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This is what an Apple Watch game looks like

Tim Biggs   Veteran game developer WayForward announces Watch Quest, "a new kind of game experience that spans two devices".

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Game developer 2K Australia closes Canberra studio

Shutting down: 2K Australia, which developed Borderlands, the Pre-Sequel, is closing down.

Henry Belot   One of Australia's most successful game developers has closed its Canberra operations with management citing development costs.

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Guitar Hero is back this year, and it's embracing reality

The new plastic guitar does away with colourful buttons and the need to use your little finger, replacing a row of five buttons with two rows of three.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   It is official: Guitar Hero is returning in 2015 with a whole new look, an innovative new plastic guitar, and an entirely new attitude.

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New Lego game uses actual Lego figures

Lego Dimensions is comprised of a video game, Lego bricks, mini-figures and a sensor pad that brings the characters to life in the game.

Brooks Barnes   The latest Lego video game will use real-life plastic figures and feature Batman, Marty McFly, the Wicked Witch of the West and others, as Lego takes on Skylanders and Amiibo.

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Mortal Kombat to return with touches of classic Hollywood horror

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James 'DexX' Dominguez   Developer NetherRealm on bringing horror icon Jason Voorhees and science fiction stalker Predator as playable characters to the venerable fighting series.

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GameLoading details rise of indie developers

A new documentary, GameLoading: Rise of the Indies, will be released this month.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is a four-year labour of love that charts the successes and challenges of the independent video game scene.

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Game Boy iPhone case going from April Fools' gag to reality

How the Smart Boy would work.

Tim Biggs   While many online April Fool's Day jokes give themselves away by promising gadgets too good to be true, others are so good they simply demand to be brought to life.

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Comedy trio Tripod joins the Melbourne Symphony in a show about gaming

Tripod's <i>This Gaming Life</i> is a collaboration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and composer and conductor Austin Wintory.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   Musical comedy trio Tripod will join forces with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to perform This Gaming Life, a show about video games, friendship, and life.

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Surprise! Pac-Man is munching away on Google Maps this April Fools' Day

Augmented reality gaming platform Ingress adds another level of crazy to Google Maps' April Fools' Day PAC-MAN stunt.

Hannah Francis   The classic arcade game comes to city streets around the world.

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Dark Souls successor is a gothic masterpiece

The city of Yharnam is a wonderful artistic creation, but also a dark maze full of horrors.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   After great critical success with Demon's Souls and Dark Souls, the same studio has produced Bloodborne, a thrilling artistic achievement matched with a crushing level of difficulty.

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The man who turned down a third of Apple at $50,000

No regrets: Nolan Bushnell appears on ABC television.

Tim Biggs   In 1976 former Atari employee Steve Jobs approached his former boss with a proposal that could have made Bushnell a multi-billionaire, but Bushnell declined.

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Sid Meier's Starships: how to build a lightweight civilisation in the stars

Despite the options and some degree of tactical depth, there won't be enough here to satisfy PC Civ fans.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   Starships is an excellent tactical mobile game, but it fails to scale up well to PC.

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'Swatting' becomes hazard for game streamers and police

James Clayton Eubanks, a professional <i>Call of Duty</i> player, says police were sent to his door a half-dozen times while he streamed his video game sessions for a live audience.

Nick Wingfield   Pranksters targeting gamers who stream themselves online, calling police departments with false claims to prompt a raid they can watch in real time.

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First look at Pixels: Sandler's lame game movie

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James 'DexX' Dominguez   The first trailer has been released for Pixels, an action comedy in which popular video game characters lay siege to the earth.

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Video game classification gets overhaul

The new system will result in Australian ratings being applied to games on digital storefronts, without each one needing to be analysed by the ACB.

Tim Biggs   Australia's video game developers are welcoming the federal government's participation in a new program that could bring our classification system further into line with the rest of the world.

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Nintendo to develop smartphone games featuring its iconic characters

Smartphone-bound: Favourite Nintendo characters, seen here in <i>Super Smash Bros. for Wii U</i>, will soon appear in games for your phone.

Tim Biggs   Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Donkey Kong and more will soon becoming to a smartphone near you, with Japanese gaming giant Nintendo announcing it will finally¬†

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The indie game that nearly unseated Call of Duty

<i>Ori and the Blind Forest</i> is as visually striking as it is touching.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   Small, beautiful independent game almost stole Call of Duty's thunder at E3 last year, and now it's stealing hearts.

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Sarkeesian charms in Australian talks on online abuse as Twitter finally changes terms of service

Anita Sarkeesian was in Australia this week to discuss her experience of online harassment.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   Pop culture critic Anita Sarkeesian speaks in Melbourne about her harassment in the same week Twitter launches new terms of service to reduce bullying.

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Eight celebrities you didn't know were hardcore gamers

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James 'DexX' Dominguez   Video games still have a long way to go in terms of social acceptance, but these prominent celebrities have had no problem talking about their love of gaming.

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More than fun and games with local developers

Matt Ditton's Many Monkeys makes the mobile game <i>Breath of Light</i>.

Garry Barker   These are not blockbuster games but they are the products of skilled and thoughtful minds, and many of the best are right here in Australia.