Quake is a hard enough game as is, and that’s with a good connection. Now imagine playing in an international qualifier for a $1 million tournament on 200+ ping. That’s the path that Daniel “dandaking” De Sousa walked on the weekend, carving his way through several Americans to qualify for the North American regional finals. Playing for Just A Minute (JAM) under the name “astroboy”, the Aussie Quake veteran managed to earn a spot amongst North America’s top 32 players. Advertisement The regional finals are being played online as well, so the chances of dandaking qualifying through that gauntlet are much, much lower. Nonetheless, you have to appreciate someone who can qualify through conditions like these: And have a look at dandaking’s railgun accuracy on almost 280ms at the end of the second map: Here’s the final frag, capped with a shotgun and a dial up internet quality ping of 230ms+: Absolutely ridiculous. The qualification is a bit of vindication for dandaking as well, who played in the first North American qualifier only to be knocked out in the third round. A small contingent of Australians have taken READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
While capsule hotels are nothing new in the real world, having been a staple of Japanese accommodation options for decades, a new business in Sydney called…The Capsule Hotel is taking the sci-fi inspiration very literally. Look at these designs! These aren’t practical cabins, these are a straight up homage to stuff like Fifth Element and Deus Ex. I love how they were so excited to take the photos they didn’t even clean up the construction mess first. If you’re wondering why a hotel designed specifically for areas of extreme density exists in big ol’ Australia of all places, that’s because Sydney has become a real estate apocalypse, and options like this are becoming the only way single people can afford a cheap night’s sleep in the city centre in their own “room”. Advertisement Advertisement Perhaps in a bid to convince people put off by how small the whole thing is, the hotel is talking up stuff like smart TVs in every capsule and some fancy shared bathrooms. Yet the fact a basic pod costs only $55 a night, which is READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Last weekend’s North American International Championships had two big surprises: not only did Australians sweep the tournament, a Snorlax dodged more than half a dozen chances to be paralyzed or flinched. And, in classic Snorlax fashion, it won a tournament by eating. As one of the smaller and newer regions to Pokémon’s Video Game Championship series, Australians have historically struggled to close out tournaments outside of their home region. Despite that, Nicholas Kan won the juniors age division (born in 2006 or later), Alfredo Chang-Gomez won in the seniors age division (born from 2002-2005), and Christopher Kan—the older brother of Nicholas—won the masters age division (born in 2001 or earlier). Christopher Kan’s victory was ultimately possible because of a Snorlax that refused to faint. Christopher took the lead after game one, leveraging the survivability of his Assault Vest Garchomp to cause major problems for his opponent, American and three-time regional champion, Paul Chua. In game two, Christopher brought in his Arcanine and tried to whittle Chua’s Snorlax away with Toxic. Unfortunately, this only boosted Snorlax’s damage output, thanks to its Facade attack. With the help from that (and a freeze onto the opposing Porygon2), he forced the set to game…
Framed, a very cool mobile game about moving the panels of a comic to change a story, has a sequel o Framed, a very cool mobile game about moving the panels of a comic to change a story, has a sequel on the way. Luke Plunkett is a Contributing Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Pixel God Paul Robertson has drawn up an exhaustive catalogue of Australian Pokémon based on national foods, sayings, places, plants and animals, some of which could kill you, some of them which (probably) wouldn’t. Australian Animals That Won’t Kill You, Ranked I am Australian. I have noticed online that people who are not Australian seem to work under the… Read more For those outside the antipodes who don’t understand many/all of these, niboswald has started annotating them so that you can read the word “stubbee” and get up to speed. If you’re wondering about any of the others, ask in the comments and I’ll try and get around to them. Advertisement You can see more of Paul’s art at his site. “Curls” and “Woolees” are based on the logos for Australia’s two biggest supermarket chains, Coles and Woolworths. “Dampa” is damper, a kind of Australian bread. “Bogaan” is a bogan, slang for “an uncouth or unsophisticated person regarded as being of low social status.” “Tucker” is the dog on the tuckerbox, Australia’s version of Hachikō. “Whooroo” is “hooroo”, which is “goodbye”. The “Rolls” guys are READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Black Iron Tarkus is one of the most badass characters in Dark Souls, but how would he fare in the modern dating world? We signed him up to Tinder to find out — it would be his toughest challenge to date. Advertisement There exists a perilous land mortals are ever drawn to, only to experience pain and hardship. A humbling journey to find the Chosen, and rekindle a flame. I speak, of course, of the land of dating. These are the adventures of Black Iron Tarkus on Tinder. This story originally appeared on Kotaku Australia. Advertisement Anyone who’s played Dark Souls – one of the best, most influential games of this era – remembers Black Iron Tarkus. By the time you meet him in game, you’ve already been introduced to the hardiness of the knights of Berenike — but only one of them had what it took to ring both legendary bells, and best the challenges that waited beyond. Tarkus is a solid guy — and I mean that both figuratively and literally. Anyone who’s braved the traps and treasures of Sen’s Fortress will know READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Here’s the thing about most Australian characters in video games: their stereotypical depiction would be almost offensive, if Australians ever gave enough of a shit to be offended in the first place. Advertisement Most big games are still made in the US, and in America a particular stereotype of Australia exists that has lingered since the 1980s. You see it everywhere from Crocodile Dundee to that Simpsons episode to Junkrat’s depiction in Overwatch. An emphasis on tattered clothing, on hailing from the middle of nowhere, of having a drawl so strong it sounds like it’s an Australian accent layered over the top of two other Australian accents (that is, if the game bothered getting an actual Australian to do the voice at all). STREWTH MATE BLIMEY OL’ COBBER I’LL HAVE IT FOR ‘YA IN TWO SHAKES OF A BLOODY LAMB’S TAIL. Advertisement There’s nothing wrong with this. Indeed, you’d find many Australians who revel in the image, whether because it speaks to some kind of lingering national ethos of being the rugged outdoors type, or because they see the humour in it. My problem is that it’s lazy, and it’s done a lot. It’s the equivalent of sticking a guy…
Leap. Indian Ocean off the coast of Busselton, Western Australia. By Charlez Chong. Advertisement JPGs is a photo peek into wherever gamers might find interesting. If you’re a photographer and have images you want to share, drop us a line! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!