All posts by David Smith

Games and technology editor, Dungeons and Dragons fanboy and your new best friend. You can reach me at david.smith@theaureview.com with news tips, pitches, press releases, invites, review content and more.

We went to BAM9 in Melbourne last weekend and it was the absolute best

The profile of competitive eSports only seems to be growing in Australia with the Intel Extreme Masters drawing a massive crowd in Sydney just a few weeks ago and the ESL continuing to grow by leaps and bounds. These events tend to focus on one of two genres — shooters or strategy — but there is a third genre that has been building a following with the rise of streaming services like Twitch, fighters. Continue reading We went to BAM9 in Melbourne last weekend and it was the absolute best

Individual Nintendo Switch Docks arrive in Australia on May 26

Those Switch owners wanting the ability to move their Switch unit from room-to-room or screen-to-screen with them won’t have much longer to wait. The Nintendo Switch Dock Set arrives next week. Continue reading Individual Nintendo Switch Docks arrive in Australia on May 26

Warner Bros Interactive too excited for E3, announce Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and Marvel Entertainment have this morning announced the sequel to their popular Lego Marvel Super Heroes from 2013.  Continue reading Warner Bros Interactive too excited for E3, announce Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

BAM9 kicks off tonight in Melbourne! Here’s where you can see every fight

Fighting game tournament Battle Arena Melbourne 9 kicks off tonight at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, bringing with it the latest stop on the 2017 Capcom Pro Tour. Fans of fighting games like Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros and those wanting a look at the final console version of Tekken 7 ahead of release need only apply. The whole show will be broadcast on Twitch and we’ve got the full broadcast schedule for you after the jump. Continue reading BAM9 kicks off tonight in Melbourne! Here’s where you can see every fight

Video Games Review: Cities Skylines: Xbox One Edition (Xbox One, 2017), or Zen and the Art of Urban Planning

Gaming history is littered with console ports of PC strategy titles. Sometimes they get close to emulating the PC experience, sometimes they miss the mark by a wide margin. Cities: Skylines is the latest to make the jump to console, thanks to Melbourne heroes Tantalus Media, but is it a success? Continue reading Video Games Review: Cities Skylines: Xbox One Edition (Xbox One, 2017), or Zen and the Art of Urban Planning

Grey Box gets why you’re mad about Rime being $80AUD on the Switch

When publisher Grey Box announced Australian pricing for their forthcoming puzzle adventure title Rime, Nintendo Switch owners couldn’t help noticing that the game was significantly more expensive on their console than it was on any other. Grey Box have now addressed the issue, and detailed exactly what they plan to do about it. Continue reading Grey Box gets why you’re mad about Rime being $80AUD on the Switch

New report suggests Mass Effect franchise on hiatus, Bioware Montreal undergoing restructure

A new report has suggested that, following the less-than-stellar response to Mass Effect: Andromeda from fans and critics alike, BioWare Montreal is being “scaled down” and that staff from the satellite studio are being moved onto different projects within the company. Worse, the same report indicates that the beloved science fiction franchise is being put on the back burner for the foreseeable future. Continue reading New report suggests Mass Effect franchise on hiatus, Bioware Montreal undergoing restructure

Tech Review: HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard is the no-nonsense gaming keyboard you’ve been looking for

The HyperX Alloy FPS is a mechanical keyboard that (if you believe the marketing) has been built from the ground up to suit those gaming hobbyists who spend most of their time playing first-person shooters. Known mostly for their eSports sponsorships, headsets and high-end RAM for gaming PC’s, HyperX’s first mechanical keyboard is one for the no-frills player. Continue reading Tech Review: HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Keyboard is the no-nonsense gaming keyboard you’ve been looking for