Big Games Night Out is bringing a free, all-night gaming and cosplay party to Fed Square

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Big Games Night Out is bringing a free, all-night gaming and cosplay party to Fed Square

Big Games Night out
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There's a new gem of the Melbourne International Games Week calendar: a free, all-ages, one-night-only gaming party. 

From 5pm to late on Thursday, October 5, Big Games Night Out will host the ultimate celebration of gaming in all forms.

The event welcomes gamers of all stripes, from dedicated Elden Ring Warriors to casual Candy Crushers, to stop by Fed Square for an evening of fun and (you guessed it) games.

Big Games Night Out

  • October 5 from 5pm onwards at Fed Square
  • The event will be all-ages, inclusive and accessible, and will feature live performers and DJs, gaming activations, cosplay, fashion shows and immersive video game experiences
  • It is part of the annual Melbourne International Games Week

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Guests will be coming dressed to impressed, kicking off the night with a massive Cosplay Parade and runway experience hosted by Montaigne and Myf Warhust. No matter who your character of choice is, there will be a place for you among the parade.

Get crafty with some cardboard or drop some cash on some top-tier fits – it’s just nice to have an excuse to dress up! Cosplayers can also sign up to help build floats and be dancers, among other things.

Be prepared for a ton of action at the Square. All night long, the stage will hold DJs, dance-off, competitions and live music performances by acts including Montaige and Tripod.

There will also be a fashion show dedicated to the upcoming local musical video game Stray Gods.  To celebrate the launch, the designers will showcase the fantastical costumes used for the game, which takes guests on a thousand year journey of music and magic.

In another massive immersive show, cutesy-creepy characters from the beloved Nintendo game Cult of the Lamb will come to life, bouncing around with glee. Presented by ACMI and Melbourne Fringe, the performance will feature large-scape puppets, projections and a DJ set by River Boy.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a gaming party without the chance to get your hands on some controllers. There will be tournaments, indie games and arcade classics to play – more on that to be announced soon.

To top it off, it’ll also be a good place to get your hands on some new gear. Players are encouraged to bring in their used board games and consols and swap with fellow fanatics. Who knows, you might even make a few new pals!

Big Games Night Out will take place on October 5. For more information, head here.

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