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Oct 21 // David Rayfield

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...
Oct 21 // David Rayfield

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. 
Oct 20 // David Rayfield

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...
Oct 20 // David Rayfield

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 ...
Oct 17 // David Rayfield

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...
Oct 17 // David Rayfield

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...
Oct 17 // David Rayfield

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...
Oct 16 // David Rayfield

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 ...
Oct 12 // David Rayfield

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...
Oct 12 // David Rayfield

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...
Oct 04 // David Rayfield

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...
Oct 03 // David Rayfield

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 ...
Sep 21 // David Rayfield

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...
Sep 20 // David Rayfield

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...
Sep 19 // David Rayfield

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...
Sep 19 // David Rayfield

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...
Sep 15 // David Rayfield

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...
Sep 15 // David Rayfield

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...
Sep 13 // David Rayfield

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...
Sep 09 // David Rayfield

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 ...
Sep 09 // David Rayfield

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...
Sep 05 // David Rayfield

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 ...
Sep 05 // David Rayfield

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...
Sep 01 // David Rayfield

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 ...
Sep 01 // David Rayfield

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...
Sep 01 // David Rayfield

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 ...
Aug 29 // David Rayfield

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...
Aug 24 // David Rayfield

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...
Aug 23 // David Rayfield

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...
Aug 22 // David Rayfield

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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