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Aussie-made Don Bradman Cricket 17 out now on Steam

Aussie-made Don Bradman Cricket 17 out now on Steam

Don Bradman Cricket 17, the latest sports sim from Melbourne developer Big Ant Studios, is out now on Steam for NZ$75.

It released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 last month.

Billed as "the most realistic cricket game ever made" Don Bradman Cricket 17 features fully motion-captured players; stadium, player, team and logo creator modes; and for the first time in a cricket game, female players.

Players can jump into the career mode to take a young player from club cricket all the way to captaining his or her country. Alternatively, players can jump into the game’s Cricket Academy, where they can build their local teams, cricket fields and competitions to recreate their own club league.

“We made customisation the core of the experience with this game,” said Big Ant CEO Ross Symons.

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The best answers from Valve CEO Gabe Newell's AMA

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The best answers from Valve CEO Gabe Newell's AMA

Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" this afternoon, fielding questions about everything from Valve operations to – of course – Half-Life 3.

He confirmed that the film collaborations between Valve and JJ Abrams were still happening, promised to autograph a copy of the famous Lord Gaben picture, and divulged that playing Star Trek on a mainframe using punch cards sparked his interest in video games.

He also shared some interesting t5hings about how Valve works. Here are the rest of his answers, ordered by topic:

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Entry now open for casual Aussie Rocket League, LoL, and CS:GO tournaments

Entry now open for casual Aussie Rocket League, LoL, and CS:GO tournaments

Australian gamer hub Throwdown Esports is kicking off the year with casual Rocket League, League of Legends, and CS:GO tournaments that are open to the public.

Registration is free and open now for all three games, and matches kick off on January 22, 24, and 25 respectively.

There is a AU$15,000 prize pool up for grabs, and those who make it to the finals will play live at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter on February 26 against pro players from each respective title.

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CS:GO team abandons SoloMid to reunite with sacked player

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CS:GO team abandons SoloMid to reunite with sacked player

Team SoloMid has been left without a Counter-Strike team after four of its players opted to follow a fifth player – who had been fired – out the door.

Right before Christmas, Sean ‘sgares’ Gares was fired from SoloMid for his part in rallying its roster to fight against what he saw as bullying tactics by the Professional eSports Association (PEA) – a league SoloMid had signed on to participate in.

In short: players felt they were being forced into exclusivity contracts against their will, which meant they couldn't participate in the high-profile ESL's Pro League as well as the PEA.

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Resident Evil 7 scented candle promises deep VR immersion

Resident Evil 7 scented candle promises deep VR immersion

Capcom has licenced a Resident Evil scented candle for those who wish the game to be an assault on yet another of their senses.

Capcom partnered with gaming merch company Numskull for the Resident Evil 4D candle, which it calls "the perfect way to set the scene when playing Resident Evil 7: Biohazard".

The candle has a burn time of around 25 hours.

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Australasia's only chipmusic festival returns to Melbourne

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Australasia's only chipmusic festival returns to Melbourne

Australasia's only chipmusic festival is returning to Melbourne for its fifth anniversary.

Square Sounds Melbourne is a four day microfestival held locations in and around inner Melbourne, with its core base being one of Melbourne’s best known and most beloved live music venues, The Evelyn Hotel.

The focus of Square Sounds Festival is on chiptunes – music made with or inspired by video game consoles. With old consoles scavenged from toy boxes and op shops in hand, this year’s line up runs the gamut from Game boys to Amigas, smashing preconceived notions of video game music with featured genres as varied as the performers themselves.

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Revamped LoL Oceanic Pro League kicks off Saturday

Revamped LoL Oceanic Pro League kicks off Saturday

This year's League of Legends Oceanic Pro League kicks off this weekend live from a new world-class broadcast studio in Sydney, Australia.

For the first time in Oceania, shoutcasters, analysts, players and coaches will all be under one roof for broadcasts, and outside of competition, all teams will be living in gaming houses.

The new studio features a broadcast quality set design that includes LED feature walls in the two team rooms and shoutcasting studio. Tech additions include enhanced graphic and replay potential, 10 full-HD player cameras, 1080p 60fps streaming capability, and a wireless communication network for teams, referees, broadcast and live operations.

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Game Mode to boost performance on Windows

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Game Mode to boost performance on Windows

Microsoft is adding a mode to Windows that it says will improve game performance.

Game Mode is coming as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update later this year, and promises to boost game performance across Win32 and Universal Windows Platform titles.

It is suspected that the mode suspends background processes, it's still not clear what the mode actually does or how it does it.

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What are Switch hands-on impressions saying?

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What are Switch hands-on impressions saying?

Immediately following the Switch conference on Friday evening, Nintendo held hands-on events for press and fans around the world.

While impressions have predictably been all over the map, some same points have been raised by many writers, some of which are collected below:

Hardware-wise, it's an interest concept

Tuesday 17 January

Resident Evil 7 scented candle promises deep VR immersion
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Resident Evil 7 scented candle promises deep VR immersion
Ably covers soiled pants smell.
Revamped LoL Oceanic Pro League kicks off Saturday
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Revamped LoL Oceanic Pro League kicks off Saturday
New studio, payment model.