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.

Review: Darksiders


Developer – Vigil Games
Publisher – THQ
Available on – Xbox 360, PS3
Reviewed on – Xbox 360

Darksiders is the product of every 90s gamers fantasy, being thrown quite literally into the apocalypse. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has been remade for the current generation and overall it’s a good experience. Darksiders follows the story of “War”, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, whose coming signifies the end of days and the breaking of the seven seals, who is called to bring judgment on the three armies of Heaven, Hell and Earth. The game begins with War arriving on earth to discover that the seventh seal has not been broken, but either the armies of Heaven, or the Hordes of Hell have begun the war early. Given that his brethren have not to been called he is defeated by a Demon, “Straga”. The overseers of balance, “The Council”, blame War for leading into the apocalypse early, and he ends up having to find out who are involved and punish them to clear his name, and so begins our journey. Continue reading Review: Darksiders

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. Continue reading Game Connect Asia Pacific 09

Review: Borderlands

Developer – Gearbox Software
Publisher – 2K Games
Available On – XBOX 360, Playstation 3, PC
Reviewed On – PC & XBOX 360

First person shooters have been a stagnating genre lately with many developers happy to simply iterate on past successful franchises. Thankfully Gearbox and 2K Games are trying something new with several years of development and a whole graphical redesign bringing us the self-described “Role Playing Shooter” known as Borderlands. Taking cel shading to whole new levels on the Unreal 3 engine, Borderlands is an exciting and entertaining universe that reaches beyond unique presentation and actually tackles a new hybrid of gaming genres.

A mash of role playing game elements within an FPS make the label of “FPSRPG”  quite fitting for Borderlands, but Continue reading Review: Borderlands

Red Dead Redemption Cinematic Trailer

Rockstar Games have released a new cinematic trailer for Red Dead Redemption introducing some of the characters and story alongside a release date of April 2010.

Set in the wildest of the ol’ Wild West, Red Dead Remption tells the tale of John Marston, a seasoned gunslinger who sides with the law in his hunt for a former gang partner. Roaming across an open world environment on horseback and train, players will be able to enjoy Euphoria physics in the RAGE game engine used by Grand Theft Auto IV. The new trailer also shows off some cinematic story telling with enough character development and stylistic direction to make this one to look out for next year.

Red Dead Redemption will be released on April 27th 2010 in North America and three days later for everyone else.

Click more for the original trailer.

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Review: Scribblenauts


The Nintendo DS has repetitively become a location for less and less enjoyable gaming experiences since it was launched, so much so that to some it has become an area only inhabited by Pokemon continuations or rehashes (depending on which side of the fence you live on). There have been a few titles over the past few years that have spiked interest in me, only to become a disappointment, like Drawn to Life and FFIII and IV, even my beloved Pokemon finally became a let-down to me. This isn’t to say that the DS hasn’t been able to provide me with some small level of satisfaction, namely in Line Rider Unbound and Professor Layton and the Curious Village, and it was with these in mind that I picked up Scribblenauts, by 5th Cell, ignoring their previous disappointment in another of my blind attempt to justify having a DS at all.

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The Lobby LIVE at iDEF 09


At the recent International Digital Entertainment Festival the Internet quiz and debate show THE LOBBY was appeared live on stage each day, concluding the season on the Sunday with special guests Yug from Australian Gamer and Jonathan Strugnell from AIE.

Check out the episode below and I will keep you guys informed on the upcoming second season.

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The eGames Expo 2009 is here!


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

The 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.