Game on: Dive into an immersive gamer’s wonderland at Big Games Night Out

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Game on: Dive into an immersive gamer’s wonderland at Big Games Night Out

Big Games Night out
Words by Coco Veldkamp

On Thursday October 5 from 5pm, Fed Square is set to transform into a haven for gaming enthusiasts of all stripes.

Whether you’re a casual gamer looking for some light-hearted fun or a dedicated aficionado seeking the next adrenaline-pumping challenge, you’ll find your tribe at Fed Square.

Hosted by Creative Victoria in collaboration with Fed Square, this all-ages event is not just a celebration of gaming; it’s a full-blown immersive experience that promises to leave you with memories to cherish. From cosplay spectacles to live music performances, Melbourne International Games Week kicks off in style with Big Games Night Out.

Let’s break down the activities on the night.

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Game Swap Meet: a gamer’s paradise

For gamers seeking fresh adventures and eager to swap out their well-loved board or console games for something new and exciting, the Games Swap Meet is an opportunity not to be missed. This event is the embodiment of camaraderie among gamers. It encourages you to bring your own games, fostering connections with like-minded individuals, and enabling thrilling swaps that can lead to the discovery of your next gaming obsession. Whether you’re a collector, a strategist, or just someone looking for a good time, the Games Swap Meet has something in store for you.

Jam-packed entertainment: live music and performances

The main stage at Fed Square promises show-stopping performances from pop sensation and Twitch streamer Montaigne and comedy trio Tripod, also known for composing gaming music (including Assassin’s Creed Syndicate). If that’s not enough to get you grooving, there will also be games-themed fashion runways and dance-offs that’ll make you want to join in the action. This stage is where the magic happens and you won’t want to miss a single beat.

Cosplay delight: The parade and runway experience

Calling all cosplayers, both fresh faces and seasoned veterans! Myf Warhurst and Montaigne are your hosts for the night as they invite you to strut your stuff in the cosplay parade and runway experience. This is your chance to don your favourite gaming character’s attire and take centre stage. The spotlight is yours to shine in, and participation is warmly encouraged. Whether you’re cosplaying for the first time or consider yourself a seasoned pro, this event is where creativity meets fandom, and you can express your love for your beloved characters. Don’t miss your moment in the limelight— sign up here!

Cult of the Lamb: The Ritual

If you haven’t yet heard about the mysterious and captivating world of Cult of the Lamb, now’s the time to dive in. In this unique game, you embody a lamb spared from the clutches of death by an enigmatic god-like figure. Your mission: to establish a cult in the deity’s name as a way to repay the debt. ACMI and Melbourne Fringe have teamed up to present Cult of the Lamb: The Ritual, an epic performance that brings this crazed lamb world to life in spectacular fashion. Be prepared to witness breathtaking large-scale puppets, mesmerizing performers, and a live DJ performance by none other than River Boy. Massive Monster, Goldens Scissors Puppets, and Jean Poole Projection Mapping combine forces to create a performance you won’t soon forget.

Stray Gods Fashion Show: where music and fashion collide

Launched in August 2023, Stray Gods is a musical adventure role-playing game that delves into a world filled with gods, magic, music, and mystery. To commemorate the game’s launch, eight Melbourne designers are set to showcase character costumes and creations that embody Stray Gods’ unique blend of music and fashion. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to witness the fusion of gaming and fashion, an explosion of creativity and artistry that showcases Melbourne’s diverse and vibrant design scene.

Games activations

For those looking to dive straight into the action, there’s a treasure trove of free games awaiting you. Transport yourself back to the glorious 80s with a selection of indie arcade games that will have you feeling nostalgic and exhilarated. Participate in thrilling tournaments, including an intergenerational mixer that bridges the gap between generations of gamers. It’s a smorgasbord of gaming delights that promises to cater to every taste and skill level.

Big Games Night Out at Fed Square is not just a night for gamers; it’s a night to celebrate the passion, creativity, and inclusivity that gaming culture embodies. Melbourne International Games Week has never looked better – so mark your calendars, gather your friends, and get ready for a night of pure gaming paradise!

Melbourne International Games Week’s Big Games Night Out is happening at Fed Square on October 5. For more information and to see the full MIGW program, head here.

This article was made in partnership with Melbourne International Games Week.