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

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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Gaming & Politics 2: Gambling

How close are some video games to gambling? Is gaming just one 'b' away from being immoral and exploitative? Do we need more regulation over the control that big companies wield on individuals through video game mechanics? This is something we've looked at before, when the South Australian government ran a campaign with the headline 'Gambling begins with games'. This made the gaming community quite upset, because in actual fact the issue was ...

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PAX Aus 2017: Stemgames

Here is my absolute favourite thing about PAX: my involvement in the Australian STEM Video Game Challenge. I've posted previously about this, but since I missed PAX last year it's about time for another recap. (For more summaries, click here and here and here; for my more detailed thoughts on the research about learning through game development, click here). The Challenge is organised by the Australian Council for Educational Research ...

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PAX Aus 2017: Reports Incoming

In case you didn't catch it, I spent last weekend  in gamer's paradise: Penny Arcade Expo Australia, in Melbourne. If you're not aware, PAX is a convention and trade show that draws tens of thousands of people for a celebration of all things play-related. It's taking some time to process and gather my thoughts, so I'll be posting on specific aspects of the show in the next few weeks.   The most exciting thing about PAX is the ...

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Ask a Gamer 14?: What is ‘couch co-op’?

Q: I've read a number of your reviews and comments on particular video games, and you often use the term 'couch co-op'. Sorry if this sounds dumb, but what does that mean? A: Great question! And of course, it's not dumb at all - like any group of people, us gamers sometimes use jargon without realising that not everyone is up with the lingo. OK, so 'couch co-op' is a way of describing a particular type of multiplayer gameplay in video ...

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Review: Sonic Racing (Xbox 360)

The Game Truck is always about offering the most awesome, inclusive gaming experiences possible, meaning that we favour games that players of any age or level of experience in gaming can pick up and play and have lots of fun with friends. In this regard, Sonic Racing is perhaps the single best option for parties in the truck: yes, it's even better than Minecraft. The banner of 'Sonic Racing' ...

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Review: Trials Fusion (Xbox One)

Trials Fusion is the standout sleeper hit of the Game Truck. We originally acquired copies of it to get some sort of cycling-related game for the Tour Down Under last year but it has been way more popular and successful than we ever imagined. It's a really great opportunity to use the Game Truck to introduce players to a game they have often never heard of, especially when it works so well in the split-screen co-operative modes that are best ...

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