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Video Games Review: Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (PS4, 2017) is an adventure game that won’t tell you what to do

Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is a game that pulls from all sorts of different places for inspiration. It pulls from literature, it pulls from movies and (most often) it pulls from other games. While its inspirations are worn quite proudly on its sleeve, it’s what Yonder does with them that makes it memorable. Continue reading Video Games Review: Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles (PS4, 2017) is an adventure game that won’t tell you what to do

The Working Lunch is giving women the tools they need to enter and flourish in the games industry

Almost half of the of all Australians who play video games are female. In the games development space however, women make up only 19% of the total workforce. The Working Lunch, a new initiative from the IGEA and some of Australia’s most prominent female games industry veterans, aims to change that. Continue reading The Working Lunch is giving women the tools they need to enter and flourish in the games industry

Scott Ludlam’s resignation is a massive blow to the Australian gaming industry, and we’re devastated

Earlier this afternoon Western Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam resigned from his positions in the Australian senate and the Greens deputy leadership. The resignation came following the discovery that he had never formally renounced his New Zealand dual citizenship before running in the 2016 federal election. With Ludlam’s departure, the only voice the Australian games industry had in anything close to federal government is silenced. Continue reading Scott Ludlam’s resignation is a massive blow to the Australian gaming industry, and we’re devastated

Video Games Review: Firewatch (PC, 2016)

Firewatch is a game that had me intrigued from the moment I laid eyes on it. The first time I heard anything about it was a trailer during Sony’s E3 2015 press conference. It made me laugh, it made me wonder what its deal was and I quietly kept an eye on it over the next six months as Campo Santo put the finishing touches on it. Continue reading Video Games Review: Firewatch (PC, 2016)

Video Games Review: The Westport Independent (PC, 2016)

I’ve already seen The Westport Independent described as “Censorship Simulator” online and, honestly, that’s not a bad way to describe it. A totalitarian Loyalist government is instituting policies that will prevent a free media from informing the masses, but the underground Rebels need the help of your newspaper to help sway public opinion and create dissent. What’s an editor to do? Continue reading Video Games Review: The Westport Independent (PC, 2016)

Video Games Review: Shovel Knight (PS4, 2015)

There’s been a resurgence in games that trade in the nostalgia surrounding the 8-bit NES-era in the last few years. Where many of the games that seek to capitalise in the look and feel of those games, they rarely capture what really made them special. Shovel Knight isn’t one of those games. Shovel Knight doesn’t just look like a NES game, it plays like a NES game and that’s what makes it so amazing. Continue reading Video Games Review: Shovel Knight (PS4, 2015)

PAX AUS 2015: Scott Ludlam says the government isn’t working hard enough to support local devs

Greens senator Scott Ludlam had some very choice words for the Australian government on the Boss Level panel at PAXAus on Saturday, saying in no uncertain terms that they are not doing enough to support the local games industry. Continue reading PAX AUS 2015: Scott Ludlam says the government isn’t working hard enough to support local devs