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New Developments For 2017

We have a number of planned changes and updates to GameHub for the New Year, but we need your feedback in order to decide what to implement and when! GameHub has always been built in response to parents’ needs, wants and concerns – your input drives everything we do. So please, if there is anything not in the list below that you’d like to see added, drop us a line in the comments box and let us know!

New developments for 2017:

  • We are going to move all blog content on gamehubhq.wordpress.com to the main site at gamehubHQ.com, creating a true “hub” of parental guidance for games.
  • After some testing, we are going to make visual improvements and tweaks to the landing screen, as it can appear faint on screens where there is “low contrast” (the colours are not as bright and distinct as they could be.)
  • Our “Word of the Week,” jargon busting column, is ending, and will be replaced by a new regular feature in February. We think we’ve taught you all the mad words of gaming you need!
  • Funding drive, to keep GameHub alive the way you want it!

And, of course, we will be attending all our regular national level events, including the Norwich Games Festival, Yorkshire Games Festival, GameCity Festival, Eurogamer Expo and the Women In Games Conference! Look out for our representative and always feel welcome to ask questions about the work that we do.

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New Entries: Deus Ex Go

Our second game for the month of November is another entry from the Square Enix “Go” franchise. This smart range of mobile games reimagines violent, story-driven action games for console/PC into challenging puzzle games with a more family-friendly presentation. We love this range, as it allows players to interact with popular gaming franchises in a new way. The Deus Ex “Go” offering is the most challenging one yet, and will certainly get everyone’s grey matter working!

Click the icon below to read in detail about the specifics of this game:

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#GameHubGiveaway Competition Terms & Conditions

We know it can be hard to keep up financially with all the games your kids want to play, so we’re giving away free games! Wee Trains and Wee Puzzles are great games to help younger players to learn and grow and we’re proud to be partnering with Wee Taps to give you Mums and Dads a chance to win these goodies for your little ones. But we’ve also got to get the boring legal stuff out the way, so look out, here it comes!

#GameHubGiveaway Competition Terms and Conditions:

  1. The promoter is GameHub whose registered office is at Bank House, Southwick,
    Brighton, BN42 4FN.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 or over. Employees of GameHub or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. Route to entry for the competition is as follows: Retweeting one of the specified competition tweets from GameHub’s Twitter account: https://twitter.com/GameHub_HQ
  5. Closing date for entry will be midnight on Novemeber 2nd 2016.  After this date no further entries to the competition will be valid.
  6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  7. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows: entrants must retweet one of GameHub’s competition post on Twitter. Anyone found to use multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible. The prize consists of one download code for Wee Trains and one download code for Wee Puzzles each for three winners.
  8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  11. Winners will be chosen at random from all entries received and verified by the promoter and or its agents.
  12. The winners will be notified by direct message within 28 days of the closing date. If the winners cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winners and pick replacement winners.
  13. The promoter will notify the winners of how, when or where the prize can be collected.
  14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  17. The winners agree to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  18. The winner’s names will be available 28 days after closing date by sending email to: gamehubhq@ymail.com
  19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  20. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to GameHub and not to any other party.
  21. GameHub also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.

 

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New Entries: Machinarium

Czech studio Amanita Design are famous for making quirky lateral thinking games set in surreal worlds. This offering is no different. Click the icon below to learn more about Machinarium and to decide if it’s a suitable title for your family:

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MassChallenge UK: Congratulations To The Finalists!

Just a quick post to say a big congratulations to all those start-ups who made it through to the finals of the MassChallenge UK accelerator program! Of over a thousand applicants, only 90 were selected to be finalists, so it’s a huge achievement. Unfortunately, GameHub missed out on one of those coveted places for ourselves, only making it to the Top 300 for the Semi-Finals, but we wish all the best to those who made it through and look forward to hearing stories of their success!

 

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MassChallenge UK: GameHub Is Through To Round Two!

Exciting news! GameHub is through to Round Two of judging of the prestigious MassChallenge UK accelerator program! We are currently on our way down to London for an information evening and workshop, before pitching live to panel of judges on August 1st!

MassChallenge UK is a non-profit program of mentorship, sponsorship, networking and support designed to help “high impact” start-ups achieve sucess. GameHub is a therefore a perfect fit (we think) for MassChallenge UK, as our aim is to completely revitalise Britain’s Parental Advisory and Age Ratings systems for video-games. Our project is designed to change the landscape of the UK games industry, to create a support network for parents and to educate all members of the public with reliable, accessible information regarding games and games culture.

MassChallenge UK is “industry agnostic,” meaning that they will accept project ideas from any sector – the only assessment criteria is how much potential the project has to create change. If we make it through to the final stages, we will get our very own offices (with Ping Pong tables!!) in central London and multiple opportunities to compete for cash prizes to invest in makingGameHub bigger, better and more in line with your needs as a parent. This “competition style” of program suits GameHubdown to the ground – we play games for a living…and we like to win! ;D

So wish us luck!

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Games Updated

We strive to keep our content reports up to date in line with new releases, patches and upgrades. Usually, this happens without us even telling you – a bit here, a bit there – as these change logs make for quite boring reading and we don’t want to waste your time with anything not relevant to your interests as a parent. Every once in a while, however, we just show you a snapshot of what’s going on, so you know you can rely on us to keep your family up to date:

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Meet The Start-Up!

Want to meet us? We are in Leicester on April the 28th giving a short 20min presentation about who we are and what we do. You can find tickets by clicking HERE or by following the link below:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/meet-the-startup-gamehub-thurs-28th-april-tickets-24715088495

Tickets are free and though the event is aimed at the entrepreneurial community, any and all persons are welcome to turn up and join in. There will be an opportunity to network, mingle and ask questions too! So if you are in the area, why not drop in and say hello!

Also, keep an eye out for our Norwich photos, coming very, very soon. In fact, just as soon as I’ve finished writing this presentation! 😉

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How To Filter

I’ve noticed a few people are getting confused about how to use the filters on the home page, so I thought I’d do a really quick little blog post to clear up any worries.

We have five filters at the moment, allowing you to drill down into a category you are particularly interested in. The current filters are:

  • Creative Play – Games where the player can create digital or real world items using their imagination.
  • Puzzles – Games with puzzles!
  • Adventure Story – Games where the player follows a narrative story
  • Big Choices – Games where the player is called upon to make important, impactful or moral choices that affect other characters or characters in their care.
  • Good For Under -5s – Game and game-apps, often with an educational slant, for little ones.

To select a group, click/tap the tab you are interested in. Only games in that group will be shown. So you can remember which filter button you’ve selected, it will go grey.

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To deselect it, click/tap it again, and *pop!* just like that, all the games are back, unfiltered.

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Some games are in multiple categories at once – Dragon Age Inquisition, for example, has a complex story which involves the player making a number of important moral choices and solving tricky mechanical puzzles. So too does The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

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We don’t currently have any games which involve making big important moral choices about whether characters live or die that are also suitable for under fives (and aren’t likely to any time soon!) so selecting those two options together returns a blank result. It looks all sad and empty. 😦

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But we have looooooads of games suitable for your littlest babies that don’t involve questions of genocide, so deselect that Big Choices button by clicking/tapping its filter. Now only games Good For Under -5s are now being shown, because that’s the button selected in grey.

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Deselect that tab, again by clicking/tapping on it’s filter, and you are back to seeing all the games.

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Taa-daa! I hope this quick guide helps you to navigate GameHub better. Please, let us know your feedback and suggestions using the comment box below.