E3 2008 – Final Fantasy 360

With the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) underway yet again at the Los Angeles Convention Center the usual flurry of news and goss is coming at us left right and center.

I can’t begin to contain the buzz around the industries biggest (yet now significantly smaller) gaming convention, with key notes already held by the big three, Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft.

One of the first and biggest announcements to surface from the event is Microsoft’s unveiling of Final Fantasy XII for XBOX 360. This is big news for those with the green glow, as past Final Fantasy titles are renown for Sony exclusivity (despite the odd port or spin-off) opening up a huge audience for the partnership between Square-Enix and Microsoft.

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Ubidays ’08 – Gaming At The Louvre

Who said games aren’t art? Recently Ubisoft decided to show off their latest wares at their prominent Ubidays 08 event, going down in style at the Louvre Museum, Paris. Apart from lots of coverage on already known works such as Far Cry 2, a slew of promising sequels and more vague titles were announced throughout the event, so I’m going to run through what’s new to the scene from Ubisoft. Continue reading Ubidays ’08 – Gaming At The Louvre

Brisbane Gamer’s Meetup 05/07/08

Hosted by the dynamic duo at Australian Gamer, Matt and Yug are again set to light up the rooftops of Brisbane’s ‘The Valley’ Saturday 5th July.

Dubbed as an un-official after party for Gen Con Oz, there’s no excuse not to come if you’re in the Brisbane area attending Gen Con or not. I’ll be there, and if that doesn’t seal the deal expect a projector for console gaming, BBQ, ball pit, BYO alcohol and general tomfoolery.

Having been to the first two I can assure these are a blast and attract a good crowd of mature gamers. Bring some drinks (if you drink of course), your party hat, a good attitude and you’ll be sure to fit in. Extra kudos to anyone bringing a DS or PSP, so I won’t be the only one!

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Joblo Hulks out!

The lucky folks at Joblo got their grubby mitts on a bunch of cool Hulk videos, including interviews with Edward Norton and Lou Ferrigno. If there is one thing I got from these videos it’s that once again Edward Norton has completely involved himself in a film. He seems to genuinely believe in and be proud of The Incredible Hulk. Check them all out below.

Interview Soundbites – Edward Norton:

Interview Soundbites – Lou Ferrigno:

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Supanova Expo Melbourne 2008: Michael Winslow

This was my first Supanova expo (as it was the first Melbourne Supanova) however I have been to other pop culture expos and I went in to this one expecting to be significantly entertained and I wasn’t disappointed. Though how much enjoyment you will get out of the Supanova expo would depend on your interests. My interests were of course in the realm of film and television and due to the fact I was only able to attend one day (Sunday 30th March), the JB Hi-Fi Seminar room was were I spent most of my day. Here is the first Q&A presentation I attended.

Michael Winslow: Comedian in Space
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Supanova Expo Melbourne 2008

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Supanova is finally here. The Supanova pop culture expo will be at the Melbourne Showgrounds from 28th, 29th & 30th March, 2008. This great expo has been running in Brisbane and Sydney for many years and has now made the jump down to our great city. I will most definitely be there this weekend and I hope you will too.

The event will include TV/Movie guests (Jewel Staite, James Kyson Lee, and John Rhys-Davies, just to name a few), movie screenings, comic book artists and writers, and much much more. Check out a full listing of guests and events at the official site here.

Where: Exhibition Hall (via Main Entrance off Epsom Rd), Melbourne Showgrounds.

When: 10am to 6pm, March 29th and 30th, 2008.
Preview Night March 28th (6pm to 10pm – doors open 5.30pm)

Tickets: On sale NOW from Ticketek and at the door.

Parking: Parking is available for 1,200 cars on site. Road access is 15 minutes from the city via Flemington and Racecourse Roads, or off City Link at Racecourse Road.

Public transport: Tram number 57 leaves Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, and travels along Epsom Road to the Main Gate. Bus stops are conveniently located on Langs Road and Epsom Road. Bus service number 472 travels between Williamstown and Moonee Ponds via Footscray along Langs Road.

http://www.supanova.com.au/

Melbourne Gamers Meetup – Sat 9th Feb 2008

Coming up next month is the Melbourne Gamers Meetup, run by Australian Gamer and sponsored by Space Meat, PALGN and Gamers Events. Organised by Yug from Australian Gamer, this event is a social gathering of Australian gaming communities and forums. I will be attending the BBQ and it’s bound to be a blast judging from the previous Gamers Meetups in other cities. So come along and meet some great people, eat some great BBQ and just all round have a great time. For more information and a location map you can check out the official site.

Official Site: http://www.melbournegamersmeetup.com/
From: Saturday, 9th of February, 2008
Category: Social Meeting
State: Victoria
City/region: Melbourne
Cost: $2 for BBQ
Venue: Yarra River & James Squire Brewhouse

Address:
BBQ – On the Capital City Trail just across the river from Flinders Street Station

James Squire Brewhouse – G16, 439 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City, Docklands

eGames Melbourne 2007: Game Preview Write-Up

While a lot of the games on display at eGames this year are already on the market, a slew of pre-release titles were still available for me to get my hands on, and you can trust that’s what I did. Gathering from around the globe, publishers from Ubisoft to Activision, EA to Atari, Microsoft to Nintendo and so forth; the event served as a worthy insight into gaming over the next few months.

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30 Days of Night Competition *Finished*

Thank you to everyone who entered, the winners will be contacted shortly and have their prizes sent out to them. If you didn’t win don’t worry we have more competitions coming soon. Enjoy!

Icon Films and the eGames & Entertainment Expo are giving FIVE lucky Space Meat readers the chance to win a double pass to an exclusive advanced screening of the upcoming Vampire horror film 30 Days of Night, to be held at Hoyts Melbourne Central cinema on Wednesday 7th November at 6:30PM.

For your chance to win this great prize all you have to do is email your full name to competition@spacemeat.com.au. Good Luck!

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ATOMIC LIVE! Held Sunday 21st October.

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One word: Cosplay. I didn’t even know what it was before setting foot into the hallowed tent that is the annual Atomic Live show, held at the Sydney Showgrounds at Olympic Park on Sunday 21st October, but I have been trying to erase it ever since as though it were only a psychotic Episode, Total Recall style. I think the moment I realised that these costumes should be banished to the Live Action Role Playing from which they emerged was when a guy walked past in cammo pants and a blue beret, and I didn’t even think that he might be dressed as Guile from Street Fighter… More frightening was the fact that I KNOW that he didn’t have to purchase a single extra piece to complete the outfit. It was all made from regular daily clothing. Add to that the compulsory Jedi, Chewbacca (“I went to the trouble of buying this costume, so it’s coming out every time!”) and a few others that I didn’t recognise and just gave the benefit of the doubt too, and it spelled BFI (Bad First Impression).

Once past that though, the event had many interesting booths. Atomic Live is based around the high end PC magazine Atomic, published in Australia for Australians, which is reflected in the events and information on the day. There was an impressive amount of activity happening across a broad range of companies such as Asus, NVidia, Auran and Ubisoft. Plenty of prizes were given away and most of the attendees seemed pleased with the day as a whole.

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