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Gamescom is back for 2022 and it’s bringing some of our favourite studios with it. It will also be showcasing some exciting titles coming in the next 12 months. I am personally looking forward to Microsoft bringing Mojang Studios with an in-depth look at Minecraft Legends. Minecraft is one of the first open world games I played; it has a special place in my heart since becoming a Minecraft Educator and every expansion has been epic. This latest installment will have players take control of a nameless hero to unite the Overworld. I can’t wait to guide my forces in…

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Disney and Marvel fans mark Saturday September 10th, 6am AEST in your calendars. The Marvel and Disney Games showcase is not going to be on you want to miss. Hosted by Kinda Funny’s Blessing Adeoye Jr., it will feature reveals, announcements, and trailers for new and upcoming games. The Disney & Marvel Games Showcase will be streamed live from D23 Expo 2022 and available to watch on a variety of platforms, including: D23Expo.com, @DisneyD23 on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook Disney on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook Marvel Entertainment on YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, and Facebook Fans attending D23 Expo 2022 in person will be able to watch the showcase live on the…

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WITH only 52 days to go until Australia’s most anticipated gaming event, PAX Aus 2022, you best believe I am already planning my geeky outfits along with my daily itinerary. And with the latest PAX news dropping, I definitely have excitement sweats and butterflies galore. PAX Aus has announced their stellar round up of the best of the best for the Expo Floor including Sega, Square Enix (Final Fantasy XIV Online), HoYoverse, Twitch, Devolver Digital and Riot Games. They will be showing off new games, doing things on stage, and bringing along a bunch of other surprises. PAX Aus also…

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This morning, on their official Twitter, developers of Hogwarts Legacy has announced a delay its release. Originally set for a Summer 2022 launch, it will now release on February 10, 2023 for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. The Nintendo Switch release date is still to be announced. This news is disappointing however I am not surprised. This is a very ambitious title to release this year and to do it justice it needs as much time as possible before it releases. Delays are disappointing however are sometimes necessary when meeting certain checkpoints during development. In the end, a well developed…

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Good news for Australian streamers today, as Twitch has announced they have lowered the payout threshold for Creators to AUD$50 minimum payout threshold — down from AUD$100. The roll out of this began on July 15th and is now live in Australia. Twitch explained on their blog that this move is an important next step for them. They want to create a “faster, easier payout experience” for their streamers. Creators should expect their money to roll into their account once the change comes to their country. These will continue monthly up until November. As a Twitch streamer myself this is…

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Welcome to August Xbox players! Xbox Game Pass is set to bring you a whole stack of fun this month. Whether it’s in the kitchen creating culinary masterpieces to smashing it out on the football field in turbo powered cars – Game Pass has plenty of gems for you to discover this month whether you’re on console, PC or Cloud gaming. Shenzhen I/O (PC) ID@Xbox – August 4 An open-ended programming puzzle game that challenges players to build circuits using a variety of components. Inspired by real-world electronics engineering, the game takes players on a journey to a near-future Shenzhen, the electronics manufacturing…

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ESPORTS

Lights, camera, GAME! It has been a huge week for E-sports as the 2022 Call of Duty League season reached it’s pinnacle on August 4-7. The top eight league teams took the stage live at the Galen Center in Los Angeles for Championship Weekend – and with $2.5 million US in prizing up for grabs, you best believe it was going to get sweaty. To qualify for this phenomenal experience, each of the eight teams were seeded into the bracket based on the CDL Points they’ve earned throughout the year at each of the four major events. The top two…

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REVIEW

LAUNCHING its open beta on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, MultiVersus has exceeded expectations by becoming the biggest launch for a fighting game ever – and for a very good reason. MultiVersus is a free-to-play crossover fighting game developed by Player First Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game features various characters within the Warner Bros. Discovery catalogue, including those from Warner Bros., DC Comics, HBO, Turner Entertainment, and Cartoon Network. It is wickedly and outrageously fun, and it’s flexible playing options make it an excellent choice when grouping up with friends for a fun gaming night. From…

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Halo Infinite began shakily when it released in November 2021 without its sought-after co-op and Forge mode play – at the time, developer 343 Industries promised that these would come to the game at a later date. Now, after waiting seven months, the studio has revealed that the beloved feature is set to arrive in Halo Infinite in August 2022. Ahead of the upcoming release of campaign co-op, the developers have launched a “test flight” beta within the Xbox Insider App. In order to access the latest content you first must be subscribed as an Xbox Insider and have the…

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A post on Warhammer 40K’s official Twitter feed stated the game’s release has been pushed back in order to improve the games stability, performance and to mature key systems. “Delaying a game is perhaps one of the most difficult decisions a developer faces and one we are not excited about making ,” the announcement said. While initially scheduled for a 2021 release, it’s yet another game that was pushed back by the Covid-19 pandemic. It was then shown at the Xbox Bethesda Showcase, and was set to release on September 13 however now has the planned release date of November…

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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, the upcoming Lord of the Rings game focused on Gollum, has been delayed yet again. A message on the official Twitter feed stated the game’s release has been pushed a few months from its previous September 1 date. The exact release date has still not been revealed yet. “We are dedicated to meeting our community’s expectations and uncovering the untold story of Gollum in a way that honors the vision of J.R.R. Tolkien,” the announcement said. After being announced in 2019, it was then moved to a 2021 release date, and then pushed back…

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IT is no secret that I have been excited for the Hot Wheels-themed expansion for Microsoft’s open-world racing game Forza Horizon 5, and from the moment my wheels hit that memorable orange track I was blown away – I felt like a child on Christmas morning! Everywhere you look, there is something spectacular to see – from gravity defying loops, lava pools and motorised dragons, you will find something to make you say “wow”. What A Ride (Racing across the varied terrain of Mexico in the newest Hot Wheels cars added to Forza Horizon 5) The opening races are always…

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NINTENDO recently applied in the European Union to trademark the letters NSW in reference to the shorthand abbreviation of its popular portable gaming console, the Nintendo Switch. This move has come as a surprise to approximately everyone in Australia, as it ignores the fact that NSW is, well, the official state abbreviation for New South Wales. While internet commenters have had fun with jokes about Mario taking over as Premier of New South Wales, the reality is that the entertainment giant isn’t deliberately planning to take the state’s abbreviation away. Judy Zhu is an Associate at Brisbane-based intellectual property and…

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