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By Lana Guineay

Thousands of people packed the Adelaide Convention Centre last weekend (July 21-23) for one of the largest anime and video gaming conventions in the southern hemisphere: AVCon.

Started in 2002 by University of Adelaide and UniSA volunteers, the conference has grown into a major annual event, attracting visitors from interstate, and sponsors including Nintendo.

Image via AVCon

Photo via AVCon

The three-day family-friendly convention kicked off on Friday July 21 and ran until the 23rd.

With a jam-packed schedule that covered everything from competitive tournaments to retro games, anime screenings, cosplay, panels and signings from some of the industry’s stars, it was an all access pass to gaming for all skill levels and interests.

The not-for-profit organisation is run by over 400 volunteers, and is dedicated to shining a spotlight on grass-roots developers and connecting the gaming community.

South Australia has a growing tribe of game developers, artists, and programmers, with more than 39 companies gaining worldwide attention and contributing to the country’s $2.958 billion gaming industry.

Games Plus recently announced plans to open a co-working space dedicated solely to game developers, in a move set to raise the profile for the local industry and give indie developers the chance to collaborate and learn from successful studios.

Photo via AVCon

Photo via AVCon

Following the conference, we compiled a list of just a few apps and games by Adelaide developers to play now:

Monster Truck Destruction: brainchild of Adelaide developers Odd Games, it has has been played worldwide over 225 million times worldwide, and earned a ‘top developer’ badge by the Google Play store. Live out your monster stuck dreams (minus the actual destruction).

Sweat with Kayla: developed by locals Pixelforce, the fitness app was one of only two Australian-made apps singled out by the App Store editors in the Best of awards for 2016, taking out Apple Watch App of the Year.

Hollow Knight: the kickstarter-funded game has been described as “cute and creepy, quaint and epic” and to date has been played by over 100,000 fans. You can join them here.

Mighty Kingdom: creator of the hugely successful Shopkins mobile games, this Adelaide studio has grown from a duo in 2010 to a crew of over 32, working with international brands like Disney and Lego.

Hacknet: interested in old-school hacking but don’t want to actually hack? Developed by SA one-man studio Team Fractal Alligator AKA Matt Trobbiani, the niche PC game was downloaded over 60,000 times in its first 10 weeks, generating $650,000, attracting international interest and winning a SimTecT prize for applications in education.

Want to know more about AVCon? Head here for more information.

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