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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


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


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


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?


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


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


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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