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Microsoft may have Xbox set-top box in development

A report has surfaced today suggesting that Microsoft may be developing a set-top box to release alongside the next generation of Xbox hardware. According to sources tapped by The Verge, the device will use core components of Windows 8 and offer casual gaming options.

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The Daily Hotness: Baddest man alive

This has been my jam all day. Lines like, ” I’ll grab a crocodile by its tail” keep me coming back

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The Walking Dead won’t head down under

Australian and Kiwi zombie enthusiasts looking forward to the first episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead have been infected with something even more dangerous than a dead-raising mutagen: Disappointment . While a listing for the title reportedly exists on the Australian PSN, The Walking Dead cannot actually be purchased or accessed in any fashion, according to a thread on the official Telltale forums. As it turns out, things are a bit worse than a broken listing: “Due to the OFLC ratings laws in Australia and New Zealand, and the fact that this is a mature game, we do not currently have plans to release the game there on consoles,” so sayeth Telltale forums rep Mike

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R18+ bill goes before Australian parliament in February

A bill to allow an R18+ rating for games in Australia will be introduced to the parliament in February, Gamespot AU reports. Federal Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare plans to introduce the bill during the first session in parliament this year, expected to commence February 7

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Iron Galaxy Studios’ Wreckateer leaked in ratings, to be published by Microsoft

A game called Wreckateer has been spotted in the Australian ratings classification system , listed as being developed by Iron Galaxy and published by Microsoft. Iron Galaxy Studios is a company that’s done a lot of technical consulting for other game developers — it recently helped Capcom bring Street Fighter 3: Third Strike Online to digital platforms, not to mention work on You Don’t Know Jack . According to its webpage, Iron Galaxy is also working on some yet-to-be-announced projects with Microsoft and Twisted Pixel, and it appears as though Wreckateer is at least one of those projects

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EA not releasing Syndicate in Australia, notes ‘arcane censorship’

Syndicate will not launch in Australia next year and EA will not alter the original game or seek an appeal.

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3DS becomes Australia’s fastest selling console ever

“That’s not a handheld … this is a handheld.” We can only imagine this sentiment is being echoed around Australia, as new 3DS owners show off their console to the poor souls still clinging to their PSP or DS. Gamasutra reports that Nintendo has revealed that its new 3D handheld has become Australia’s fastest selling console in history, selling through 200,000 units in 37 weeks

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Australian indie: From ratings systems to a boom of small studios, how AU will survive

Australia has one of the most lenient video-game-rating systems in the world. No, really — despite its reputation as an ultra-conservative, mature-rating hating government, “the reality is that many more games that are restricted to 17-year-olds in the U.S

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Report: Australian game industry jobs drop over 50% since 2008

It’s been a rough couple years for the games industry in Australia, a new Interactive Skills Integration Scheme survey shows. Currently, the figures (via GameSpot ) suggest there are 931 full-time positions across 126 studios in the game industry Down Under, which excludes, oddly enough, “educational and other serious games.” With over 1,000 jobs lost since 2008, the survey suggests a decline in jobs of over 50 percent there

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Australia sees 3DS release on March 31

Nintendo detailed its plans for the Australian launch of the 3DS today at an event in Sydney. The device will be available March 31, just four days after the North American release date, at a price of AU$349.95 (around US$354)

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