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January 27, 2015

Silence Announced for PlayStation 4

Germany’s Daedalic Entertainment have confirmed upcoming adventure romp Silence will also see a PlayStation 4 release following earlier indications the title will launch on Xbox One, PC and Mac.

“We now also have Sony’s approval and we’re looking forward to make Silence available to Playstation®4-players”, says Steffen Boos, Daedalic Entertainment’s studio manager.

“This makes Silence a fully-fledged multi-platform project; for the first time, we can release a game for the high end current-gen consoles which is an important cornerstone for the company. We strongly believe that narrative-driven games like ours will be well [...]

 
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January 27, 2015

VR Headsets Aren’t Ready to Replace Game Consoles Just Yet

As technology becomes more and more sophisticated, I can’t help but sometimes wonder just how it will actually effect the way we enjoy the video game pastime.

Obviously it’s easy to think about more realistic graphics and more sophisticated in-game physics, however it’s perhaps short sided to continuously rely on these staples as the benchmark of what we, as gamers, have come to expect from video games. There’s a case to be made that our insatiable appetite for more realistic worlds is actually holding back the medium. As we demand more from our processors and silicone, it gets harder and harder to make stable, retail ready new interface devices that [...]

 
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December 17, 2014

Pokémon Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire Set Australian Sales Records

Nintendo Australia today announced its latest release in the Pokémon series Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire have outsold last years offerings and have gone onto break local sales records.

The titles sold over 120,000 units in their first week on shelves which was an increase over last year’s Pokémon X & Y release — also on Nintendo 3DS — which sold over 100,000 units in the same period. X & Y themselves outsold the previous record holders Pokémon Diamond and Pearl on Nintendo DS which went on to sell over 330,000 units life-to-date.

“We’re thrilled to see players in Australia and New Zealand embracing the latest Pokémon titles on [...]

 
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December 17, 2014

Australian Local Xbox Servers Live Now

Australian Xbox One users rejoice, you now have local dedicated servers to host all your online needs starting today.

Xbox Australia today said the launch of the local Xbox Live servers will bring “low pings and centralised local hosting to players around the country on select Xbox One titles.”

The console maker also said the new servers will reduce drop outs and host migrations when players leave a locally supported game and provide players with a more enjoyable and reliable multiplayer gaming experience.

“It has been a very exciting year for both Xbox and the industry. We set out to deliver amazing experiences on the Xbox One platform, and are [...]

 
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December 12, 2014

Nintendo’s Second amiibo Wave (Sold) Out Now

The second wave of Nintendo’s popular amiibo characters are in stores across Australia today and many retailers are reporting to Aussie-Gamer the line is almost sold out already.

Yesterday we published a list of the rarest amiibo characters around, today the new wave of characters seemed to do little to satisfy collectors hunger for the popular figurines. The six new characters on shelves from today are Diddy Kong, Zelda, Luigi, Captain Falcon, Pit and Little Mac.

For those unaware, amiibo are Nintendo’s new range of ‘toys to life’ figurines. They contain a special NFC (Near Field Communication) chip that communicates to the Wii U and New [...]

 
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December 11, 2014

The Complete List of Nintendo’s Rarest amiibo

We’re on the cusp of the second wave of Nintendo’s popular amiibo figures which hit Australian shores on Friday December 12. But there are probably three amiibo that collectors have having trouble picking up.

Marth, Villager and Wii Fit Trainer are the rarest three characters and are proving to be difficult to pin down. EB Games and JB HiFi — the only two notable retailers who bothered to sell these online — both list Marth as sold out, while the other two are often not listed at all.

Worse still is that all three are absent in most stores. We called many retailers across Sydney including EB Games, Big W, Target, Kmart and others trying to get an [...]

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December 11, 2014

Is Feminism Making Men Video Game More?

In the 1960’s, researcher John Calhoun discovered in a mice society that a denser population would result in all social roles being automatically fulfilled. Female mice would become more aggressive, often killing all their offspring and ditching their mates.

The males, unable to comprehend their role in the society, would withdraw into themselves and follow solo pursuits only, such as eating, sleeping and grooming themselves with little regard to social interaction. These males were called “The Beautiful Ones” as they had shiny coats but cared nothing for anything else. As the individual mice became less social, the consequences to the greater society were [...]

 
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November 21, 2014

Commander Cherry’s Trailer is Terrifying

Say goodbye to sleep. Forever. Grande Games is bringing Commander Cherry’s Puzzled Journey — a so-called “Yoga-Action-Platformer” — to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next year and its introduction trailer is horrifying.

In the game, players will use their bodies to form platforms for Commander Cherry to navigate. If you need to get across a large pitfall, you would form a pose that resembles a bridge. The PlayStation 4 camera or Xbox One Kinect will scan your body into the game. It can then be reproduced as needed to make stairs or other platforms and ledges.

Players use their controller to move the titular character through the level like a [...]

 
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November 17, 2014

Australia Can Now Order the GameCube Controller Adapter

Nintendo Australia today announced details on how fans of upcoming Super Smash Bros. for Wii U can get their hands on the GameCube Controller Adapter.

The device allows players to play the game using up to four GameCube adapters. The GameCube, for those who may be unaware, is a home console Nintendo released in 2002 and was home to Super Smash Bros. Melee, the second and arguably best game (so far) in the series that to this day is still played in major eSports competitions.

To get a hold of your GameCube Controller Adapter, which plugs into any of the Wii U’s free USB ports, you need to get in contact with Nintendo Australia Customer Service.

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November 17, 2014

I Was Offline During Gamergate

Farewells can be devastating, but returns are unquestionably worse. Memories of what was become realities of what is, and that can be the hardest pill to swallow. I was offline during Gamergate and now that I’m online, explaining how the whole ordeal looks to the outsider — even one who has a passion for both writing and gaming — may give insight into the effectiveness of the movement.

First, the obligatory disclosure. I don’t claim to fully understand Gamergate. I don’t claim to be on one side of the debate or the other because I don’t have all the facts. And that is the point of his article as well as its conclusion: the issue may in fact [...]

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