Happy birthday, girlfriend! The Amiga turns 30

James "DexX" Dominguez 9:02 AM   The revolutionary and powerful Commodore Amiga home computer turned 30 this month.

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Rocket League in 100 words

There's plenty of scope for car customisation, stat-tracking and all that jazz, but at it's core <i>Rocket League</i> is all about hitting that ball around.

Tim Biggs   It's like soccer, but fun. Also it's played with rocket-powered battle cars that can fly.


Brownyn Bishop's Choppergate scandal spawns 'Bronny Copter' game

Bronny Copter: the game in which you dodge newspapers and Tony Abbott.

Ben Grubb   It's Flappy Bird meets Bronwyn Bishop's Choppergate scandal.


Drug testing comes to competitive gaming

Kory Friesen, left, in an interview with gamer and streamer Mohan Govindasamy, said he used Adderall in a tournament. In response, the Electronic Sports League said it would create anti-doping standards.

Nick Wingfield, Conor Dougherty   As the cash prizes for e-sports grow ever bigger, new temptations present themselves to players.


Bad shooters, sore losers: Men take aim at top female gamer

xMinks is one of Australia's top competitive <i>Call of Duty</i> players and a full-time streamer.

James Bullen   Chelsea is a top gamer. But whenever she starts to speak while playing, abuse starts up as well.

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Schlock horror gets an interactive twist in Until Dawn

Actors including Hayden Panettiere (<i>Nashville</i>) and Brett Dalton (<i>Agents of SHIELD</i>) seem like they're having a great time channeling old-school schlock in <i>Until Dawn</i>.

Tim Biggs   Actors in their mid-30s play horny teens in an isolated cabin in what looks to be a hilariously bad interactive take on cult horror films.

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Space exploration games are back in a big way

no man's sky

James 'DexX' Dominguez   After more than a decade of being considered a nearly dead genre, the epic space exploration and dogfighting combat video games are making a grand return.

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Gems of War review: return of a classic could be an Aussie Candy Crush

Like <i>Puzzle Quest</i> before it, <i>Gems of War</i> uses puzzling to wage its battles.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   The hugely addictive colour-matching game Puzzle Quest, made by Aussie Steve Fawkner, is back with a spiritual successor.


Nintendo president dies at 55

Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, has passed away.

Tim Biggs   The gaming world is mourning the death of Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, a former programmer who was instrumental in bringing the Japanese giant back to mainstream relevance with the Wii and DS consoles in the mid-2000s.

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PewDiePie video gamer defends $US7.4m YouTube earnings

Swedish video gamer Felix Kjellberg, who goes by the name PewDiePie.

Rachel Olding   He quit university to make YouTube videos and work at a hot dog stand. 


Yoshi's Woolly World in 100 words


Tim Biggs   Like a Super Nintendo game with a HD, woolly makeover, this is an adorable callback to simpler times.

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MOBA: the four letters that could change mainstream gaming forever

<i>Smite's</i> Xbox version is being launched this week.

Tim Biggs   The reinvention of gaming as a spectator sport has become a phenomenon, and game-makers want to make it mainstream.


Borderlands creators go even bigger with Battleborn

Being from entirely different civilisations, each character in <i>Battleborn</i> has a unique style. Phoebe is a rapier-wielding telepath.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   Gearbox, the studio behind the Borderlands series, has unveiled their next project: a huge, colourful, and ridiculous co-operative shooter experience titled Battleborn.


Minecraft's astonishing milestone

Commentators thought everyone interested in Minecraft had already bought it when Microsoft aquired Mojang last year, but the sales are still rolling in.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   The Minecraft phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down, selling over six million copies just in 2015 on PC and Mac.

Why Australia's massive game censorship crackdown is no big deal

Of the more than 150,000 (mostly mobile) games classified with the new automated system, 220 were found not fit for sale.

Tim Biggs   More games blocked from sale in the last four months than in the past 20 years, but will we really miss "Douchebag Beach Club" or "Fun Swimming Pool Love Kiss"?

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Batman Arkham Knight review: a near-flawless finale to a grand trilogy

Batman and Batmobile.

James 'DexX' Dominguez   While its launch has been dogged by controversy, nothing can detract from the fact that Batman: Arkham Knight is a grand and entertaining superhero epic.

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Australian video game developers struggling to level up

"There needs to be a desire to compete globally": Ben Lee of Blowfish Studios.

Andrew Brown   The Australian video game industry is rapidly growing, but local game developers are saying they're failing to reap the rewards and the profits.

Halfbrick inks YouTube deal

Brisbane's Halfbrick is set to produce an animated series for YouTube's children's app.

Amy Remeikis   Brisbane studio to produce animated series for kids app.

Apple bans Confederate flag from App store

The political and corporate backlash against the Confederate flag is now extending to Civil War-themed games.

Josephine Tovey   Apple has removed a range of Civil War-themed games for sale from the AppStore due to their depiction of the Confederate Flag, amid a growing political and corporate backlash against the flag in the wake of the Charleston massacre.


The Elder Scrolls Online in 100 words

<i>The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited</i> has the world and character creation of an <i>Elder Scrolls</i> game, but is a social-focused massively multiplayer online game at heart.

Tim Biggs   Exploring the worlds of Skyrim and Oblivion in a social, online game is a great experience, but it's not an Elder Scrolls experience.

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