Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 30th June – 1st July 2012

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Saturday 30th June – 9am to 6pm
Sunday 1st July – 9am to 6pm

 Avoid the queues!

Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster or for purchase an the door. 

Full event details and guest bios can be found at www.ozcomiccon.com.

Melbourne is lucky enough to get a plethora of pop and geek culture events each year but if you’re anything like me, it’s never enough!

Now just a week away is one of the most exciting events to hit Australia: Oz Comic-Con.

Oz Comic-Con is an expo featuring content from all genres of pop-culture, featuring film and television stars, comic book and anime artists, gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions, and even creative workshops and master classes. But of course the main draw will be the stars themselves, so I’ve put together a must see, greet and photograph list of stars that are attending Oz Comic-Con. Continue reading Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 30th June – 1st July 2012

Valhalla In Adelaide

Alienware and Valhalla LAN parties are teaming up to bring you the Gears Of War 2 Reloaded LAN Event in Adelaide, January 16 – 17th.

Packing quite a punch over the last World At War Extravaganza, the next LAN event run by Valhalla will feature Continue reading Valhalla In Adelaide

Review: Haze (PS3)

Free Radical is an interesting developer for two reasons. The first point of interest is that the company was founded by several former employees of Rare. Back on the Nintendo 64, Rare redefined the first person shooter with Goldeneye and Perfect Dark. Free Radical went on to create their own first person shooter series called Time Splitters, which was praised for its fast paced multiplayer action. Free Radical also created Second Sight, a fantastic game which combined the stealth genre with psychic powers.

The other interesting thing about Free Radical is you could always tell their games apart by their signature art style with subtly caricatured characters. Free Radical has now made their foray into the next generation of consoles with Haze – another first person shooter. While Haze unfortunately lacks Free Radicals iconic art style, it still has ties to Second Sight for having a story filled with conspiracies, corruption and corporations.

Continue reading Review: Haze (PS3)

Fallout 3 Refused Classification In Australia

Nothing but the hard facts on this one, Fallout 3 has been officially refused classification in Australia.

Now listed on the OFLC’s Classification Database, the original rumors from a Gamespot forum member have indeed come true.

Specifics as to the banning are yet unknown but this is certainly another huge hit to the Australian gaming community and the country that brings you spacemeat.com.au. Gamers of Australia have been fighting for an R18+ classification introduction for some time now to no avail.

Fallout 3 is now one of many titles refused classification and therefore banned in Australia. The recent Dark Sector case is another example, though hopefully Bethesda and Red Ant will act in a similar manner and eventually edit Fallout 3 for release on our neglected shores.

Fallout 3 is the long awaited sequel to an iconic series of post-apocalyptic RPG’s and is set to be one of the biggest and most anticipated releases of the year.

You’ll have to let me know what it’s like.

UPDATE : Seems Yug of Australian Gamer got a hold of the final report issued on Fallout 3 by the OFLC. Check it out here.

X-Men Spin-off Shooting in Australia

A spin off to the X-Men film franchise, Wolverine will be starting shooting in Australia and New Zealand this December. Over a six to eight week shooing period from December to January, the film will be shot in Queenstown and Central Otago in New Zealand was well as the Fox Studios in Sydney. Afterwards shooting will move up to New Orleans in America.

Originally, the film was going to be shot in Canada instead of Australia and New Zealand. However, this was changed to make things easier for lead actor Hugh Jackman (who reprises his role as the title character) in the event of a re-shoot. Presently, Hugh Jackman is filming on Baz Lurhmann’s war epic, Australia. There has been some fan concern that the switch from Canada will mean that the Weapon X Project won’t be a part of the films plot. The Weapon X Project was a storyline in the comics about the Canadian Government experimenting on people and turning them into living weapons; Wolverine was one of these people. The Weapon X Project is a staggeringly huge story within X-Men comic universe and fans can rest easy that Weapon X is confirmed to be a large part of the plot in the film.

The New Orleans location also hints that the card flinging mutant Gambit will be a part of the film as New Orleans’ was the characters hometown. Not to mention that Gambit sported a thick New Orleans’ accent in the animated cartoons. This is good news, as Gambit was sorely lacking in all three of the previous X-Men films.

On another note, director Gavin Hood and writer David Benioff are completely new to the X-Men series, so it will interesting to see what these people do with the film. Wolverine has a planned release date of May 1st in 2009 in America.

Liam’s Notes:

In other Wolverine news it has been announced that the full title of the film will be X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which probably means the upcoming Magneto film will follow suit with X-Men Origins: Magneto.

Also in a very mild spoiler it has been confirmed Weapon X creator William Stryker will be the baddie in the film. Previously the villain in X-Men 2 played by Brian Cox, this Stryker will be a much younger, Liev Schrieber.