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Good Game
Good Game
Format Video games
Created by Janet Carr
Presented by Stephanie Bendixsen
Steven O'Donnell
Country of origin  Australia
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 119
Producer(s) Jennifer Collins
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel ABC2
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Original run 19 September, 2006 – present
External links
Official website

Good Game is an Australian television programme broadcast on ABC1 and ABC2, created by Janet Carr, premiered on September 19, 2006.[1] The program, currently hosted by Steven O'Donnell ("Bajo") and Stephanie Bendixsen ("Hex"), presents gaming reviews and news.

Good Game airs every Monday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC2 and since the commencement of the third season, can also be seen on ABC1 late Friday evenings. Prior to the fourth season, the program was broadcast every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC2 with repeats shown at 12:45 a.m. on Thursday nights, and 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The 100th episode of Good Game was aired on ABC2 on 24 August 2009. The program is also available through ABC Online via a vodcast, with episodes available shortly before its broadcast on ABC2.[1][2]

Good Game: Spawn Point
Good Game: Spawn Point
Format Video games
Created by Janet Carr
Presented by Stephanie Bendixsen
Steven O'Donnell
Country of origin  Australia
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 3
Producer(s) Jennifer Collins
Running time 15 minutes
Original channel ABC3
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Original run 20 February, 2010 – present
External links
Official website


Goodgame Presenters


Current co-hosts

  • Steven O'Donnell "Bajo" (Season 2 - Present): following the resignation of Mike Makowski, auditions were held to find a replacement host for season 2. On 9 March, 2007, it was annouced that he would be the new co-host. He will retire Season 6.
  • Stephanie Bendixsen "Hex" (Season 5 - Present): The new host of Good Game as of 26 October 2009. Also a host of ABC3,[3] Bendixsen was originally thought to be hosting Good Game: Spawn Point but instead replaced Ray as host of Good Game.[3]

Former co-hosts

  • Jeremy Ray "Junglist" (Season 1 - Season 5): Was the inaugural co-host of Good Game and co-hosted the show from 19 September, 2006 to 19 October, 2009. Ray was axed his presentation role under controversial circumstances, saying it was due to "mass appeal" and that they wanted a female host (Bendixsen). He now works for the PC PowerPlay magazine.
  • Mike Makowski "Kapowski" (Season 1): Was the inaugural co-host of the show. February 14, 2007 series one presenter, Mike Makowski, announced his resignation from the Good Game team. This was announced on the program's online forum. He returned for a interview for 100th episode on 24 August, 2009.

Supporting hosts

  • Tracey Lien "Rei" (Season 5 - Present): She was first introduced in Season 5, Episode 3 as the show's field reporter. She was already a practicing journalist and games writer prior to taking up the role of field reporter,[4] and currently contributes stories on gaming culture to the show. On the 2009 christmas special, she announced she'd be leaving to France to further her studies.
  • P_Nutz (Season 1): P_Nutz was a yellow puppet introduced during Good Game's pilot episode in May 2006. Although it acted as a fourth presenter throughout the first season, it drew a lot of criticism and debate from viewers.[citation needed] Some were of the view that P_Nutz was not suitable for the program as it seemed to be aimed at children.[citation needed] Some likened it to a monkey modeled on Agro of Agro's Cartoon Connection. Some believed P_Nutz's presence would prevent the show from being taken seriously, and others were simply annoyed by its presence. A poll was conducted on the official Good Game website regarding the appropriateness of P_Nutz in the program. The results proved that P_Nutz was inappropriate, and it was decided that he should die while defusing a bomb in the popular online game Counter Strike. A Flash animation was made by community member "RubberRoss" (Ross O'Donovan, better known as RubberNinja by the Newgrounds community) and was aired in the final episode of season one. He has still remained on the show as a running gag, such as in the reviews of Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure, Killing Floor and Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
  • Miles Tulett "Dr. Daneel" (Season 1 - Season 2): Dr. Daneel had computer segments on Good Game. He left the show to pursue his studies at university and because he felt that his segment was no longer hardware-oriented. He returned for a interview for the 100th episode on 24 August, 2009.
  • Matthew Lee "Aiyiah" (Season 2): Aiyiah ran the So You Think You Can Game segment on Good Game. As of season 3, he is now a researcher for the team.
  • Sheridan Leanda "Lux"(Season 3): Had segments on Good Game such as cyber bullying & Girls in Gaming.

Good Game: Spawn Point

Good Game: Spawn Point, abbreviated as Good Game: SP, is a spin-off of the show, and like the main show, aims at reviewing video games but about video games that are aimed for children and family. It premiered on ABC3 on 20 February, 2010. Each episode runs for approximately 15 minutes.


All seasons

  • Gamer News: A segment presented at the start of each episode on gaming news. The section focuses on game announcements, major updates and patches as well as developer and publisher actions.
  • Name this game: Retro game trivia segment. A clip of a retro game is shown to the viewers with the challenge of naming the game. Each game is named at the end of the show.
  • Reviews: Review segments presented by the two hosts usually placed throughout the show. Each review is primarily conducted by one of the hosts, with the other not required to play the game. Each time a current game is discussed while footage is shown to the viewers. At the end a rubber chicken rating (a number out of 10) is given to the game. So far Guitar Hero II,[5] Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice,[6] Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,[7] God of War: Chains of Olympus,[8] Grand Theft Auto IV,[9] Braid,[10] Super Mario Galaxy,[11] Super Mario Bros., Saints Row 2,[12] The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time[13] and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves[14] have been given a 10/10 rubber chicken rating by either of the hosts. In contrast, the lowest rated game reviewed so far is ET for the Atari 2600, which was given a 1 and 0 rubber chicken rating by O'Donnell and Ray respectively.
  • Industry Interviews: Interviews with people related to the game industry.
  • Backwards compatibile: Goes over the best and worst of gaming history, and how this has helped shape the future of gaming.

Cross seasons

  • Gamer Tonight: A fictional flash animated talk show starring Richard Farkas from the "Win the Beast" entry "The Pitch". It interviews a different genre of gamer each episode. It's animated by Ross "Rubber Ninja" O'Donovan, who came to this position after years of animation experience on online sources such as Newgrounds, and features the voice talents of Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson, Faye Mata and Kira Buckland.
  • Ask Good Game: A segment where Good Game are asked questions from the Good Game community. First seen from Season Five.

Season One only (2006)

  • The Team - Machinima: An Australian machinima video segment was shown each episode. This was highly criticized by fans on the forums. In season 2 this was replaced by Gamer Tonight.
  • Build a Machine: In each episode of season 1, Dr Daneel looked each aspect of a computer, showing what parts to choose and how to install them among other things. This was tied in with the competition to win a computer that ran through the season.

Season Two only (2007)

  • MeatSpace: A Lego stop pause animation created by community member Blunty (Nate Burr). It revolves around two friends and their gaming related incidents.
  • Ask the Doc: A new segment in season 2 to replace the Build a Computer segment, Daneel helps people who have a fairly common technical computer problem. However, he also looked at how the Wii sensor bar works.
  • Ultimate Showdown: A 'best of' style segment related to games. The segment looks at specific features of games such as the boss fights and opening sequences, and asks forum members to post their opinions on which game has the best one (e.g., which game has the best boss). The thoughts of the forum members are then mentioned while showing footage of the games.
  • So you think you can game?: Segment presented by Aiyiah based on hints and tips for specific games. At the end he also gives a challenge for the featured game.

Season Three only (2007)

  • Quarter Circle + A: A series of primarily animated video game parodies created by Rob Moffett and Benjamin Baker. Replacing Gamer Tonight and MeatSpace, The show's presentation is varied each week with formats ranging from machinima, fictional in-game footage, satirical video game reviews to lampooning 1950 educational films.

Season Four only (2008)

  • Good Game "Game": Was a competition for season 4. Viewers were asked to give suggestions and ideas for a playable game prototype. It was be developed by the Australian Film Commission and ABC TV. The game is called Office Wars. The prototype of Office Wars is available on the Good Game website.
  • A Cartridge Affair: A spin on the show A Current Affair, this segment is a humorous news spin-off about a different game subject each week.
  • Fatal Rage of Conflict: This segment is an animation set in a 2D side-scrolling fighting game.

Season Five only (2009)

  • WTF? (What Were They Thinking?): This new segment talks about one game where either O’Donnell or Ray criticize a game and question why that game was made in the first place.
  • Good Game "Serious Game": With the Good Game game, Office Wars released, O’Donnell and Ray announced on episode 4 of season 5 that a serious game (a game designed for a purpose rather than amusement) would be developed. The game is in its early pre-development stages.
  • Great Gaming Moments: This segment displays a moment in a particular game where something happens that is dubbed as 'classic' or a moment that has been long-awaited, such as where in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time the character draws the 'Master Sword' from the stone, which turned the young character into an adult and unlocked a whole new way of playing.

Season Six only (2010)

  • 5-Up: This segment counts down the top five gaming related subjects, for example, top five weapons.

Spawn Point segments

  • Reviews: Same as the reviews in regular Good Game, except sometimes there can be reviews by one of the presenters.
  • One Face Review: In this segment, people send in pictures of themselves rating a certain game or game series using their thumbs and the results are all tallied up with the final verdict being awful, average, or awesome.
  • Ask Good Game: Same as in regular Good Game, but questions from younger viewers.
  • Meet the Spawn: This segment takes a look at gaming families.
  • GG:SP Dissects: Similar to Backwards Compatibile.


At the 2008 IT Journalism awards Good Game was awarded with a "Lizzie" for Best Multimedia Coverage of 2007 and also the biggest award of the night, the Gold "Lizzie" for Best Title of 2007. Special mention was made that Good Game won the Gold "Lizzie" by the most votes in the awards history. Good Game was also commended in the Best Gaming Title of 2007 category and Good Game's researcher Maurice Branscombe was also highly commended in the Best Gaming Journalist of 2007 category.

Good game also picked up a "Lizzie" in 2009, for "Best Video Production".

As of 31 October 2009 (2009 -10-31) The Good Game Forum is the largest ABC television forum with 9209 contibuters, 142 topics and 280,433 messages.[15]


In 2009 Good Game and the ABC decided to run competitions and auditions for a new host for the ABC 3 in Australia. The winner, Stephanie "Hex" Bendixsen was announced with other hosts for ABC 3, and was thought to be hosting Good Game: Spawn Point on the ABC 3.[3] However it was revealed on the show's official forum that Bendixsen would in fact be replacing existing host Jeremy Ray entirely on both the original and new program.[16]

Ray claimed the dismissal was because "they wanted a girl on the show", and stated that "'Mass appeal' was a direct quote from that meeting."[16] Ray has also alleged that the ABC wanted game testing, reviewing and program shooting to occur on the same day,[17] whilst he believed that this would be too little time for some games.[17] The network, on the other hand, has categorically dismissed Ray's assertion with the statement: "The reason for replacing Jeremy Ray was ongoing behind the scenes performance based issues."[16][17]

The replacement of Ray has surprised and angered many fans whose input has been actively encouraged by the ABC,[17] with some fans concerned that the show has sold out to reach a more mainstream audience.[17] Non-disclosure agreements have prevented both the ABC and Ray from making further comments.[17]


  1. ^ a b Jenkins, Chris (2006-09-05). "Gamers go prime-time on ABC". Australian IT.,7204,20356693%5E15317%5E%5Enbv%5E15306,00.html. Retrieved 2006-09-27. 
  2. ^ Field, David (2006-09-14). "Good Game". Atomic Maximum Power Computing (atomicmpc). Retrieved 2006-09-27. 
  3. ^ a b c Bodey, Michael (2009-10-22). "ABC to launch new kids digital TV channel ABC3". The Australian.,28124,26246165-7582,00.html. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  4. ^ "Good Game - Rei". ABC tv. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  5. ^ Guitar Hero II Review. Ray 10/10, Makowski 9/10. ABC Television. 2006-11-21. No. 10, season 1. Transcript.
  6. ^ Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice Review. O'Donnell 10/10, Ray 9/10. ABC Television. 2007-11-13. No. 8, season 3. Transcript.
  7. ^ Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Review. Ray 10/10, O'Donnell 9.5/10. ABC Television. 2007-11-06. No. 7, season 3. Transcript.
  8. ^ God of War: Chains of Olympus Review. O'Donnell 10/10, Ray 9/10. ABC Television. 2008-03-24. No. 7, season 4. Transcript.
  9. ^ Grand Theft Auto IV Review. O'Donnell 10/10, Ray 9.5/10. ABC Television. 2008-05-05. No. 13, season 4. Transcript.
  10. ^ Braid Review. Ray 10/10,O'Donnell 9/10. ABC Television. 2008-08-18. No. 18, season 4. Transcript.
  11. ^ Super Mario Galaxy Review. O'Donnell 9.5/10, Ray 10/10. ABC Television. 2007-11-27. No. 10, season 3. Transcript.
  12. ^ Saints Row 2 Review. O'Donnell 10/10, Ray 9/10. ABC Television. 2008-10-13. No. 26, season 4. Transcript.
  13. ^ The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Review. O'Donnell 10/10, Ray 10/10. ABC Television. 2009-06-08. No. 18, season 5. Transcript.
  14. ^ Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Review. O'Donnell 10/10, Ray 9.5/10. ABC Television. 2009-10-12. No. 36, season 5. Transcript.
  15. ^ "ABC Message Board". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2009-10-31. 
  16. ^ a b c Collerton, Sarah (2009-10-31). "ABC bites back over Good Game sacking". ABC News. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f Moses, Asher (2009-10-30). "Good Game presenter claims ABC gender bias after axing". Sydney Morning Herald online. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 

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