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In a post to backers of the Kickstarter campaign, GX Australia's organisers have announced that next month's event will be "the last one ... in its present form" after corporate sponsors decided to pull out of the event at the last moment.

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"What they teach you in juvenile halls or in youth offender facilities is not about education," researcher Dana Ruggiero told me during a recent phone interview. "It's not about making better choices. It's literally just a rhetoric, and then they put you back into the same system you came out of." She started Project Tech, a program focused on teaching game design to young people in prison, to help break that cycle.

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My Mass Effect playthrough was the most straight-laced, male heterosexual journey you could imagine. I boned Ashley, despite her space-alt-right leanings. Then I boned Miranda, because I mean, I'm only human.

Garrus was just my mechanic. The guy stuck at the bottom of my ship fixing shit.

But then I discovered something. Women dig Garrus. Like they really dig Garrus. Despite being a bird-insect-alien with mandibles, women really want to bone the ever-loving heck out of Garrus.

I had one question: why?

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March, the biggest month of the first quarter, is finally over. And that means we're going to get a little break from enormous open-world RPGs for a little while.

But there's still some interesting games to check out. Case in point: Snake Pass, the cutesy platformer from the makers of the Sonic All-Stars Racing series, some more demon slaying action courtesy of Toukiden 2, the Monkey Island creators return only to be wrong about toilet rolls, and a game that I'm sure probably isn't any good but I'm honour bound to try anyway.

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LG (currently) has the monopoly on OLED screens, and for good reason - the technology is notoriously expensive and difficult to engineer. But the results? Genuinely the closest you will get to a high-quality cinema experience in the home.

But after spending the night with LG's latest OLED range, I'd say it's even better.

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Getting into Dungeons & Dragons can be intimidating. You need maybe three or four other nerds to play with, some pricey tomes full of numbers and tables, ample free time, and several dice with as many as 20 sides. It's a lot to fathom, and even more to set up. How will you find D&D-curious friends? How will you decipher the ruleset? What are the best D&D snacks?