Are We Having Fun? Playing Games Critically

We’re developers, researchers, lecturers, and critics… but what inspired us to join the games industry in the first place? Did we play games for fun, once upon a time? Analysing games when they’re supposed to be ‘just for fun’ is sometimes frowned upon online, but it’s also how we can encourage positive change in the games industry. We talk about what it really means to think critically about games, the benefits it has, how we still manage to enjoy the games we play, and how you can too.
Panelists

Alayna Cole [Founding director, Queerly Represent Me], Rami Ismail [Business & development guy, Vlambeer], Dakoda Barker [Lecturer, critic, and developer, University of the Sunshine Coast], David Hollingworth [Digital editor, Next Media], Jess Zammit [Senior writer, Select Start Media]
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Expanding Horizons: Exploring Open World Gaming

Recent AAA titles have introduced us to the most expansive open worlds we have ever seen in video games. Will game environments continue to grow? At what point is big too big? We look at how titles like Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Skyrim have successfully balanced huge open world without distracting from amazing game play and story.
Panelists

Nic Healey [Breakfast Host, 2SER 107.3FM], Mark Wilson [Game Designer, Bioware, Team Bondi, Riot Games], David Gaider [Creative Director, Beamdog], Tim Stobo [Principal Quest Designer, Guerrilla Games]
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Focusing On The East

There are plenty of blogs that focus on the city and inner suburbs, but not much love is given to the local community on the East, West, North and South of the city. If anything, this is where the true hidden gems lie. And this weekend, the thing to do in Melbourne, heck the place to be is the Knox Festival.

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Want To Fill Out Your Social Calendar? Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

When I ponder what I did to make new friends, the first thing that always comes to mind is the times I stepped outside of my comfort zone. None more so that when I started doing outdoor theatre nearly 6 years ago.
And it changed me. New friends, more confidence and different challenges that made me become a better person. Here’s how you can do it too.

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Melbourne Mondays: Love, Lights, Life

This week is bound to be extra special. First up, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. The weekend will see the City of Melbourne come alive during the White Night Festival and taking walks into some adventurous terrains will all be in a days work! So let’s get to it.

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Melbourne Mondays: Urban and Free Events

This is the start of another series of posts that will be focusing on bringing something fun and unique about Melbourne to your attention. This could be links, trivia or events. You never know where the fun could lead. You’ll want to check this out! Continue reading “Melbourne Mondays: Urban and Free Events”

Melbourne Open House: Hellenic Museum

The fourth stop on my 2016 Open House Melbourne trip and it was completely amazing. I walk past this place every time I go to the local gardens for my afternoon walks. So getting a chance to drop in, was amazing. To top it off, the artwork that they had inside was amazing. I highly recommend you check it out. Here’s why. Continue reading “Melbourne Open House: Hellenic Museum”