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Published by Tim on October 19, 2014 League of Legends Season 4 Championship Concludes

WC_2014_Logo2In front of a packed soccer stadium in Seoul South Korea and millions tuning in on Twitch, Azubu, YouTube and ESPN, Samsung White defeated Star Horn Royal Club 3-1 in the League of Legends World Championship Finals, earning themselves $1 million.

Samsun White’s support Mata took out the title of the tournament’s MVP, with a Kill/Death/Assist ratio of 18/27/253.

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Published by Liam Merrick on October 17, 2014 400 And Counting: Week One (The Bright Side)

It’s Day Four as I write this and I’m already feeling it. I came home from work and watched TV. SVU was on and it was a cliffhanger, so I had to watch the next episode. It’s currently 11:17pm and I start work at 7:30am tomorrow. I don’t want to watch a movie, I just want to sleep. But I can’t quit now — I haven’t earned a free day yet, so onwards it is!

My quest to watch 400 movies on the SBS On Demand service continues with the shortest movie I can find. Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on October 15, 2014 Australian Game Developer Awards Nominees Announced

Crawl screenshotThe Game Developers’ Association of Australia has announced the nominees of the Australian Game Developer Awards. Powerhoof Studios’ dungeon-crawler Crawl has lead the way with five nominations, including Game of the Year. Kumobius and Loveshack Entertainment each received four nominations for their games Duet and Framed.

“This year’s submissions demonstrate that Australian developers are innovating across the board,” said Simon Joslin, Creative Director of The Voxel Agents and member of the judging committee, “From adventurous storytelling to ideas so simple you wonder how you didn’t come up with them. What was consistent across the submissions was that they were made by teams with a clear vision of a unique and satisfying player experience, and executed at a truly world class level.”

The full list of nominees are: Continue reading »

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Published by Liam Merrick on October 9, 2014 400 And Counting: Week Zero (It Begins!)

400 movies sounds like a lot. That’s because it is. An average movie is an hour and half. So 400 movies is about 36,000 minutes or 6,000 hours. That’s almost as many hours as New Game Plus has spent on Dota 2 (Editor’s note: New Game Plus’ current cumulative Dota 2 playtime is 9,580 hours…)

Why is this very basic math relevant? Recently SBS released 400 free movies available on its On Demand service (available in Australia only), and I’m going to watch them all!  These movies are only available for 12 months, which means with work, the show and sleep it might be physically impossible.

This won’t however stop me from trying to watch all 400! Continue reading »

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Published by Charlotte Buckingham on October 8, 2014 Metroid in Monster Hunter: Nintendo Direct 08/10/14

Monster Hunter MetroidOn Wednesday, Nintendo of Japan held a Direct for the upcoming 3DS game, Monster Hunter 4G. The game is due to release in Japan in just three days, and will be hitting the West under the name ‘Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’ early next year.

The Nintendo Direct was 27 minutes and contained a number of new announcements. A lot of these consisted of crossovers between Monster Hunter and other franchises. Continue reading »

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Published by New Game Plus Staff on October 8, 2014 New Game Plus At PAX Australia 2014

It is just over three weeks until gamers from Australia and all around the world descend onto the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for the second PAX Australia expo! And of course, New Game Plus will be there in force.

We’ll be walking around the show floor, playing way too much Johann Sebastian Joust, and appearing on a number of panels! Continue reading »

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Published by Donald Duong on October 7, 2014 Vib-Ribbon Coming To PS3, Vita, PS4

After teasing the game at its E3 press conference, Sony has announced that it will be re-releasing the 1999 rhythm title Vib-Ribbon for the Playstation 3, PS Vita and Playstation 4. Vib-Ribbon allowed players to use their audio CDs to play through procedurally-generated stages.

The Platstation 3 version will retain the ability for players to use their audio CDs. Sony has not announced if the PS Vita or Playstation 4 versions will have a substituted feature. Continue reading »

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Published by Charlotte Buckingham on September 24, 2014 Blizzard Confirms Cancellation of MMO Titan

Blizzard LogoBlizzard confirmed in an interview with Polygon today it had cancelled its MMO project Titan, which had been in development for seven years.

Blizzard said the decision to cancel the game was not one they took lightly, with senior vice president of story and franchise development Chris Metzen describing the decision as “excruciating”. Continue reading »

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Published by Jamie Galea on September 16, 2014 Microsoft Acquires Mojang For $2.5 Billion USD

In a somewhat surprising move, Microsoft today announced they were purchasing Swedish developer Mojang (Minecraft, Scrolls) for $2.5 Billion USD. Continue reading »

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Published by Jamie Galea on September 1, 2014 Five Stories From Sony’s Pre-Tokyo Game Show 2014 Stream

With the 2014 Tokyo Game Show set to start later this month, Sony once again held a press conference to show off some significant software and hardware updates for the Asia region. For those who didn’t catch the stream, here are the highlights from the two hour presentation.  Continue reading »

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