Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2017: Unleashing Our Inner Geek

If you missed out on Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2017, then don’t fret, we are here to unleash your inner geek with these very cool photos!

To say we can’t wait for Oz Comic-Con 2018 would be a great understatement.

Let’s do this!

The new old order

Another great turnout!

Where to begin? That is the million dollar question…

The Dude abides

The Force is strong with this lot

Go Go Gadget Cosplay!

The detail is amazing!

The Doctor may be regenerating!

Ms ausretrogamer finds the Tardis!

We knew it wouldn’t take long to find Pikachu *wink*

Do you want to build a snowman?

Lego Spyro!

Chomp, chomp, chomp – Lego Pac-Man (photo source: Sean Tagg)

Melbourne Lego User Group (MUGs) represent!

Lego science!

Lego Super Mario Bros.

The legendary couple!

Guardians Of Oz Comic-Con

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Glide to the PAX Challenge 

In space no one can hear you scream

MOTU Classics!

Bumped into some cool peeps from Retro Domination (Matt and Tim)!

Perfect welcome mat for our Fun Factory

It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.

Found the retro gaming loot!

Why is Nintendo loot always behind glass? *wink*

Whoa!

Winter has come!

Choose your weapon!

The great wall of Pop!

Whoa, Halo!

BB-8 made a friend

Who you gonna call?

Where is Han?

Wow, Wonder Woman!

Walkers everywhere!

Sanic and Josh (photo source: Sean Tagg)

Henry and the Fallout crew (photo source: Sean Tagg)

Marvel Star Wars!

Snootchie Bootchies

Another great wall – the scribble wall

A smiling (awesome) Hellboy

And the Oz Comic-Con Melbourne Cosplay winner is, Kayla Jean… (photo source: Guy ‘Yug’ Blomberg)

Till next year…

 

Hyper Player Attack!

Cor blimey, what a phenomenal week it has been for the ausretrogamer crew!

Not only did we feature in two articles in issue 266 of Hyper Magazine, but our very own ‘Wizard Of Aus‘, Alex Boz was also interviewed by the team at Player Attack!

Hip hip hooray for retro gaming!

Retro Gaming: A Link To The Past interview @ Player Attack

Social Hardware and Digging Up The Past, To Preserve The Future feature articles from issue 266 of Hyper Magazine

 

PAX Australia 2017 Dates Announced

Woohoo, we finally have news of the PAX Australia 2017 dates!

PAX Australia will take place 27-29 October 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and tickets are scheduled to go on sale 14 March, 2017.

Early bird tickets will save you $5 AUD on the full ticket price. Friday Only, Saturday Only, and Sunday Only tickets will cost $65 AUD. Three Day Passes (including International Three Day passes) will cost $165 AUD. Attendees wishing to bring their own computer, can also purchase a BYOC pass for an additional $45 AUD.

“Australia’s gaming community has given PAX such an incredible home here,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder of PAX and Penny Arcade.  “This year will see the fifth PAX Aus erupt in Melbourne, and there’s every indication it will be the best one yet.”

We can’t wait to get stuck into creating a bigger and better Classic Gaming Area at PAX Aus 2017. We hope to see you all there!

 

2SER Radio Chat: The Nostalgic World Of Retro Gaming

2ser_radio_titleOur very own, Alex Boz, hits the airwaves in a LIVE interview with Nic Healey from radio station 2SER (107.3). Nic and Alex chat about PAX Aus, the love and allure of retro gaming, cutting out John Laws from the Commodore 64 Family Pack box and much, much more!

If you have a spare 6 minutes and 44 seconds, take a listen here!

 

PAX Aus: It’s All About The People

featured3Sure, there’s always heaps to see and do at PAX Aus (more and more each year it seems!), but the best part is always the people – meeting new people and catching up with old friends. We had many laughs, hugs, handshakes and great conversations over the course of PAX Aus 2016 – here a just a few of the wonderful people we caught up with.

Many of the great people from Ausretrogamer, Retro Domination, Weird and RetroBartronica, Zax Amusements, Pinmem and the Bayside Pinball Club who worked with PAX to bring you the CGAcga-team

The CGA enforcer team was fantastic (again) this year – here are just a few
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A special thanks to the fabulous CGA Enforcer Team Leader – Zailee (thanks also to Spyder!)
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Look who stopped by the CGA to chat with Glenn – none other than Guy ‘Yug’ Blomberg, PAX Aus Content Manager
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… or is it Gabby Boreland?
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Glenn and Zailee
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The ausretrogamer team – Alex Boz, Kerith (ms ausretrogamer), Alan Ly and Brant Raven
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Alex with Weird and Retro‘s Serby
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Greg and Josh from Bartronica
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Retro Domination‘s Matt and Daz
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…and Mark and Peter
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‘We’re just making sure they work!’ Weird and Retro‘s Dr Curlytek with Scott Kellett and Pete
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Bayside Pinball Club President – Lucas Bardin
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Lucas with pinball wizards Nick Hamhougias and Wal Dickie
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Group shot with some of our interstate friends – Meezergal and Lord Panek from Sydney plus artist, DM,  retro game developer and top hat wearer Mr Ant Stiller from Brisbane
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Ant with bro Grant, or ‘Granthony’
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Nick with Melbourne Silverball League‘s Martin Robbinsmarto-nick

Paul and Hoa – Weird and Retro
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Aaron from Press Play on Tape Podcast and the adorable Phoebe
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Aaron and Phoebe with fellow Tasmanians Tehkella and Damian
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Chris Van Graas very kindly loaned some amazing items for the CGA retro museum, including Mel Croucher’s ZX Spectrum used to code ‘Deus Ex Machina’ and Chris Huelsbeck’s MIDI sampler used to create the famous music for ‘Turrican’
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Chris also introduced us to three metre pizzas!
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Alex with passionate classic gamer, Harmik
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Retrogamer and artist Sean Tagg with the awesome Henry
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Pinball prodigy Jordan ‘JTH’ Tredaway and family
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The talented costume and prop-makers from Combustible Props
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Bethesda ANZ Community Manager Noel Wheatley, CNET Editor Seamus Byrne and Stacey Borg (Dr Curlytek) with Alex pre-panel (‘Geek Trash or Treasure? Finding Collectibles with Real Value‘)
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Seamus also stopped by the CGA for quick game
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Some friendly faces in the ‘Geek Trash or Treasure’ audience – Serby, Skye, Alan, Aaron, Damian and Tehkella
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Selfie with Frank and Lauren from Mana Mojo
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Great pic of tech journalist Adam Turner and son
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Shane Rubans, Marcus Sezenov (Rosstown Retro Pinball Arcade) and Luke Marburg
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John and Ryan Sozanski
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Alex with Hal, Kale and Kevin Tilley (Reset magazine)
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Sairuk with Aaron
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Alex with Kelly (Weird and Retro) and Andrew Owen
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Tamagotchi!
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Alex with Adam Renardson, Content Services Manager PlayStation Australia
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Developer and YouTuber Rob Caporetto with programmer and CGA enforcer Rajesh Singh
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Raj, Rob, Kevin and Chris
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Rob in super-cool mode!
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The most triumphant moment of PAX Aus 2016 – collecting our ‘PAX XP’ PAX Aus towels (thanks to Alan for doing most of the legwork):
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PAX Aus 2016 was a blast – and spending time with awesome people was really what made it. We’re already looking forward to 2017, can’t wait to see you there!

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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PAX Aus 2016 – I’m Making A Note Here: HUGE SUCCESS

featured-2So… we’re calling it – PAX Aus 2016 was a triumph (it’s hard to overstate our satisfaction).

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welcome-homeThis year’s PAX Aus was bigger and better than ever – including a huuuge Tabletop Area, a speed running stage, a VR Freeplay Area, awesome speakers like Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb (Director of Programming for Xbox Live, Microsoft) and live performances by 7bit Hero and Axis of Awesome. But best of all was the massive Classic Gaming Area (of course!).

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We met heaps of cool people (look out for our upcoming article about that), saw masses of amazing cosplay, and basically spent three full days on our feet helping man (and woman) the Classic Gaming Area or wandering around, taking in all that PAX Aus had to offer (which was a lot!).

Let’s start by celebrating the Classic Gaming Area. Back for the fourth time, the CGA was bigger than ever. The CGA is a joint initiative between PAX and Melbourne-based retro gaming experts Ausretrogamer, Retro Domination, Weird and Retro (all providing retro consoles and computers), local barcade Bartronica (providing arcade machines), and pinball enthusiast Scott Kellett with  Zax Amusements, Pinmem and Bayside Pinball Club (providing pinball tables). We also had an awesome museum of retro treasures and rarities this year.

The PAX Aus Classic Gaming Area – Stay a while… stay forever!
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The arcades were as popular as ever
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The consoles, computers and handhelds provided much nostalgic fun
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Competition was fierce but friendly in the CGA tournaments
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Pinball tables were a hit!
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A new addition to the CGA – the retro museum
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But PAX Aus 2016 had more to offer than just the Classic Gaming Area…

The Expo Hall
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The Tabletop Area
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PC and Console Freeplay
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The Handheld Lounge
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Queuing for merch
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The six rules of PAX
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Noms
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Pin-pressive!
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D20
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Sanic
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Game over – until 2017
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And just like that, PAX Aus is over for another year, but we had a blast – and we have so many great memories. We hope you do too. See you all again next year!

Photos: ausretrogamer.com and Alan Ly

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

Follow Ms. ausretrogamer on Twitter

 

 

PAX Aus 2016 Cosplay

featuredWe spotted heaps of awesome cosplay this weekend at PAX Aus 2016 – we were so impressed by the creativity and technical skill. There’s no need to say more – we’ll simply let the pictures do the talking!

Jigglypuff, I choose you!
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An adorable Pikachu – and is that a Crabbens (Quarries of Scred) plushie??
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Pikachu, Catbus and pinball – too much awesome for on photo!
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Homemade Mimikyu – so cute
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Family cosplay
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Groovy baby
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Jinkies!
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Dr. Horrible
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Donkey and Diddy Kong
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We love a good Chell cosplay (I’m making a note here: huge success!)
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LOL – Centre Link
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Bowser!
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Overwatch was very popular this year – many excellent costumes. Here are McCree and Ana
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Genji
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Amazing, enormous Reinhardt costume – wow!
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A beautiful lady McCree
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Overwatch group shots
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Mr. Game & Watch – very clever!
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Mortal Kombat
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The obligatory Boba Fett
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Splatterhouse by ‘Jason Takes Omegle
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Gotta go fast!
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Solid Snake
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A smegging great Arnold Rimmer cosplay
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Stunning Fallout 4 cosplay made by the talented guys from Combustible Props – wow!
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More Fallout 4
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Just cosplay
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Gorgeous Sith
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Retro Lara
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Modern Lara
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Lollipoppy
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And so many more…
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Photos by ms ausretrogamer and Alan Ly.

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

Follow Ms. ausretrogamer on Twitter