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.

Former premier spruiks Echo Queen's Wharf bid

Former premier Rob Borbidge works for Govstrat, which provides strategic government and political relations advice to corporate clients.

Perry Williams   Gaming operator Echo Entertainment has lured former Queensland premier Rob Borbidge and former Labor treasurer Damian Power as lobbyists as it battles arch rival Crown Resorts for the rights to build a multibillion-dollar casino at Brisbane's Queen's Wharf.

Echo awaits Genting ruling

Matt Bekier, CEO Echo Entertainment, has been frustrated by delays over whether Genting can take more control of the market.

Perry Williams   Echo Entertainment chief executive Matt Bekier has voiced his frustration at an ongoing delay over whether major shareholder Genting Group can increase its stake in the company.

Sony yet to restore PlayStation after attack

Kim DotCom

Sony Corp worked through the weekend to restore services to its PlayStation online gaming network after a Christmas Day cyber attack shuttered access to some customers, including holiday recipients of new game consoles.

Max is Game

Max regains his Aussie accent after avalanche of complaints

Mad Max video game

Garry Maddox   Max Rockatansky will soon ride again in a video game, complete with Australian accent thanks to a social media campaign.

Don't push my buttons


Effie Mann   Sounds of hilarity and frustration fill the suburban lounge room as 29-year-old Kyah Horrocks and her opponent, sister Sian, 25, sit cross-legged on the carpet, twiddling dials as they navigate the vividly coloured Nintendo Land.


One for all, and all in one

Motion slickness: Journalists test the improved motion-detection capabilities of the Xbox One's Kinect controller.

Mike Wilcox   The next generation of games consoles are designed to be central home-entertainment hubs.

Players win with grown-up ratings

Eagerly awaited Grand Theft Auto V.

Mike Wilcox   New classification and a return of favourites heralds a bumper year.

Wii does a U-turn into high-definition gaming

Wii U

Mike Wilcox   Nintendo offers familiar fun and a new GamePad with its Wii U.

No longer a boys' game as gorefests to get R18+ rating

Mortal Kombat

Julie Power   FROM January 1, Australia will have an R18+ classification for computer games, bringing the country into line with the rest of the world for the first time. Unlike videos, books and other entertainment, computer games is the only category that does not have an R18+ rating, although 92 per cent of households play games.

Duty calls in future

Call of Duty Black Ops II.

Mike Wilcox   Activision prepares for the ninth instalment of its record-setting shooting franchise.

The weight is over

Angry Birds Space.

Mike Wilcox   The latest Angry Birds release sees the wingless wonders flung into zero gravity.

One giant leap for Bird-kind

Angry Birds Space.

We line the Angry Birds up behind the wooden slingshot and prepare to launch a few questions about the phenomenally successful mobile game franchise, with a new version taking off this month. By Mike Wilcox.

Coin-operated machines after all

A computer gamers plays with a Sony 3D playstation.

Mike Wilcox   Fancy extras seem like a great idea - until it comes time to check your wallet.

Sony PS Vita console

PS Vita.

Mike Wilcox   The newly launched PS Vita console has a lot of grunt under the bonnet.

Xbox pioneer has familiar ring to it


Mike Wilcox   The original Halo shines brighter 10 years on.

Pen mighty as sword

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

Mike Wilcox   A best-selling author created the world of Kingdoms of Amalur.

Driving is child's play

Cars 2 iPad game.

Mike Wilcox   Toys from the Cars franchise are taking iPad games down a new road.

Rayman returns to its roots

Rayman Origins.

Mike Wilcox   Ubisoft's limbless larrikin is back in an adventure for old and new fans alike.

Playing in 007th heaven

GoldenEye 007: Reloaded

Mike Wilcox   Add some spies to your life with another reworking of GoldenEye.