Category Archives: Features

The Iris’ wrap up from the inaugural RTX Australia in Sydney

There aren’t too many companies as downright ludicrous, hilarious and hard working as the guys and gals from Rooster Teeth. Formed in 2003 by Burnie Burns, Matt Hullum, Geoff Ramsey, Gus Sorola and Joel Heyman, the founders struck gold with their Machinima series Red vs Blue and soon forged a powerhouse that cultivated regular content spanning multiple channels.

It was with this new found internet fame and loyal community following that the company launched their own convention, RTX, that celebrated a convergence of internet and gaming culture.... Continue Reading

Opinion: We just don’t get as long to review games as we used to

I have a confession to make: I was wrong about a game I reviewed last year. Given that my judgement is understood to be both unassailably correct and final as if etched in granite, know that I am as shocked as you are. But how does something like that happen? I’m a critic – shouldn’t I be completely sure of my opinion on a game before I even start writing anything? Yes, absolutely. But for many in games media, the window between review copies arriving and a game’s release date has never been shorter. There are a number of reasons for this and, far from having a whinge about it, I’d like to lay it out clearly so that you know how these things can happen. Continue reading Opinion: We just don’t get as long to review games as we used to

The Iris Games & Tech Top 15 Games of 2015, plus our Runners Up and Biggest Letdowns of the Year

What a year it’s been for gaming. The surge of fantastic indie titles shows no signs of slowing and, after a horror year in 2014, the AAA side of the industry has made a clear effort to pick itself up by the bootstraps and deliver titles of quality. There was a lot to like out there this year, but 2015 wasn’t without its calamities and misfires and we’ll cover those too. So what were our favourite games this year? And which will take home our coveted Game of the Year award? Continue reading The Iris Games & Tech Top 15 Games of 2015, plus our Runners Up and Biggest Letdowns of the Year

So what exactly is Yo-Kai Watch anyway?

There’s a name many parents might be hearing a lot right now. Yo-Kai Watch. It’s a game, it’s a TV show, it’s getting a lot of ad play, and your kids want it for Christmas. The thing is, you’ve also heard that it’s a massive cultural phenomenon with millions of fans … so why are you only hearing about it now? Relax, The Iris has you covered. Here’s a quick primer on the world of Yo-Kai Watch. Continue reading So what exactly is Yo-Kai Watch anyway?

PAX AUS 2015: Our highlights and lowlights from this year’s convention

This year’s PAX AUS convention felt like it was trading on the lessons learned from its two previous events. The problems found at the 2013 and 2014 shows were fewer, while a handful of new ones sprang up to take its place. To that end, we’ve put together a short list of what we thought were the highlights and lowlights from this year’s show. Continue reading PAX AUS 2015: Our highlights and lowlights from this year’s convention

Our picks for what to do and where to be at PAX AUS 2015

The most important three days on the Australian gaming community calendar are here again at last. Now in it’s third year, PAX Australia has become the nation’s premiere festival for every corner of the gaming hobby. From tabletop to virtual reality, if you love games then PAX loves you. If you’re having trouble deciding what to do or see at this year’s show, we’ve put together a few of our must-see events to help you out. Continue reading Our picks for what to do and where to be at PAX AUS 2015

8 Classic Video Games That Desperately Need Sequels

In the ever-changing video games industry landscape, it’s easy for classic franchises to be left behind or forgotten. Some characters have been adapted and changed, such as Rare’s foul-mouthed mascot, Conker, who appeared in the recent Project Spark and Sony’s Spyro the Dragon, now featuring in the much-loved Skylanders series. Other games are often left in the dust, and never get the sequels that they deserve. Here’s our list of the top video game franchises that desperately need sequels for the modern generation of gaming…... Continue Reading

The Iris’ EB Games Expo 2015 Awards

The EB Games Expo has come and gone for another year; three days of video games and tech with some of the biggest, most exciting, upcoming titles. Developers such as Bethesda and EA DICE had booths set up, showcasing their latest works as either playable demos or extended previews, and in true EB Expo fashion, it was all complemented by various exhibitions, an EB mega store, a light saber battle, and laser skirmish, amongst others.... Continue Reading