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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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zllauh 11:46 am 27 Jul 15

A few would say that pc gaming is pretty much dead. but am still not over with counter strike , unreal tournament. You cannot play them with that kind of precision on a ps dude .

sarahsarah 10:17 am 31 May 12

silvernitrate said :

Is it too much to ask of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra to do a video game tracks themed performance? Its not fair, Melbourne!

If it ever happens I will be on those tickets like a seagull on a hot chip.

pink little birdie 10:09 am 31 May 12

I already have the Wii Mario games I’m slowly being introduced to computer games by my Boyfriend. Also quite a few orchestras do do videogame o themed concerts

silvernitrate 10:27 pm 30 May 12

Is it too much to ask of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra to do a video game tracks themed performance? Its not fair, Melbourne!

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 12:33 pm 29 May 12

Myles Peterson said :

I was curious as to what platform the OP was wanting to kick around.

All platforms, smart-phones, tablets, PC, consoles – as an RPG nerd from way back, I’m even open to Talisman and DnD. (Hell, lets talk Traveller, Gamma World and Twilight2000.)

My personal gaming habits ATM are PC (Skyrim, Diablo3, BF3, Tropico4, Shogun2) and PS3 (Arkham City, ACRevelations). Seem to enjoy action titles on the big screen more for some reason.

Understand JB’s reservations about creating an unnecessary forum for gamers to rant about issues that are neither Canberran, nor news, dilutes the focus of RA. Just wanted to put it out there and thanks to those who contributed.

I think it’s a great idea.

MAKE IT HAPPEN JB!!!

Myles Peterson 12:27 pm 29 May 12

I was curious as to what platform the OP was wanting to kick around.

All platforms, smart-phones, tablets, PC, consoles – as an RPG nerd from way back, I’m even open to Talisman and DnD. (Hell, lets talk Traveller, Gamma World and Twilight2000.)

My personal gaming habits ATM are PC (Skyrim, Diablo3, BF3, Tropico4, Shogun2) and PS3 (Arkham City, ACRevelations). Seem to enjoy action titles on the big screen more for some reason.

Understand JB’s reservations about creating an unnecessary forum for gamers to rant about issues that are neither Canberran, nor news, dilutes the focus of RA. Just wanted to put it out there and thanks to those who contributed.

fnaah 11:42 am 29 May 12

“never been to a 300 person LAN, apparently my concept of a huge LAN lacks perspective. the largest I’ve been to had 32 computers and little more people, and that was an epic undertaking. what games even support 300 people? or do you just play different games? what is the point, how do you even interact with them all?”

Everything was FPS at the time (with a few forays into RTSes like Warcraft 3 etc), and no, there was no single game that supported 300 players. The most we ever got into one game was about 60, in a 64-player BF server. Poor server nearly melted. (our switching gear was fine though, thanks to Cisco/AusGamers sponsorship.)

We ran lots of comps and things though (for individuals, Q3, UT, etc, and teams – counterstrike, tribes2, whatever), and we had prize sponsorship, so we drew some pretty big numbers for a while there. You got to chat with or play against most people, as the events usually ran pretty long (our longest was over 3 days at CANCON in 2000 or 2001, can’t remember which) In the grand scheme of things though, ACTGN was small. The boys in Sydney and Melbourne regularly ran 600+ player events. Maybe they still do. *shrug*

Mothy 11:35 am 29 May 12

DrKoresh said :

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.

No I was curious as to what platform the OP was wanting to kick around. I play PC and 360, so either of those would suit.

Was also interested in seeing what kind of responses came in – are people looking for LAN events, or looking to set up for tourney’s or conflicts in strategy games such as Starcraft II, or were they looking to fill out a squad/team for BF3 for example.

For the bargain hunters, keep an eye on Whirlpool’s forums.

And lastly:

qbngeek said :

Why does it need to be video game specific? Canberra has a huge base of gamers across all forms of gaming. There a huge numbers of tabletop, minature, board, trading card and video gamers in the ACT. But because all the other forms are seen as geeky no-one wants to discuss them.

Hey qbngeek, how about crossing genres – for example offering to take on all challengers at a game of Ticket to Ride, or Carcassone, or Catan, on Xbox Live?

LukePlunkett 10:22 am 29 May 12

qbngeek said :

Why does it need to be video game specific? Canberra has a huge base of gamers across all forms of gaming. There a huge numbers of tabletop, minature, board, trading card and video gamers in the ACT. But because all the other forms are seen as geeky no-one wants to discuss them.

Think you’d be surprised, especially if CanCon is any indication….I’ve never understood the walls some people put up between the different types, since so many of them share the same underlying mechanics.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 10:15 am 29 May 12

Qbngeek, there are many websites making games of all types no longer nerdy and something to be hidden away. I don’t think it will be too far away before card and tabletop games will be like video games are now.
A few peeps doing different things here would be a huge help. The other day a bunch of people were outside game traders playing card games with many people stopping to watch what was going on.

    johnboy 10:17 am 29 May 12

    Guys if you’ve got an event, or an announcement with a local element send it in as always.

qbngeek 8:54 am 29 May 12

Why does it need to be video game specific? Canberra has a huge base of gamers across all forms of gaming. There a huge numbers of tabletop, minature, board, trading card and video gamers in the ACT. But because all the other forms are seen as geeky no-one wants to discuss them.

Truthiness 8:16 am 29 May 12

never been to a 300 person LAN, apparently my concept of a huge LAN lacks perspective. the largest I’ve been to had 32 computers and little more people, and that was an epic undertaking. what games even support 300 people? or do you just play different games? what is the point, how do you even interact with them all?

Myles Peterson 10:59 pm 28 May 12

“I’d like to see one. Always enjoyed Myles’ pieces in the Canberra Times TV Guide on a Monday.”

Cheers. Was a good run. Can’t believe some of the stuff I got into print. How to torrent, good VPNs, newspapers are dying a horrible death thanks to mismanagement… Used to see how far I could push it just for kicks and giggles, and pretty sure if the editors bothered to read my copy, I would have been axed long before I was.

Much happier writing for folks like Torrentfreak, the exposure is insane.

Back on topic – “Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd” … Thought you were trolling, seems you weren’t. Don’t even know where to begin, so I won’t.

DrKoresh 10:55 pm 28 May 12

pink little birdie said :

also do different styles of games. When I go into the gaming stores they aren’t really able to recommend many games for the non-violent level up adventure style games (Mario, Donkey Kong, Spyro)

I wouldn’t call any of those games NON-violent, they’re children’s games with light-hearted cartoon violence. But I get what you mean. Unfortunately for kiddies though, there aren’t many good children’s titles being these days that i know of. Your best bet would probably be some of the new Mario games on Wii.

pink little birdie 10:43 pm 28 May 12

also do different styles of games. When I go into the gaming stores they aren’t really able to recommend many games for the non-violent level up adventure style games (Mario, Donkey Kong, Spyro)

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:20 pm 28 May 12

Primal said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Pc game sales may be on the rise ATM because the consoles are so far behind tech wise but once the new gen consoles are out, then it’s only gonna be die hard pc gamers left behind.(playing old games or mods of old games)

That’s what they said at the release of the PS3 and 360… and at the release of the PS2 and XBOX… and the PS1 and N64! The two cycles are symbiotic. One drives the other forward, which drives the first one forward further, and so on.

How can I put this in a Canberra context? The forces of console and PC are like two fully sik white Commodores fangin’ down the Monaro late at night.

Haha nice one. But in seriousness, never before has pc games been so minimal. Last gen most good games were made for pc then ported to consoles. Now 99% of games are made for 360 then ported to pc, very poorly in most cases and it’s very minimal what does get ported.
The money comes from the console kiddys and the publishers accommodate them.

krash 8:59 pm 28 May 12

Having a video gaming section on the site would be great. No matter what platform you play, PC, PS3, XBOX 360. I’m sure there would be some good local gaming discussion. It would also be a great place to organise some local Barcrafts.

Primal 7:47 pm 28 May 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Pc game sales may be on the rise ATM because the consoles are so far behind tech wise but once the new gen consoles are out, then it’s only gonna be die hard pc gamers left behind.(playing old games or mods of old games)

That’s what they said at the release of the PS3 and 360… and at the release of the PS2 and XBOX… and the PS1 and N64! The two cycles are symbiotic. One drives the other forward, which drives the first one forward further, and so on.

How can I put this in a Canberra context? The forces of console and PC are like two fully sik white Commodores fangin’ down the Monaro late at night.

LukePlunkett 7:37 pm 28 May 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Can any of you tell me the last good pc game besides diablo or a indy that was not a horrid console port?

This:

http://www.crusaderkings.com/

thy_dungeonman 7:24 pm 28 May 12

I would certainly appreciate a a regular post giving the cheapest places (online or locally) to buy each new released game.

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