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Community Report: EA Gamescom Event

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to find negative opinions about EA. Google might be your friend, but the auto-completes suggests that its no friend of EA. The company was voted ‘Worst Company in the World’ in 2012 and 2013, and if you weren’t a gamer, you would be scratching your head about what this evil corporation might be up to. When you hear of things like that, you start to wonder – what twisted sort of person might work there? Are they filled with loathing and contempt for those beyond, or are they perhaps like John Smith from […]

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The path to a gay lead

Gaming has come a long way over the years. From the simplicity of Pong to the complexities of trying to understand the plot of the Metal Gear Solid series, we have seen games evolve from more than the quick game you try and reload, to games in which the story-lines engage the player, drawing them in to the artificial world created by the games writers. We are spending greater amounts of time in these game worlds, and with this time investment has come a greater interaction with the characters within these worlds.

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For the love of gaming – re-igniting the spark of passion

Something happened to me between starting up my own games website and now – something changed which made me lose something very special to me. I can’t pinpoint when exactly it happened, but somewhere along the line, I stopped enjoying playing video games. I stopped being excited about gaming. I had, in what took me completely by surprise, lost my passion for gaming.

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The Elder Scrolls Online BETA – First Impressions

This past weekend I played the Elder Scrolls Online on PC during their BETA event and am finally getting around to letting y’all know what I thought of it.

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The abuse culture in the gaming world

I remember a time long ago, when I was no more than 8 years old, my parents bought me my first gaming console – the Nintendo Entertainment System. I had a number of games on the little square brick that I both loved (The Legend of Zelda) and hated (the insanely difficult Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). I was not shy about telling all of my friends in the school playground how hard and bad TMNT was. This schoolyard talk was the only option open to me then, as there were no forums or social media sites to complain about a […]

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The censoring of the Saints: an evaluation of Australia’s games censorship system

Remember the buzz in the Australian gaming scene at the start of the year when we finally got that R18+ category?  It was like Christmas came a week and a bit late! The first half of the year was exciting as we saw various titles released under that shiny new red label that otherwise would not have been seen in their unmodified form in this country. Yet like all good parties someone arrived a little too drunk, upset some people and was refused entry.  What surprised most was that it wasn’t an overtly offensive game, like the Japanese Eroge RapeLay, […]

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The Double Standards of Entertainment

Earlier this year the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-V) was revised to include the ‘disorder’ of Internet Addiction, which I must admit left me shaking my head. I can’t think of any other pastime that comes under such scrutiny than that related to online activities or video games. Spend a winter’s day curled up on the couch reading a book or watching a movie and people accept that as a wonderful way to spend a lazy day. But say you spent that time engaged in the age old battle between the Assassins and Templars, or watching […]

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Your Days Are Numbered, Boys

Gaming has long been a male dominated industry, in both its management and participation. But we are slowly seeing a move away from this with almost half of gamers being female1 and distinct measures taken to garner female involvement at all levels – management, development, and media. One thing that has taken more time, however, is changing the presentation of females in games. Game protagonists have traditionally been male, with females being relegated to lesser roles such as support NPCs, romantic interests, or needing rescuing from a castle (no not that castle, another one). Although this has been recognised, the […]

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The E3 Primer – Part One

Every year we wait, we anticipate and we speculate. But perhaps this year’s E3 expo not only holds the most secrets yet to be revealed, but also the most to lose for everyone involved.

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The Difficulty with Difficulty (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Load Screen)

Ok, I have a confession to make: I kind of like easy games. There, I said it. I’ve admitted it, I’ve let it out in the open, now time to let the healing begin. I mean that literally, I need healing, my character is dying because I can’t seem to grasp the… crap, don’t get behind me… NO! Stupid ogre! Where the crap was my healer?! Ok, load last save, let’s try that again…

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