Fans React To Good Game’s Cancellation

Following the cancellation of Australia’s greatest and longest running video game show, fans have turned to forums and social media to share their grief and memories.

The announcement has come as a shock to fans and the Australian industry, as Good Game’s Twitter account had indicated that it was ready to share details of the upcoming season. As a result, the canning of the main show – although Spawn Point will remain on ABC ME in a new format – has stunned and saddened many.

Stephanie “Hex” Bendixen, who presented Good Game for seven years and Spawn Point since its inception, posted on Instagram that the “future holds pretty big changes for me” and that the last month had been “incredibly emotional”.

There are no words to describe how upsetting it is to share this news with you today. Good Game is the place I truly discovered who I was. Found strength and confidence in myself and what I loved to do. The incredible team I’ve worked with have been my family. The show has provided ten, incredible years of a love and passion for gaming, and I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of this wonderful family for seven of them. Rest assured, there is a brilliant team still at the ABC who are ever-committed to making Spawn Point the best possible show it can be for gamers by gamers – for younger viewers on ABC ME. This whole journey has been SO special and in the last month incredibly emotional. I count myself lucky to retain such strong, life-long friendships with Bajo and everyone on the team. The future holds some pretty big changes for me, however I’m eternally grateful for every blissful experience both online and IRL that I’ve had in my seven years on the show. Thank you for watching and supporting myself and the team for all these years. It means more than you can ever know. Hex out. ?

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The internet has responded by honouring the show’s efforts in elevating gaming to the mainstream media, its work in promoting Australian games and their creators, and creating a positive space for discussion about gaming culture on Australian TV.

Steven “Bajo” O’Donnell quickly confirmed that he would still be hosting Spawn Point alongside Angharad “Rad” Yeo, Gus “Goose” Ronald” and James Cottee, the voice of the TV robot Darren. He released a full (and pretty hilarious) statement here on his own site. I recommend reading it.

Bajo added, however, that the online show Good Game Pocket would not be continuing with Nich “NichBoy” Richardson. Good Game later confirmed that all shows except for Spawn Point had been cancelled.

In a statement just before the hour, NichBoy took aim at a typo in the press release:

He then later tweeted out a statement from a Facebook group dedicated to Good Game Pocket, wherein he revealed that he was looking forward to “a lot of new challenges and opportunities ahead” this year. NichBoy also broke ranks by saying the decision to cancel the show was “short-sighted” and misguided, given the Good Game demographic was one “the ABC are desperate to appeal to”.

Fans have also taken aim at the ABC following the news, although the official statement makes it clear that the cancellation was more to do with the leaving of key presenters rather than any decision from upper management.

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