Collection of news and interest articles about Game Truck Australia, the game industry in general and specifically, the use of games as educational tools.

Review: Prison Architect (MacOS)

When I talk about the diversity of video games out there, Prison Architect is high on my list. It is also a good example of a game that has enormous potential for learning about the criminal justice system and systems thinking. Although I played it on Mac, it's also available on PC, iPad, Android, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Prison Architect follows in a long line of what might be loosely called ‘god’ simulators, in that they put you in ...

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Review: Destiny 2 (PS4)

We don't usually review the latest and greatest games, but Destiny 2 is something I've jumped on straight away since its release last week, so I thought I'd fill you in on my thoughts. As the name suggests, it's a sequel of a game (Destiny) that came out about three years ago, and that history is part of what makes Destiny 2 interesting and worth talking about. We've talked previously about Halo at Game Truck parties, and this is relevant ...

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An eSports Case Study: Counterstrike: Global Offensive

Some people are surprised that eSports is a thing, but we’ve written before about big competitive gaming events in Australia and elsewhere. Recently it was reported that eSports are in consideration for inclusion in the Olympics as a medal sport for 2024 in Paris. While this may sound surprising to some people, the traction eSports has with younger demographics makes it quite likely. I’d like to use this article as a way of introducing ...

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Review: Doom 2016 (PS4)

Posted on August 21, 2017

I loved this game so much. It’s not only my Game of the Year for 2016, it may well be my favourite game ever. There I said it.   I loved the original Doom back in the 90s: it was one of the very first shooters that combined a visceral first-person experience with loose narrative, a hardcore protagonist, lots of action and dynamic music. The developers of the reboot have not tried to exactly recreate it but rather distil the spirit ...

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3 years of awesome video game parties for kids in Adelaide

Well that went quickly! It seems like only yesterday I was contacting friends and family and telling them I was planning to start a business as Adelaide's first mobile video game arcade, and then getting finance and designing the truck and buying the ute... all of a sudden it's three years later and we are still rolling, and still delivering the 'best party ever!' to kids of all ages around Adelaide. It's a good time to take stock and express ...

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How to talk Overwatch in 6 easy steps

Posted on August 7, 2017

Do you have a child, friend or Significant Other  who has discovered Overwatch and now just keeps playing it, and talking about it and watching videos on it? Do you have no idea what Overwatch is, apart from our recent review? Well, here are a few questions you can ask that will make you seem interested and give them something to say for 10 hours or so. You don't need to really know all that much, just nod appreciably and murmur, 'wow', ...

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The Future of Learning is Playful

Some readers may know that outside of my Game Truck activities I have a day job as an academic, or University lecturer. This is based on a real passion for learning, which has mostly been separate from my love of gaming. However, these two passions have been converging for a while and have just come together amazingly. I am now convinced that the future of learning is playful, not just in terms of video games, but in a much wider conception of ...

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Review: Overwatch (PS4)

Posted on June 30, 2017

Overwatch is now around a year old, which is enough time for it to get good traction in the gaming community, with around 25 million players across PS4, Xbox One and PC. (I play on PS4.) It commands an enormous amount of loyalty; has a strong community and cosplay base, and is building an excellent eSports scene as well. This is largely because it is a real team-based game which is the most fun to play with friends. This cinematic ...

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Gaming Livestreams: What’s hot now?

Posted on April 26, 2017

Hi Game Truckers! Perhaps you've heard of 'livestreaming' and/or Twitch TV – in this blog post I will explain what these things are, and spotlight a couple of examples of what's attracting a lot of attention. Streaming media is not a new concept. Facebook live, video on demand, television, even radio – all forms of streaming media. One of the newer concepts (especially when compared with radio!) is the live streaming of video games, ...

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Wanna make games? Jam it!

Global Game Jam is on again in Adelaide for 2017, and Game Truck Australia is super proud to sponsor the event once again. It's held across the whole weekend of the 20th-22nd January at the Academy for Interactive Entetrainment's Adelaide campus. This is such a great event for the local game development community, so we are sponsoring the event as a whole and also the Game Design prize. What is even a Game Jam, you might ask. Well it's a ...

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