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Nintendo announces Labo, a series of DIY toys and peripherals

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Nintendo announces Labo, a series of DIY toys and peripherals

Nintendo today announced a "new interactive experience" for Switch called Labo.

A line of cardboard do-it-yourself kits, Labo allows players to build custom-made accessories for Switch games, as well as things like radio-controlled cars.

Labo kits work with the Switch console and Joy-Con controllers to become "Toy-Con" creations. For example, you can create a fishing rod peripheral to use in fishing minigames.

When Labo launches on April 20, there will be a Variety Kit which includes five Toy-Con projects: two RC cars, a fishing rod, a house, a motorbike, and a piano. It will cost AU$100.

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Big Ant Studios' AO Tennis is out now on PS4 and Xbox One

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Big Ant Studios' AO Tennis is out now on PS4 and Xbox One

Big Ant Studios' latest sports game, AO Tennis, is available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Australia and New Zealand.

A global edition, as well as a Steam version for PC players, will be released in the first half of this year.

AO Tennis features licensed players from the Australian Open captured via photogrammetry, and each stadium used in the Australian Open was recreated for the game.

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Australian games generated AU$118.5m last year

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Australian games generated AU$118.5m last year

The Australian game development industry generated AU$118.5 million in the 2016-17 financial year, according to the latest survey undertaken for the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA).

The local industry employed 928 full-time equivalents, of which programmers (33 percent), artists (25 percent) and management, marketing and administration (12 percent) made up the majority. Fifty-three per cent of the companies surveyed said they plan to employ additional staff during the current financial year.

More than half (55 percent) of respondents are exclusively developing their own IP. A further 37 per cent develop their own IP alongside producing games and services for clients.

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Playground Games is indeed working on Fable – sources

Playground Games is indeed working on Fable – sources

A brand new, big-budget Fable title is in development at Forza Horizon studio Playground Games, Eurogamer sources claim.

That claim lines up with information pulled from the Xbox Live API SDK earlier this month, which showed that new games in the Fable, Perfect Dark, and MechAssault franchises might be on the way to Xbox One and Windows 10.

According to Eurogamer, more than 200 people will work on the new Fable, which is described as a story and character-focussed open-world action RPG.

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Chinese police have arrested 120 PUBG cheat creators

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Chinese police have arrested 120 PUBG cheat creators

Tencent is working with police in China to curb the cheating that currently plagues the PC version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

As reported by Bloomberg, Chinese police have thus far arrested 120 people suspected of creating cheating software for the astronomically popular battle royale game.

Those convicted of disrupting computer networks face five years’ imprisonment or more under Chinese law. In 2010, a couple was fined 3 million yuan and sentenced to nine years in prison for selling cheat software.

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Scribblenauts Showdown brings party multiplayer to sketchy series

Scribblenauts Showdown brings party multiplayer to sketchy series

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced a new Scribblenauts game that will challenge players to out-think then out-draw their friends.

Scribblenauts Showdown will introduce two new party game modes for one to four players.

In the game’s Showdown mode, up to four players face off and imagine their way to victory through card-based strategy and creative skill.

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Sega announces Theme Hospital spiritual successor Two Point Hospital

Sega announces Theme Hospital spiritual successor Two Point Hospital

Sega has announced that a spiritual successor to 1997 classic Theme Hospital is on the way from a pair of that game's developers.

Two Point Hospital is a new management sim from former Lionhead and Bullfrog developers Mark Webley and Gary Carr, working under the name Two Point Studios.

The game will have the same quirky tone of Theme Hospital – with diseases like Light Headedness, Slack Tongue, and King Complex – but according to Two Point Studios, it will very much be its own thing.

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Mindfreak wins Rainbow Six invitational, is off to Canada

Mindfreak wins Rainbow Six invitational, is off to Canada

Australian team Mindfreak won the Rainbow Six Siege APAC Six Invitational Qualifiers that took place over the weekend.

The team will now represent Australia at the Six Invitational in Montreal, Canada from February 13.

There, it will face off against 15 of the best teams from around the world for a piece of the tournament's AU$600,000 prize pool.

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Horizon Zero Dawn leads 2018 DICE Awards nominees

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Horizon Zero Dawn leads 2018 DICE Awards nominees

PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn has been nominated for a staggering 10 DICE Awards.

Guerrilla Games' open world saga is up for Outstanding Achievement in Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Character, Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition, Outstanding Achievement in Story, Outstanding Technical Achievement, Adventure Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Design, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, and Game of the Year at the prestigious awards ceremony.

The DICE (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards are organised by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, and have been running since 1997.