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GAMING REVIEWS

IT is always good to see a new TTRPG setting on the market, and it’s even better when it’s A) from an established publisher and B) has a really engaging and interesting setting and design. Rivers Of London: The Roleplaying Game (published by Chaosium) is exactly that – and it’s very good, too. The game is based on the Rivers Of London books by Ben Aaronovitch, and runs on the Basic Roleplaying System used in Chaosium’s other games (chiefly Call of Cthulhu and RuneQuest). The setting and the mechanics have been expertly adapted by Paul Fricker, Lynne Hardy, Mike Mason,…

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GAMING HARDWARE

IF you’ve ever looked into the cockpit of an aeroplane, you may have noticed there are pedals under the dashboard in a similar position to those in your car. They might be in the same place, but they do different things – in a car they make it accelerate and brake (and let you change gears, if you’re old school cool like me and drive a manual transmission), while on an aeroplane they control the rudders – which is important for taxiing on runways, undertaking aerobatic manoeuvres, and engaging in dogfights in combat. The Turtle Beach VelocityOne Rudder is a…

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GAMING HARDWARE

JOYSTICKS have spend several decades occupying a strange niche in the gaming peripheral world – they’re either incredibly complicated replicas of literal jet aircraft control columns, or they’re cheap and simple, almost retro-inspired designs that are fine for arcade-type games. Turtle Beach have introduced a new controller that’s designed to fill an obvious gap in that market, and they’ve proved they have the right stuff with the Turtle Beach VelocityOne FlightStick. While their previous offering, the VelocityOne Flight Control System, is clearly designed to emulate a civilian plane (specifically, a Cessna 172), the VelocityOne FlightStick is a more general purpose…

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GAMING HARDWARE

HAVING an amazing GPU and a solid Motherboard are two of the important elements of a top-tier gaming rig, but to really tie it all together you need an excellent CPU – and Intel’s latest offering certainly fits that bill. The Intel i9-13900KS is a 24-core LGA 1700 “Raptor Lake” socket CPU, with performance core base clock speed of 3.20 GHz and a max clock speed of 6GHz. As the name suggests, it’s a 13th generation “K” series i9 chipset, with the “KS” suffix indicating extra performance over the “regular” version (the full tech specs are in the hyperlink in…

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APPLE

RUNNING a movie studio is a fantastic setting for a tycoon game and it still gobsmacks me that no-one’s really made a decent crack at the idea in the literally nearly two decades since Lionhead’s masterpiece The Movies was released. The subject of this review – Moviehouse: The Film Studio Tycoon – is developed by Odyssey Studios and published by Assemble Entertainment for PC & MacOS, and represents a notable attempt at recapturing the magic, even if the overall result ends up falling somewhat short. While the game implies you’ll have control over all aspects of making a film, the…

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APPLE

[This press release has been provided by Apple PR and is presented by the GOA team for your information] Arcade Originals This Friday, the iconic Doctor joins Apple Arcade with Doctor Who: An Unlikely Heist. Ahead of the 60th anniversary later this year of the globally renowned TV series, help The Thirteenth Doctor and her companion Yasmine Khan save time, space, and the world in this new and original story.   Doctor Who: An Unlikely Heist (Tilting Point) — From leading global mobile game publisher Tilting Point and the BBC, dive into a world of adventure and mystery in Doctor Who: An…

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GAMING HARDWARE

AS most serious PC gamers will tell you, getting the best graphics card you can is a must for a premium gaming experience – and the subject of this review certainly delivers that. As part of a rebuild of my gaming rig with support from Asus, Nvidia and Intel, my system now has an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4080 Founder’s Edition GPU in it courtesy of the team at Nividia – and it is the most powerful graphics card I’ve ever owned. Let’s begin the review with the obligatory overview of the main technical specifications: As you can see, there’s a…

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Events

[This announcement has been provided by Wizards Of The Coast’s PR people and is presented by GOA for your information] Save the date, Adventurers! The Dungeons & Dragons team at Wizards of the Coast is excited to announce that D&D Direct [https://www.twitch.tv/dnd] is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29 at 3:00 AM AEDT Tune in to watch a jam-packed 30-minute video presentation to see exclusive reveals from Wizards of the Coast and its partners, including the latest about the World’s Greatest Roleplaying Game along with entertainment tie-ins with the upcoming release of Paramount’s Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, video game reveals,…

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Events

THE Game Expo (TGX) inaugural event wrapped up in Melbourne last weekend, signalling the addition of a new gaming event to the city’s cultural calendar. TGX, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre over the weekend of March 11-12, attracted more than 7000 attendees; representing ‘sold out’ status according to the organisers. Four of the Game On Aus team were at TGX (Myself, Mikeey, Natty and DoomCutie) and experienced different aspects of the first-time event, ranging from creator networking opportunities to playing retro games to browsing the artist stalls to sampling the refreshments in the VIP lounge. More than…

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ACTION

THE virtual flotilla available in World of Warships has grown larger with the addition of a (fictionalised) Australian cruiser and a (fictional) Australian bushranger-slash-pirate named Matilda Kelly. In real life there have been three ships named HMAS Brisbane – a WWI light cruiser, a 1960s guided missile destroyer, and a recently-commissioned (and currently in active service) anti-aircraft cruiser – but the version in World of Warships is more of a “What-If?” design, drawing inspiration from Korean War-era ships to represent a possible vessel that might have sailed with the RAN. According to the official announcement, the Tier X ship has…

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ACTION

[This media release has been provided by Ubisoft PR and is presented by the GOA team for your information] Sydney, Australia — March 8, 2023 — Today, the first season of Rainbow Six Siege’s Year 8, Operation Commanding Force is available now. This season introduces Brava, a new Brazilian Operator, and important gameplay updates including a more immersive reload update, the MouseTrap feature launching later in the season to address players using mouse and keyboard on consoles, and further anti-toxicity measures. Commanding Force unleashes Brava, an invaluable new Attacker equipped with the Kludge Drone gadget. This drone offers new ways…

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GAMING REVIEWS

What’s the foundation of a good gaming PC? Is it the CPU? The graphics card? RAM, maybe? All those things are very important, but at the base of it all is the motherboard – the literal foundation upon which the rest of a PC is built. I’ve recently embarked on an overhaul of my gaming PC, with support from Asus, Intel and Nvidia, which involves replacing the motherboard, CPU and GPU with current-generation gear, and since the motherboard is the base of any gaming rig, it makes sense to start the reviews from there. The Asus TUF Gaming Z790-Plus Wifi…

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APPLE

APPLE have announced their additions and updates for the Apple Arcade service in March 2023, and once again there’s something for everyone there. Whether you want cats, a whodunnit, or physics-based fun, there are titles coming to the service that will appeal. Here, direct from Apple, is an overview of what’s coming this month: Arcade Originals  Kimono Cats  This Friday, play Kimono Cats from HumaNature Studios. This cute cat-centric game is sweet, charming, and filled with mini-games galore. Kimono Cats (HumaNature Studios) — Kimono Cats is a charming and original social mobile game that blends skill, creativity, and friendly social gifting and competition.…

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GAMING HARDWARE

THERE is no doubt the standard PlayStation DualSense controller that comes with the PlayStation 5 is an excellent controller. However, as every hardcore gamer knows, you can never have too many buttons or controls on your controller – and PlayStation have come to that party on that front with this peripheral. At first glance, the PlayStation DualSense Edge is broadly similar to a conventional DualSense controller, but when you look a bit closer you’ll notice some important differences. The obvious visual one – besides the fact the touchpad, D-pad and main buttons are black instead of white – is that…

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GAMING HARDWARE

ALIENWARE have a very good name when it comes to computers, laptops, and monitors – and as it turns out, they can add headsets to that ensemble. The Alienware AW920H Tri-Mode Wireless Headset brings the company’s distinctive design flavour and aesthetic to headsets, and manages to be a serviceable product in its own right as opposed to an afterthought put out for branding/add-on sales reasons – although it’s not without some shortfalls. The name gives a significant clue to the headset’s major selling point – it has three different ways of connecting to a device (Bluetooth, 2.4Ghz wireless dongle, and…

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APPLE

ONE of the key selling points for a laptop –  be it a high-end gaming system or a one of the Apple M1/M2 Silicon Chip MacBooks – is that you can take it with you and play games (or work, I guess) in somewhere other than your house. While they are an all-in one system, most of us know that trying to game with a trackpad is not usually a practical proposition (especially in action-orientated games), and using the attached keyboard means you have to have the laptop essentially on your lap (or right in front of you) to get…

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GAMING NEWS

[This media release has been provided by Nvidia PR and is presented by the GOA team for your information] Nvidia GeForce Gamers continue to reap the benefits of RTX ON Upgrades, with seven new DLSS games and six new Reflex games. NVIDIA DLSS has revolutionised graphics rendering, using AI and GeForce RTX Tensor Cores to boost frame rates while delivering crisp, high quality images that rival native resolution. And DLSS 3 adds new Frame Generation technology to multiply performance, along with NVIDIA Reflex, for the fastest and most responsive gaming possible. This month, DLSS arrives in another seven games, including: Atomic Heart (launches February…

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GAMING REVIEWS

I’VE long had a special fondness for Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games – Dune II: The Battle For Arrakis on the Sega Mega Drive was a seminal experiences for me back in 1994, and when Command & Conquer showed up the following year (complete with full-motion video, no less!) I knew I’d found a genre that really appealed. When you combine RTS games with WWII, you get a winning combination – which is why the Company Of Heroes series has been so successful. Developed by Relic and published by Sega for the PC (with console version on the way), Company of…

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ACTION-ADVENTURE

IN Soviet Russia, killer robots hunt you! Come on, there’s no way I could start this review without referencing that meme, and now that I’ve done it, we can get on with reading about Atomic Heart, developed by Mundfish and published by Focus on PC, Xbox and PlayStation. Atomic Heart combines two of my many interests – in this case, retro-futurism and the Soviet Union. I’m quite fond of Soviet firearms and consumer goods, because their rugged simplicity appeals to me – along with the fact that you can buy Soviet wristwatches and cameras on eBay for very reasonable prices;…

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APPLE

I LOVE a good book. Obviously my preference is for the kind that have words and/or pictures in them, but from an aesthetic perspective the look of a leatherbound book (particularly if located in a room that smells of rich mahogany) is very appealing too. What’s this got to do with technology, though? Glad you asked. The TwelveSouth BookBook range of covers and cases is designed to make things like an Amazon Kindle or Apple iPad look like a leatherbound book, and very stylish they are indeed. I had a BookBook cover on my old Kindle Paperwhite 7th Gen for…

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