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Video game section for RiotACT?

By Myles Peterson - 28 May 2012 43

Would rioters be interested in a Video Game section on the site under Entertainment? In my experience, Canberra has more gamers per capita than most places, with very diverse interests.

Throw in a dedicated animation/games programming college and a couple of studios and you could almost call Canberra a (video) gaming town.

Just putting it out there, over to you.

[ED – I’ll let Myles put it out there for discussion. The issue is whether there is any uniquely Canberran focus to apply to this global entertainment business. We already run stories about local game production when we hear about it. But discuss…]

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Video game section for RiotACT?
Myles Peterson 5:27 pm 28 May 12

Maybe our next crusade should be for a Mana Bar here in the capital…

Asked Yug about that a month or so back, he hinted it might be in the works. (Getting a lot of mileage out of this nose-face pic he designed for me.)

AIE run a lot of stuff. Women-in-Games events, trivia nights, even the odd pron swap-meet, I mean LAN.

fnaah 4:34 pm 28 May 12

“There are certainly frequent huge LANs, but I am not aware of any that are “open to the public”. As you said, the liability alone is ridiculous. I went to one last year that got so big it managed to melt a brand new router.”

How huge are you talking here? Note that (and I’m not exaggerating here) I’ve run 300 player events.

Primal 4:27 pm 28 May 12

johnboy said :

The real question is whether we could add anything not being done by Kotaku and zero punctuation.

There is need for more than ZP?

Maybe our next crusade should be for a Mana Bar here in the capital…

Myles Peterson 4:22 pm 28 May 12

Hmmm yeah, I probably didn’t think the “uniquely Canberra” side of things through.

Still, if I were a cynical editor of a website looking to generate traffic, I could do a lot worse than give the local video game community a place to mock each other and discuss titles and whatnot … Not a lot of the development happens here, but the playing sure does.

Truthiness 4:10 pm 28 May 12

fnaah said :

“It would also be good to know about open LAN parties”

…. really? People still run these? I gave up running large public LAN events over ten years ago, around the time when broadband really started taking off and public liability insurance premiums began to skyrocket.

Is there anything running these days that even remotely resembles the old-school Nerdfest/LANFest/ACTGN?

There are certainly frequent huge LANs, but I am not aware of any that are “open to the public”. As you said, the liability alone is ridiculous. I went to one last year that got so big it managed to melt a brand new router.

The biggest problem is that so many new games are not designed with LANs in mind (eg Starcraft II and Diablo III), Diablo used to be a LAN mainstay, but requiring always on internet to play, and not having australian servers, means lag is severe, and as soon as you share your connection it gets worse. to top it off it only allows four players at once.

Even when you can get them to work, they end up saturating broadband, especially on our crappy non-duplexed australian connections. For instance, TF2 is great for LANs, as long as you are happy to only play on a local server, 32 players all trying to upload at up to 50kbs each pretty quickly saturates home net connections and results in horrid lag. Most modern shooters are similarly optomised, so as soon as you have more than a handful of people sharing the same connection, it flakes out. Meanwhile we have politicians telling us the NBN will be fast enough, yeah right, tell that to the nerds.

So most of the LANs I get out to end up playing relatively old games, or end up being small due to internet limitations. L4D2 is a good one (banned version of course), CIV or MoH, maybe some CoD or even War III. Even so, you generally get just as good, or better, performance from just playing together online from your respective homes. Its sad, LANs are awesome, but it seems games companies these days care more about stopping the pirate minority than appeasing their own paying customers.

fnaah 3:47 pm 28 May 12

Also, if I recall correctly, and they haven’t moved, 2K’s Canberra office is in Braddon (18 Lonsdale St)

fnaah 3:43 pm 28 May 12

“It would also be good to know about open LAN parties”

…. really? People still run these? I gave up running large public LAN events over ten years ago, around the time when broadband really started taking off and public liability insurance premiums began to skyrocket.

Is there anything running these days that even remotely resembles the old-school Nerdfest/LANFest/ACTGN?

silvernitrate 3:36 pm 28 May 12

Does anybody know where the 2K studio is in canberra? I would like to raid said studio for bioshock/2K related merch.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 3:31 pm 28 May 12

I liek to pleh games

Jivrashia 3:30 pm 28 May 12

Well… I’ll put one out there.

Canberra Fighting Game League – Monthly Tournament.
Currently playing at the tournament are Super Street Fighter 4 AE2012, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, and various other fighting games (HDR, SFxT, KoF). All games are played on Xbox360.

More information on this forum.

johnboy 3:28 pm 28 May 12

The real question is whether we could add anything not being done by Kotaku and zero punctuation.

ThatGuy 3:26 pm 28 May 12

A gaming section on RiotAct would certainly steal some of the hits I send Kotaku’s way. It would also be good to know about open LAN parties, local events, etc etc.

DrKoresh 3:11 pm 28 May 12

Mothy said :

XBOX/PS3/PC?

Seeing as the majority of titles are cross-platform, i don’t see why all three can’t be covered.

Unless of course, you’re just looking to start a flame war about how one system is utter crap compared to another but in that case you should probably just go away.

DrKoresh 3:09 pm 28 May 12

While I don’t think there is really any uniquely Canberran spin you can put on the video games industry I’d certainly still enjoy a section about them here. I’d be more than happy to write reviews and such for new-releases. Also, it’d be good to hear about other people’s experience buying games in the A.C.T. JB hi-fi generally wins on prices but their product range is so diverse that I often find the selection available the the advice of staff to be less than stellar.

Mothy 3:07 pm 28 May 12

XBOX/PS3/PC?

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