How a powerful city was recreated for a video game

Tim Biggs   How the most powerful city of 1868 was recreated for a video game, right down to the nitty gritty details.

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How Siobhan Reddy turned games into high art

"People don't realise how culturally important games are": Siobhan Reddy, director and co-founder of Media Molecule.

Hannah Francis   Siobhan Reddy is one of Australia's most successful games industry exports and is back in town for the release of a new masterpiece.


PlayStation VR coming to a face near you next year, Sony confirms

A Tokyo Game Show attendee tries out the PlayStation VR headset.

Tim Biggs   Sony's gaming-centric virtual reality headset will be making its way to consumers in the first half of 2016, the Japanese company has confirmed at the Tokyo Game Show.

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Ten games to keep an eye on this spring

Lara Croft in search of the secret of immortality in Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Chris Suellentrop   The twin rise of digital distribution and a robust independent scene has made video games more diverse, more rewarding and more unpredictable than at any time in the medium's history.

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Super Mario turns 30: here are 10 of his greatest hits

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Tim Biggs   From Super Mario Bros to Super Mario Maker, we take a look back at some highlights from the biggest game franchise's 30 years.

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Catch Pokemon in the real world with Pokemon Go


Tim Biggs   Nintendo, The Pokemon Company, and a start-up formerly embedded in Google have announced a plan to bring Pokemon into the real world with a smartphone game and optional wearable device.


Disney Infinity 3.0: everything you need to know

<i>Star Wars</i> is a major focus in the new game.

Tim Biggs   Latest entry in Disney's 'toys to life' franchise adds Star Wars, racing and heaps more. Here are the basics.

Apple TV's new focus won't be TV

The current Apple TV and remote.

Nick Wingfield   Apple stumbled into the games business almost by accident not long after it released the iPhone in 2007, igniting a new multibillion-dollar mobile games industry in the process.

Aussie developers rock gaming universe

Simplicity: In <i>Fruit Ninja</i> players swipe the screen to slice fruit.

Andrew Masterson   More than one billion people have downloaded Fruit Ninja, making it the second most popular app in history – and it was created by an Australian.

Why Madden franchise intrigues us

Offensive power: The new <I>Madden</i> title promises highlight-reel worthy plays when you've got the ball.

Matt Bungard   Each year, the latest instalment of EA Sports' FIFA series is one of the highest selling video games in Australia. Whenever new editions of AFL, NRL or cricket games are released, these also sell quite well – but it's Australia's fascination with games featuring sports outside of Australia which is a point of curiosity.


YouTube Gaming: Google takes on Twitch

YouTube has launched a dedicated site for game streams and videos.

Hayley Tsukayama   YouTube has stepped into the world of game streaming with the official launch of YouTube Gaming — its answer to Twitch.


Crossy Road creators take on a classic

Andy and Matt.

Tim Biggs   Australian two-man game studio set the world on fire with their take on a classic design, now they're looking to do it again.

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Until Dawn in 100 words

Hayden Panettiere leads a very strong cast in interactive horror <i>Until Dawn</i>.

Tim Biggs   Another step on the way to true interactive cinema, Until Dawn is a teen horror flick with a truly worthwhile twist: the fate of the teens is in your hands.

Games Week launches with hackathon

The inaugural Melbourne International Games Week is expected to attract gamers old and new.

Annabel Ross   Victoria's Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley has announced the program for the inaugural Melbourne International Games Week in October.


Everybody's Gone to the Rapture in 100 words


Tim Biggs   If Midsomer Murders had an episode set after a techno-apocalypse erased almost all human life from the world in an instant, it would be a bit like Everybody's Gone to the Rapture.

Brave new world

Stefan Pernar wears a Samsung Gear VR headset, with 360Heros GoPro camera rig.

Adam Turner   Whether they're battling zombies in dark alleyways, leading classroom excursions around the globe or offering virtual front-row seats at the footy, Australians are forging the way in the brave new world of virtual reality.

DIY virtual reality

A Google cardboard viewer.

Adam Turner   Anyone can download the instructions to build their own Google Cardboard viewer, or buy one for just a few dollars.

Violent video games linked to aggression

The American Psychological Association wants tighter controls on violent video games.

Psychologists have confirmed that playing violent video games is linked to aggressive and callous behaviour.


It's sport, but not as you know it: Aussie Chiefs eye $1m prize money

Derek "Raydere" Trang of the Chiefs celebrates his team's win.

Hannah Francis   Derek's sport is watched by millions and pays well. But if you're expecting goal kicks or slam dunks you'll be sorely disappointed.

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'They control me': a 13-year-old boy laments video games

William Lindesay is trying to stop his over-reliance on video games.

William Lindesay   Comment: Do video games satisfy what I think I need, or do they make me think I need them?

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