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: God of War (PS4)

Posted on April 23, 2018

We don't usually publish reviews on brand-new games, but I couldn't help myself here. God of War was released just last Saturday and unusually for me I picked it up straight away. Why the urgency, you ask? Vikings. Contrary to appearances, God of War actually isn't a new franchise: like Tomb Raider and Doom and Wolfenstein before it, it's a reboot that has decided to reclaim the original title. ...

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Preview: Sea of Thieves (Xbox One)

Last weekend I had the great good fortune to be a part of the Sea of Thieves beta test, and got the opportunity to play a limited version of the game for free. Sea of Thieves is a first person action/adventure game in which you are a pirate, seeking a fortune so that you can buy some snazzy clothes. Or something. Not quite sure what the object of this game is besides amass loot & spend loot on clothes. Barbie for salty sea-dogs? It was the ...

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Life After Minecraft: 5 games for the fading Minecraft fan

Although Minecraft might still be new to some of us, it does have 100 million copies in the wild, having sold over 50,000 copies per day in 2016. Even so, individual gamers do eventually lose the love for Minecraft. Often they get to the age of 12 or 13 and it feels a little bit kiddy - they want something bit more grownup and exciting (even if they rediscover the love in their late teens or 20s). Or even with Minecraft's infinite creativity, ...

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Review: Minecraft (Xbox One)

Sure, Minecraft has been around since 2011, but it's never too late for a good review, right? In particular, lots of customers and friends of Game Truck Australia are still asking about Minecraft - what is and how it works, and we are well positioned to help contribute to that conversation. Furthermore, lots of changes have happened to Minecraft since its first release, and we can also talk about how it works in Game Truck party. https://...

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Review: Rocket League (Xbox One)

Not unlike Trials Fusion, Rocket League is a bit of a sleeper hit in the Game Truck. It seemed to come out of nowhere, and despite its huge popularity it has the feel of of an indie hit that has got the right recognition. It is very popular with boys at about 10-11 years of age: at this age they are starting to grow out of Minecraft a bit and are looking for the next cool thing to play with their friends, and Rocket League definitely delivers...

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Pro-Social Gaming For the Win!

This is going to sound like I'm just talking about Overwatch again, but this time it goes to the very heart of what Game Truck Australia is all about. The Overwatch League may be only in its infancy, but it attracted over 10 million viewers in its first week and has already sparked some controversy. Last week xQc, a fan favourite from Dallas Fuel, was suspended by the League for four games and fined $2000 for homophobic remarks made on his ...

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eSports Levels Up: The Overwatch League

Posted on January 15, 2018

We've already talked a little about eSports in CS:GO and also fighting games, and if you know me you will have heard me rant about how much I love Overwatch. Well now the two have come together into perhaps the most impressive development in eSports we've ever seen: The Overwatch League, which started its regular season this week. If someone you know is into Overwatch, you might want to read on so you can have a conversation with them. What ...

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2018: A very Game Truck welcome!

Posted on January 8, 2018

Happy new year, and welcome to 2018! After the mad rush of late December and the sleepy downtime of the Christmas break, we are back into a new year and raring to go. We've already done a Vacation Care booking (thanks INEA YMCA) and an 8th birthday (happy birthday Mr J!) and have plenty of awesome bookings coming upon the next few weeks. So what are we up to right now, and what does 2018 hold in store for the world of gaming? Well, I am (p...

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PAX Aus 2017: My First eSports Experience

We've written previously about eSports: James introduced us to the world of CS:GO here and we reported on a big fighting games tournament here, but tournaments in many different games are also a huge feature of Penny Arcade Expo. Well this year, given my enthusiasm for Overwatch (it even has its own lingo), I had the crazy notion of joining the Overwatch tournament this year. Also, we won!!! (well sort of: scroll to the bottom for the discla...

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PAX Aus 2017: Five Indie highlights

As in previous years, my top gaming highlight of PAX was the independent developer showcase. While a lot of attention is paid towards the big shiny games at PAX and elsewhere (i.e. I spend a lot of time talking about Doom and Overwatch), there is a lot to recommend Indie games. They are hands down more interesting, creative, unique and surprising than almost anything in the triple-A space, and when you support indie developers you are often ...

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