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PAX Australia: expo culture, videogames, and exclusion

Though the news that the famous Penny Arcade Expo would be coming to Melbourne in 2013 was greeted with excitement, the Penny Arcade brand has a history of exclusion and harassment that should be watched closely.

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INTERVIEW: Katie Williams and Harry Lee, the new directors of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival

After four years under the direction of Paul Callaghan, the Freeplay Independent Games Festival today announced Katie Williams and Harry Lee as incoming co-directors. Game On sat down with them to talk about the future of the festival.

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The ambiguous politics of the first Australian Games For Change festival

Games For Change is an international organisation with a lot of reach. Why, then, was its first Australian festival lacking an agenda for change?

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Journey: An evening with Robin Hunicke

Watching Robin Hunicke play Journey—the videogame she worked on at thatgamecompany—at ACMI last week was a revelation. It was, in more ways than one, a moment to find your place in the universe.

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Reshaping the national story at GCAP 2012

At this year’s Game Connect Asia Pacific conference, the mood was split between change and consolidation for videogame makers.

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Talking through mediums: conversations at the Freeplay Independent Games Festival 2012

The speakers and attendees at this year’s Freeplay Festival pushed beyond the dialogue that we’ve been rehearsing for years about videogames and other media, aiming for something a little deeper, a little more rewarding, and hopefully, a little more honest.

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Stickets, Splice win at Freeplay Awards

Last weekend, the Freeplay Independent Games Festival awards showcased a diverse array of interesting and exciting new Australian videogames — and some confused Americans eating a jar of Vegemite. We’ve got the full details.

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Freeplay Independent Games Festival announces program, international keynote

There are many reasons that Melbourne has, for the last few years at least, felt like the focal point for videogames culture in Australia. Among these, though—the game jams, the huge amateur and professional community, the cultural and educational institutions—the Freeplay Independent Games Festival stands out as a clear exclamation point. Freeplay is for Australia’s […]

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Upcoming events in Brisbane and Melbourne

After almost two weeks of Game Masters coverage, you’re probably getting sick of hearing about local videogame-related events by now. Don’t worry: I’ll be back to writing about videogames themselves shortly, but I thought it would be remiss of me not to point out some other upcoming events around Australia. First is the Game On […]

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EXHIBITION REVIEW: Game Masters, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

There’s no doubt that Game Masters is about as good as an exhibition of videogames could presently hope to be. It is among the best—if not the best—of its kind. If anything, Game Masters proves that videogames belong in cultural spaces: not just as part of the conversation, as a box to tick to prove […]

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