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We Happy Few is coming to Australia after all 

Tags: australia, gaming

After considering our appeal to get We Happy Few reviewed for classification, the Australian Classification Review Board [ACRB] has decided to allow the release of We Happy Few in Australia!

Initially denied classification by the ACRB because of its showcasing of illicit drug use they’ve now seen fit to overturn their decision and grant the game an R18+ rating.

Nice to see sanity has prevailed and congratulations to Compulsion Games for persisting in getting it over the line.

We Happy Few is scheduled for release August 10th.

Source: We Happy Few coming to Australia | Compulsion Games

Google is reportedly developing a game console

Tags: gaming, tech

According to reports, Google’s project Yeti could be a streaming device that breaks down the barriers between console and PC gaming.

Apparently one of the worst kept secrets running around at E3 this year was that Google was there talking to a bunch of devs about their new project.

According to Kotaku who first reported the rumour, Google’s entrance into the console market is a three pronged approach.

1) Some sort of streaming platform, 2) some sort of hardware, and 3) an attempt to bring game developers under the Google umbrella, whether through aggressive recruiting or even major acquisitions.

By saying “streaming platform” one’s mind automatically wanders to a Netflix like approach to delivering games, similar to PlayStation Now and the ill-fated OnLive service, however it can also mean simply downloading games to your local storage and playing them there.

Regardless of what it means and what approach Google take, entering the console market will require a hefty investment by parent Alphabet to give it any chance of a fight.

Source: Google Is Working On A Gaming Console To Rival Xbox And Playstation

NBN Co’s own little Gamergate

Tags: australia, gaming

NBN Co is adamant its CEO did not blame online gamers for causing congestion on fixed wireless.

Yeah but you did mate.

Days before Bill Morrow specifically identified gamers as being heavy users of the NBN that in turn are causing congestion and issues for other users on the network.

In a statement to a parliamentary hearing Mr Morrow said “While people are gaming it is a high bandwidth requirement that is a steady streaming process”.

As the NBN PR team are now all too painfully aware, gaming uses little to no bandwidth in comparison to the average Netflix user and have been heavily back peddling since.

Today in a statement from NBN Co the company suggests that Morrow merely used them as an example of a “heavy user” and not the root cause in contrast to his specific remarks.

In the same hearing Morrow is quoted as saying a few more gems stating that, “No-one designs a network to where everybody uses it at the same exact time” and falling back to innovations such as the iPhone as being something no one could predict in the failing network.

Ironically “innovation” was the catch-cry of the currently elected government who’s switch to a multi-technology-mix ensures building a network for today and NOT tomorrow, effectively predicting the endorsement of the CEO’s sentiment.

Source: NBN Co hits back on gamer claims: Bill Morrow ‘didn’t blame’ anyone – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Victorian government launches huge Melbourne Esports Open event

Tags: australia, gaming

Victoria will be home to the biggest esport event in the country when it hosts the inaugural Melbourne Esports Open in September.

Announced in a press release yesterday the newly formed Melbourne Esports Open is a partnership between the Victorian government TEG Live & ESL.

The new event is expected to cater to 10,000 fans a day when it’s held over the first weekend of September at Melbourne & Olympic Parks.

Games to be played are still to be advised however Melbourne’s Herald Sun has indicated we can expect to see competitions for League of Legends, Overwatch and Fortnite.

Melbourne has always claimed to be the “sporting capital of Australia” so it stands to reason they should put a definitive stamp on esports as well.

For more details on the event check out their new website and stay tuned to their official social media channels.

Source: Melbourne Esports Open

Leaks confirm Fortnite is Nintendo Switch bound

Tags: gaming
Source: 4Chan

Fortnite, the massively popular battle royale shooter, is reportedly coming to Nintendo’s Switch console soon.

Just like James & I were talking about on the pod this week, it looks like it’s all but confirmed that Fortnite will be announced for the Nintendo Switch at E3.

The leaked photo of Nintendo’s E3 lineup showed up on 4Chan overnight with as well as a Korean games rating appearing for the title on the Switch platform.

Source: Fortnite is reportedly coming to the Nintendo Switch – The Verge

Bethesda teases Fallout 76 ahead of E3

Tags: gaming

Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4, welcome you to Fallout 76.

Speculation is running wild with the release of the Fallout 76 teaser trailer overnight. Many  believe the upcoming title will be an MMO, some think another Battle Royale clone, hell it could be a new mobile game for all I know (but I doubt it).

Expect a lot more info to drop in a couple of weeks at the Bethesda showcase where yours truly will be in attendance!

Source: Fallout | Our Future Begins

PUBG is suing Fortnite creators Epic for copying their game

Tags: gaming

A PUBG official said Friday that the firm filed an injunction, alleging copyright infringement, with the Seoul Central District Court against Epic Games Korea.

When you start suing people for copying a genre, (which spoiler alert you didn’t really develop yourself either) it can often mean things are not going so well for filing company.

Yes, I whole heartedly agree PUBG defined the genre.  Before PUBG the genre, or idea, of a large scale group of players fighting each other until one was left wasn’t really done well or known but trying to say you now own the idea is likely to leave them with egg on their face.

Source: PUBG takes US game firm to court

Tune in for a special “Raj Plays” tonight live streaming State of Decay 2 at 8pm

Tags: gaming

The next installment in the critically acclaimed “State of Decay” franchise immerses you in an all-new, multiplayer zombie survival fantasy. Build a lasting community, working with other players or solo to overcome challenges while exploring your own unique story in a world that remembers the choices you make.

Going live tonight at 8pm on Twitch at twitch.tv/rajdeut ahead of the game’s May 22nd release.

Source: Home – State of Decay 2

Miss out on a NES/SNES Mini? Fear not they’re back this June

Tags: gaming

Nintendo Australia has today announced that both the NES Classic Mini and SNES Classic Mini will return to Australian stores.

In an announcement on Nintendo Australia’s official twitter account yesterday we learned that both the NES Mini and SNES Classic Mini would be returning to retail stores.

The NES Mini will be the first to return, available to purchase from June 29th however no official date was given for the SNES version.

I feel sorry for anyone that paid some ludicrous price when these things were in short supply to build hype last year. It looks like come June you’ll be able to just walk into a store and pick one up easy peasy style.

Source: The NES And SNES Classic Minis Are Returning To Australia

Game Informer goes hands on with the first hour of Days Gone

Tags: gaming

In this exclusive gameplay video, Game Informer’s Ben Hanson is joined by Days Gone’s creative director John Garvin and game director Jeff Ross to walk through and show off the first hour of this open-world PlayStation 4 exclusive.

To say I was impressed when I previewed Days Gone two years ago at E3 would be a massive understatement. How Bend Studio are pushing the PS4 to make this game look as amazing as it does and work with so many enemies and mechanics going on I’ll never understand.

Sony is continuing to hit it out of the park! Between Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, The Last of Us and now Days Gone, their stable is scarily good.

Small warning before watching the gameplay. There are of course mild spoilers in there.