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Supernova Sun is Eating a Planet Right Now (to us, but objectively millions of years ago)

Written by Aaron Mitchell | Monday, 27 August 2012 23:13

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Hello dear readers. You may notice a few articles over the next few weeks that deviate from the usual theme of gaming on That Aussie Game Site. Do not be alarmed, there are changes coming and all will soon be revealed.

So a nearby, as in only a few million light years away so it’s visible, star is going supernova and consuming it’s orbiting planets; which likely included the planet containing the peaceful and beautiful aliens who were going to teach us the secrets of the universe and the key to ultimate happiness. The star, with the sexy name of BD+ 48 740, but I’m going to call Unicron, is 11 times bigger than our sun and has currently swelled to the Red Giant stage before it collapses in on itself and becomes a black hole. Astronomers ascertained the star was eating it’s planets when they identified high levels of lithium in the star and a nearby Jupiter sized planet in an erratic orbit which may have been caused by nearby planets gravity wells disappearing. These two factors indicate there were other planets closer to the star that have been consumed by the red giant.

Fascinating and awesome, just think, we’re only 5 billion years away from a similar fate here on earth. Plus I imagine it'll be very similar to the opening of Transformers The Movie.

 
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The Wednesday Cap – Metamorphosis

Written by Aaron Mitchell | Thursday, 23 August 2012 00:40

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Shortly this very website, the one you’re looking at right now, is going to enter a strange state of change; a change from its current caterpillar state in a beautiful multi coloured butterfly. Likely the middle period will involve some icky, messy mutating involving secretions and resins and things, but in the end we should have something a little different but the same. Obviously I don’t want to go into too much detail yet but I just want to preface this Wednesday Cap by saying that this will be the last news post of this format before the change.

So I hope you’ve enjoyed reading so far and I hope you continue to enjoy reading whatever we’re putting up here next into the future. On with the cap!

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Fallen Giants: Nintendo Power Is No More

Written by Aaron Mitchell | Thursday, 23 August 2012 00:18

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Even in these digital times when magazines seem to be entering the Logans Run period of their existence, soon to be hunted and destroyed, it seemed like there was some invincible aura around a title like Nintendo Power. The magazine, first published in 1988, has been a mainstay of game journalism and Nintendo fandom for what seems like forever. But now the magazine has gone to that big spinner rack in the sky.

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Transformers : Fall of Cybertron Competition

Written by Mick Brown | Tuesday, 21 August 2012 09:33

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Win a copy of Transformers Fall of Cybertron on Xbox 360 or PS3 or a copy of the Transformers Generation One Remastered Season 1 Collection on DVD!

To celebrate the release of Transformers Fall of Cybertron, we're giving away copies of the game on Xbox 360 and PS3 and we also have a copy of the remastered Transformers Season 1 on DVD to give away!

Special thanks to:

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To enter, simply complete the form below:

The prizes will be drawn on Friday 31st August. Open to Australian residents only.

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The Very Late Wednesday Cap – Lots of Stuff

Written by Aaron Mitchell | Saturday, 18 August 2012 00:18

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Apologies again for this being late, I've added as many details from Gamescon as I've been able to absorb in the last two days.

We’re but weeks away from the beginning of the holiday release calendar with all manner of delightful electronic entertainments right around the corner. GDC and Gamescon are both happening in Europe over the next few weeks so we’ve got plenty of news to excite, titillate and attention grab in general. And yeah, maybe that article top image is a little larger than normal, but it's two steeped in awesome not to be on show.

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Mists of Pandaria... I Still Think It Looks Cool

Written by Aaron Mitchell | Friday, 17 August 2012 01:52

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Deepest apologies. The Wednesday Cap is done and ready to go, but the go part has repeatedly stalled for personal reasons. I will hopefully get it up tomorrow evening as a very late Friday cap padded with lots of Gamescon news. Some encouraging forum comments and new posters would definitely inspire me as well ;-D

In the interim here's a snippet to tide you over.

Mists of Pandaria, the latest WoW expansion, has a cool launch trailer. Be a hater all you want on the the old money laundering grind that is Warcraft, but you can't deny Blizzard puts out some great trailers. This is definitely one of their good ones, understated, funny, and engaging while telling you all you need to know. They definitely take inspiration from Pixar when it comes to animation and self promotion.

 
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Papo & Yo and Games as Therapy

Written by Aaron Mitchell | Thursday, 09 August 2012 21:14

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There’s no question that video games get a bad rap. You only need to scroll down to read about a Police Commissioner and State Premier accusing games of being addictive and inciting violence. For fans of games it’s both depressing and infuriating, not just because of the stereotyping and public judgement devoid of any fact or evidence, but because at heart we’re well aware of the positive benefits of gaming.

Stories like the one behind Papo & Yo and its creator Vandar Caballero are a reminder of the positive side of games.

 
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