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The Last of Us at Vivid

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Rarely do I take time out from my heavy schedule of misguided reviews and in game pet peeves to talk about events in the real world, and even more specifically – my real world hometown of Sydney, Australia. But there is an upcoming event as part of the Vivid Festival which proves too good to miss, and I thought I may as well add my voices to the relatively few outlets which are promoting it before this golden opportunity slips through our fingers.

Veteran game developers Naughty Dog, makers of beloved titles like Crash Bandicoot and Uncharted, are taking time out from their busy schedule of making some of the most popular games in the world to hold a short panel discussion about their upcoming survival/adventure game The Last of Us and the general state of gaming within Australia.

Titled “The Making of A Blockbuster Game: The Last of Us” (they have earned the right to count their chickens it seems), it will feature game designer and Naughty Dog veteran Ricky Cambier and a selection of Australian gaming industry experts in order to discuss what exactly goes into making a AAA quality game and what we can expect for gaming in Australia in the future.

It’s the perfect time for this kind of discussion, as the videogame industry continues to grow at an unprecedented rate ($1.161 billion in sales in Australia during 2012 alone) and the Australian Government has just invested $25 million (that’s not as much as it sounds) into the ongoing development of recognizable Australian titles – like, uh, Fruit Ninja.

If you are at all interested in the gaming industry besides enjoying the fruits of its labour or wanted to know a little bit more about how exactly these kind of games get made, there isn’t likely to be an opportunity of this calibre again for quite some time so I’d urge you to take this golden opportunity and join me in finding out exactly why Nathan Drake enjoys a budget which surpasses that of most modern films.

It’s an 18+ event which takes place at the MCA Forum in Sydney on the 4th of June between 9:00 and 10:00pm and shockingly, tickets are only $15 or $10 for a student – although they are likely to sell out fast.

Here is a link to the site for anyone who is interested.

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