Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen Visits Melbourne

While in Melbourne-town for the Melbourne eSports Open, author, presenter and broadcaster extraordinaire, Stephanie ‘Hex’ Benidxsen had a bit of down time to check out the many awesome pop culture sites, gaming establishments and other extremely rad geeky stuff that our great city has to offer!

As Hex says, “Luckily Melbourne is a hub of gaming and pop-culture-related activity” – it sure is! if you haven’t checked out all of these places, then you are missing out!

source: Visit Melbourne via Facebook


ACMI’s ‘Screen It’ Awards 2016


We were thrilled to attend this year’s ‘Screen It‘ Awards at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) last week. Screen It is a fantastic moving image competition that encourages primary and secondary school kids to create animated films, live action films and videogames. This year’s theme was ‘mystery’.

Age groups: Foundation to Year 4 (Junior), Year 5 to Year 8 (Middle), and Year 9 to Year 12 (Senior).

As ACMI puts it: ‘Screen It is designed to educate, encourage and foster the next generation of young moving image makers. It’s fun and, best of all, it’s free!’

We always love a visit to ACMI at Melbourne’s Fed Square


A red carpet for the finalists was a nice touch

There was an excellent turnout and the room was buzzing with excitement!

The awards were hosted by Good Game‘s Bajo and Hex, who were joined by Academy Award winner Adam Elliot and actress Bethany Whitmore.

Bajo and Hex

With Adam Elliot…

… and Bethany Whitmore

Can you tell which Pokemon is Hex’s favourite? (Answer: Jigglypuff!)

We were incredibly impressed by all the finalists’ work – but we were, of course, most interested in the videogame category:

Junior (Foundation – Year 4)  Videogame

Encouragement Awards:

  • The Mysterious Cannonball; Essex Heights Primary School; Mount Waverley, VIC
  • Basketball; Hallett Cove South Primary School; Hallett Cove, SA
  • The Mystery of Harold Holt; Mentone Grammar; Mentone, VIC


Middle (Year 5-8) Videogame

Winner: Day One; Kingswood Primary School; Dingley Village, VIC

Special Mention: Mots’ Mansion; Doreen Primary School; Doreen, VIC


  • End of the Line; Stuart C; Aldgate, SA
  • Down to Earth; Mosman High School; Mosman, NSW
  • Day One; Kingswood Primary School; Dingley Village, VIC
  • Mots’ Mansion; Doreen Primary School; Doreen, VIC

Middle (Year 5-8) winner ‘Day One’


Congratulations to ‘Day One’ creators from Kingswood Primary School

Special Mention: ‘Mots’ Mansion’ – Doreen Primary School


Finalist: ‘Down to Earth’ Mosman High School

Finalist: ‘End of the Line’ Stuart C

Senior (Year 9-12) Videogame

Winner: The Adventures of the Lost Treasure; Bialik College; Hawthorn, VIC


  • Dark Hours Forgotten Paths; Mansfield State High School; Mansfield, QLD
  • The Adventures of the Lost Treasure; Bialik College; Hawthorn, VIC
  • The Chilling Chase; Ursula Frayne Catholic College; Victoria Park, WA
  • Out of the Darkness; Endeavour College; Mawson Lakes, SA

Senior (Year 9-12) winner ‘The Adventures of the Lost Treasure’


Congratulations to ‘The Adventures of the Lost Treasure’ creator from Bialik College

Finalist: ‘Dark Hours Forgotten Paths’ Mansfield State High School

Finalist: ‘The Chilling Chase’ Ursula Frayne Catholic College

Finalist: ‘Out of the Darkness’ Endeavour Collegeout-of-the-darkness

The theme for the 2017 Screen It competition was announced too:

Aaaand the theme for 2017 is … Time!


After party snacks


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A Decade Of Good Game

Good GameOn this day in 2006, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) unleashed Good Game, the Australian made television program dedicated to video gaming. Each week Good Game is chock-a-block with a mix of the latest gaming news and events, gaming tips, reviews and interviews with game developers and people behind the scenes of our fave video games.

With hosts Steven “Bajo” O’Donnell and Stephanie “Hex” Bendixsen, plus their robot co-host D.A.R.R.E.N (Data Analysing Robot for the Ruthless Extermination of Noobs), Good Game has become a staple on Tuesday evenings. It’s popularity has spawned (no pun intended) a number of related TV shows, including Good Game Spawn Point and Good Game Pocket.

So get your party hats ready folks, as tonight we celebrate Good Game’s 10th birthday special on ABC2 at 7.30pm (with a simultaneous live-stream on ABC iView).

good-game-bajo-and-hex-mainsource: ABC media room


Anniversary of the Amiga: A Good Game TV Special

Amiga_GGVT_Title2015 has been a year of major gaming and tech anniversaries, from Super Mario celebrating 30 years of busting bricks, to Sony’s PlayStation hitting the magical 20th anniversary since its release in the West. Rounding off the trifecta of major birthday celebrations is Commodore’s powerhouse computer, the mighty Amiga.

Since Mario and the PlayStation have enjoyed the spotlight throughout the year, it was great to see ABC TV’s Good Game turn their attention to celebrate the Amiga in a special feature during their regular TV show. Regardless if you are an Amiga fan or not, press play and take a trip down memory lane to the beginning of the multimedia computer.

source: Good Game – ABC TV