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3:45 PM on 10.21.2011

EB Games Expo 2011: The booth babes

On some levels, I don't really understand why booth babes exist. Sure, I get the whole 'sex sells' angle but I'm positive if I ever spoke to a booth babe, she probably wouldn't be able to tell me just how many Dark Brotherhoo...

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2:45 PM on 10.21.2011

EB Games Expo 2011: A little hope for the future

This past weekend, Australia's Gold Coast played host to the first, fully dedicated video game show the country has ever seen. Before the EB Games Expo branched out from a vendor-only trade show to open its doors to the public, there was only the vague mention or damp corner of videogames at pop culture conventions or tabletop gaming shows. 

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1:15 PM on 10.20.2011

Hands-on: Kid Icarus Uprising

For the most part, the games I saw and played at the EB Games Expo were impressive. None really disappointed me or made me lose hope in a franchise. Some weren't for me, some made me want to pre-order that very same minute.&n...

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12:15 PM on 10.20.2011

Hands-on: Rayman Origins

The Rayman Origins booth at the EB Games Expo on Australia's Gold Coast was an area I thought would be largely ignored. Given the hours people were waiting to play Battlefield 3 or merely watch a section of The Elder Scrolls ...

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5:45 PM on 10.17.2011

EB Expo 2011: Mario Kart 7 hands-on

In the long history of the Mario Kart franchise, fans have been divided on which entry is the best. Many maintain that nothing will ever exceed the sheer fun of the original Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo, while othe...

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3:45 PM on 10.17.2011

EB Expo 2011: Mass Effect 3 hands-on

As I'm waiting in line to play BioWare's third installment in its celebrated science fiction RPG series, Commander Shepard appears next to me. He is tall and imposing, complete with N7 suit and buzz cut. A young girl also wai...

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11:45 AM on 10.17.2011

Australia breaks global Batman: Arkham City release date

Despite that rest of the world is still eagerly awaiting the release of Rocksteady's highly anticipated and critically acclaimed sequel to its 2009 hit, Australia has become the first place where you can buy Batman: Arkham Ci...

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5:00 PM on 10.16.2011

EB Expo 2011: Interview with Battlefield 3's DICE

Battlefield 3 is on shelves in less than two weeks and he seems surprisingly relaxed. The same goes for his colleague. Both of them have been on the road for two straight weeks. First Moscow, then Sydney, and now here on the ...

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12:30 PM on 10.12.2011

Australian ratings for mobile, online games put on hold

Way back in the heady days of 2009, the idea of mobile games' being classified in Australia reared its head. In 2011, the possibility of ratings for mobile and online games is becoming very real. But today, the Federal Minist...

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11:30 AM on 10.12.2011

Study reveals major increase in gaming in Australia

3,500 Australians in over 1,200 households have been surveyed in the Digital Australia Report 2012 as to their videogame and digital media habits. The results are nothing but positive -- a whopping 92% of Australian household...

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3:30 PM on 10.04.2011

EB Games Expo gets much more hands-on

Next weekend (October 15 and 16) sees the launch of the EB Games Expo at Australia's Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, offering one and all the opportunity to attend the show and play some upcoming games well befor...

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12:30 PM on 10.03.2011

Bionic Commando rated by Australian Classification Board

It must be hard for publishers trying to keep a lid on certain upcoming releases when, a lot of the time, the game is simply dropped into the public consciousness via classification rating. Or perhaps these regular leaks are ...

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1:30 PM on 09.21.2011

UK newspaper: 'Gamers can't tell real world from fantasy'

After roughly every single outlet in the UK blaming the London Riots on videogames, I was led to believe that perhaps we would experience a few months before some more insanity was thrown about by the mainstream media. Perhap...

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11:45 AM on 09.20.2011

New PSN terms of service do not apply to Australia

The recent and questionable move by Sony for all its PlayStation Network users to waive any group-based lawsuits after signing up to the service has had a lot of people outraged. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Austr...

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10:15 AM on 09.19.2011

Patch for PC Battlefield: Bad Company 2 incoming

Are you sitting down? Because you should be before you read this next sentence: Battlefield 3 is only six weeks away from release. Before that game drops, though, DICE hasn't forgotten about its current entry in the fran...

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9:40 AM on 09.19.2011

Visceral Studios Melbourne closes its doors

Recently, the Australian videogame industry has suffered some crippling blows. From THQ closing two Sydney-based studios to the controversial end of Team Bondi, it seemed the situation can only go from bad to worse. Well, tod...

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10:45 AM on 09.15.2011

LucasArts now hiring for new projects

In the mid-to-late nineties, LucasArts was one of the most exciting game developers on the planet. Since then, the quality of their titles has been rather hit-and-miss. That latter-day disappointment may be about to change, a...

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8:40 AM on 09.15.2011

Dead Island ships over 1 million units in North America

Despite some early hiccups, Techland's Dead Island seems to be a pleasant surprise for a great deal of people. Publisher Deep Silver is reporting that in just one week of sale, they have shipped more than one million copies o...

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2:15 PM on 09.13.2011

EB Games Expo final lineup announced

Last we heard, the EB Games Expo happening in Australia's Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre was starting to fill up with some serious contenders in the way of game publishers. Pretty much every major release for the...

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1:30 PM on 09.09.2011

The Last Guardian will be absent from Tokyo Game Show

Even with the recent and welcome news regarding Team ICO's previous works, it does little to sate the hunger that pretty much everyone has for the respected developer's next game. The long-delayed The Last Guardian will ...

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6:00 AM on 09.09.2011

XBLA Bloodrayne Betrayal delayed in Australia

Developer Wayforward have already been tasting some measure of critical success with their 2D animated side-scroller BloodRayne: Betrayal, which released on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade this week. Unfortunately, X...

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8:00 PM on 09.05.2011

Uwe Boll returns with another baffling videogame movie

Remember Zombie Massacre for the Amiga? No? Well, that's fine because Uwe Boll does. He remembers it so fondly, he is adding it to the long, long, list of games he believes would translate into movies. The 1998 Doom clone is ...

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6:00 PM on 09.05.2011

Xbox LIVE Rewards finally launches in Australia

Ten months after the launch of Xbox LIVE's Rewards program in the US and UK, the ability to earn Microsoft Points for doing stuff on Xbox LIVE is now up and running for Australia. Invitations are now being sent out to Austral...

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11:00 AM on 09.01.2011

PS3 sales increase 400% in Australia

Sony Australia have announced an astounding increase in popularity for the PlayStation 3. Based on information from retailers and NPD data, a 400% sales jump for the console happened soon after the price cut was announced at ...

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9:40 AM on 09.01.2011

Capcom announce Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike DLC packs

In the past, Capcom have earned themselves a less than favourable reputation when it comes to downloadable content for its games. Fans have displayed everything from mild annoyance to white hot rage every time Capcom reveal t...

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9:20 AM on 09.01.2011

Team Bondi closes its doors and enters administration

The Sydney-based developer of L.A. Noire hasn't had the best of times since its 1940s-era crime epic was released in May. Despite strong sales and positive reviews, Team Bondi's troubles extended to employees' lack of proper ...

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2:30 PM on 08.29.2011

Skyrim will fit on one Xbox 360 disc so you can relax now

In the last year or so, games on the Xbox 360 have started to expand to two (Mass Effect 2) and sometimes even three (L.A. Noire) discs. When it comes to the next installment in the Elder Scrolls series, you would be forgiven...

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11:30 AM on 08.24.2011

House Of The Dead: Overkill Extended Cut banned in Aus

The new version of SEGA's lightgun zombie shooter House Of The Dead: Overkill has been refused classification in Australia, effectively banning it from sale. "A game banned in Australia? Is it lunch time already?" is probably...

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6:00 AM on 08.23.2011

I Am Alive rated by Australian Classification Board

When it rains, it pours. Fresh from the maybe-possibly-real trailer that leaked out, Ubisoft's disaster survival game I Am Alive seems to be gaining traction in the real world and out of the realms of vaporware. The Australia...

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8:40 AM on 08.22.2011

Saints Row: Money Shot sure is a thing that exists

Hot on the heels of The Most Stupidly Awesome Collector's Edition of 2011, THQ's Saints Row franchise seems to want to keep itself in the spotlight. Some scraps of information have circulated from a number of sources pointing...

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7:00 AM on 08.19.2011

Saints Row The Third: Smooth Criminal Edition is perfect

Saints Row The Third already looks outrageously deranged. From the Professor Genki pre-order bonuses to the ability to adjust your genital area on a whim, developer Volition seem to want to give new meaning to the phrase "no ...

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8:20 AM on 08.18.2011

Catherine finally reaching Australian shores

Atlus' puzzle-horror adventure Catherine has had the most diverse reactions of a videogame in recent memory. Fortunately, now Australians can decide for themselves as the game has just been announced to be released later this...

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8:00 AM on 08.18.2011

An evening with id Software at the Sydney Opera House

Unexpectedly, it seems the Sydney Opera House has become the place to be in Australia when it comes to videogames. RAGE creative director Tom Willits will be speaking at the venue on September 14 about the history o...

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6:00 AM on 08.17.2011

Analyst predicts Australian game prices to drop by 2012

Despite the Australian dollar steadily maintaining parity with the US dollar for quite some time now, most videogame prices still remain painfully high. In what comes as welcome news, Macquarie Bank consumer analyst Rob Blyth...

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9:00 AM on 08.14.2011

PaRappa The Rapper creator to play at Sydney Opera House

As you are no doubt aware, some videogame music can be incredible. Combine that with an equally amazing stage to perform it on and you've got something really unique. That's exactly what's happening on August 20 at the Sydney...

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7:00 PM on 08.12.2011

EB Games Expo featured games list announced

Happening this October and open to the public, the EB Games Expo promises to deliver Australian gamers an extensive showcase of upcoming titles over two days. The Expo's organisers have confirmed the first announcement of games that will be featured on the show floor. 

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10:30 AM on 08.12.2011

EB Games Australia sets insane price for Uncharted 3 CE

We're only three months away from the release of the biggest PlayStation 3 title of 2011 and you would be forgiven for already being caught up in the hype. EB Games Australia, however, seem to want to burst that bubble of exc...

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11:00 PM on 08.11.2011

All Australian Attorneys General now support R18+

It's been a rough week for the Australian video game industry but fortunately, it's not all bad news. In an unprecedented move, every single Attorney General from all states in Australia have now put their support behind an R...

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1:00 AM on 08.06.2011

The 16-bit Game Of Thrones RPG you wish existed

HBO's Game Of Thrones was arguably the finest piece of television 2011 had to offer. Now those folks from across the Narrow Sea at College Humor have taken it to the next level of amazing. They've created a hilarious and ext...

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3:00 AM on 08.04.2011

Warner Bros registers 'Scribblenauts Remix' domain

The Scribblenauts franchise has been fairly successful for Warner Bros. Interactive and developer 5th Cell so it stands to reason that the series would continue. Warner Bros has registered a site domain for something called "...

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