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Published by Jamie Galea on March 2, 2015 HTC & Valve Announce Virtual Reality Partnership

Steam-Logo-100x100With the 2015 Game Developers Conference upon us, mobile phone giant HTC has announced their foray into the burgeoning virtual reality market, partnering up with Valve to produce a VR headset. The product, known as HTC Vive, will be released to developers in a few months time, with a consumer version to be released by the end of the year. Continue reading »

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Published by Liam Merrick on February 26, 2015 400 And Counting: Week 18 (You Want A Revolution)

I feel like I’m hitting my stride. It’s been a while since I’ve had a lowly four-movie week and I’m generally enjoying most of the films I’m watching. I still find that I’m watching less and less foreign movies since abandoning my computer (it just isn’t as cinematic) and, as a result, the SBS On Demand service. On the bright side, I am slowly working my way through my pile of Blu-Rays instead of increasing it.

On another note, I’ve been reading quite a bit recently. I just finished Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Nation by Blake J. Harris, which tells the tale of the battle between Sega and Nintendo during the 8- and 16-bit days. For anyone interested in that period, or video games in general, it’s a deeply engaging book and an easy read.

Enough about words, let’s move onto pictures! Continue reading »

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Published by Liam Merrick on February 20, 2015 400 And Counting: Week 17 (Second Verse, Same As The First)

Last week I dived into the world of professional Magic: The Gathering; this week I’ve discovered a new podcast, The Worst Idea of All Time. In it, two friends watch and review a movie each week. That movie is Grown Ups 2. Every. Single Week. I’m only a few episodes in, but I love hearing them dissect the film and try to stay sane. It almost makes me want to re-watch Grown Up 2 (in my defence, I saw it during my ‘I see everything that comes out regardless of how crap it is’ stage).

So, on to this week’s movies. No, Grown Ups 2 isn’t one of them. Continue reading »

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Published by Kiefer Guy-Lindlar on February 18, 2015 Dragon, Dragon, Draggin’: The Bandai Namco Showcase

Bandai Namco logoBandai Namco certainly is busy. Just a few weeks ago I was sitting down and getting some quality time with CD Projekt’s The Witcher 3 (released May 19th), and now here I am checking out more of the publisher’s games. This time, I had opportunity to sample some upcoming releases. Dragon Ball Xenoverse, the latest entry in the long series of Dragon Ball games; the next-gen release of Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, and the highly-anticipated racing sim Project CARS.
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Published by Liam Merrick on February 13, 2015 400 And Counting: Week 16 (It’s a Kind of Magic, Magic, Magic!)

This is a big week, and not just because this is the first of the theme weeks. No, the reason is Magic: The Gathering’s Pro Tour Fate Reforged! It put the world’s best Magic players against each other in the Modern format, which pulls from almost every card printed since 2003. We’ve just had a few sets with some powerful cards, as well as some major cards banned, so the meta (effectively what everyone is playing) has been shaken up and new decks are cropping up. The means exactly zero to you if you don’t play or follow Magic, but as someone who likes watching competitive magic, the Pro Tour was an exciting time.

An unexpected day off meant that I still managed to see a bunch of movies. Now, I’m not going to tell you the theme, it’ll be up to you to guess it. Naturally, I still went to the cinemas, so I have one to throw you off. Continue reading »

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Published by Matt Batten on February 10, 2015 EA/Bioware Cancel Shadow Realms

Shadow Realms logoJust six months after it was announced, EA and Bioware Austin disclosed that their next project, Shadow Realms, will no longer move forward with development.

Bioware Austin’s General Manager Jeff Hickman took to the official Shadow Realms website to break the news. He cited the company’s focus on supporting pre-existing and upcoming titles, including Dragon Age: Inquisition, Star Wars: The Old Republic and more.

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Published by Liam Merrick on February 6, 2015 400 And Counting: Week 15 (I Like Your Old Stuff)

I’ve come to notice my viewing habits recently, and one of them was in full force this week. After work, or when I’m tired, I’m far more likely to just watch whatever is on TV or nearby, with a preference for films I’ve already seen. I guess being tired means I don’t want to put the effort in to watch a new film when I could re-watch Braveheart.

Spoiler alert: I watched Braveheart this week. Continue reading »

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Published by Jamie Galea on February 3, 2015 Vale Monty Oum: 22/6/81 – 3/2/15

We at New Game Plus are saddened to learn of the passing of Rooster Teeth animator Monty Oum, creator of the animated series RWBY. He was 33 years old.

Oum had been recently hospitalised after an allergic reaction. Despite a ten day struggle, he was unable to recover. Continue reading »

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Published by Jamie Galea on February 1, 2015 Twitch Australian Servers Go Live

Twitch logoIn a surprising discovery, streaming juggernaut Twitch has launched Australian servers to aid local streaming and viewing experiences.

The discovery was noted by several users on Twitter (notably Australian Starcraft II observer Phil “inFeza” Bertino and Assault Android Cactus developer Syama Mishra), but Twitch has yet to formally announce the new servers. The reports are positive amongst those who did manage to test out the new servers today, and will certainly go a long way in increasing the quality of Australian streaming. Continue reading »

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Published by Liam Merrick on January 30, 2015 400 And Counting: Week 14 (Once More With Feeling)

This has been a pretty quiet film week for me. I did get to do some fun non-movie things. I saw Neil Gaiman at the Athenaeum Theatre, where he read some stories, including a longer piece, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, which had live music and pictures by Eddie Campbell (the artist of From Hell by Alan Moore). It was an epic night, with some great stories, some funny jokes and some great music.

Naturally, on Australia Day, I got drunk and listened to that song on Triple J; you know the one, it’s about to be on all the car ads. Continue reading »

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