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"I wanted a game that hated me." That was how Sean Plott, also known as "Day9" in the professional gaming world, described the allure of Dota 2. Plott had made a name for himself in the days of StarCraft, where he taught players new and old how to better themselves at the strategy game. Now, he's the student again, trying to wrap his head around a game that's popularity is rivaled only by its vast and complicated intricacies.

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Games can be powerful. They can be thought-provoking. They can be emotional. And they can teach. We might shake our heads at so-called "educational games", but they have proven themselves an effective way to inform and engage where other, more formal methods fail, especially when it comes to children.

Which is why projects like Vaxcards — a competitive card game with multiple complexity levels, cooked up by a pair of Australian medical professionals, is so important in a climate where immunisation, once an unquestioned given, has found itself — somewhat quizzically — under assault.

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I have no words. Alright, I have a couple. Interplay is mostly not a thing these days, but back in the 90s, the company was publishing hit after hit. Fallout, Baldur's Gate, Alone in the Dark, Descent... the list goes on. So to discover Interplay also put together an educational movie about games programming during its wonder years... well, let's just go to the tape, shall we?

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I was terrible at mathematics in my adolescence. I hated it. I dropped it as a subject going into Year 10, though that's not super important, as I eventually dropped myself from the entire curriculum before that HSC. At the time, I had no idea I'd eventually become a games developer, or the lasting effect my disregard for algebra and trigonometry would have.

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There has been an explosion of job opportunities in the mobile app and games industry, and the industry is showing no signs of slowing down. If you are looking to diversify your skills and grab a piece of the pie, we’ve got the information you need to get started – with Australia’s first and only post graduate course in Mobile Applications Development from Charles Sturt University and IT Masters.

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Got a great idea for an app or game? It's easier than you think to get started. Australia’s Charles Sturt University will soon kick off its next open online course. Learn to write/release apps across iOS, Android and Windows via five weeks of after-hours webinars and 12 hours of structured work. By the end, you’ll be able to build your own app and earn a certificate after passing the final exam. Join 2,400 students who've already registered free. Here’s what you need to know.