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Replenish at the Mana Bar

Fans of gaming, booze, and general socialites will soon have a place to gather when ‘Mana Bar’ opens up this year in Brisbane, Australia.

Currently in the last stages of setup in Brisbane’s night life strip The Valley, The Mana Bar will serve as a great place to meet up. Owned and operated by gamers Yug (Australian Gamer), Yahtzee (Zero Punctuation), and their comrades Prasant Moorthy and Shay Leighton.

Opening up this February the Mana Bar is set to host events such as game releases parties, competitions and trivia nights with a 50 person venue fitted with video games free to play. Imagine a bar like any other night club in The Valley, but instead of a pool table there’s Street Fighter IV or Guitar Hero ready to go.

Check out the official site for all the info in the lead-up to the opening with forums now up and a bunch of photos.

Upcoming Event: Brisbane & Melbourne Supanova Pop Culture Expo 2010

The guest line-up and dates for this years Supanova expo for Brisbane & Melbourne were recently announced, and this year there are a couple of pretty big names in the world of geekdom appearing, most notably Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Spike himself James Marsters and legendary fantasy artist Boris Vallejo.

BRISBANE
April 9-11, RNA Showgrounds
MELBOURNE
April 16-18, Royal Showgrounds

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Game Connect Asia Pacific 09

Game Connect Asia Pacific is an annual conference and networking event for the Asia Pacific games industry, hosted by the Game Developer’s Association of Australia. This years GCAP was held at the Crown Promenade Hotel in Melbourne from the 6th – 8th of December and quite an entertaining event. Read more [+]

THQ Media Preview 09/12/09

Last Wednesday (9th of December), Melbourne’s THQ offices held a media event in their offices. They gave me free beer and pizza, and let me see their latest games and the coolest office decorations of all the game developer offices I have visited.

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THQ spreading Christmas cheer… and chainswords.

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The eGames Expo 2009 is here!

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Check out the latest games, compete in the eGames Masters tournament, watch the presentations, panels and Rock Band competitions live on stage.

The spacemeat.com.au team will be there covering the event and internet quiz show THE LOBBY will be doing live shows from the expo. Feel free to come by and say hello.

The biggest gaming event in Australia is this weekend and it’s one you don’t want to miss.

Show Times:
* Friday: 1pm – 7pm
* Saturday: 10am – 7pm
* Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Ticket Prices at the door:
* Adult – $18
* Concession – $13
* Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) – $40
* 3 Day Pass – $33
* Children under 12 admitted free

Check out the official site for details or to buy your tickets online.

Upcoming Event: Melbourne Armageddon Expo 2009

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Coming up this weekend is the annual Melbourne Armageddon Expo. It’s a pop-culture expo with guests from film, TV, animation and comic books.

Unfortunately some of the previously announced guests have had to withdraw, most notably Phil LaMarr (MadTV, Justice League), however they did get Rufio to replace him and he kills pirates. Details below.

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
October 17 & 18, 2009

Guests Include:
Seth Green (Buffy, Austin Powers, Robot Chicken)
Matthew Senreich & Tom Root (Robot Chicken)
Dante Basco (Hook, Avatar: The Last Airbender)
Joe Flanigan (Stargate Atlantis)
Jason Momoa (Stargate Atlantis)
Paul McGillion (Stargate Atlantis)
Noah Grey-Cabey (Heroes)
Gigi Edgley (Farscape)
Sean Schemmel (Dragonball Z)

Official Site: http://armageddonexpo.com/

iDef and eGames 2009

The International Digital Entertainment Festival is on again this year hosting 3 great events across one weekend including Australia’s biggest gaming expo eGames. Normally home to other forms of art and nearby the Melbourne Museum, the Royal Exhibition Centre will house the convention this year opening it’s doors to a different kind of artistic connoisseur, the digital entertainment fan.

Taking place from the 30th of October to the 1st of November the gamer’s event of eGames partners well with the presence of the Digital Lifestyle Show and the Develop ICT Skills and Careers Expo so even if you’re not a gamer but just a fan of the digital art there’ll be a lot to see and do at this year’s iDef convention.

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Armageddon brings the big names

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The long running and always entertaining Armageddon Expo is known for having some big name film, TV, animation and comic book stars attending each year and this years coming Melbourne event is no different. The biggest star this year is probably Seth Green, star of film (Austin Powers, the Italian Job, Sex Drive), TV (Heroes, Buffy), Animation (Robot Chicken, Family Guy, American Dad!) and video games (Mass Effect) but there are many other cool people. Including cast members from the Stargate series, Twilight, Heroes, Dragon Ball Z and a personal favourite of mine, Phil LaMar who was one of the original (and best) MadTV cast members, the voice of Green Lantern in Justice League and Jack in Samurai Jack. Check out the full event details below:

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
October 17 & 18, 2009

Seth Green – TV credits include Co-creator of Robot Chicken, Voice of Chris Griffin in Family Guy and Oz in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Movie credits include Austin Powers’ films, the Italian Job, Scooby Doo 2, Without a Paddle and more!

Michael Welch –
Mike Newton in TWILIGHT
Amanda Tapping – ‘Samantha Carter’ Stargate SG-1/Atlantis and ‘Helen Magnus’ Sanctuary
Paul McGillion – ‘Dr Carson Beckett’ Stargate Atlantis
Jason Momoa – ‘Ronan Dex’ Stargate Atlantis
Noah Grey Gabey – Micah Sanders in HEROES
Phil LaMarr – ‘Green Lantern’ Justice League, ‘Hermes’ Futurama and ‘Samurai Jack’ Samurai Jack
Olivia Hack – ‘Chloe’ Bratz, ‘Ty Lee’ Avatar: The Last Airbender
Patrick Seitz – ‘Ishin’ in Bleach, ‘Luke’ in Helsing and ‘Arthas’ in the World of Warcraft online game, Wrath of the Lich King.
Sean Schemmel – Goku in ‘Dragonball Z’ and ‘GT’
Maile Flanagan – Naruto in the hit series ‘Naruto’
Greg Cipes – Beast Boy in ‘Teen Titans’ and Kevin Levin in ‘Ben 10: Alien Force’
Lisa Furukawa – special animation singer, performing on the event main stage a number of anime songs
Dan Didio – Senior Vice President – Executive Editor DC Universe
Geoff Johns – Writer for Green Lantern & The Flash Rebirth series + many more
Ethan Van Sciver – Artist for Green Lantern & The Flash Rebirth series + many more

+ many more still to come

For more information on the event check out the official site.

J.J. Abrams discussing his love of mystery

Here is an old (March 2007) talk by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Mission Impossible 3, Star Trek) discussing his love of mystery and its uses in life and film. This talk is just one of many by fantastic speakers including Al Gore, Brian Greene, and Ken Robinson which you can check out at TED. I highly recommend browsing through them and if you find any good ones please post them in the comments below.

Source: TED

Gen Con Australia 2009

Whatever type of gaming you’re in to, Gen Con Australia has got you covered again this year getting prepared early to take over the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre come September.

With masses of space for all sorts of tabletop gaming and LAN tournaments the action rides alongside convention exhibitionists and special guests spanning across the huge floor for a 3 day event on September 18th – 20th.

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