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First-Person Horror Game Insomnis Now Available on Nintendo Switch

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Publisher Meridiem Games and developer/publisher Path Games are thrilled to announce that their spine-chilling first-person horror game Insomnis is now available digitally for Nintendo Switch on the global Nintendo eStores for $14.99. Developed and published by Path Games, this edition of Insomnis has been enhanced with specific Nintendo Switch gameplay features including a redesigned interaction system for play with the joycon and HD vibration to further enhance some of the terrifying moments gamers can expect when exploring the old Castavet mansion.

In addition, players will be able to use the touch screen to interact with objects or solve puzzles. The game will run at 720p in handheld portable mode and 1080p in Dock mode. Joe Castevet has just inherited an old mansion on the outskirts of the countryside. What Joe doesn’t realise is that this family legacy is cursed. Discover the dark secrets buried deep in the Castevet abode as you fight against your own destiny in a story field with intrigue and terror.

Explore your grandfather’s mansion where nothing is as it seems. Rooms will change, bringing your worst nightmares to life as you Immerse yourself in a morally ambiguous narrative, where nothing is as it seems. Solve original, complex puzzles in your search for answers but make your decisions with caution as the fate of the characters will depend on it.

  1. Atmospheric horror – As you progress through the Castevet abode, your environment will change and your worst nightmares will come to life. Can you escape your past before it’s too late?
  2. Analog and digital puzzles: Solve numerous types of complex, interconnected puzzles as you fight to maintain your sanity.
  3. Exploration-focused story: Immerse yourself in a morally ambiguous narrative, where nothing is as it seems. Dark secrets await you… Explore your grandfather’s abandoned house in search of answers!
  4. Multiple endings: Proceed with caution! Your choices throughout the game will decide the fate of the characters.
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HP Igniting Next-Gen UAE Talent in Esports and Game Development

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HP has announced the winners of this year’s GameOn with the HP Gaming Garage hackathon at an event that took place at the HP Gaming Garage Lab at Rochester University in Dubai. Part of HP’s commitment to accelerate digital equity for 150 million people globally by 2030, the GameOn with HP Gaming Garage hackathon fosters creativity and innovation among aspiring game developers between the ages of 13-18 in the UAE. This year’ s hackathon concluded last week with Dubai Gem Private School, GEMS Wellington Academy School -Silicon Oasis, GEMS Founders School, Barsha selected as the big winners for their Golden Horizons, Circle Quest, and Code Crusaders Game projects respectively.

“As the Online Games market in the United Arab Emirates thrives, HP remains dedicated to building talent and innovation through initiatives like the HP Gaming Garage. With the UAE market projected to reach a revenue of US$50.60 million in 2024 and an anticipated user base of 1.3 million by 2027, the UAE’s emergence as a gaming hub highlights the importance of empowering the next generation of gamers and developers” said Peter Oganesean, Managing Director Middle East and East Africa, HP.

The HP Gaming Garage initiative is designed to inspire and empower students across the globe to develop the skills required for success in the gaming and esports sectors. With backing from HP, this initiative offers an online Gaming Garage education course platform available in various languages, including English and Arabic. Registering in the free courses offered in Game Development and Esports Management that are available via the HP Gaming Garage curriculum, individuals have the opportunity to enhance their abilities and flourish in the digital landscape.

One of this year’s highlights of the HP Gaming Garage initiative is the GameOn hackathon, providing students in the UAE with the possibility to apply their skills and creativity to highlight, celebrate and thereby preserve culture with the guidance of experienced mentors. Students between 13 and 18 years old who completed 70% of at least one of the HP Gaming Garage courses were presented with the opportunity to participate in this year’s hackathon, which kicked off on March 29th, 2024. The goal is for the participating teams to cultivate their own gaming concepts and ideas, infusing them with cultural diversity and richness.

“Gaming has become a powerful trend, with the younger generation seeking connection and bonding through gameplay, fostering relationships in new and innovative ways. We believe that the GameOn with HP Gaming Garage hackathon offers students a unique opportunity to showcase their technical skills while exploring and celebrating their cultural heritage through the immersive medium of gaming,” commented Lavina Punjabi, Sustainability Lead Middle East and Africa, HP.

In collaboration with AMD, HP launched the HP Gaming Garage Lab at Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai in February 2021. Serving as a hub for gaming and esports enthusiasts, the Lab provides students with state-of-the-art gaming equipment and access to industry leaders, fostering skill development and networking opportunities. Equipped with cutting-edge PCs, monitors, and peripherals, students are welcome to use the facility to study and create while curated programs and industry encounter sessions offer valuable insights and connections, and competitions like online gaming tournaments and hackathons provide exciting opportunities for participation and growth.

The winners of this year’s GameOn Hackathon presented their projects at the HP Gaming Garage Lab to a committee of esteemed gaming, education and technology experts consisting of Dr. Omar Abdul Latif, Assistant Professor at RIT-Dubai, Girish Dhyani Chandra, Sales Lead for the Middle East market at AMD, Rishabh Khanna, Founder & Board Member of International Teachers University, USA, Salman Razzaq, Business Development Leader at HP, Maxim Komlev, HP HyperX and Nisreen AlKhateeb, Trade Compliance at HP who selected the big winners. The winning teams were awarded remarkable prizes and recognition for their cultural creations, alongside mentorship opportunities from HP experts.

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Tawazun, Bayanat, and Endless Studios Launch Game Makers Competition 2024

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Tawazun Council (Tawazun) and Bayanat, in collaboration with Endless Studios, proudly announce the launch of the UAE Game Makers Competition 2024, marking a significant moment for the UAE’s educational landscape. The nationwide contest invites young people to discover, display, and further develop their talent via game design, particularly emphasising the integration of UAE cultural elements into their games, with a generous prize pool of AED 100,000. This initiative sets the stage for an endless learning journey that will enable UAE youngsters to master tomorrow’s digital skills using their enthusiasm for gaming.

In addition to nurturing a thriving gaming ecosystem that echoes the local and regional narratives that define us, this innovative approach underscores the potential of games as a powerful tool for learning. By integrating gaming and geospatial technologies, Tawazun, Bayanat, and Endless Studios are united in their commitment to teaching employable skills across multiple disciplines, including art, design, engineering, management, and marketing, among others, all within the context of game design.

Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, CEO of Operations at Tawazun Council highlighted: “Our engagement in this initiative reflects our broader goal to inspire the youth of the UAE to venture into creative and technological fields such as game development. This is pivotal not only for the technological progression of our region but also for nurturing a sense of pride and belonging among our younger generations. By encouraging them to draw upon our rich cultural heritage as a source of inspiration, we are investing in the future leaders and innovators who will continue to carry forward the legacy of the UAE.”

Hasan Al Hosani, Managing Director of Bayanat, commented, “Our collaboration with Endless Studios and Tawazun is more than a partnership; it’s a shared journey towards harnessing the power of cutting-edge technology and data science. By focusing on developing gaming content that is not only engaging and entertaining but also educational and steeped in cultural relevance, we are laying the groundwork for a future where technology serves as a bridge between generations. This approach preserves our heritage while inspiring a new wave of technological advancement. This initiative is a cornerstone in our mission to illuminate the richness of the UAE’s culture through the universal language of gaming, offering our youth new avenues to explore their identity and creativity.”

Matt Dalio, CEO of Endless Studios, shared his vision, stating, “At Endless Studios, our mission is to ensure that learning tomorrow’s digital skills is an incredibly enjoyable experience. The launch of the UAE Game Makers Competition represents a significant milestone in our journey. By infusing Emirati cultural heritage into gaming, we not only celebrate our past but also pave the way for a future where technology and tradition converge to enable our people to follow their dreams and their aspirations.”

Dalio further remarked, “The UAE Game Makers Competition goes far above being a typical game-building contest; it’s a celebration of the exceptional talent present in the UAE. It signifies our unwavering dedication to nurturing this talent, recognizing the innovative spirit of the UAE youth, and providing them with the right tools and opportunities to shine on both a regional and global stage. Our commitment extends beyond this event, reaching into the homes of students and their families. Because, in addition to games, the UAE Game Makers Competition builds futures, careers, and a lasting legacy of innovation and cultural pride.”

Tawazun and Bayanat, together with Endless Studios, remain dedicated to equipping UAE youngsters with the skills necessary to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving technological employment market. The company’s ground-breaking approach revolves around the excitement and engagement that games provide as a means to educate youth on a large scale, supporting the pivotal role of gaming in cultural expression and technological innovation.

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Logitech G Launches Astro A50 X Wireless Gaming Headset

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Logitech G, a brand of Logitech has launched the Logitech G ASTRO A50 X LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset and Base Station in the GCC, the fifth generation of the critically acclaimed ASTRO A50 Series console gaming headset. The new ASTRO A5O X is designed to deliver the ultimate console headset experience. With breakthrough innovations in audio and connectivity, the ASTRO A50 X LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Headset + Base Station features:

  • New PLAYSYNC technology for easy connectivity and switching between the XBOX, PS5 and PC via a single button press
  • PRO-G Graphene Audio Driver technology for high-performance gaming audio
  • 24-bit LIGHTSPEED Wireless technology for pro-grade performance on the console

“Over the last decade, the A50 has become an icon in gaming headsets due to its focus on gamer-centric design, premium sound, and superior comfort and durability,” said Dana Zebian, Logitech G’s Marketing Manager for the Middle East. “Our new A50 X elevates this beloved headset with an unmatched level of performance by combining the A50’s award-winning design with several new features and advanced technologies that truly revolutionize gameplay.” Comfort, sound, connectivity, communications and compatibility are the keys that gamers look for in an audio solution. The A50 X combines the design of the original A50, a favourite of console gamers everywhere, with four breakthrough innovations in the console headset market.

Bringing all systems together, PLAYSYNC Technology is an industry first that allows gamers to connect their Xbox Series X|S, PS5 and PC/MAC all at once and seamlessly switch between all three gaming systems with the simple ‘one-click’ of a button on the A50 X headset. When switching between Xbox and PS5 consoles, PLAYSYNC will change what the gamer views on their TV and what is heard in their headset. When switching to PC, PLAYSYNC will change what is heard in the gamer’s headset. Allowing gamers to decide and easily switch to the gaming experience they want to enjoy at any moment.

A50 X is a two-part Base Station and Wireless Headset system that works directly with high-performance game consoles as well as 4K UHD Televisions using HDMI 2.1 technology. Using HDMI, the Base Station directs audio wirelessly to the A50 X Headset while passing the console’s video through to the TV without impacting the source’s intended fidelity and features such as 4K 120Hz HDR, VRR, and ALLM. The result is high-performance and ultra-low latency video.

Audio signals are also intelligently routed on A50 X; with the headset docked to the Base Station, audio signals along with video will be passed through to the connected TV. When gamers undock the headset, audio signals will be rerouted to the headset automatically, improving convenience and versatility between open or private listening experiences.

With sound being such a critical component in gaming, the A50 X’s PRO-G GRAPHENE Audio Driver has been precision-engineered with a 40 mm graphene diaphragm featuring a live edge suspension, to deliver superior audio performance like never before. The new driver delivers improvements in sound reproduction accuracy, time to signal accuracy and distortion reduction, allowing players to identify audio objects more clearly, and more quickly discern their location as objects move relative to the player.

Graphene is a breakthrough material for audio clarity, detail, and spatial timing accuracy. With unprecedented harmonic rigidity, these audio drivers reduce distortion while delivering soaring highs, clear mids and rich bass. Optimized for the multi-platform player who requires the highest levels of audio and visual fidelity, and demands both style and design excellence, the A50 X headset system is purposefully designed to work with high-performance game consoles using HDMI 2.1 & USB-C connectivity, allowing A50 X to deliver uncompressed audio at up to 24-bit fidelity. The integrated LED status info panel and the click-in magnetic charging cradle of the A50 X Base Station keeps the headset battery topped off and always at the ready.

Logitech G’s award-winning 24-bit LIGHTSPEED wireless technology is a continuously improving pro-grade solution for quality of sound, reliability in connectivity, and efficiency for epic battery life. The Base Station also features simultaneous Bluetooth® connectivity allowing gamers to mix Discord chat with game audio or listen to music while playing.

The A50 X is Logitech G’s first headset that comes equipped with an integrated high-resolution 16-bit 48 kHz LIGHTSPEED microphone, this additional bandwidth lets the microphone capture a much broader spectrum of sound delivering unrivalled performance, clarity, and quality in a boom microphone. A50 X lets players control the Game/Chat mix on Xbox, PC—and even their PS5, and balance volume between game and chat with on-ear controls.

Gamers can optimise and fine-tune the gaming audio experience with G HUB on PC and the Logitech G App on iOS/Android devices. Control headset EQ presets or dive deep into the fully parametric EQ. Take advantage of the extended resolution of the microphone and dial-in broadcast-quality EQ settings while controlling their environment with noise reduction. Gamers can set up stream output audio mixing, specify sidetone amount, save custom presets, and more.

The Logitech G ASTRO A50 X Wireless Gaming Headset + Base Station is available now in key retailers across the GCC.

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