transport, Video games

PAX Australia – overall a success, but the public transport arrangements let it down

An article in The Age today notes that while there were a few issues, last weekend's inaugural PAX Australia video game festival went well. We went along on the Sunday, and had a good time. We avoided the sessions with long queues, and instead saw an XBox launch event, played some games in the retro area, had some lunch, and looked around the expo hall. Not being hardcore gamers, tha

Consumerism, Video games

There goes my August spending money

Yowzers. It's been 7 years since I bought the house. And it's been four years since I bought the car. At the time I bought the car, the dealer I bought it from had just paid the rego, so it's due every August. This year it's $696.50. Obviously because I bought the car in August, the insurance is also due every August. $369.05 (It can be paid monthly, but this is 15% more expensive.) An

Movember, Video games

Movember: any Modern Warfare/Call Of Duty fans want a limited edition USB drive?

Are these Modern Warfare: Call of Duty 3 "Captain Price" USB drives, sent out as part of Movember, really "limited edition", or are there eleventy-billion of them out there? Although I'd normally subscribe to the view that one can always use another USB drive, I'm wondering... would any of you MWCOD fans pledge a donation to Movember to buy it? It's still wrapped in plastic, and with a l

Retrospectives, Video games

Nostalgia overload: Back in the 80s…

I was telling the kids about the days when arcade games were ubiquitous. When we lived in Pine Avenue, Elwood in the early 80s, the local milkbar on Ormond Road had a Donkey Kong Junior machine, for instance. But a short bus ride away in St Kilda was video game heaven. For starters, Luna Park (which in Melbourne was and is free to enter; unlike Sydney, you only pay for the rides), had a shed

transport, Video games

Three brief PT things

Yearly: Beat the price rise Just bought my new Yearly ticket via PTUA Commuter Club. It'll take a couple of weeks to arrive, but it means I'll beat the March 12th price rise. PTUA Commuter Club Yearly plus membership: Z1 = $1090 (order by end of Feb; payment must clear by March 3rd). Will go up about 3% after that. 365 day Myki Pass (Yearly Metcards are no longer on sale): Z1 = $1170 unti

Film, Retrospectives, Video games

The toy of the movie of the game

Spotted in K-Mart: Lego Prince of Persia. So let me get this straight... this is the toy of the movie of the video game. I wonder if there'll be (as there was with Star Wars and others) a Lego video game of it. That would be the game of the toy of the movie of the game. (I remember playing the original Prince of Persia game in my uni days. Despite being a fan of the platform genre, I