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Twitch is to launch a data centre in Sydney to improve video quality

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Twitch watchers will be pleased with the news coming from Twitch from this year’s PAX Australia. The live streaming website has announced that it will open a data centre in Sydney, which they say will improve how people watch Twitch in Australia. “It’s no secret that the quality of service with internet in Australia is not as good as it could be,” Chase, the PR director at Twitch, told TechGeek. “We’re bringing new infrastructure […]

HANDS ON: Hacknet is unashamedly technical about hacking

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Hacknet will probably be not for everyone. When our gaming writers Adrian, Ashton and Gabriel first played the game at PAX Australia, they kept saying it was not for them. They did, however, think it was more suited towards me. And they might be right. Hacknet is the latest game from Surprise Attack Games, and comes from Adelaide-based Team Fractal Alligator. The main plot sees you follow the instructions of a […]

HANDS ON: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

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Tin Man Games are back at PAX Australia this time showcasing their latest game, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, and we had the opportunity talking with the developer, Neil and his team while sampling an early build of the game. Similar to other games produced by Tin Man Games, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain is a retelling of the classic adventure gamebook of the same name, written by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingston, leading […]

HANDS ON: Armed with Wings: Rearmed

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At this year PAX Australia we were given a brief opportunity to talk with the sole developer Daniel Sun and got to try our hands on his upcoming 2D puzzle-platforming game, Armed with Wings: Rearmed. The playable demo at PAX featured selected levels from the story mode, teaching the players the basic controls; and survival mode – where players test their wit and endurance against waves of enemies. The game’s art […]

HANDS ON: Hollow Knight

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I love a well done indie game, and there were games galore at the Indie Pavilion at PAX Aus this year. One of the games featured in the PAX Indie Showcase was Hollow Knight, a 2D atmospheric platforming title created by Team Cherry. Team Cherry are a developer group from Adelaide who created the basis for Hollow Knight in response to the Game Jam prompt “beneath the surface.” I chatted […]

HANDS ON: Death Squared

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We managed to get our first hands-on with Death Squared, one of the featured games in this years PAX Indie showcase. Death Squared, developed by SMG Studio, is basically a co-operative puzzle game for 2 or 4 players but can also be played with just one player. So Chris and I teamed up for some co-op and tried it out for a few rounds. The goal being to get our blue and […]

HANDS ON: Blockpocalypse

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The PAX Rising section of the show floor has a huge selection of couch multiplayer games, and one that caught my eye was Blockpocalypse by Dime Studios. A pixel-art platformer, Blockpocalypse is a four player party game, that includes cooperative and competitive modes. In my play session, I got a chance to try out the survival mode where all players must work together to keep away from the lava that is […]

HANDS ON: Space Dust Racers

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At PAX Rising, I got a chance to check out Space Dust Racers, from local indie developers Space Dust Studios. Inspired by racing games like Micro Machines, Mashed and Mario Kart, the studio wanted to create a couch multiplayer game that could be played with family and friends, and include more than just four players on one screen. It has been a while since we have seen a top down racing game, […]

Deakin showcases motion-capture tech at PAX Australia

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For the past three years, a very small number of universities have set up stalls at PAX Australia – and they usually just distribute information about their courses in relation to games development. This year, Deakin has done something a little bit different: they are showing off their technology in its Motion Lab. You may have seen their work before. The Motion Lab was behind the Vox Lumen display at […]

HANDS ON: Armed and Gelatinous

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Armed and Gelatinous, by Three Flip Studios was turning heads at the PAX Rising area, showing off a four-player couch multiplayer game where you control a cute circular blob that can attach guns onto itself, with the objective of shooting other players for points. Playing the deathmatch mode, the aim of the game was simple, kill the other blobs for points! Everyone starts off small with the map gradually adding obstacles and crates […]

HANDS ON: Cuphead is challenging but addictive fun

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Cuphead is one of the most anticipated indies right now, most notable for its presentation, mimicking 1930s cartoons. I was able to try out the game demo on the PAX Australia show floor, which includes an overworld mode, and several difficult boss fights, from a giant carrot, to boxing frogs that transform into a slot machine. I’ve been very excited to try this game after seeing snippets of gameplay at E3 […]

HANDS ON: SMG Studio brings One More Line & Thumb Drift to PAX Australia

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SMG Studio are showcasing a couple of their games at PAX Australia. Death Squared is featured in the Indie Showcase, which is a co-operative puzzle game, whereas their other two titles One More Line and Thumb Drift are more fast paced that focuses on timing and precision. One More Line is a one button timing game where you have to swing around nodes and release at the right time to […]

PAX Australia 2015 – Cosplay Part 1

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The first two days of PAX Australia are done and dusted, with only a single day to go. Here’s the best cosplay we found on the show floor. We’ll be posting more articles and picture compliations throughout the weekend – so keep a lookout. If you like these photos, why not share them with your friends? Don’t forget, you can follow our coverage at our event hub or through Twitter and […]

HANDS ON: In ‘Agent A’, your mission is to catch Ruby La Rouge

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I am a huge fan of puzzle games; and when I get to PAX Australia, I always try and get my hands on any puzzle game from the Indie Showcase. So, when I read the description of Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise, I knew I had to come and play it. Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise is developed by the Melbourne-based Yak & Co, and is a spy themed puzzle […]

Bethesda surprisingly underwhelming at PAX Aus 2015

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The Bethesda booth on the floor of PAX Aus this year is nothing short of an extravagant sight. Wanderers are greeted by a great vault door, slid aside to allow entry into a huge, dark, soundproof box. (It’s fairly obvious that their main focus this year was on Fallout 4. Maybe.) The line for entry into this box was a 30 minute wait, if you were lucky enough to make […]