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Wear your love of the COG with this custom Gears 5 bling

September 6, 2019

When most people think of Gears of War, they’re probably not thinking about high fashion. For games about blood and guns with chainsaws attached, jewelry seems like an odd merchandising vertical to explore — but finding an unexpected point of connection and running with it has become Xbox Australia’s signature approach to promoting new games. […]

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Film Review: Tabernacle 101 is a frustrating experience that never feels remotely organic

September 5, 2019

Watching a film like Tabernacle 101 is a frustrating experience.  On the one hand, the Australian-made, low (and I mean low) budget sci-fi piece deserves some admiration for the mere fact that it has managed to snare itself a US theatrical release, however limited it may be (it played the first week in September in […]

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A first-of-its-kind video game entertainment venue is coming to Melbourne

September 4, 2019

Have you been looking for a new place to play? Fortress Melbourne is a 2700sq.m spanning three entire floors of Emporium Melbourne dedicated to gaming of every kind. From esports to tabletop RPG’s, Fortress Melbourne has been purpose built to cater to gaming fans of any stripe. Seriously, take a look at the feature list […]

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Untitled Goose Game honks its way into your house September 20

August 31, 2019

Untitled Goose Game, the goose-based civilian torment simulator by Melbourne developer House House, will finally launch on September 20. In development for nearly three years, the game caught the internet’s attention for its exceedingly irreverent pitch — you are a goose and you mess with the life of a put-upon farmer just trying to go […]

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Damsel Review: Into the Fray

August 19, 2019

Damsel is the debut title from Brisbane-based developer Screwtape Studios, and a that weilds is distaste for corporate culture like a cudjel. It’s a balletic, side-scrolling arcade shooter about a special agent on a mission to investigate Red Mist, a drink created by a corporation owned and run by literal, actual vampires. Damsel’s pulpy, comic […]

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The Ubisoft Experience fan event is coming to Sydney

July 26, 2019

If you’re hype for Ubisoft’s forthcoming games lineup, you’re going to want to get along to The Ubisoft Experience, a travelling fan event coming to Sydney this September. The show is, at its heart, a charity drive for the R U OK organisation who promote suicide awareness and prevention in Australia. Tickets for entry will […]

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Brief Battles Review: Put on your party pants

June 3, 2019

Brief Battles is a solid four-player party brawler from two-person Adelaide developer Juicy Cupcake that lands somewhere between Smash Bros, Worms and Bomberman. Its goal is to be a simple, fast, pick-up-and-play multiplayer experience and in this, it certainly succeeds. Each battle consists of moving your character — chosen from an array of sentient underwear […]

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Ninjas in Pyjamas and Team Liquid confirmed for IEM Sydney 2019

March 14, 2019

Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2019 is a mere two months away. Boasting a $250,000 prize pool, IEM Sydney is Australia’s premiere esports tournament, attracting some of the biggest names in competitive gaming from here at home and around the world. To date, a total of five teams have been invited to compete in this year’s […]

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Hotel Review: The Blackman welcomes guests to a world of fantasy

January 22, 2019

Melbourne’s older trilogy (The Larwill Studio and The Chen are fairly young in comparison) of gallery-like properties from Art Series Hotels are located not too far from one another. You’ve got The Cullen, where it all started, directly opposite Prahran Market; The Olsen in close proximity at the top-end of Chapel Street; and finally The […]

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The Australian Open is hosting a $500,000 Fortnite tournament and you can enter

January 7, 2019

Margaret Court Arena will play host to a massive Fortnite tournament for the second time in the space of six months. The Australian Open, the nation’s biggest and popular tennis event, is running on a pair of tournaments, the combined prize pool of which comes to $500,000. The first 500 players to register on the […]

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Live Review: Beyond the Valley Day Four – Lardner Park (31.12.18)

January 4, 2019

The final day of Beyond the Valley continued the trend of an eclectic festival focussing on the enjoyment of all the participants with countless acts across multiple genres as electronic heavyweights Duke Dumont, Dom Dolla and Yotto stood alongside Indie rock juggernaut The Kooks and Australian sweethearts Ball Park Music. The final day hit the […]

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We’re not spoiled for choice with gaming merch in Australia

December 21, 2018

I’ve been looking everywhere for what might be good gaming merchandise. I’ve trawled through official sites, brick-and-mortar stores and even outlets like Red Bubble. I have to admit, there’s not a whole lot of variety across all three of these, and what’s there is usually not that good, covered in brands or weird quotes or […]

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Film Review: The School (Australia, 2018) goes for broke in its bid to provide escapism within the Australian horror landscape

December 6, 2018

It’s rather unfortunate that Australian cinema really doesn’t have the greatest reputation. It’s not that we aren’t capable of delivering quality homegrown productions, it’s just that we so seldom do, so when something like The School comes along, you can’t help but feel both a sense of disappointment and expectation. To be fair to writer/director […]

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Is PC Gaming affordable in Australia?

November 26, 2018

There’s been a debate for years (among those for whom these things are a concern) regarding the apparent superiority of PC gaming over console gaming — desires for higher frame rates, better graphics and wider variety of titles drive the debate, but something that’s prevalent within each argument is cost, from peripherals to internal hardware. […]

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Games Review: Australian fantasy genre mashup Armello (Switch, 2018) makes a perfect travel companion

November 15, 2018

Armello, the fantasy-steeped digital board game by Melbourne studio League of Geeks is very, very good. We’ve known this for a while. The game is available on almost every platfom there is and if you haven’t availed yourself of its strategic, card-based suspense and dice-roll intrigue since its launch 2015 then you really should. Conveniently, […]

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Gfinity Elite Season 2 kicks off November 3

October 16, 2018

One of the biggest competitions in Australian esports returns in early November. Gfinity Elite Season 2 returns to Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park from November 3 and will see teams from almost every major Australian city competing across of esports biggest titles. The Season 2 competition will comprise of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Street Fighter […]

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Travel Deals: Mantra properties Art Series, Peppers, BreakFree and more cut prices across Australia, NZ and Hawaii

October 9, 2018

One of Australia’s most ubiquitous hotel groups, Mantra, have come around to their popular annual “Global Sale” to make holidaying for Aussies a bit more accessible over the next few months. And it’s the most substantial sale from the group yet, with a serious number of the country’s best properties – from budget to luxe […]

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We took the #AssassinsCreedChallenge! Parkour highlights and interviews with Yeliz and CosplayChris

October 8, 2018

Assassins Creed Odyssey launched last Friday, and to celebrate the launch of the game, Ubisoft held a parkour-themed event in Metcalfe Park in Pyrmont, Sydney. The Assassin’s Creed Challenge was a massive parkour course set up by Ubisoft’s Sydney team, featuring professional free-runners, cosplayers, and 16 booths in which to play the E3 build of […]

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Aussie Game Armello coming to Nintendo Switch in Late September

September 15, 2018

In exciting news for fans of the game, it has been announced that the critically acclaimed Aussie game Armello will be coming to Nintendo Switch in late September. Let’s have a look at the announcement trailer. Armello received wide-ranging support in 2015, sweeping up indie awards left right and centre. It’s Aussie born, by Melbourne team […]

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Interview: Essie Holt talks “Better For You,” and touring with LANKS & Tyne James-Organ

September 14, 2018

Melbourne’s Essie Holt is riding high, fresh of the launch of her newest single Better For You. We sat down to chat about Better for You and touring as a young performer.  First off, congratulations on the success of your most recent single Better For You! What can you tell us about the process of bringing […]

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