Hi everyone, and welcome to Games vs Play!
Games vs Play was founded in 2015 in Melbourne, Australia, by Falk, ABJet, and Martin, with Leigh joining the team a bit later. At Games vs Play it is our mission to investigate, celebrate and experience everything that the strange and wonderful world of games has to offer, from boardgames to zombie shuffles, game theory to medieval reenactments, retro computer games to the latest in virtual worlds.
But it’s not just about us. We want you to play with us as well. (In a totally non-dodgy way, I mean.) At Games vs Play our motto is “If you’re game, we’ll play.” We want you to challenge us. If there’s a new game out there that you want us to review, tell us about it, and we’ll do it. Or if you’ve always wondered what blindfolded paintball would look like, tell us, and we’ll give it a shot. Pun intended. Whatever challenge you come up with, we’ll be there. Or at least consider it, and seek the appropriate legal advice.
Oh, and we might review some movies, too. Yes, we know movies aren’t games.* But if there’s one value that’s a constant for us here at Games vs Play, it’s inconsistency.
So thank you for visiting Games vs Play. We hope you enjoy the site. Tell your friends, tell your networks, tell your pets. And remember, if you’re game, we’ll play.
* Unless the movie is The Hunger Games. Then special rules apply.
Martin is a writer and blogger based in Melbourne, Australia. His first book, The UFO Diaries: Travels in the Weird World of High Strangeness, was published in 2011. Shaun Micallef described it as “the perfect book to read while being probed aboard the mothership” – which means it was good, right? (Right?) Since then Martin has made numerous appearances in the national media, and his writing has appeared in short story collections and newspapers.
Martin lives with a lovely librarian-companion and their two young sons, named after a Pacific island and a Trojan hero respectively. When he’s not playing games or writing, Martin works in the not-for-profit sector. He came up with the idea for Games vs Play while pushing the pram on a long, long walk.
Falk’s most recent metapsionic assay indicated minor latent farsensing potential, but not a blip of the coercive metafaculty. This made him sad, since he’d always hoped to one day be able to mind-zap commuters who insist on loudly shouting “I’m on the train” into their communication devices.
ABJet or “AB” is a mild mannered image gatherer by day and a raging geek by night. His nerd-fate was sealed when his grandmother began reading Spiderman and Phantom comics out loud to him as a child.
In between geeking out over films and comic books, AB has co-authored two books on image retouching using Photoshop. In his abundant spare time, he also lectures at a university in Melbourne.
Born of a jackal, Leigh decided to devote his life to all things horror at a young age.
Now that he’s an adult not much has changed. He enjoys Board Games, Tabletop Role Playing Games and Electronic games, has a loving family that have put up with his crippling addictions, and is an ordained priest of the First United Church of Cthulhu.
In his spare time he is a facilitator for a bank. Leigh is also the creator and moderator of the Call of Cthulhu Melbourne Facebook community.