Unveiled: Official poster for Pinfest, Caves Beach

August 3, 2012

Yes, you might have heard whispers about this one, but J-OMG has been digging a bit deeper to get you all the juicy details.

The inaugural PINFEST Pinball Festival will happen on Saturday September 8th and Sunday September 9th at the spectacular Caves Beach Hotel complex. Entry will be $10, with most proceeds going to the ‘SIDS for kids’ foundation.

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Awesome indie game/dev resource blows out candles

August 1, 2012

These days, the number of great freeware games being released is staggering. But finding such games – let alone narrowing them down to styles or preferred platform – is a challenge. This week three years ago, somebody launched their answer to the problem. In the years that followed they also became an incredible help to would-be game makers.

But let’s not jump too far ahead in our story…

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Special guest review: Games Masters at ACMI

July 23, 2012

Guest post by Andrew Marshall…

Retro gamers have a massive reason to visit Melbourne with the opening of the Game Masters exhibition at ACMI. The follow up to the hugely successful Game On (with over 148,000 visitors in 2008), Game Masters aims to introduce the public to the Gods of gaming. Taking its cues from the auteur theory of film criticism, over 30 video game designers are profiled, with over 125 fully playable games. A stroll through the gallery space is indeed an appointment with gaming genius.

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When Contra and Metal Slug love each other very much…

July 20, 2012

In 1987 I played Contra (aka Gryzor) to death on my Commodore 64.
In 1996 I played Metal Slug to death in the arcade.

Now, in 2012, Aleksey Abramenko seems to have crossbred the two…

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Can I have a large Coke, a large popcorn, and…

June 7, 2012

Two tickets* to this, please…

*Oh I know the movie won’t be showing for at least 5 months,
I’ll just happily camp out here in the queue at the cinema, until then. 

(Just tell the other patrons to step over me, if I’m asleep.)



Spotted at RPS.

The story behind Retro Gamer’s type-in game

May 28, 2012

Retro Gamer magazine celebrated its 100th issue recently, with an utterly fantastic double-release.

Highlights included a Sonic ‘Making of’ with Yuji Naka, an interview with David Braben about Elite, a fascinating technical piece by David Crane on how he made the Atari 2600 do impossible things, plus a full reprinted magazine of the rare-as-hen’s teeth RG issue 1.

Oh, and a type-in game.


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R18au – at last a new perspective

February 17, 2012

I read an interesting post by Daniel Golding yesterday for Crikey.com.au’s recently-launched GAME ON blog.

Here’s my response…

Hi Dan,

Congratulations on the new blog. And for doing the impossible. Finding a fresh new angle on a subject many of us considered ‘done to death’.

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The Man who shmupped the Verminest

February 9, 2012

JustOneMoreGame’s gamingdevcrush on Locomalito continues unabated, with news that his latest game “They Came from Verminest” due out next Wednesday February 15.

So after the international day of love, it’ll be the international day of “shooting greyscale Galagaesque aliens in red-blue3D”. Or something like that. 

Exciting words emailed from Loco himself – below!
And screenshots. Loverly screenshots.  And bonus materials.  
(Oh just click, will ya.)

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One button bait: Flush the Goldfish

January 11, 2012

Two years ago, I really enjoyed playing ‘One Button Bob‘ – a fun Flash platform game where each screen in the platformer uses a single mousebutton in a different way, to control the action.

Now, Flush the Goldfish has arrived. 
And he’s all outta gum.

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Just One More Game: 2011 in review

January 1, 2012

Hope you had a great 2011!

Here’s our ‘greatest hits’ from the past 12 months – enjoy the ultra-low-budget virtual fireworks display!

Click:  J-OMG’s end of 2011 report.