 986,674 986,674
90
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Deus Ex: Human Revolution (X360)
Square Enix, Shooter
19 962,671 962,671
91
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto IV (X360)
Take-Two Interactive, Action
192 961,534 9,358,711
92
Dark Souls
Dark Souls (PS3)
Namco Bandai, Role-Playing
15 955,445 955,445
93
Resistance 3
Resistance 3 (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Shooter
17 955,386 955,386
94
FIFA Soccer 11
FIFA Soccer 11 (PS3)
Electronic Arts, Sports
66 950,945 4,762,964
95
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (PS3)
Capcom, Fighting
46 941,562 941,562
96
Art Academy
Art Academy (DS)
Nintendo, Misc
81 939,696 2,296,703
97
Disney Epic Mickey
Disney Epic Mickey (Wii)
Disney Interactive Studios, Platform
58 924,087 2,527,709
98
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Action
116 923,124 5,382,599
99
uDraw Studio
uDraw Studio (Wii)
THQ, Misc
59 921,904 1,834,757
100
Zumba Fitness
Zumba Fitness (X360)
Majesco, Sports
59 913,549 1,175,706

Source: VGChartz