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Titanfall: Massive fun

Jason Hill Titanfall couldn't possibly live up to expectations, but that doesn't mean it isn't brilliant fun.

Three Aussie women nominated for international game award

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James Dominguez Every year at GDC, Microsoft gives their Women In Gaming awards. This year, three Australians have been nominated.

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Caption This! #16

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James Dominguez DexX has been playing, eating, drinking, and sleeping Dark Souls II for a week now, so that's what we're captioning today.

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Friday Question: How much do game classifications affect your purchases?

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James Dominguez Australia has now had an adults-only video game rating for over a year now. Has it affected your playing habits?

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Former THQ executive reveals fate of lost games

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James Dominguez While games like South Park and Saint's Row found new homes after THQ's closure, some weren't so lucky. Now an ex-THQ executive has spilled the beans.

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Drawbacks of online-only gaming shown by Titanfall failure

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James Dominguez Online gaming is big business, but as the ongoing issues Optus customers are having with Titanfall proves, online-only has some serious drawbacks.

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South Park The Stick of Truth: Oh my God!

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Jason Hill The Stick of Truth is an incredibly faithful adaptation of the long-running animated series.

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Caption This! #15

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James Dominguez Watch Dogs finally has a release date, so let's celebrate by making jokes about it.

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Friday Question: Do you enjoy really difficult games?

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James Dominguez With Screen Play in the grip of Dark Souls fever all over again, we ask how many gamers really enjoy such difficult games.

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Locals indie game studios recognised in major industry event

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James Dominguez Small independent game development studios from around Australia are winning awards and wowing festivals overseas.

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Your Turn: Region-locking should stay in the past

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Screen Play reader Andrew Yoshimura Video game region locking once had practical reasons to exist, but reader Andrew Yoshimura argues that its time is past.

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Dark Souls II is a harsh mistress

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James Dominguez DexX is not ready to write a review of Dark Souls II just yet, because he has barely managed to make any progress in it.

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How did South Park: The Stick of Truth end up a great game?

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James Dominguez South Park: The Stick of Truth is a game based on a TV show, made by a notoriously patchy company, and lost its original publisher to bankruptcy. How on earth did it manage to be so good?

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Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: Short-lived fun

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Jason Hill Online shooters are traditionally grim, can Plants Vs. Zombies provide a refreshing change of pace?

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Caption This! #14

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James Dominguez Dark Souls might be all grim and serious, but that doesn't mean we can't have a laugh at it.

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Friday Question: What game types do you still want to see on touch screens?

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James Dominguez Touch screen gaming on iPads and Android tablets has become a serious business. Which genres do you think could benefit from a touch interface?

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Your Turn: "It's a murder game!"

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Screen Play reader Leigh Martin Watching an outdated made-for-TV thriller about murder by video game might have been a source of comedy, but reader Leigh Martin found it got him thinking about some important issues.

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Your Turn: February winner

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James Dominguez It was a quiet month for reader-submitted articles.

Thief: A reboot that misses its mark

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James Dominguez The reboot of the cult favourite Thief series has emerged from the shadows at last, and has proven itself to be disappointingly mediocre.

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Hands-on with Bonza, a challenging new puzzle game

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James Dominguez Imagine a crossword that's already been completed, but it's been cut into pieces and the clues thrown away. You're starting to get the concept of Bonza.

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