Things to do, Games and hobbies QV Melbourne , Melbourne Sunday September 23 2018 Free
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A free retro gaming festival is taking over QV this month

From Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 23, QV Square and its surrounding laneways will be transforming into a gamer’s paradise.

Open daily, Game/On will feature numerous odes to old-school gaming, including an arcade full of some of your favourite childhood games. You can also explore QV’s laneways with an augmented reality scavenger hunt, where you could win a share in over $10,000 worth of prizes.  

Game/On is also inviting talented players to face off against professional gamers to reveal the ultimate champion in their weekly Gamer vs Gamer competition. Held every Friday at 5pm, gamers will compete in two- to three-minute heats, with the top five scorers progressing to play against gaming professionals. The top two public players will then progress to a tournament grand final on Friday, September 21, where the winner will be crowned the champ and receive a $2,000 prize (and heaps of bragging rights).

Post-gaming on Friday nights, the party kicks on with a candy bar, a DJ playing heaps of retro tunes and even a live progressive art installation that will take over Albert Coates Lane.

The best part? It’s free to attend. Get yourself down to QV from 11am to 7pm to get amongst the action.

By: Rebecca Russo


Venue name: QV Melbourne
Address: Cnr Swanston St & Lonsdale St
Transport: Nearby stations: Melbourne Central
Price: Free
Event website:
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Unbelievably disappointing, it is NOT all over the square or the "laneways" as the article suggests. There are literally just 3 games, in a tiny container-like space, and that's it - there is nothing else there. 

There is a projector screen which shows the game being played, but it's still limited to the tiny amount of game stations.

There was almost nobody there when we were, and no wonder - there's nothing to do and very little capacity for people to actually play.

The way this article is written, it is massively talked up. There are literally bars that have more retro games than this, this "event" is completely not worthwhile.