PC Mag Australia – Australia Leads the Charge in 2015 Global Game Jam

This weekend over 16,000 people across 78 countries will come together in the annual Global Game Jam (GGJ) where teams of designers, developers and artists come together to form teams and produce games based on a prescribed theme within 48 hours. “GGJ is about having fun and creating something that’s awesome because the time and... Continue Reading →

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PC Mag Australia: An Open Letter to Tony Abbott

You say you are “ending the crime of intergenerational theft.” I know you’re talking about the budget. But you ARE actually stealing from our past and future generations. Let me make it nice and simple for you Mr Prime Minister. Science advances our society. We discover things that improve our economy (like new products, or... Continue Reading →

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PC Mag Australia: PAX in the age of Gamer Gate

The gaming industry held its breath this weekend as gamers, developers and journos of Australia flocked to Melbourne for the Penny Arcade Expo. There was an air of excitement in the more serious panels. Politics, education, journalism, parenting, medical care, LGBT representation; the sessions were well-attended and the audience were keen to make a difference... Continue Reading →

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PC Mag Australia: Aussie Science Funding Hits New Low

It’s official – we are spending less on research and development as a country than ever before. Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt responded to the news by attacking the Government’s commitment to scientific funding. “Cuts to CSIRO, clean energy programs and tax concessions for R&D have contributed to this woeful result.” Perhaps the real issue... Continue Reading →

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PC & Tech Authority: Playing With Sound

Originally published in Hyper Magazine issue 249, June 2014. As the visual element in videogames has leapt ahead in recent years to match that of film and television, so too has the audio experience. It is an important element in videogames these days, with recent releases displaying complex and emotionally-charged soundtracks. Consumers and reviewers are... Continue Reading →

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Essential Baby: Life With Anxiety

Having anxiety isn’t a choice. For a while I resigned myself to it just being one of my characteristics, like my short stature and my freckles. But now I consider it to be something that I manage. To the outsider, sufferers of anxiety just look like worriers. We are taunted with well-meaning comments: “Look on... Continue Reading →

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I don’t want to be an ambassador. I don’t want to explain to you how it feels to live like this, day in, day out. To have people look at me in confusion. To tell of the physical pain I go through nearly every day that pushes my brain into my skull, the pressure mounting... Continue Reading →

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