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Published by Liam Merrick on November 21, 2014 400 And Counting: Week Six (TV Is The Thing)

This was the week that I almost starting playing World of Warcraft again. It was a near miss. If the Blizzard call centre was open I would’ve reactivated my account and that would’ve been it. Instead I just spent a night watching WoW streams on Twitch.

This was the week where I caught up on TV. American Horror Story: Freakshow is out, and despite a rather weak first episode, the series has me hooked. The Newsroom’s final season is also under way and it gets better and better with every episode. Pair that with the weekly offerings of Whose Line is it Anyway and Billy on the Street and you can see where this is going.

I love watching movies but now that I have to watch movies every day, I’m finding it harder to motivate myself. This blog is being written all on a Wednesday, where previously I wrote each review after I see the films. Sure, writing a blog and watching movies isn’t really hard work, but I just can’t be fucked some nights.

I’m almost tempted to fire up my Xbox. Almost. Continue reading »

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Published by Liam Merrick on November 14, 2014 400 And Counting: Week Five (Looking for Time)

After last’s week final paragraph about getting back into watching weird and wonderful films, I promptly spent the next two days not watching films. Good job, Liam. Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on November 12, 2014 Just Cause 3 Unveiled

Just Cause 3 altSquare Enix has revealed Just Cause 3 for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC.Avalanche Studios is returning to develop this open-world action-adventure title. It will see Just Cause 2 protagonist Rico deployed in a Mediterranean archipelago. The game will introduce a wingsuit for traversal, and bring back Just Cause stalwarts — the parachute and grapple-hook — albeit with “vastly improved…mechanics.”

“We’ve been waiting for this moment ever since Just Cause 2 was released,” said Avalanche Studios’ founder and Chied Creative Officer Christofer Sundberg, “This is the culmination of a decade’s worth of open-world evolution and innovation.” Continue reading »

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Published by Liam Merrick on November 9, 2014 400 And Counting: Week Four (The Post PAX Blues)

This week was all about PAX Australia: The preparation, attendance and the recovery from the dreaded but not unexpected conflu. This year’s PAX was a different experience to last year’s. Back then, I took care of the show’s coverage, so lots of interviews, first impressions and indie coverage. This year I did some of that as well but I also filmed a number of Magic: The Gathering events. Last year I had time to draft, this year I certainly did not.

PAX was busy, frantic, stressful, exciting, joyful and fun. PAX was a lot of things, but it wasn’t great for watching movies. I managed a grand total of three films this week and only one of them was on the SBS On Demand service. On the plus side, all three films were interesting, engaging and vastly different. Continue reading »

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Published by Jamie Galea on November 7, 2014 Ubisoft Pulls Support for Steam

UbisoftIn a somewhat surprising development, Ubisoft have today pulled their three major holiday releases from PC digitial distribution platform Steam, and have raised further questions about their continued support on the platform. Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on November 6, 2014 Hyah! Etc.: Nintendo Direct 6/11/2014

Nintendo Direct Majora's MaskThe Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D.

Yup, Majora’s Mask. 3D.

Amidst a Nintendo Direct focussing on 2015, featuring a whole mess of 2015 details,  a cavalcade of indie titles and the first appearance of Nintendo Global President Satoru Iwata since his hospitalisation earlier this year, it was the above seven words that caused the biggest celebration. Continue reading »

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Published by Liam Merrick on November 4, 2014 400 And Counting: Week Three (Time With The Family)

Once more I ride the wave of SBS On Demand movies. Last week I managed a measly five films, far beyond my required seven-point-something films I’m supposed to watch each week. I haven’t hit seven films this week, but I’m doing better than last week, so that’s something.

Don’t judge me! Continue reading »

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Published by Jamie Galea on October 24, 2014 Nintendo Direct: 24/10/14 – 50 Things You Didn’t Know About Super Smash Bros For Wii U

Nintendo LogoWith Super Smash Bros For 3DS well out and the wait for Super Smash Bros For Wii U feeling longer by the day, Nintendo’s latest Direct special was a 35 presentation focusing on 50 things deemed must-see, and there sure as hell were some surprises to boot. Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on October 24, 2014 Local Servers Coming To World Of Warcraft

warlords-of-draenor-851x315-facebookBlizzard announced during an event held in Sydney on Thursday night that it will be deploying Australian-based servers for its MMO World of Warcraft. From October 28, players currently on Oceanic realms will automatically be transferred from American-based servers to ones hosted locally, resulting in lower latency for Australian players,

These new servers will not have any impact on individual characters, gold and guilds, nor will they impact the ability for North American and Oceanic players to play with each other. Continue reading »

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Published by Liam Merrick on October 23, 2014 400 And Counting: Week Two (Drowning Slowly)

It’s the end of week two and I’ve already fallen behind. I went a whole two days without seeing a single movie. This is not good. Sure, I have excuses: Armageddon Expo was this weekend, and New Game Plus won’t film itself. The issue is that one movie a day won’t get me to 400 movies, so missing two days in a row is bad.

As my editor said today (Hi Don! (get back to work! -ed)), I’m meant to watch one-point-something New movies per day, so I had better pick up my Game! Continue reading »

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